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Subject: Score...Houston unknown Replies: 11
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Would not a real brown turkey have red eyes when the figs are that big?

Subject: Normal for potted trees to stop growing leaves to make figs? Replies: 20
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green stuff slows down as the plant puts more energy into growing the figs. normal.

Subject: Main crop figs I hope to taste this year Replies: 11
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Paully,
Thank you for the offer of cuttings.
If the tree turns out not to be  MM, once life settles down for me here, I would love to have some cuttings.

Subject: Main crop figs I hope to taste this year Replies: 11
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Thanks Chivas, hopefully we do get more heat than we have been having. That would sure help them ripen. Except for the panache which is a few weeks behind what it was last year and does need longer to ripen, they should all do fine.
Thanks for the good wishes Bob, so far no critters to speak of have taken any notice of them. 

Subject: Main crop figs I hope to taste this year Replies: 11
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Hi Eli, none of them are in ground.
most are in pots, sunk a few inches into ground to give the roots growing room for the summer.

hey green fig, I got the unknown yellow from a forum member,,, not all of the leaves in the pic are fig leaves, I have allowed some mint to grow up around the pots to keep the pots shaded from the sun, keeps watering down, and roots cooler.

Subject: Main crop figs I hope to taste this year Replies: 11
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hope you enjoy the pics

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Subject: Yellow and Droopy leaves Replies: 5
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Make more holes.
Lots of them
on sides around the bottom edge at least 6 big ones.
and all around the sides up to about an inch below soil line, lots and lots of little ones.

Subject: Figs with red tips Replies: 58
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an unknown

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Subject: To pinch or not to pinch? Replies: 4
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Some trees do not need pinching.
If a tree puts on a few leaves and sets fruit then there is no need to pinch.
some will naturally do that
some are naturally inclined to put on a lot of green growth before setting fruit.
those are the ones you want to pinch.
pinching is done to encourage the tree to set fruit.
if it does it without pinching, no need to pinch.

pinching also encourages branching.
might not have much of an effect on your tree now, since green vegetative growth tends to slow down when there are figs on the tree.

Subject: souther brown turkey Replies: 59
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thank you Herman2

Subject: souther brown turkey Replies: 59
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,273
 
Does anyone have pics of a real "southern brown turkey"
pics of leaves, and fruit, showing size of fruit.

thanks

Subject: This forum truely is a generous community Replies: 13
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To All
thanks for the additional stories of sharing our trees, and our love of them with others.
It is heartwarming to know such generosity is alive and well in a world that seems increasingly concerned with material gain.

Subject: Do you have main crop embryos ,visible at this time? Replies: 79
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I don't think it is so much that fig trees in pots are tortured but that their living conditions are different, are more conducive to early cropping.
Potted trees also benefit from the fig shuffle, keeping them warmer at night than their in ground brethren.
All this lets them produce main crop figs sooner.
I posted pics last year of two plants, same variety, one in pot, one in ground. The in ground tree was just pushing leaves, while the potted plant, thanks to all the aforementioned advantages was already forming main crop figs. In ground trees have to wait on the weather while potted plants do not.
So if you want to plant in ground and get figs, you have to know which varieties will be early in your climatic conditions. Potted figs are not a way to know this, again because their living conditions are different from in ground.

Subject: This forum truely is a generous community Replies: 13
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,015
 
I have been reducing the number of trees I have, giving to co-workers, friends etc.
I had given one to one person at work lat year who kept it alive over winter, I gave her a few more this spring. She in turn gave 2 to a co-worker
This co-worker, of Italian descent, mentioned that her father had always wanted a fig tree and was so happy to get some. He danced.
now to the title of the post,, apparently he has friends who bring him figs from their trees, but they have never given him cuttings or started a tree for him.  Thinking of the generosity of members of this forum, thinking that at least half of the varieties that I have, I have because members gave me cuttings or were generous in trading, all I could say was "WTH is the matter with them."
I gave her a few more for him. He sits with them and sings to them.
and I am happy to give them to him, knowing he will take care of them.
desert king, red sicilian, white italian, grimo natalina, osborn prolific, vdb from el.

