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Subject: What should I do now with these fig plants? Replies: 11
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So, one died, one survived. No sign of figs so far, but some of my English Brown Turkey cuttings I got in April have baby figs on them!

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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I was afraid my tiny piece I cut with roots off the top of that cutting would not do anything It is showing green at a node!! I can't wait to see roots! I have 9 cuttings showing roots, leaf development, or both! Funny how things can change so much in one day!!

Subject: Help to ID Replies: 6
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Did you ever get an ID?

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruuting
Miracle Grow.


Great! this stuff I already have is Miracle Grow "QUICK START" ( not "jump start," LOL!)


Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bullet08
when you move the cutting to a cup or 1 gal pot, you want to pre-wet the soil mix. just like the s. moss or the paper towel for rooting, you do not want your soil mix to be wet. you want the soil mix to be just moist. you shouldn't be able to squeeze out water when holding the soil, but you should feel moisture. once the cutting is in the soil mix, you do not want to water until the tree needs it. meaning when the pot is light and the leaves look a little droopy.

some members will wet the soil mix with MG fertilizer with very week solution. not sure what strength they use.

for me, if the cutting is in the cup, i bottom feed it with something like one tiny scoop per 1.5 gal. if the roots look weak i go less. if the cutting is in the 1 gal, i bottom feed at same strength. after about a month, and the roots have grown a lot, i will start top feeding the fertilizer. still the same strength.

once the rooots have grown a lot and start to circle the pot, i go to 1/2 to full strength.


What is MG? I potted the 2 little ones in cups today. I expect it will be a while before they need to go in 1 gal. pots.

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bullet08
as long as you have at least one node above the soil.. and sometimes nodes under soil, it should put on the top growth. the important part is that you have the roots. they are nice to look at, but not doing any good for the cuttings unless they are put to the work absorbing the needed nutrients for the cutting. you might want to think about fertilizing.. very very weak fertilizer to promote top growth so the leave can start working for the cuttings also. 


Do you have a fertilizer recommedtion? I like Rich's hydroponics solution suggestion, but I will have to wait till next month. What I have on hand is fish emulsion, Superthrive, some "jumpstart" fertilizer to help establish new transplants, and I could make compost tea.

Subject: OT - what's best grape for leaves and pots Replies: 42
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron4USA
@tnmom66, thanks for the clip, now i know what it is...the leaves looks really good.


http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch  see wht vitis varieties grow in your neck of the woods.

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bullet08
i move them when they have about 1/4" of roots into 1:1 perlite and seedling soil mix. i lost plenty cuttings waiting too long. they will star to dry up.. well in my set up. if you provide more moisture as in your set up, they will last longer, but with more moisture, more chance of rot. also longer roots doesn't mean much when you break them while trying to pot them up.


Okay, these little ones are getting potted up tomorrow! I broke some roots off that little piece I cut off the top of the cutting in my original post. It will be interesting to see what happens with it. I wish the bottom part of that cutting had some roots in the soil. I don't understand how it can be putting out leaves without any root development where roots normally belong.

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bullet08
pot them up quick before the roots start to rot. 


Seriously? Are you talking about the 2 little cuttings? I didn't think they had enough roots to bother with potting...at leas not the smaller of the 2. If they already have substantial roots, do I pot them in regular potting mix (I make my own with 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 mixed compost) or should I pot them in cups of vermiculite? I have seen pictures of cuttings grown in perlite till the roots fill the pots!  I only potted up the top section of that first cutting with "air roots" because I was afraid they'd die. They did get another day's growth past this picture (which was 3 or 4 days worth) before I potted it.

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdsfrance
Hi tnmom66,
I would take a small plastic pot - the ones that are used to grow small tomatoes plants from seeds - cut the bottom and put the sides around the cutting. Gently fill that pot with dirt to burrow the roots and let them grow down
to the real pot .
I have to check but I think I have a cutting that did that - but no roots under in the dirt - so IMO, I should have saved those roots instead of letting them dry out - because now the cutting dried out too... after making 2 stems of 2 leaves.
It looked healthy and now I pulled it out from the dirt and put it in a cup of water to see if the stems get un-shriveled - if so - I'll put the two stems in a pot outside for swim or sink !


