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Subject: I'm under attack Replies: 53
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Some birds like grackles and crows are actually very intelligent and can problem solve!  They can problem solve better than some people.


Subject: Heat wave this week what to do with pots Replies: 45
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You should paint the pot white during summer to reduce the temperature especially if it is black which can get really hot in direct sunlight in summer.


Subject: Info for Citrus Growers only Replies: 23
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When you fertilize citrus do not apply fertilizer too close to the trunk!  I killed an Owari satsuma from incorrect application of fertilizer back in 2001.  In 1998 my mother planted an Owari satsuma and just two years later that plant produced 200 to 300 fruit!  Unfortunately in the spring of 2001 I applied the fertilizer way too close to the trunk and burned the roots.  That fall the leaves on the top branches fell off and soon after the branches began to die back.  The following spring the scaffold branches and and trunk died and the rootstock developed large cracks and a purple color near the soil.  The tree died of dry root rot caused by Fusarium Solani fungus.


Subject: too much osmocote? Replies: 1
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I do not think you overdosed.  There is much less risk burning your plant with slow release fertilizer unless you way overdose.


Subject: Heat wave this week what to do with pots Replies: 45
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Avoid wetting the foliage when watering to prevent rust.  Rust is already present on my fig tree and it just rained yesterday!  It is not bad but a few leaves are spotted and one or two have large spots!


Subject: cold and wet Replies: 16
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Temperature in the upper 80s  and lows in the 70s for the rest of the month.  My water melon plants are growing fast and should get some melons soon.  The figs are growing fast but must water occasionaly.  Very little rain here so far this year.


Subject: Cold Protection Replies: 3
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  North America is set up for extreme cold  compared to most other continents with exception of Antarctica and Siberia which are colder.  All mountain ranges run north/south instead of east/west and this allows the cold air to reach much further could than it could in Asia and Europe.   I do not think it drops down below 10F in North Africa, South America, southern Europe, Australia, and Asia on your latitude.  A possible exception may be northern China in Beijing where it dropped down to near 0F in January 2010.

The Temperature dropped below -10F in Oklahoma this past January.  The latitude there is about 34N.  There is no place or continent in the world on that latitude that has EVER been that cold other than North America!  This can only happen in North America on latitudes that far south!  North America has the coldest latitudes compared to those same latitudes on all other continents! 

Southern Minnesota is climate zone 4.  I do not think on that same latitude there is a place in Europe that cold!  Not only Europe but there is probably not many places that cold anywhere on that latitude even in the northern hemisphere.

Subject: Spring equals hard work Replies: 11
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I planted my vegetable and fruit garden and have Husky cherry red tomatoes and watermelon. 

 It looks like the fig rust is already starting with this very humid air mass.  Time to start spraying the Bordeaux fungicide.  

Subject: Fig rust already! Replies: 5
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I am in extreme south Louisiana.  Fig rust is a big time problem here!
I am going to make a 4-4-50 Bordeaux mixture and spray it on the leaves.  Hopefully I can get good control before it spreads too fast!

Does the fig rust fungus come from the soil?

Subject: Fig rust already! Replies: 5
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It seems to appear first on the underside of the leaves first.  Fig rust is probably the biggest limitation to growing figs here.  Rain is forecast tomorrow afternoon late!  The humidity has been high with dew point temperatures in the upper 50s and 60s.  Overnight the air cools  and the water vapor in the air condenses on the leaves and allows this terrible fungus to spread.  Rain is not necessary for spread!  So far the top of the leaves look good, it is the underside of the leaves that show symptoms now.  It is good to remove the infected leaves from a young tree?


Subject: Fig rust already! Replies: 5
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My new fig tree already has symptoms of fig rust!  Last year my Celeste fig was defoliated by fig rust by late July.  It was really really bad.  Here are some pictures of the infected leaves.  It is not bad now but I want to control it.  Can anyone recommend a fungicide to control fig rust?  Will mulch help prevent fig rust?  Does it spread from the soil to the leaves?  I only have soil with  few weeds and no grass around the fig tree just bare soil.


