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Subject: Hollier ???'s Replies: 7
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same sort of thing happened to a lot of my figs this year.

Subject: Clarification on pruning in short season climate Replies: 3
Posted By: hblta Views: 443
 
i'm no expert,
but I think of the figs you have, all but King are best for main crop.
King, desert king is a breba crop, so do not do any pruning of it now.
For the rest, the pruning after 5 or 6 leaves is done in spring/ early summer to encourage formation of main crop figs,
so the plant does not put on a lot of new growth, but grows figs instead. pruning these other trees now for shape should not advesly
affect next years main crop.
others might have better advice.

Subject: Fig dormancy in garage or all year green plants in greenhouse Replies: 8
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... how cold will the green house be in January and February?

Subject: more questions about winter :-) Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 519
 
I just thought the same thing as Martin.....
cold-hardiness ... depends of variety of mulberry.

Subject: more questions about winter :-) Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 519
 
Hi Soni,
mulberries are more hardy than figs, Mulberries grow wild, like weeds, here in 5b
If planted in the ground they can survive the winter no problem. In your zone I think you could still plant the mulberry seedlings in ground this fall. mulch them a bit and provide rodent protection, and they should be fine.
the figs will not go dormant if your green house temps are in the 70's.
if the night time temps go to low, the trees might be damaged by the high/low cycling of temps.
If you keep the lows above 40 they will not go dormant.

Subject: VdB or Havasu 10-21-13 Replies: 13
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agree with Martin.
great pics

Subject: Mystery fig, TASTE ON PAR WITH VDB needs ID Replies: 24
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,617
 
Thanks Rick,
that would be neat if it was Olho de Perdiz.
that would be something new, unique, rare, lol my chance to make millions
.

Subject: Mystery fig, TASTE ON PAR WITH VDB needs ID Replies: 24
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,617
 
it's a few days from ripe, but tried it anyway.
cold weather coming

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Subject: Mystery fig, TASTE ON PAR WITH VDB needs ID Replies: 24
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,617
 
My friend has not found the tag.
but the fig is from Portugal,
and as far as she remembers it is a Pingo De Mel.


all the pics and descriptions of Pingo De Mel that I have seen are of
a light coloured fig.  So maybe this is something new.
or maybe not, maybe just a name.
.


Subject: End Of Season Update (2013) Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,106
 
Nice

Subject: Need help Replies: 11
Posted By: hblta Views: 729
 
A close up of that one leaf that we see mostly on edge might help.
That leaf looks like has something happening to it.
drying out?
dieing from lack or too much water?

Subject: So What Was Your 2013 Favorite Fig? Replies: 25
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,332
 
2 different unknowns
and vdb

Subject: Mystery fig, TASTE ON PAR WITH VDB needs ID Replies: 24
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,617
 
The plant is about 4 or 5 years old.
and the leaves do not look like the leaves on my vdb.
taste is not same as vdb, just similar in quality, in intensity, complexity, maybe better, since the flavour did not seem washed out by all the rain we have been having.
I culled a large number of very green figs off, in the hopes that a few that are changing colour may still ripen.
if so I will post a pic of ripe one.... the two I ate at her place were very red on inside and very sweet, outside kind of greyish purple brown.

and the leaves do resemble the San Pietro leaves on the link you provided Meghan.  is San Peitro the same as san pedro types, breba types like dersert king? just wondering.

Subject: Mystery fig, TASTE ON PAR WITH VDB needs ID Replies: 24
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,617
 
Got this fig from a friend who is moving back to Portugal, probably this winter.
She is not sure what kind it is but is looking for the label,
It is a very productive plant.
Ripened lots of figs even in this lousy summer we had. Even with the rain we have had in the past few days, the figs will dry on the tree, had two when I picked it up, and they are very tasty.  I would rank them in quality on par with VDB.

No evidence of figs splitting or souring.

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Subject: Geothermal Fig Hoophouse Replies: 43
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,273
 
What's wrong with naked  yoga?? lol

Subject: Shaping a greenhouse JH Adriatic Replies: 30
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,249
 
great looking fruit, Kerry.

Subject: Melanzana Merdescola? Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,318
 
One last pic.
and over all this has been my best tasting variety this year.