I have another cutting in that same pot the other one was in and since the roots were only between the leaves and the soil (the first cutting that sprung "air roots" made them ABOVE the leaf bud, which has since opened up) I put a section of a paper towel tube over it and filled it with vermiculite...similar to your bottomless pot idea. cutting base.jpg  bottom part of the cutting with the air roots, and top part, potted separately in moist vermiculite in plastic bags. They were cut and potted up April 15. these pics taken today, April 18cutting top.jpg 



Pictures of the SECOND cutting to make "air roots"--but not as long or as numerous as the other cutting. Will be interesting to see in a few weeks if it roots in the soil or just in the vermiculite. I think one cutting in this pot is dead. If you look carefully, the cutting in the middle, next to the one with all the green, is making an air root...that little white piece poking out is that the other ones did.   second air root 2.jpg 

 second air root.jpg 
...These are the 2 smallest cuttings in a sandwich sized box of moist vermiculite, and I put the lid on it.

small cutting in box.jpg 


Subject: OT - what's best grape for leaves and pots Replies: 42
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron4USA
I didn't even know anything about Wild Grapes... more info please? maybe pics?





Zerrin's grape leaves recipe from giverecipe.com (halved)

1 cup rice

2 1/2 onions

1/2 tomato

1 clove garlic

1/4 bunch parsley

1/4 bunch dill

1/2 lemon, juice only

1/2 tablespoon tomato paste

1/2 tsp dried mint

1/2 t. salt

1/2 s. black pepper

/14 t. cinnamon

1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil and ¼ to pour over before cooking

 

My version

 

1 c. rice

¼ cup red lentils

sort, wash, soak 10 min or so as preparing other ing. and drain well

2 ½ med onions-peeled and quartered

1 clove garlic-peeled and sliced

¼ bunch parsley-stems removed

2 sprigs mint -stems removed (IT or so chopped)

Put in blender container, cover with water, hit "chop" button a few seconds, dump into a strainer to drain water off. Alternatively, chop by hand.

 

½ lemon, juice only

½ T tomato paste

½ T hot pepper paste (made it pretty spicy! can omit)

½ t. dried mint

3/4 t. salt (since I was not using brined leaves)

½ t. black pepper

¼ t. cinnamon

¼ c. extra virgin olive oil, and another 1/4 c. to pour over before cooking.

 

Unfortunately, I do not have a cooking time. I poured water to almost cover, put leftover rice in 2 custard cups, added some water and put them on top of the plate holding down dolma. Brought to a boil, then turned off for  a couple of hours, then turned back on pretty high for about 45 minutes. Did have to add some water to pan, after scorching a little. Stuffed probably 50 fairly small leaves, plus 5 or 6 leaves of swiss chard, a carrot, and a tomato, plus the leftover rice.

 

Results--not sure if it needs the cinnamon.

Subject: OT: now i have blueberry... now i'm looking at raspberry... Replies: 26
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I have been delighted with my "Heritage" red raspberries. They grow like weeds and produce very well. I would give you several potted plants if you lived near me. I can't bear to just cut them down, and they will take over my yard if I don't so something, so I am digging up some and forcing myself to cut some back.

Subject: OT - what's best grape for leaves and pots Replies: 42
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tonycm
If anyone is looking to pick wild grape leaves just make sure to not confuse them with Canadian Moonseed. All parts of moonseed are poisonous and can be fatal if eaten. The vines resemble grapevines but lack the tendrils and the fruit has one crescent seed. If you're not 100% sure of what you're picking it can be your last supper. For real!


Good advice!!


Subject: OT- People I traded mulberries and pineapples with Replies: 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by WillsC
 
 
The mulberries are so freaking good....fat and over an inch long.  The young tree has so many fruit on it.   I am locked in a battle of wills with this plant..it wants to be a tree and I am determined to keep it a bush.  I keep pruning and pulling the limbs down and tying them and it keeps trying to grow up. 
 


I want a Mulberry bush. I have been scared to get one because I have seen them make big trees and I do not have that kind of space. How hard is it to keep smell?

Subject: OT - what's best grape for leaves and pots Replies: 42
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rafed


Funny thing is one day a relative was picking leaves on state land and a cop confiscated the leaves.



