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Subject: What do do with fig suckers Replies: 3
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I slice a plastic pot so that I can get it around the sucker,
fill the post with soil, and then when its rooted and ready, cut it off.

Subject: Gisotta Nero Pino 2016 Replies: 34
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Hi Pino, nice pics.
I think caramel undertones is accurate description.
Steve, if you have the room in your yard, definitely go for an in ground fig.  If you get something that is hardy enough for southern Ontario, they are so much easier to take care of.
and if you are growing in pots, there are lots that do well here.

Subject: Figs 2016 Questions? Replies: 4
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my guess it is having die back because all the new growth is not old enough to handle the cold. The branches etc do not have enough mass and moisture to counter the dehydrating effect of winter cold.
I would try giving the new growth winter protection for a few years.

Subject: How to hasten late summer ripening Ontario Replies: 9
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For oiling, I think the fig has to have begun the final ripening process.  The olive oil on the eye does not seem to have any effect on an unripe, 'green' fig'
The oil speeds up the ripening process, but does not initiate the ripening process.

Subject: need help identifying a "hardy" fig Replies: 3
Posted By: hblta Views: 132
 
Thanks.
and yes the figs which it produced last year were tasty.

Subject: will the real MARSEILLES black (VS) plese stand up? Replies: 5
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Hi bigbadbill and Ed, both trees produced breba that looked like that last year.

having LdA would be nice. i have never received cuttings or plants labelled LdA, (longue d'eau ?)

Subject: will the real MARSEILLES black (VS) plese stand up? Replies: 5
Posted By: hblta Views: 170
 
Hi Pino,
They are both keepers for taste.
Does the first fig look like marseilles black (VS)?

Subject: need help identifying a "hardy" fig Replies: 3
Posted By: hblta Views: 132
 
bought this fig last year from local super market.  label just said "hardy fig" and staff did not know what variety it might be or how to find out.
Any way, The plant looked to be in its second year, but it said "hardy" so I planted in ground  just in case it was not I took an air layer for safe keeping as well as saving the receipt.
It survived the winter, with protection, and both the air layer and the in ground have put on figs. The air layer in pot is ripening, the in ground not yet. I will post a pic of ripe fig when I get one. but or now here are pics of the plants.
any ideas?

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Subject: will the real MARSEILLES black (VS) plese stand up? Replies: 5
Posted By: hblta Views: 170
 
I received cuttings, ( including marseilles black (VS))  from a reliable forum member a few years ago.
they came individually labelled and I got 3  marseilles black (VS) out of it.
one I have traded away.
the story is the other two.
for the first 2 years they exhibited the identical leaf pattern.
3rd year one showed some leaves with variation, and both put out similar looking figs.
This year one has standard leaf pattern, every leaf almost  identical in overall shape, and figs look like the ones in variety list. The other not so much. It has wild variation in leaf pattern, still some leaves that look like the other one but not many, and the figs are not looking the same at all.
First three pics are of one plant, the next four are of the one with leaf variation.  Is such leaf variation normal in the variety. and a fig pic of what both produced last year as breba.

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Subject: 1st timer, UK fig ripening or dropping Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 228
 
pinching off the tops before they reach the top of the fence, when  they are maybe only 2 or 3 feet from the main branches will encourage earlier fruiting.

Subject: !*#$%&^%$ yellow jackets Replies: 11
Posted By: hblta Views: 256
 
diatomateous earth dusted on the figs as they are ripening seems to help somewhat. but if you miss a spot, the hornets will find it and dig in.

Subject: UC Davis Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 296
 
UCdavis is having some financial difficulties.
The pepper spraying of protesters did not help.
The new dean is spending millions on P.R.
The money had to come from somewhere, some programs were bound to be cut.

Subject: Toronto fig growers question Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 226
 
yours looks like it has put on a lot of new healthy growth this season. I pinch the growing tip after 5 or 6 new leaves, and cull the figs, early to mid june, to no more than 3 on new growth.