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Subject: New here, anyone up for trading for blackberries? Replies: 31
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I used to pick blackberries in ditches many years ago.  The great hazard around ditches though is stepping on a cottonmouth.   The most dangerous cottonmouth is the one you do not see!


Subject: Spring in SETexas Replies: 25
Posted By: JCA Views: 1,614
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fatnsassytexan

Rafed, thanks! I'm just having a blast.

David, I always grow ton's of tomatoes in those rows, but I decided to scale back this year and trial some figs. All I did was till the ground well , rowed it up & planted the figs. Those leaves and grass clippings are probably 12" thick. I'm going to add more as I pick up more bags. I didn't want to mulch around the plants(tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, squash, and figs) until it gets warmer and the soil warms up more. I can keep the exposed soil weeded for now with a stirrup hoe. I also am going to add an irrigation system made with 3/4" PVC pipe so I can keep it watered easily.

JCA here is what I have so far(LOL!)

Inground trees:

ABQ-BBI (JS), Adriatic/Strawberry Type UNK, Alma(Local), Atreano (RR), Brown Turkey (local), Brunswick(local, going to fig heaven soon), Celeste (local and Willis varieties), Flanders(BR), Hollier(JR), LSU Gold(JR), LSU Purple(local), LSU Scott's Black(JR), Marlow(BR), Norman's Yellow(RR), O'Rourke/Imp. Celeste(JR), Panache(Willis), Sal's Corleone(Mifig4fun, but been verified), Stella(BR), Tena(RR), Texas Everbearing(Local), Vdb(Willis), Yellow Marseilles(JR), Lots of unknowns still under trial.

Small trees new in ground this season:

Black Bethlehem(Bass), Black Greek(RK), Black Jack(PK), Black Madeira(RW), Black Mission(RW), Brandy/LSU Scott's Yellow(JR), Col de Dame Blanc(RK), Dark Portugese(Bass), Figo Branca(PK), Figo Preto(PK), Hardy Chicago(SF), Hunt(Bass), Hunt (JR), Italian Black (Durio's), Italian Everbearing(PK), JH Adriatic(JH), Joe Morle Paradiso(SF), LSU Gold-NOT (GC), O'Rourke/Imp. Celeste(Bass), Meade(CG), Paradiso(Giovanni's)(SF), Paradiso(Bronze Blush--DJ), Raspberry Latte(JV), Red Lattarolla(KS), Richard's UNK(GC- Probably Br. Turkey), Ronde de Bourdeaux(KS), Sal's Gene/EL(DJ), Sal's Gene/EL(KS), Al's Sicilian(CJ) prob. Hardy Chicago, Smith(PK), Sal's UNK. Black(SG), Sultane(JV), Syrian Long(Bass), Unk. Macaully Street(PK), Violette Sollies(LD), White Texas Everbearing(Bass), Wuhan-259 (JV), 143-36(JD)

Just Rec'd. Small: White Triana(JM), Black Triana(JM) Plus 100+ cuttings in bins at present. That's where I am

I would like to publicly thank all who have helped me start this collection---you know who you are and to all the members here that have taught me how to grow figs not to mention some great friendships(that's the best part to me---figs are just an added bonus). I've still got lots to learn.

What am I going to do with all of these figs? Haven't planned that far ahead---Like I said, just having fun.



Good luck with your fig orchard.  You have lots of space for huge planting and wish I had that much space.  Still I have LSU Purple and Celeste and other plants.   The only fig I have tasted all my life to this point is Celeste and hope my LSU Purple turns out OK.  It is so nice to have many different fig varieties so you can sample the different fig flavors!  

Subject: Spring in SETexas Replies: 25
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What fig variety do you have?  


Subject: Understanding Carbon Dioxide in the Rooting process Replies: 30
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It seems that the only potting soils available are those with fertilizer.   My LSU Purple fig cutting has already rooted wrapped in paper towels and inserted into a plastic zip loc bag.   Will the potting soils with fertilizer inhibit continued root development?  I would rather not plant this cutting in the ground just yet since it is so small and could be run over with a lawn mower.