Well, where I live, Kurdish women can be seen picking wild grape leaves from the side of the road. I wouldn't want to eat from beside a busy highway, but this not so bad, and even if it was from the side of an interstate, it would probably have less chemicals than stuff that had been sprayed.

I can see not collecting from state land.

I have wild grape vines on my fence and I stuff the tender leaves. You can tell by feeling them if they are thin and tender. I like the ones that almost are big enough to cover the palm of my hand. Spring's new growth is good, but when we get plenty of rain, I have picked tender leaves through the summer.

My wild leaves are heart shaped and easier to roll up than the ones with the lobes. Wonder if you can stuff wild violet leaves... i have tons of those.


I bought a Vanessa grape vine thiis year....we'll see how it does.

I'm in Nashville, TN zone 6  or 7.

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Well, I potted up the top of that cutting before I read the last suggestions.

Interestingly, when I was cutting the top part off, I accidentally pulled the cutting out of the soil and there were NO ROOTS down there, but one or two other cuttings look like they may be trying to make "air roots."  I have decided that this is the last time I will try to root cuttings in potting soil. They seem to like the vermiculite a lot better. I have 2 cuttings in a small plastic box full of damp vermiculite and they are getting roots. The ones in paper towel/plastic bag aren't doing anything, so I put them in vermiculite today.

This little stem cutting with the "air roots' went into the bottom of a small plastic water bottle and I buried it in damp vermiculite to where the top of the stem is just showing. Then I put the whole thing in a zip lock bag. Since the bottom of the cutting wasn't getting roots, I replanted that cutting in plain vermiculite today, too, to see if it will make roots at the bottom in vermiculite since it wasn't doing it in the potting soil.

Another thing I won't do again is put cuttings in an opaque pot. I have plenty of clear plastic cups and I like to be able to see when the roots are becoming substantial.

I think that if these other cuttings end up making such big "air roots", I will do what jdsfrance suggested, at least on one of them. That makes good sense, and I don't have to worry about what is going on underground. I am thinking about taking the cuttings that I have in the potting soil out and putting them in vermiculite in clear containers, IF they don't look like they are making "air roots."  This is very interesting to me and I want to experiment.












Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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How long do they need a plastic cup over them?

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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I think I'll do it tomorrow...I don't want to leave it long enough for the roots to dry up, but I think I'd like another day or two...if it keeps growing as fast as it has in the past 3 or 4 days...a little extra root should be good. I think the worst that might happen is that the part I cut off might die, but it sounds like the roots will die for sure if I leave it too long.

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by drphil69
Follow your first instinct, IMO. Snip it off and cup it up now.
Quote:
Originally Posted by tnmom66
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron4USA
It happened to be few times... I just cut right between the roots and the new growth and planted the top part separately, now I have more than I was planning to have. Gift to be :)


Seriously???? This is actually a self-air layer????? COOL!!!. Should I wrap it up? Does it matter if there is just a tiny stump of stem above the roots? You just plant it at a depth to cover the roots, or what?

I LOVE that idea! At what point should I cut it? NOW or should I wrap it like a regular air layer and let it develop more roots?  I wish I had several doing this at a time so I could experiment.  My first instinct tells me to cut it now and stick it into its own fresh potting medium so the rest of the cutting can focus on making roots in the ground (and I can get a head start on rooting this BONUS cutting!)

Subject: Grrrrrrr Replies: 4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RayWilliams
Just checked my cuttings I was attempting to root only to find mold all over the place. Luckily that was only two out of the four cuttings :p


I  just threw out several cuttings that were moldy. They  felt kind of slimy when I scraped the bark. I wasn't sure they were from live wood, anyway.  I have some NICE fresh cuttings that I am watching carefully.  I'm new at this, but I love learning.

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron4USA
It happened to be few times... I just cut right between the roots and the new growth and planted the top part separately, now I have more than I was planning to have. Gift to be :)


Seriously???? This is actually a self-air layer????? COOL!!!. Should I wrap it up? Does it matter if there is just a tiny stump of stem above the roots? You just plant it at a depth to cover the roots, or what?