Subject: Toronto fig growers question Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 226
 
Hi Pana, yes I think the heat does a number on VDB. I am slowly moving all my plants to self irrigating pots.  Those that I have in SIP's now do much better.... better growth, less stress, less fig drop.
I only got a few vdb breba, mostly I am waiting for the main to ripen, probably end of august to mid september.  This year I put a lot of my potted trees among my hostas. The hostas keep the pots shaded / cool and out of sight. IMG_1891_1.jpg 


Subject: Toronto fig growers question Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 226
 
I have not had any main, but have had breba from VDB, Desert King, MarsellesBlack vs, Petite negri, LSU gold, and a couple from an unknown that will be ready in the next few days. IMG_1896_1.jpg 

Subject: Please look at my airlayer Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 448
 
Meg,
es the original plant from which the air layer is taken will live.

Subject: What Deficiency/Disease is this? Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 280
 
What do the undersides of the leaves look like. In my experience rust first shows up on the underside.
It might also be sun burn. if the plants went from grow lights to 5 hours full sun, that could burn them.... better to go from grow lights to dappled shade/light.
water stress is also a possibility. Leaves that regularly get dehydrated will brown up like that.

Subject: Hardy Chicago Replies: 21
Posted By: hblta Views: 644
 
WOW Tyler,
that looks great.
This is first year mine has given me any figs.  All much smaller than yours and I was thinking time to get rid of it,
since the taste was just so so.  
Maybe it gets another year.

Subject: Stolen images on ebay Replies: 13
Posted By: hblta Views: 371
 
And he only wants 15 dollars per cutting.

Subject: MBVS 2015 Replies: 19
Posted By: hblta Views: 771
 
Hey Tyler
Nice pics.
I'm having trouble with wasps, yellow jackets digging holes into most of my almost ripe figs.
only RDB has escaped their notice.

Hi Frank,
that is good to hear that it can die to the ground and still produce figs on the new growth.

Subject: Melanzana 2015 Replies: 13
Posted By: hblta Views: 788
 
Thanks for the great pics Pino.
I have sometimes wondered if my MM (not) was really melanzana.
From your pics of fruit and leaves, it is not.

Subject: More from zone 5-B Replies: 4
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Hi Pino,
the Mb(vs) is in a container.
The others are half and half, meaning in a pot that has been sunk into ground a few inches with lots of holes for roots to get out into the soil.
Everything comes into cold-cellar for winter storage.

Subject: More from zone 5-B Replies: 4
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Unusual year, almost all ripening at the same time. No staggering of ripening as in other years. IMG_1836_1.jpg  IMG_1838_1.jpg  IMG_1839_1.jpg  IMG_1840_1.jpg  IMG_1841_1_1.jpg  IMG_1842_1.jpg  IMG_1843_1.jpg  IMG_1844_1.jpg  IMG_1845_1.jpg  IMG_1846_1.jpg  IMG_1847_1.jpg  IMG_1848_1.jpg  IMG_1849_1.jpg

Subject: Hopng it does not rain in the next few days Replies: 8
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LSU Gold is 3, I sure hope it does improve in taste.
VDB and PN are 4 or 5, they taste fine, any improvement would be icing on the cake.

Subject: Hopng it does not rain in the next few days Replies: 8
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Hi Paully22, Are the main and the breba the same shape? The main crop looks short and squatty right now.
Hi Tyler, this is the first year my LSU Gold has made any figs, I look forward to seeing how the main crop tastes.

Subject: Hopng it does not rain in the next few days Replies: 8
Posted By: hblta Views: 324
 
The LSU Gold was ok, I've tasted better, but I've tasted worse. I think it could have used another day on the tree, but I was checking it, looked like it had some sort of critter damage, and it came off.
the VDB was wonderful, berry sweet.  In future I will leave all vdb breba on. At my location they ripen during our hottest and driest summer month.
Also had a Petite Negri (EL) today, also wonderful. another plant to leave all breba on. 
Colosanti Dark has half a dozen of so brebas on, one colouring and drooping, should be ready in a few days.

Subject: Sicilian Black JR Unk Replies: 21
Posted By: hblta Views: 737
 
Looks like a good one.