Subject: These giant pictures drive me crazy. Replies: 16
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you can right click and open pic in new tab, whole pic will be in the new window.

Subject: Do you have main crop embryos ,visible at this time? Replies: 79
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,175
 
hI Eli.
some pics from previous years.
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/wondering-what-this-is-5393061
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/My-first-fig-ever..-almost-ripe-5467228?highlight=grimo

and the taste is good,
seems to get better each year, getting more depth, more complex.
will dry on the tree as well

Subject: Do you have main crop embryos ,visible at this time? Replies: 79
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,175
 
I only have one that I am 100% sure of.
That is Grimo's Brown Turkey, which has been identified on this forum as a Celeste variant.
I like this tree. it does not require pinching; it puts out 5 or 6 leaves and sets its fruit.
Also last spring it was accidentally left out overnight during the fig shuffle and took 25 F night
with little to no damage to the newly unfolding leaves.There was ice on the bucket of water beside the plant,
and only a few black spots on leaves were evident over the next week or so.

Subject: Close to the month of June & Risk of Frost tomorrow night !! Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 488
 
Same here
frost warnings for last night and next 2
figs shuffling in and out.
have done some pinching after 5 or 6 leaves,
one breba fig on one plant.  

Subject: Is my VdB healthy? [Curled leaves] Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,045
 
ya, vdb can get too much
it likes morning sun , but shade in mid day when it is hottest.
the misshapen leaves could also be sign/symptom of fmv

Subject: i need better forecast. . Replies: 18
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In ground fig here, Grimo Natalina, has also leafed out.  pinched a few brebas off of it.
might have to wrap it up again for the lows early next week.

Subject: Growing figs in ontario canada Replies: 26
Posted By: hblta Views: 8,223
 
Hi Melissa
where in southern ontario are you?
Only thing with varieties is some do seem to require more heat and longer summer than we have in southern ontario, but many varieties will give figs if potted and suitably stored for winter.
With good protection up against a south facing wall I have a fig tree planted in ground that has survived 2 winters now. and maybe it will give some figs this year too.

Subject: Time to pinch, pinch, pinch! Replies: 28
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Hi IWannaFig,  in short season areas, you pinch the terminal bud after new growth has produced 5 or 6 leaves.
this forces the growth back down the branch and promotes production of more figs. and or more branching, which may be source of more figs next year.... or this year if you have a long enough growing season.

Subject: Spring growth in pots Replies: 5
Posted By: hblta Views: 594
 
growth will usually stop while the plant puts energy into the figs.
depending how long your growing season is, it might be all for the year.
plants will usually put on more growth after the figs are done, if you have a long enough growing season.
.... but you do not want too much new green growth going into winter.


Subject: Are new leafs from fig cuttings sensitive to light? Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 629
 
Yes it is too strong.
best for new cuttings with leaves to be put in shade and with some sort of humidity dome,
or the leaves will be burned by the sun
or dried out by the air.

Subject: Moving Dormant Trees Outdoors Replies: 8
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hey steve,
your plants would be coming out of dormancy earlier than inground trees because the potted soil warms up to air temp in the garage.
With in ground trees, the roots are still cold and that keeps the trees dormant.

Subject: Buying new cultivars,be aware:!!!! Replies: 46
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,459
 
@ Robert68,
seller  you are asking about is treesofjoy,
he is member of this forum.
with a collection of many hundreds of trees in his yard from which to take cuttings.
that is how he sells cuttings from trees originating around the world.

Subject: BEWARE...Wrong Fertilizer Formulas Replies: 28
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too much nitrogen, ie out of proportion (to what the plant  requires for normal growth) in relation to the other two ingredients, will encourage lots of lush new growth of foliage at the expense of fruit/flower production. 

Subject: starting cuttings on heat mat Replies: 11
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Other years that is what I have done.
this year my wife said no figs in the living area.
so had to rig something in the basement.
lights and heat mat for a dark and cold area.