I LOVE that idea! At what point should I cut it? NOW or should I wrap it like a regular air layer and let it develop more roots?  I wish I had several doing this at a time so I could experiment.  My first instinct tells me to cut it now and stick it into its own fresh potting medium so the rest of the cutting can focus on making roots in the ground (and I can get a head start on rooting this BONUS cutting!)

Subject: Moist soil but shriveling wood above it? Replies: 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron4USA
Are you guys using a clear cup to cover the transplanted cuttings into 1Gallon? always cover! (for at least a week)


Good to know....I would be so upset if my rooted cuttings died after I transplanted them.  I thought getting them rooted would be the hard part.


Subject: Freeze Warning in North East NJ Tuesday and Wednesday Replies: 56
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Yeah, I'm really PO about this. I have 2 figs in pots. One is definitely alive and leafed out, the other one was alive several weeks ago but seems to be in a coma. I don't want to take any chances. I have tomatoes and some other tender plants I am going to have to cover up. My plants that are still in pots are coming in till it warms up.I don't have a whole lot of light for them, but I think they'd rather have low light for a few days than freezing cold. God, please let this be the LAST freeze of the spring. Please, please, please!

Subject: does anyone keep fig journal? Replies: 23
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I try to keep notes on all my gardening experiences and also I have a blog I share some things on. I think I am going to start a separate page on my blog just for my fig adventures!

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gorgi
Sky high humidity ...
Actuallly, I just placed the pot in a plastic grocery bag and loosely folded the top over. Wasn't sealed up really tight. Not even a lot of condensation on the bag. I am thinking this cutting is just an oddball, LOL. I am glad I got a picture and I'll be checking it every day to see what happens. I actually had forgotten about this for the past 3 or 4 days.


Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MichaelTucson
It happens (pretty common), especially with really vigorous varieties like English Brown Turkey.  Doesn't look upside down to me.  From the shape of the leaf scars, it looks right.  Just ignore those roots up in the air.  Odds are good that it's making some down in the soil too, and the ones in the air will shrivel and disappear.

Mike



Whew---I was getting confused. The guy who gave me the cuttings made the bottoms flat and the tops angled. I still got one upside down, but I turned it right side up when I noticed it today. I have several of these cuttings and this is the only one generating excitement for me,I think the others are okay. So glad to know this is common, even though I don't think it is "normal." If I get just ONE of these to grow into a tree, I will be happy.

Subject: Oh, MY! WHAT is going on with this cutting?? Replies: 27
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fig roots on cutting.jpg
These are English Brown Turkey fig cuttings that I put in moist potting mix (1/3 compost, 1/3 coarse vermiculite, 1/3 peat moss) and covered with a plastic bag less than a week ago. I am supposed to leave them alone for 3 weeks, but I checked on them today and this is what I found! These look an awful lot like roots to me, but I didn't think I stuck it in the dirt upside down, and the little leaf bud seems like it is pointing up.






Subject: Planting in ground...are roots a problem? Replies: 12
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I just read that "figs have serious roots, don't plant them near street or slab."

When I plant a fig in my yard for "permanent", should I plant it in a big plastic pot? or should I do root pruning?  How far from the house should I plant it?  I have a basement with a concrete slab floor. Don't want to cause problems for myself.  I have enough already without creating more. I had also read that constricting the roots encourages better fruiting.

Subject: What is the best "mold on cuttings" remedy? Replies: 3
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I have some cuttings from what I think is a Brunswick that I have had for about a week and some other English Brown Turkey cuttings  a sweet online friend sent me and I am trying different rooting methods.  I know the English Brown Turkey ones are healthy cuttings, but I am not sure about the Brunswick. I'm not too worried about them, but I don't want mold.

The older cuttings I have are in clear plastic filled with a very loose, heavy on the coarse vermiculite potting mix. It is basically my Square Foot Gardening "Mel's Mix" (1/3 peat moss, 1/3 blended compost, 1/3 coarse vermiculite) with some xtreme mycorrhizal granules added and to maintain humidity, I put an inverted cup on top, which I remove daily for a few minutes (Taco bell slushy cups with the 1/2 top (you know, the domed lids that have a very large opening, which I fit an inverted cup on top of it, so there isn't such a balancing act). There are holes in the bottom and they are sitting in another plastic cup to absorb drips. 