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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A satsuma orange at peak bloom.


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Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Quote:
Originally Posted by noss
Thanks, JCA, for all the information.  If grown in a pot, does that limit the size of the Meyer Lemon tree?

I knew the Meyer Lemon is not a true lemon, but whatever it is--It's surely delicious and beautiful to look at as well.  I wan't to try making the lemonade with simple syrup and that way, you don't have to worry about the sugar dissolving because it's in the syrup in suspension because it's been heated.  Using club soda sounds like it would be a lemon soda pop.

Would the lemon need cold protection in South Louisiana in the winter?

noss


Meyer lemon will need cold protection at some point in the future.  It is not all that cold tolerant since it is citrus, but much more cold tolerant than true lemons and limes.  Most years Meyer lemon will not freeze in your area but in the coldest years it will need some protection.


My lemonade is like a much less unhealthful soft drink.  It has much less sweetener than Coke(3.3g/ FL OZ) and Sunkist orange( 4.4g/FLOZ) and no benzoate or reactive carbonyl that can cause type 2 diabetes!  It is less harmful because mostly of what it does not have that many soft drinks have.  Most soft drinks use corn fructose sweetener which is linked to obesity and even more dangerous than  sugar since fructose and glucose are not bound in corn fructose sweetener even though they contain almost the same proportion of fructose and glucose as  sugar.  If you want to lose weight or avoid obesity avoid soft drinks as they not only have corn fructose sweetener but a LOT of it!  If you drink a 24 FL OZ serving of Sunkist orange soda you will ingest over 100 grams high fructose corn sweetener!  That is a tremendous amount of unbound fructose in your body that can only be processed by the liver.  You could end up with fat around the liver! Just because a beverage has some citrus juice in it does not mean it is healthy!  It is better to make your own beverages that have no carcinogens and less sweetener.  That way you control what goes into your beverage.  This is why I make my own beverages.


If you grow your Meyer lemon in a pot  the size of the plant will be smaller but you can easily propagate Meyer lemon from cuttings and grow many potted plants so you get as many lemons as you will likely need with many more to give away.  They are easy to grow in pots you just have to remember to water them in hot weather in summer more often.  Do not allow the soil to become too dry in summer!  You will also have to fertilize them because citrus is a heavy feeder.  I use Osmocote slow release fertilizer for my potted citrus.

Subject: Pomegranates Replies: 48
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I planted an Angel Red Pomegranate this spring. This is uncertain because not many people grow pomegranates here.  The plant should do well but the fruit split may be a problem.   How are the cold hardy types?  Is the fruit taste good?  Are they productive in the ground?  Someone in another forum was growing pomegranates in south Georgia and the plant grew well but it did not produce much fruit.


Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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The Meyer lemons grow very fast.  The big Meyer lemon in the pictures above grew to over 8 feet high and more than 10 feet wide after only two years in the ground and produced more than 800 fruit that year.  One branch had over 200 fruit and broke from the weight load.  The second Meyer lemon is smaller because it is competing with an oak tree nearby.  It is about 9 feet tall and 12 feet wide which is not all that small.  The large meyer lemon is growing in some very good soil for citrus with lots of sun and almost ideal growing conditions.  It is also better protected from cold on the south side of a brick home.


Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Quote:
Originally Posted by satellitehead
That meyer lemon tree looks huge!  a good 50% larger than my parents.  what size are your fruit?  theirs are the size of softballs.  they started selling them to the local fruit stands at the flea market, the people go nutso for them, nobody seems to grow this type of sweet lemon in the Bradenton/Sarasota area.

I've thought about planting kumquats.  i wish we could grow satsumas or clementines here in Atlanta =(  my neighbor grows Yuzu and some other asian citrus, but it's all pot culture, and it's hit or miss, he gets fruit some years and doesn't get anything others.  he is constantlyl fighting with spider mites as well.