Subject: Hopng it does not rain in the next few days Replies: 8
Posted By: hblta Views: 324
 
waiting on a couple brebas
LSU Gold
and VDB

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Subject: Disappointing Noire de Caromb Replies: 16
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,057
 
The figs seemed to hang onto the tree pretty hard.
Usually ripe ones almost fall off into your hand.
Was that white on your thumb latex at 1:55?
if so they were not ripe.

Subject: Tennessee New Fig Fan - Figs Ripening?ing?? Replies: 28
Posted By: hblta Views: 891
 
HI Golfmom,
It is normal for the fig fruit to grow to a certain size in about the first month or so, it will then remain that size 'forever' or so it seems.
The spectacular actions take place in the last week to ten days before the fruit is ripe.
In that last week to ten  days the fruit will about double in size, take on its ripe colour, get soft and droop down.
Your  plant looks great.

Subject: fertilizer recommendation? Replies: 3
Posted By: hblta Views: 321
 
Hi Barry,
I would make a small cut on the Hardy chicago, take the tip of a branch off, see if it has any sap running, check to see if it is still green under the outside skin.
The one plant I had outside this past winter is dead to the ground, despite winter protection.  Time will tell if it comes up from the roots again.
Fertilize as often as the product you have recommends. Watch how much your plants grow, you do not want long inter-nodal distances.  Stop the fertilizing about 4 months before normal dormancy sets in.
That gives the new growth time to harden off before the cold weather sets in.

Subject: SEGMENTS OF AIR LAYER Replies: 1
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I sent a forum member a bare root air layer last fall.
I had to cut off a bit at the bottom so it would fit in the box.
I thought ... what the heck, its already got roots, ... so I potted that piece up and put it into winter storage with the rest of my trees. .. brought it out at the beginning of march, and now have another healthy Niagara Black.  

Subject: fig trees from seeds?? Replies: 12
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Fig trees do not grow true to variety from seed.

Subject: Mystery fig, TASTE ON PAR WITH VDB needs ID Replies: 24
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,617
 
Glad
  you liked it, Tyler.

Subject: Mystery fig, TASTE ON PAR WITH VDB needs ID Replies: 24
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,617
 
 I have no idea what it is.

Nelson,the link you provide does look a lot like  it,
unfortunately I had no ripe figs this year to compare,  but the one last year was much redder inside than the one in the link
the leaves and outside colour was same, a day or so from ripe,  but they disappeared one day/night., so I do not know what inside looks like.
The ones I had last year when the plant was given to me had dried on the tree, so no comparison.

Subject: How do you plant your fig trees in the ground?? Replies: 14
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Planting a fig tree deeper than it was in the pot, ie burying part of the trunk, will not rot the trunk. (perhaps it might if your soil is constantly waterlogged.) The tree will sprout new roots from that portion of the trunk, Fig trees like to grow roots, that is why cuttings and air-layers are so easy to do.  ...  The first fig trees I bought cam with the instructions to pot them and then bury the pots an inch or two deep... What the seller meant was to dig a whole an couple of inches deep and place the bottom of the pot in the whole so the roots could grow out into the surrounding soil.  But what did I know, the instructions said to bury the pot, so I dug a couple of holes about a foot and a half deep and buried the pots so that the top was a couple of inches below the surface, lol.  lots of roots come fall dig up time.

Subject: Controling ants Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 643
 
If all you want to do is keep the ants off your figs,
use tanglefoot.
Get a piece of cloth that is long enough to wrap around the trunk and a little wider than the tape you will use
stick the cloth to one end of the tape
wrap the cloth around the trunk with sticky side of tape toward the trunk
so that when the cloth is wrapped around the tape continues to wrap around the cloth and eventually to stick to itself
apply tangle foot to the tape........... and ants cannot get to your figs.

Subject: Red Lebanese(Bekaa)+ some more beauties..... Replies: 11
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Wonderful to have so many varieties ripening at the same time!

Subject: Getty Green local unknown Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 903
 
http://figs4fun.com/Thumbnail_Stella.html


http://figs4fun.com/Thumbnail_Brunswick.html

Subject: Hoping there is still time for ripening Replies: 22
Posted By: hblta Views: 835
 
RDB pics

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Subject: Ciccio Nero ripening nicely Replies: 36
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great looking fig, Pino.