Got some mold in one container, so I have taken the top off, hoping it will be enough. I also washed off the mold, gently, and reinserted the cutting that was affected.There are 3 in that pot.

The newer cuttings are more precious to me and I want to prevent mold, if possible.  I so far have some in a pot with Mel's Mix as a rooting medium and a plastic bag to form a "humidity dome" I have a few still in a damp paper towel in a baggie.

I don't have any Clonex, but I know where to buy some if it makes a huge difference in success.

I treated some cuttings with cinnamon, and they didn't do anything, but I think they may not have been viable wood, so I threw that batch out.

Cinnamon, bleach, peroxide...what works best and in what proportions? I am wondering if I should sterilize my "mel's mix" and/or some plain vermiculite and innoculate it with mycorrhizae and try to get my cuttings as sterile as possible before I put them in the medium. I and the kind of person who is not afraid of microbes and I just want the good ones to overwhelm the bad ones. 








Subject: Finger lobed leaves Replies: 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tnmom66
figs and leaves.jpg Are these the 2 kinds? Let me know if you found out if they are something besides Celeste and Brunswick.
I think this is the same property near my house and the same tree I dug 2 suckers up from last summer. I didn't count the total trees, though there were at least 5, of at least the 2 varieties. I saw a Hardy Chicago fig for sale at the Gardens of Babylon here in Nashville. Haven't seen Capela or Dalmatie. Have seen Celeste, Black Mission, and Brown Turkey for sale. Is Dalmatie the same as Brunswick? This arep is zone 7, I think.

Subject: Finger lobed leaves Replies: 14
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figs and leaves.jpg Are these the 2 kinds? Let me know if you found out if they are something besides Celeste and Brunswick.

Subject: Finger lobed leaves Replies: 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Caneyscud
Here is a picture.or two

This is one of the trees


Another tree where the lobes are a little wider.




This looks sooo familiar!

Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chivas
Remember you can always espalier it along your wall as well, like a step over fig or a tall fan shape as well.  For brunswick I would plant it out somewhere with full sun and not in a frost pocket (not a low laying spot in your yard)  but that is me.


I am interested in espalier.  I have several places I could plant a tree. I want to grow some other trees, too. I really want a peach and an apple---dwarf sizes.

Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdsfrance
Hi tnmom66,
Well, how long is your wall :) ? You can probably put 3 or 4 trees along that wall or 10 or 20 trees...
I think you helped me identify one of my unknown... She is Brunswick ... That's good . I should be able to see and taste some figs from that tree this year !

Give a chance to that tree, and you'll see in 5 years what you think of it.
Figs need sun, and  I just read that you have some .

I always advise people starting figging to start with 3 or 4 trees of different strains, so that one can taste and compare tastes in between the strains ...
As for bought figs, you can't really compare a shopped fig from a homegrown fig .
The well known problem with figs is that they don't last long once ripe ! They are not apples !
So try BT on your own, and you may be surprised !
Take photos of your tree... You'll see how funny it is to see how they grew !


The wall is long, but I have a garage door, my hvac unit and 2 exterior doors. The stretch I"m thinking about is probably 10 or 12 feet. I know figs CAN spread bigger than that, but I guess they can be kept within bounds.

I definitely want to try something else. I wonder, too, if my Kurdish friends were just do delighted to get their hands on a ripe fig ---still pretty rare in these parts---that it wasn't really as great as they think. I appreciate everyone here being so friendly and helpful!

Subject: Looking for fig lovers in the Nashville, TN area Replies: 0
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Is there anyone in Nashville growing something besides Celeste, Brunswick, Brown Turkey, or Black Mission?

Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
Posted By: tnmom66 Views: 693
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bullet08
big is not always better. when you get a chance to go to a fig tasting, try few different figs. i'm pretty sure you'll change your mind.


What is your opinion of Black Mission, Brown Turkey, and Celeste?

I have that opinion about strawberries...I'd rather have a small, succulent one than a big, pretty, tasteless one.  Maybe all these figs I have tried are the less tasty varieties.

