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Subject: frozen figs Replies: 3
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We usually cook the green figs under meat. Does that sound workable with the pre-frozen figs? 

Subject: frozen figs Replies: 3
Posted By: frdnicholas Views: 286
 
I had quite a lot of green figs on my bush. The sudden freeze hit, then warmed up. The figs are slightly soft. Will the flavor be gone? Can I pick them and put them in the freezer to cook later? Or did I lose them? 

Subject: Pruning a Brown Turkey fig bush? Replies: 6
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My Brown Turkey seem to be more of the bush variety. I have added a plant that is the tree type but I don't know what variety it is. We took a cutting from a tree that grows in the neighborhood (the folks didn't mind at all) and rooted it. I planted it last year and it has produced figs this year, but the race is on to see if they ripen before the winter sets in. It has lots of branches coming up from the bottom, but once the season is over, I intend to cut the extra branches and just leave the main one so it will grow like a tree. The tree type is about 6-7feet from the 2 bush types that are about 5 feet apart.

Subject: Pruning a Brown Turkey fig bush? Replies: 6
Posted By: frdnicholas Views: 3,429
 
Thanks, Ken. That is really helpful. I have 2, what were labeled Brown Turkey figs from Walmart and those were the ones I was asking about. I haven't pruned them at all in the 5+ years they've been in the ground. I appreciate now knowing the difference between"breba" and "main" branches. I will prune the "breba" lightly. What I've noticed as I said in the initial post was that each year has been different. Some years the branches that produced the figs seemed to have completely died and the plant produced all new growth, Other years the branches came back to life in the spring, but produced fruit near the end of the season. Then there wasn't time for the fruit to ripen before the winter hit. And then some years I have gotten up to 25 delicious fruits, but only 1 or 2 ripen at a time so none of them make it to the house. I just eat them as I'm watering. They are soooo good!

Subject: Pruning a Brown Turkey fig bush? Replies: 6
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I'm not competent in downloading pictures, but I'll try this afternoon. I was hoping this would have been one of those obvious questions that a fig grower would just go, "Oh, all you have to do is...." I'll see what I can do. Do I attach the saved picture to my reply?

Subject: Pruning a Brown Turkey fig bush? Replies: 6
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This bush has been in the ground for 5 years. Each year has been a little different. Some years the old growth did nothing and the new growth produced some figs. This past season was like that. Some branches have figs and some don't. After the fruit finishes for this season, are there certain branches that I can prune without hurting next year's crop? The bush is kind of sprawling and, if I can without hurting the bush, I would like to shape it a little. Is this anything like berries where some year's growth pruduce fruit the following year? I would be grateful for help as I am inexperienced with these wonderful figs.


Subject: Help me understand Brown Turkey fig behavior? Replies: 4
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So do I keep the old wood that is now bare, or cut it back? The smaller of the 2 bushes that has new growth coming up from the bottom has the older branches bare. (By the way, I went to the University of Georgia a long time ago and loved Athens. We moved from Atlanta 6 years ago)


Subject: Help me understand Brown Turkey fig behavior? Replies: 4
Posted By: frdnicholas Views: 651
 

I have 2, what were called Brown Turkey fig plants I bought 5 years ago and have been in the ground since then. They are about 5 feet apart, so soil conditions are pretty much the same, sandy, former river bottom soil. I've added little bits of aged manure periodically, usually in late winter when I just have to do something in the garden, here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first year I got about 7 figs off of one plant, and around 5 off the other. The second year the figs came too late and froze. The third year I got about the same number as the first year. They were approximately the same size when I bought them; one has outgrown the other by 3 times. THis year, the smaller of the 2 had no leaves on any of the branches, and then started growing all new growth from the bottom. The other had lots of new growth, but no figs until just this week. Is this typical of this plant?


 

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