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Subject: can I do an air layer in the winter? or does it have to be a certain month? Replies: 11
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,213
 
I agree with Tam.
Airlayer/rooting can be done while in winter storage as long as temps stay above freezing.
it wil lbe slow, but you have all winter.
Iv'e done it.

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux AF Replies: 32
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,644
 
just,
wow
for that
VDB AF.
wow again.

Subject: Just might be time for a few to ripen Replies: 1
Posted By: hblta Views: 376
 
Checked my figs today.
and am happy to see some at long last are showing signs of ripening.
Weather forecast for next few days promises to stay warm, but will it be warm enough for ripening?
I do not know.
I oiled a few to help them along.
The big surprise was the LSU purple colouring and starting to swell.
I did get to eat one Colosanti Dark yesterday. I had totally overlooked it, and it was wonderfully ripe, having a consistency between jam and fruit leather, very sweet, tasty and some seed crunch.
These plants are all in pots that have been sunk into ground so their roots could spread out.

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Subject: Afghan fig info Replies: 29
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,252
 
a fig tree at the base of a douglas fir.
the soil is probably too acidic for optimal growth, and so it grows slowly and is stunted.

Subject: Figs immune to juglone from black walnuts? Replies: 4
Posted By: hblta Views: 721
 
A few years ago I planted 3 fig trees in my back yard in close proximity to numerous black walnut trees.
one has died.
one, was stunted badly, and  since it was a variety i wanted to keep, i moved it, and it is since doing much better, putting on healthy growth.
another is still back among the walnuts, not doing terribly well, but still alive. it is not a favorite so I am leaving it there to see.
My plants in pots away from the walnuts are growing much better than the one in ground near the walnuts. My other in-ground fig is very far from the walnut trees and both last year and this has put one 2 or more feet of new growth per trunk, and multiple branches.
As you note, figs are not a native competitor to black walnut trees..... so there  would be no reason, no benefit, for figs to develop a resistance to juglone. Mulberries are a native competitor so it is to their advantage to have resistance
.

Subject: Melanzana Merdescola? Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,318
 
hi Rodney,
most are in pots and I bring them inside to cold room, 34-40F degrees, for winter. They go dormant.
I have 2 outside, in ground, one close to house with southern exposure, another out in backyard dogleg valley, so it is naturally very protected from cold winter winds etc. I give extra protection to both outside trees for the winter. I am in zone 5b/6a border, so winters are cold and long.

Subject: Melanzana Merdescola? Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,318
 
Thanks Nelson.

Subject: Melanzana Merdescola? Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,318
 
Thank-you for the offer of cuttings Leon.
I have also had offer from this side of the border, and when the time comes I think I will go with that rather than risk border issues.

Certainly I will not give up on this one, as it tasted fine this year. I can only imagine how much better it would have tasted with a real summer to ripen in.
but I guess tasting fine is kind of subjective, with only one other variety ripening figs for me this year, anything fresh is bound to taste good. lol


Subject: Melanzana Merdescola? Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,318
 
Hi Nelson,
yes I got it from Mario, hamilton.
any idea what it really is?

Subject: Melanzana Merdescola? Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,318
 
here is pic of dominant leaf on my MM?
as well as pic of fig

and a pic of grimoBT
Both were tastey. A nice surprise considering the cool weather of late.


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Subject: Melanzana Merdescola? Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,318
 
will do.
just have to find the charger...

Subject: Melanzana Merdescola? Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,318
 
The batteries in the camera died, so only the one pic.
fig is about 2 inches from stem to eye, about inch and a half or more wide, eye is not open.
have not had a ripe one yet to taste.
unripe one was red inside.

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Subject: Does this lool like a Brown Turkey? Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 511
 
That  is funny.
the common fig does not need pollination.

Subject: Is Brown Turkey bad? Replies: 27
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,452
 
I have 2 BTs, one Grimo BT and one English BT from EL.  both are good tasting figs.

Subject: What's Ripening now? Replies: 22
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,053
 
At last I am happy,
figs seem to have stopped dropping,
and I had one ripe Lattarulla today.
too bad we had rain the last 2 days or it would have been better.
a few Grimo BT also show signs of swelling and changing colour.
the inground grimo natalina dropped all its main, while the potted one is still holding onto all or most of its figs.

Subject: Unknown Purple Replies: 2
Posted By: hblta Views: 273
 
Looks beautiful.