Subject: Hoping there is still time for ripening Replies: 22
Posted By: hblta Views: 835
 
Hi'
Thanks for the info on the Champagne, Pete. Sounds like a variety to have in the north.
Chivas, the Panachee is growing well. Just like all the others it got off to a slow start. I left 3 figs on it, but do not expect the weather to be warm long enough for them to ripen.
You can see them in the backround of the RDB pic in my original post.
Thanks Mike, I'll need a bit of luck. I think your luck will be better, Though we are in same climate zone with you being farther south, your days will stay longer and warmer and your winter will come later.
Tykler, it seems your figs are doing great. My N.B. only started putting on figs in mid august... too late to ripen so I remove them. the Colosanti white lost most of its leaves in middle of summer so the figs it did have on have not done well. Is that the hardy chicago from me? if so it does way better for you than the mother plant does for me. It is on my cut list. my MBvs has not produced any figs, maybe next year.

update, culled all but one fig off the Grimo Natalina. Went out to take a few off to give the rest a better chance to ripen. they were barely holding onto the stem, some falling off as I culled others ... insipid would be the word to describe the taste.


Also noticed the lone Osborne Prolific fig is swelling and colouring,  again thanks Akram.

Subject: English Brown Turkey EL Replies: 20
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Great to hear Sam,
While similar in size and appearance the two are different in the way they grow, at least for me they have been.
The Grimo BT has generally ripened earlier for me than the EBT EL which usually starts ripening after about half of the Grimos have ripened.
The Grimo will dry on the tree, making a sweet, tasty and chewy treat. 

The Grimo BT has not needed any pinching to produce. It just puts out 4 or 5 or 6 leaves with short inter-nodal distance usually setting 3 or 4 fruits per branch of new growth.
The EBT tends a bit towards more green growth and I tend to pinch it.
The Grimo has been a more consistent producer. It dropped a few figs this year whereas the EBT dropped all but one,  which is now starting to swell and change colour.
and they are very different tasting figs, the EBT being more of a full tongue taste experience.

Subject: English Brown Turkey EL Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 910
 
Hi Sammy,
I forget which one I gave you.
It might have been Grimo BT or EBT from EL
the leaves are quite similar and so is the fruit size and appearance except for final colour when ripe.
Both are purplish, but the EBT from EL has golden undertones while the Grimo BT is more burgundy.

PS Sam, glad to hear some rooted for you.

Subject: English Brown Turkey EL Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 910
 
Hi Nelson,
I have the same tree.
Herman identified it as a southern BT on another thread,
last year I think.

Subject: For those of us with mostly insipid figs this year, which ones stood out as great despite the cold weather? Replies: 13
Posted By: hblta Views: 616
 
This is first year I have had figs from my RDB.
It is definitely a keeper, even if this is as good as it gets.
... and it only ripened one so far this year, in late september.

Subject: Hoping there is still time for ripening Replies: 22
Posted By: hblta Views: 835
 
Hi Pete,
yes I thought I would share the info, because it seems worthwhile to know which varieties will still produce tastey fruit into coolness of autumn,
even if it might no be on par with fruit ripened in heat of summer.

Subject: Plants lost this past winter Replies: 44
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,624
 
Wow, Nelson.
That is a lot of trees.
Sorry to hear that.
PM sent.

Subject: Hoping there is still time for ripening Replies: 22
Posted By: hblta Views: 835
 
Just updating the progress.
RDB did ripen. Sorry no pic, it was tastey. very berry and sweet. A couple more left on plant so will try to remember to take a pic before I eat the next one.
Grimo Natalina is swelling and changing colour but not doing the droop. ?
Grimo BT ripening nicely, also sweet and tastey,
The uknown not MM is also ripening, tried one, it was a little early, I'm holding for one that at least appears ripe now to get a taste.
Petite Negri from EL swelling and changing colour, no droop yet.
VDB not doing much of anything.
The unknown Portugese is not showing any signs of ripening.
a few surprises.... LSU Purple swelling and changing colour, so might get a late season taste.
Also a Brunswick swelling and starting to change colour, thanks Akram.

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Subject: Picture - Osborne Prolific 17th Sept 2014 Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 973
 
Another beauty.

 

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