Subject: starting cuttings on heat mat Replies: 11
Posted By: hblta Views: 964
 
one thing I learned this year was that the cuttings once in potting mix, when using a heat mat, watering has to be done a lot more often There is not much danger of cuttings rotting, since the heat mat evaporates the water from the soil mix.  Drying out is the bigger problem, more than normal share of cuttings were killed by drying out this year.

Subject: Cutting/plants are dying Replies: 24
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soil looks like it is pulling away from the sides of container, so looks like too dry. maybe uneven soil moisture.
I put a lot of holes in the sides of my containers, so the roots get enough air. have to water more but roots do not get drowned.

Subject: My Figs collection Replies: 11
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nice

Subject: My Cuttings are not doing anything! Replies: 30
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I also have a few that have been in spagnum since just after christmas.... no roots, no leaves, no rot..... just sitting there.
but that is better than the one bag  of cuttings that turned to mush from the inside out.

Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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Ya that was fun.
i was hoping to win so I could  give them away

Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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Subject: level of moisture Replies: 30
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,469
 
Hi Luke,
overwatering newly rooted cuttings is usually what kills them
the soil is best damp but not wet,
a lot of people pre-wet the soil before putting it in the pot with the cutting,
prewet it so that it feels damp but not so wet that you can squeeze water out of it.
if the rooted cuttings are also starting to leaf out, you will also need some sort of humidity dome over the cup/pot as well.
if no leaves are showing, I usually just bury the cutting so that just the very top is showing, and find that no humidity dome is needed.
if there are water droplets condensing on the inside of your containers you have enough water, if there are a lot of drops, you might have too much and need to air it out.
roots naturally darken over time from a light creamy white/yellow to tan and light brown as they age.
over-watering turns them quite quickly into a brown mush.

Subject: Crops Breba vs Main Replies: 8
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Hey Dave,
desert king is grown for the breba crop, the main crop needs pollination, not the breba.
all of them will be  slower/later to fruiting in ground as opposed to being in pots.
i think most would recomend removing any breba, except for the desert king, in order to get main crop to ripen.
water stress will cause fruit drop. that is about all I know.

Subject: Nature's Gnat Solution Replies: 80
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,481
 
WOW.
wonderful plants and pics

Subject: pop up bird/insect net Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 684
 
some kind of screened picnic tent might work

Subject: Fig trees available - reducing my collection :( Replies: 24
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,201
 
Geeeze
a lot of nice figs there.
wish I were in the states.

Subject: Blue Mason Jars ...Off Topic/Subject Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 616
 
Do they have to be blue?

Subject: Engaged ..New Years Eve !!!! update 3/21 Replies: 47
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,309
 
Sounds great, Tony.


Subject: video about figs Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 582
 
any way, it is a video about the fig lady
www(dot)figlady(dot)com/index.html

Subject: video about figs Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 582
 
works  for me

guess it is only for viewing in Canada.

sorry.

Subject: video about figs Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 582
 
http://www.foodnetwork.ca/ontv/shows/pitchin-in/video.html?titleid=248404&releasepid=Z7Ii3ZMvMQDkB9ICJfQ4z_6L1HMDF7LU&type=specialshow

Subject: 42 is the answer.. Replies: 50
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,619
 
42?
isn't that the answer to the question in the "Hitch Hiker's Guide to the universe"

Subject: My 2" cutting Replies: 24
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That looks great Tyler.

Subject: What would you do with this Guy? - # 2 Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,658
 
Having continuing mold problem means it is too wet.
If it is easy enough I would transfer the whole cutting to a larger container/pot and bury it up to the bud, covering those freaky roots.
Fill in the extra space with dry soil mix. the dry mix will pull water out of the existing soil and give a dryer environment.

With a mold problem, it might be those top roots that save the cutting.

Subject: Mini greenhouse 2 liter soda bottle Replies: 13
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,535
 
Hey Tony,
Nice pics and process.
I also use the 2 liter bottles, usually going from the sphagnam moss into soil mixture in the 2 liter bottles.
I make about 4 holes around the bottom for drainage, and a slit on the top for a little ventilation while the cap is still on.
The only concern I would have about doing multiple cuttings in one bottle is that once the roots
start to form they may get tangled and taking them apart may damage the new roots.

 

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