Size of the fruit isn't my only consideration. I've got to have something hardy. Maybe I can track down some fig lovers here in the Nashville area and we can have a "fig tasting,"

Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bullet08
i don't know what the weather is like where you are. but if what i think of TN is right, that place isn't exactly hot and dry. if that is the case, choosing a good fig isn't too easy. VdB is readily available from nurseries. i wouldn't exactly call it boutique fig. VdB in hot and relatively dry yr, it's very good. if you have little too much rain, it bleeds flavor. per herman, Nero 600M is much superior. 

the idea of good production isn't bad. but some of the figs require matching climate to produce large quantity of good figs. if the climate doesn't match the fig, you will have large quantity of... well... lame figs. if Brunswick does well in your climate, you are in luck.

i'm on the other side as far as choosing figs is concerned. quality overrides quantity for me. i would rather have 10 or less of lip smacking figs then 100 that i wouldnt feed to my dogs. that's why i have nearly 100 fig trees. 10 from each tree adds up quick.


July and August are typically pretty hot and dry. Not Texas hot and dry, but pretty hot and dry. The mother tree I got these from, and also the other variety...probably a Celeste...that was in that same yard (I think there were 5 or 6 "bushes" all together of these 2 varieties) looked amazingly healthy and the figs were beautiful. I liked this Brunswick because the fruits were SO much bigger than the other and I couldn't tell much difference in taste.  I haven't got a ton of room for many fig trees. I think I will max out at 3 or 4. I have eaten Black Mission and Brown Turkey figs, fresh. Whole foods had some last year and I got a few. They were not nearly as big as this one I am holding. They were more the size of the Celeste (or what I think is Celeste) and I really couldn't tell a big difference in the taste of any of them.  fig in hand.jpg  figs and leaves.jpg


Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
Posted By: tnmom66 Views: 693
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dkirtexas
I like what I like, and I really can't tell you why I like anything other than somethings have qualities that resonate with my eyes, taste buds, sense of smell, or whatever.

Explore the options, make your decisions, go for it.


You sound like me....I like what I like, but I should probably explore some options.

Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DesertDance
There are so many varieties of figs and their flavor quality varies depending on where they are grown.  Some taste like berry jam, others like nuts and honey, others just figgy rich, and the list goes on.  Me?  I don't want steak every night.  Sometimes I like chicken or fish or pork, salads, or casseroles.  I think variety is the spice of life, and my goal is to own a few figs representing all the flavor groups and colors.  Melting pot in my yard!

Suzi


Sounds great! I just know and love fig newtons and some dried figs, LOL. I am developing my appreciation for fresh figs and different varieties. I guess I first saw a fig tree at Monticello many years ago and it seemed so exotic. Last August I drove by the same house I had been driving by for years without noticing the big fig tree in the yard and it was LOADED with figs. Then I started seeing them here and there, but none were as magnificent as that one that all but jumped out at me! I live in a suburb of Nashville that has a HUGE Kurdish population, and Kurds love figs and fig preserves. I'm not so crazy about fig preserves, but I can learn to love it. If I ever get a lot, I will probably dry them. I love dried fruit.

Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
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I saw a picture of Violette de Bordeaux and it was sooo pretty!

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Is Violette de Bordeaux special?

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Now, my Kurdish friends said this was a tasty fig! I am in what they are now calling zone 7, I think. Nashville, Tennessee. This isn't my first fig.... I killed a Black Mission fig that I had in a pot a few years ago. I think I'll let this one take it's chances in the ground, but I will wrap it up for the winter.

I don't understand why so many people don't like Brunswick...I guess they just have better varieties available to them. I liked it because it looked like a tough, productive plant. The fruits were so much bigger than the other variety, which we think is a Celeste. I think they tasted about the same. I am not a fig aficionado. I want something I don't have to coddle too much. I want something that is productive. I think this is the most special plant I will have in my yard this year, so I guess I'll let it have the south wall for now. My long term plans for that wall include having a small lean-to greenhouse, but that may never be in the budget.