Meyer lemons grow well in pots that way you can bring it inside when it gets real cold.  Put some rollers under the pot to make it easier to move when necessary.  You can use Meyer lemons to make great lemonade, lemon bars, lemon pie, margaritas etc.  The juice will also clean you finger nails well.  When I start juicing my Meyer lemons I have dirt under my finger nails but juicing only about 10 fruit the dirt is gone!  You can mix the juice with some water to clean and mop your floors! 


To make my lemonade I use one cup juice, 75 grams sugar, 18 FL once bottled water, 1L club soda.  This lemonade is tart and not very sweet so you may want to add more sugar if you like it sweet.  I do not like it very sweet. 

Most of the Meyer lemons on my plants are almost grapefuit size.  There are some smaller and some very small, but most are much larger than real lemons.

The Meyer lemon is not a real lemon but a hybrid between a mandarin and lemon. It is much more cold tolerant than real lemons down to the low 20s if acclimated to the cold.  It is not as cold tolerant as the satsuma mandarin though.  To protect against severe cold I have a PVC frame and frost cloth and use outdoor power blankets for heat source.  You can cover with two layers 1.5 oz frost cloth and then cover with a tarp or plastic with a heat source under the  covers.  It is very effective even for the worst cold weather here!   You can also build a soil bank to protect the graft and trunk.  Just make sure you build the soil bank high enough at least 1 foot above the graft! 

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Quote:
Originally Posted by noss
I can't wait to get my Satsuma and Meyer Lemon trees now.  They are tiny, though.  Even so, the Meyer Lemon tree had a huge lemon on it.  I didn't think to ask to be able to pick it.  The Nursery has been holding it for me and will put it in soon.  What is the best way to plant those trees?  If we should put them in ourselves, should we put soil conditioners in the planting hole?

Can we keep the trees pruned down lower and for a smaller diameter of the tree spread?

I've heard that Meyer Lemons make the best lemonade.  I used the juice of one in cooking and it was so much better than a regular lemon, flavorwise, that it's the first time I used lemon in cooking where I really liked it.

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Will, just a thought, but if you could find someone who knows how to graft trees, maybe you could have them take a graft cutting from that special lemon tree and graft it onto better rootstock.  Could that affect the production?  I surmise that some rootstock are hardier/tougher and that's good for the growing top of another variety.

I'm thinking I should have gotten dwarf Meyer Lemon and dwarf Satsuma trees, maybe.  JCA, can you tell me about the dwarf trees?

Thanks,

Vivian



Make sure when you plant your Meyer lemon tree you do not amend the soil.  Plant it with native soil only!  Meyer lemons are very easy to propagate through rooted cuttings.  They are also very prolific in pots.  A tree in a 50 gallon pot could produce over 100 large fruit!  I plan to grow some in pots soon.


I am not very good at grafting trees unfortunately!  Meyer lemons are very easy to propagate from cuttings though.  Much easier than other citrus!  In Texas they grow Meyer lemons from cuttings and bank the trees before severe cold.  If the cold is very severe the top will freeze but only after one year the tree will regrow much of the fruiting surface and produce a huge harvest the following year! Trifoilate orange rootstock will limit the size of the citrus scion but flying dragon rootstock is the only dwarfing rootstock for citrus.  I do not have any plants on flying dragon or seeds but citrus grafted to flying dragon may be available at certain nurserys. 

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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I am in zone 9 with mild winters.


Here is a picture of this Meyer lemon plant
It has lots of blossoms now.  There is a bird nest in this tree!

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Here is a close picture

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Here is a picture of the smaller Meyer lemon tree

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Here is a picture of a Meiwa kumquat

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Here is a picture of a 15 foot satsuma tree

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Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Quote:
Originally Posted by noss
JCA, my LSU P's leaves do not curl like that, but if the tree is growing quickly, that sounds good.  Don't stand too close to it, or it will knock you over growing.  :)  Where do you live?  That's a gorgeous satsuma tree!  I will be having one put in soon--An Owari.