Subject: Figs getting rubbery and falling off Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,176
 
Not one fig has ripened for me.
All are just changing colour, not swelling, getting rubbery and falling off.  All.
:-(

Subject: Figs getting rubbery and falling off Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,176
 
I am thinking what has happened is that the figs got oiled.
we had terrible cool wet spring, and lots of rust.
I did not want to pick all the leaves off all the plants.
I sprayed them numerous times with neem oil mixture.
I am thinking some may have got on the forming figs, into the even closed eyes.

just an idea.

Subject: what is the latest in the year you can set figs out? Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 389
 
If you had duplicates of some of your plants you could always experiment.
I think they would be ok if planted in ground now as long as you give them adequate winter protection.
leaf mulch 6 or more inches deep a few feet radius around the plant, wrap with burlap or some such, wire cage, around that and fill it with leaves,
more wrap around the wire cage as wind and rain barrier. 

Subject: Colasanti "apparently not dark" Fig :) Replies: 18
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,088
 
I found the flavour with the C. white to improve greatly if watering was severely restricted during the ripening phase.
To keep the ants out I used a ring of tanglefoot on duct tape around the trunk.

Subject: 2013 ripening order ,main crop in NJ Replies: 26
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,045
 
Only have one fig tree in ground, Grimo Natalina.
It has been in ground for 2 winters, and this is first season that it makes figs.
Still none ripe.

Subject: Paul's crops Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 917
 
Hi Paul,
how has the weather been this year in your area of BC.
Wondering because those figs look wonderful, and I know that generally coastal region of BC has cooler, wetter, but longer summers than we have here in ontario,
so those varieties would probably do well here
So far I have no ripe figs.

Subject: Figs getting rubbery and falling off Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,176
 
Thanks for all the input.
I'll try the bath salts to see if that helps. Some are turning brownish spottily, others whole fig turning towards its darker purplier ripe colour.
Guess I'll have to wait on checking to see if they are root bound, for some that might be the case, for others I don't think so as this would be only second season in their pot.
Most of the plants have put on good growth, so I don't think it is/was lack of fertilizer earlier in the season.
I started pinching off any new figs that appeared after mid june.

Subject: Figs getting rubbery and falling off Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,176
 
I'm having problems with my figs this year.
Many, H.C., Colosanti dark, several unknowns, vdb, petite negri, have many figs that are turning colour towards ripe colour, getting rubbery, and falling off. The figs while they are turning colour are not increasing in size at all. A few are just in pots, but others are in partially buried pots with root access to the ground. Any ideas on what is happening or why?

Subject: Figs and Black Walnuts Replies: 9
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I tested out the area in my backyard that has walnut trees.
Fig trees seem to be stunted, slow growth, when near walnut trees.
one fig plant died, one stunted and I moved it to other location where it is now doing fine,
another still among the walnuts, thought it was dead but it came up from the roots, not one of my favourites so I am leaving it there to see how it does.

Subject: The top fig Replies: 45
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,590
 
I would.

Subject: fmv everywhere, sigh. Replies: 59
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,024
 
... To me it would seem that destroying a fig tree because it has FMV
is like performing euthanasia on a person because he has the common cold.

Subject: Osborne Prolific question Replies: 0
Posted By: hblta Views: 374
 
I am wondering how close to ripening does it change from green to ??
got one that has started to change, but know that other figs often take on a darker colour long before ripening.

Subject: LSU HOLLIER Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 677
 
Hi Marius,
just wondering if that is the predominant leaf shape in right foreground of pic #3.
wondering because I have a mystery plant, that I am hoping is Hollier from an cutting for which labeling was lost. right now it is labelled Hopefully Hollier.
thanks

Subject: Fig growing seminar video from Canada Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 580
 
lots of helpful info

Subject: souther brown turkey Replies: 59
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,273
 
here are the leaf pics of my 2 BT's.

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Subject: souther brown turkey Replies: 59
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,273
 
Hey Pete,
no problem about hijacking the topic.
The more info the better.
I am wondering how early the red eye appears on the southern bt.
I have 2 plants that have come labelled as brown turkey, one just as brown turkey the other as english brown turkey, and the eyes are still white at this time of year on both. Both are small figs when ripe, perhaps a little bigger round than a quarter as in Herman's post #2 above.

Subject: every time i water my figs.. Replies: 39
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,325
 
parking lot of local mall yesterday.

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