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I thought I had my mind made up, but now I am not so sure.  I was thinking about planting it on the south facing wall of my house.  I am kind of worried about it being too big at some point, but maybe I shouldn't worry about that. I think everyone who has offered a guess thinks this is a Brunswick fig and it is TINY. In another thread, I talked about how I thought it (and the other) was dead, but it has leafy growth from a bud right at soil level.The main trunk is only about 4 or 5 inches tall. Sorry. I kept looking for something that was unmistakeably green. So, not sure what to do now. I guess it is small enough that if I put it somewhere and want to move it later, I can do that. I guess it can also be pruned back if it gets in my way. I have toyed with the idea of espalier, but maybe I can try that later. Maybe this is one I should just stick in the ground and let it do what it wants. The mother tree was over 8 feet tall and probably as wide, with nobody doing anything to it, and it was at the end of the driveway, with no houses very near it. This was a sucker. So, I guess they do okay without having any kind of a windbreak.

Subject: What should I do now with these fig plants? Replies: 11
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Wow, what a difference a week makes! I just went to check on my fig trees in the garage. One of them has a little sprout, just at the soil level with 2 or 3 baby leaves!  It may have died back to soil level, but I guess it is also possible that other dormant buds in the "stump" may start showing new growth. I do wish I hadn't cut it back so far, but I guess it's okay. I think I am going to go ahead and plant it on the south facing wall of my house.  How far away from the house should I plant it?  I have a 5 gallon bucket at the ready to put over it, along with an old comforter, if it should get too cold. I am sure we will get another frost sometime this month, but I get the feeling this plant wants to be outside. I'll take good care of it. Hopefully, the other one will leaf out, too, and these cuttings will take root.

I just had to refer to photos to see which plant this was that is leafing out. I was surprised that it is the one I thought had a harder time during the winter! This is the one I cut back when I first got it. The taller one that I didn't cut back had many more places on it that looked like it was about to bud out than this shorter one did. I'll be shocked if the other one isn't still alive, too. Wonder what it's waiting for....

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I didn't see anything I would really call "green" lately, but I feel like at least one of these had to have made it.  One of them got a little shriveled in the stem during the winter, but it was acting like it was trying to bud out below that area a few weeks ago. I know they were both alive. I bought 2 "body bag" roses at Big Lots and didn't take very good care of them, and both of them were showing new growth a few weeks ago. Now, one of them is dead beyond any doubt and the other variety is flourishing. The figs didn't go through nearly as much stress as those roses. I don't think they got too dry while they were inside. I think the only thing I did was let them get too cold after I set them back out, and I don't think I left them outside at all when it was in the 20's and if it was in the low 30's, I covered them with burlap (didn't wrap them up, just gave them what I thought was a little protection. They did NOT have any leaves, only tiny buds. I think they'll be okay, even if they died back to the ground level...we'll see.

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Have you noticed a big improvement after using the cinnamon tea?

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Just for the heck of it, I retrieved 2 pieces I cut from the stems of my figs I had pruned back looking for signs of life. I have had amazing luck sprouting seeds wrapped in wet paper towels an putting them in a ziplock bag in my oven, with the light on and the door open. Not sure of the temperature, but it seems great. It gets hotter in there with the door closed all the way--that is where I incubate my yogurt. Anyway--it may be my imagination, but it looks like there is life in these cuttings, after all!  We will see...

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I already brought them in. We had crazy weather today. Low wind chill temps, sun, snow coming down so hard and fast you almost couldn't see across the street, and then a hailstorm, or maybe it was sleet...I thought you only got hail in warm weather. Middle Tennessee weather is so weird sometimes. We are supposed to get a "killing freeze" tonight.

Thanks for the feedback. I'll let you know how it goes!

Subject: Do you know these figs? Replies: 4
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Silly me, I asked this question last year when I first got the figs and ascpete answered me! I had forgotten till I searched my posts. I know I meant to, but thought i had problems posting pics. I guess I was wrong. Thanks for the confirmation, though!

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. I am not surprised that one is Celeste, except that I thought it was some freaky variety because the fruit was small. Glad to have a name for the other one.  I like "Magnolia" better than "Brunswick"--it's a prettier name! LOL. 

Should I try to root a cutting and grow a Celeste as well? Is there any benefit from growing 2 varieties?  Other than more variety and more fruit, LOL.  Do 2 varieties support the health of each other?

 

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