Will, have you checked the roots for RKNs?  Even if the LSU P is supposed to be resistant to them doesn't mean it can't have them because resistant doesn't me immune.  If it's not growing strongly, that bothers me.  If it's still in the pot you got it in, you must not have checked the roots.  I think that the LSU P needs legroom, the way it grows.  You should see the big tree James Robin has--It's all over the place.  Mine tries to grow all over the place as well and they tend to be rangy trees with not a heavy leaf cover.  When I got my tree from a local nursery, it was in a little pot and I put it into a larger pot that should have been too large for it, but it fixed that and burst into growth and filled that larger pot with all kinds of roots.  It's a lusty variety.  Did it get any girth growth?  When I first got my LSU P, it got transplanted three times in a row and sat for a short while, then when I put it into the larger pot with the Fafard Potting mix, it began to get a thicker trunk, then finally started tip growth and hasn't stopped since.

Your poor little tree.  I hope it will start to do better for you.  Please let us know what condition the roots are in when you pot it up.

noss



That satsuma tree has produced more than 500 fruit some years about 4 to 5 boxes of fruit.  It is about 13 feet tall and 14 feet wide.  The trunk is very very large.  I have so many satsumas (over 8 boxes some years) that I give most of them away to family and friends.  I keep about 300 in the refrigerator and it usually lasts all winter into early spring.  I still have some from the 2010 crop.  I also have a large Meyer lemon tree that produces 600 to 800 fruit each year and a smaller one that produces 250 fruit each year. That is nearly 1000 Meyer lemons each year far more than I could ever use.  I extract the juice from about 250 fruit and get about 120 cups of juice that I use to make lemonade all year long until the next harvest in the fall.  The Meyer lemons I do not use either rot or I give them to family or friends.   There is no way I could possibly ever use 1000 Meyer lemons as I could probably fill  a couple of large freezers with juice! That is enough juice for several families!  There are still about 30 meyer lemons on the tree that are out of reach in the top center.   The meyer lemons on these trees are almost grapefruit size and have lots of juice.  I get almost 1 cup juice from only 2 fruit! 

 



 LSU purple is planted in the ground and is growing fast.  The roots are healthy and do not show any evidence of damage.


Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Here is a picture of a satsuma orange with flower buds.  Everything here is in bloom and spring has arrived.  My celeste fig tree is doing fine with lots of growth and some figs.  The LSU purple fig is growing fast and that is the important thing.


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Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Here is a link to the picture.


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Here is another one.

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Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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For some reason my picture cannot be displayed.   Oh well, I do not think this problem is all that serious.  Now I  must figure out why my picture is a big red X.    This picture comes from windows photo gallary and is file 004.jpg
I have the correct URL but still a big red X.

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Here is a picture.  Notice how the leaves curve up




Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Quote:
Originally Posted by noss
Hi JCA,

I have found my LSU Purple to be an uncommonly strong, vigorous tree even at its young age.  Nothing seems to be able to stop it, so even if your little tree has FMV, I would think it will shake off the effects of it like a dog shaking off water.

Will, how old is your LSU P tree?  Have you fertilized it like people say to do with FMV positive trees?

Did you keep your tree in the shade after you transplanted it?  Is it in the ground now?

noss


This tree was recently transplanted to the ground on 02/28/11.  According to the tag it is two years old from 02/17/09 and it came in a three gallon pot.  I have not fertilized it because the leaves are dark green and do not seem to need fertilizer.  This tree has no FMV symptoms other than two asymmetrical shaped leaves and leaves that curve up from the sides.  It almost looks like the leaves have been blown by a strong wind curving upwards on the sides. It has been windy here at times and warm and dry.

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Quote:
Originally Posted by satellitehead

Have you tried misting the leaves or tossing the plant in a sealed bin with some humidity to see what happens?


This weather here for the past month has been warm and humid with temperatures mostly above 70 F and dew points above 50 F with a few cool spells with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s. 

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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The plant is growing fine just the leaves are curled.  Some of the leaves have flattened some after watering today.  I do not think this is that big a problem as the plant is very vigorous just some cuped leaves but some of the small leaves are flat not curled.  I will try to get a picture.


Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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After reading about FMV the tree I have probably does have it not from the cup shaped leaves or mottling but from a couple of strange asymmetrical shaped leaves.   There is only one or two leaves like this most others appear normal shape. I watered this tree and some of the curved leaves have flattened out a bit so maybe it was watered stressed?  It has been very very dry here and this tree is a recent transplant and the last time I watered it was February 28 when I planted it.  Oh well there is nothing I can do about this problem.  I will keep the tree and hope for the best.   It is growing fast and the branches appear normal and it looks healthy otherwise.


Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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We have not had freezing temperatures here since February 12.  The branches are growing normally not shriveled.  This is an LSU Purple fig tree from Edible Landscaping.  Some of the new leaves are not curled by they are young and small and may still curl as they develop.  This plant looks healthy otherwise with very vigorous growth and green leaves and no wilting or mottling. The sides are curled up but the end is flat and normal.


What is FMV?

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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The leaves look healthy and green but curled.


Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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The leaves of my recently transplanted fig tree are curling up.  Is this a sign of a lack of moisture?  This tree was planted when dormant in late February and the new leaves are curling up.  The temperature here today is over 80F and humid.


Subject: I'm quiting Replies: 46
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Originally Posted by fortisi876
and suspect I might have trouble waiting on me when I go out shortly to unwrap. :(

Well, as suspected my oldest in ground tree sustained some damage too! 

If the bark hasn't been removed 'completely' around will it be OK?









If the bark has not been completely removed or girdled your tree should recover.   Some rodent ate the bark off one of citrus trees in winter 2009.  The tree was never covered but they climbed up the branches and completely girdled some large branches removing the bark all around and I had to prune the damage.  It has since grown more branches and I still got good production from that tree in 2009 even with the damage.

Subject: He's back at it again Replies: 105
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I can only find one post from a person name Zergy but not Zergas.  Are there more?


Subject: LSU Purple Power! Replies: 54
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The LSU Purple fig is starting to leaf out.  Small leaves and tiny figs finally appear on the tree.  It was 79 F today UV index near 9 after some thunder storms and wind yesterday!   Looking forward to those 90 F days and 70 percent humidity.  I love the intense sun light heat and humidity.

Subject: Jersey Fig Replies: 7
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Use osmocote or other slow release fertilizers.  I killed some citrus trees using too much fertilizer years ago and did not spread it evenly.  You reduce this risk using slow release fertilizers.  Citrus are heavy feeders but figs do not require as much nitrogen.  Applying too much fertilizer can also reduce the fig production so be careful!

Subject: Can Arsenic and Mercury get into figs? Replies: 11
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This is an important issue because Arsenic and Mercury are very very toxic to people and animals.  I do not think that this is going to be a big problem for me because the fly ash is likely a small percentage of the top soil and did not use more than 400 lbs of top soil. I would rather not have any fly ash in my soil though if possible.  This is proof that is better to pay more for better soil.


Subject: Can Arsenic and Mercury get into figs? Replies: 11
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Fly ash is the waste product from coal combustion.  It is concentrated in waste and contains heavy metals like Arsenic and Mercury.


Subject: Can Arsenic and Mercury get into figs? Replies: 11
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I used some lowe's topsoil that contains fly ash and top soil mixed to together to fill in some low spots. It is very very cheap only about $1.00 per 40 lb bag.  Is there danger some of the Arsenic from the fly ash could get into the figs?  I cannot believe it is legal to sell contaminated topsoil containing fly ash!  I do not know the percentage fly ash in this soil and hope it is low.


Subject: LSU Purple Power! Replies: 54
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I planted my LSU Purple fig tree today.  I had to plant it high on a hill I made with  my shovel because the planting site is low and do not want standing water problems.   The soil is well drained though and standing water only happens with very high rainfall over 4 inches in short time and only lasts a few hours.


Subject: LSU Purple Power! Replies: 54
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To protect citrus from severe cold you build a soil bank.  This will protect the graft union and trunk.  The top may freeze but most of the top will grow back in the growing season following the freeze.  The next year you get boxes of fruit production.   I have lots of soil and special containers to hold the soil around the trunk.

The graft union is the most vulnerable spot for freeze damage other than the foliage.  If you save the graft the plant will recover very very quickly.


We had a mature mandarin that survived 15 hours below 18F with low of 14F in the early 1980s.  This plant was never banked and later killed in 1989 though.  If you build a soil bank you can save your citrus plant from most freezes to as low as 8F.  A good soil bank will provide at least 10 F protection.

Non grafted citrus is more cold tolerant especially Changsha mandarin.


Figs do not need a soil bank since they are not grafted.

Subject: LSU Purple Power! Replies: 54
Posted By: JCA Views: 5,836
 
GeorgiaFig, I will give LSU Purple fig a try.  Glad you enjoy the LSU Purple fig!  I have been growing citrus for years but not many figs until recently.  From what I have read figs are the easiest fruit to grow.  Well it is not really a fruit, but it is delicious for sure. 

Brown Turkey and LSU Gold are two other varieties that I am interested in.  The only problem is finding the space for new plants.  I have an area reserved for the LSU Purple that gets almost full sun.

Subject: LSU Purple Power! Replies: 54
Posted By: JCA Views: 5,836
 
Anyone having problems with fig rust?  Last year rust defoliated my Celeste fig tree but it had already produced a crop of figs earlier in the year.  Celeste only produced one fig crop and so I am interested in LSU Purple fig which is supposedly ever bearing.   I am in south Louisiana Zone 9.

This year I plan to spray a Copper fungicide to control fig rust.


Figs do not last long in storage so I am thinking of freezing some figs to enjoy out of season.  Does anyone freeze figs here?  Will they still have good flavor after a few months frozen?

The Celeste seems to ripen figs very early here( as early as June some years) and has a short season.  I would like to enjoy figs July through October.

Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
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Old man winter is losing his grip big time this week even in Canada. His funeral is near and your fig trees will soon awaken.   I think the worst is over but old man winter may have one more assult and then fade away.


Subject: Pruning branches to get 2 offsets Replies: 11
Posted By: JCA Views: 941
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by nkesh099
Beyondista,

You can cut above a node during the growing season, the tree would form branches at that point/node. That's what I did last season with some of my trees which were getting very tall.

JCA,

I know someone had the problem with fig borers before and they covered the whole tree with a steel mesh cage (one used for screen doors). He made a frame using 2 by 4s and nailed the steel mesh to the frame and placed his trees under the cage.
You can buy a role of 4 by 6 foot from Lowe's for around $9.00. Also you can kill them by hand or.. or you could buy a electric fly zapper and hang it somewhere away from the tree, you might be able to decrease their populations.

Navid.


 


Are the fig borers a big problem where you live?  I have never seen them myself but heard they are sometimes a big problem where I live and many areas in the south.  Are they in northern areas too? 

It is probably the worst pest considering the damage done and hope I never have this problem.  I read if you maintain your fig tree the borers do not bother it.  They seem to prefer diseased or damaged trees.

Subject: Pruning branches to get 2 offsets Replies: 11
Posted By: JCA Views: 941
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by satellitehead

JCA, where is "here"?



I am near extreme south Louisiana.  I plan to move to Homestead Florida though.  

Subject: Snow Coming Your Way Replies: 54
Posted By: JCA Views: 2,524
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by satellitehead

Even after below-freezing temps, my Pineapple Guava is still alive!!



Pineapple guava is very cold tolerant for subtropical plant.  I have two guava pineapple plants in my yard but they are small.  Are the fruit good flavor and normal size?

Subject: Pruning branches to get 2 offsets Replies: 11
Posted By: JCA Views: 941
 

Anyone having problems with fig borers?  The three lined fig borer is a very damaging pest here.  I read if you prune your fig bush you risk infestation of the fig borer larvae which tunnel through the wood destroying the fig tree.


 

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