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Subject: The fig tree that could...... Replies: 4
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might want to take those figs off,
so it will give you roots and leaves.

Subject: Warning - Fraudulent seller on eBay Replies: 68
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Hornets and  bees, living together? sounds a bit odd to me.
reminds me of that bit in Ghost Busters.

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, Hornets and Bees living together... mass hysteria!

Subject: shipping to CA Replies: 34
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Sadly, some people just want what they want and really don't give a damn about any negative consequences that the fulfillment of their desire may have on others.  Regulations are put in place to stop or slow the spread of invasive species, pests, plants and disease.



Subject: Danny's Delight Replies: 12
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Thanks Rob, for the extra suggestions. I'm working on wish list for 2014 season.
I received MB vs cuttings from a generous forum member this past winter, and now have one protected in-ground,
and one in a pot.
I don't mind giving some winter protection.
Biggest concern would be ripening in a relatively short summer.
Climate zones are a bit misleading since they refer to average minimum winter temps, Vancouver area is a zone 7 or 8 in places, but here, a zone 5b-6a depending on the map, the summers are hotter and dryer.

Subject: Danny's Delight Replies: 12
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Thanks for the post Bob,
Danny's Delight sounds like it would be worth trying in Ontario.
While I enjoyed a variety of potted figs this summer, I really want to get a few good ones that I can plant in ground
to enjoy an easier and more bountiful harvest.

Subject: whats the temp outside right now? Replies: 53
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27 F here.
and about 2 inches of new snow last night.

Subject: Fruit Rich Fig Poor Replies: 23
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Hi Akram,
Grimo has some varieties that he lists as suitable for zones 5B-8

Subject: A ripe fig in November! In Seattle? Replies: 18
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Hey Nichole,
you are so lucky to still be getting figs.
those last unexpected ones do taste good....

Subject: Take cutting now? Replies: 5
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I would say that if you are not going to root the cuttings now, leave them on the tree.
They will keep better, be fresher, on the tree than in the fridge.
If you want to trade them, wait until you have a trade set up and then take the cuttings.

Subject: best/easiest way to get seeds out of figs? Replies: 9
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Thanks to all for the ideas,
so into the water for a day or so of soaking a few of those figs will go.

Subject: best/easiest way to get seeds out of figs? Replies: 9
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A friend returned from a trip to Afghanistan.
He brought me some dried figs, says they are from a small tree that grows in the desert.
they are tasty, even my 18 year old daughter, who thinks fresh figs taste like sweet dirt, likes them.
sweet, a lot more flavour than the dried ones available from Turkey, kind of minty.
Any way. i thought i  would play around with growing some of the seeds and am wondering
what is easiest /best way to get the seeds out?
just soak in water and separate?

Thanks



Subject: Up pot a larger tree now or wait? Replies: 6
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Roots will continue to grow down to about 45 F.
So if you put in bigger post now,  they would probably establish roots into the new soil and be more ready for spring growth.

Subject: Extending the Growning Season - Maybe ? Replies: 13
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Hi Mike,
I am just curious as to what the weather is like in Georgia this time of year.
how many hours of daylight?
average day temp?
nighth time temps?

Subject: Sucrette (from P. Baud nursery) Replies: 20
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Hi Paul,
Brugmansia has Sucrette on their catologue.

Subject: A FEW MORE TREES TO GO Replies: 10
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Looks like its time for the fig pyramid.
all the buckets of same size  with trees of single trunk as the bottom layer.
then others fit onto those buckets in the space between the trunks.

Subject: NEED HELP!! (deciding) Replies: 14
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Hi Dave,
if you are looking  for productive in our colder zones, I would consider some of the varieties which are described as,
"Very sweet figs and they mature quickly. This variety is very productive in Quebec."
Some of the names seem to hint that they are varieties that have been 'found' in Quebec,
maybe been growing there for many years and have done some acclimatization to our colder winters, shorter summers, etc. 

Subject: when is a good time to take cuttings from a tree? Replies: 18
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I cut anything growth that is crowding other branches, cut anything to make the tree a nicer shape, open.
I don't like the long gangly look with a tuft of leaves at the end of 3 or 4 foot branches. Better to start shape pruning when the tree is young than to wait and as others have said, leave a few nodes for future branching.
If sharing, I cut just before sending if possible.
Being in Canada, I like to send before weather turns too cold... don't think the cuttings would like sitting in the back of a transport or a mailbox in subfreezing weather.
If rooting them myself I prefer to cut just before rooting in late winter early spring, just because they 'store' better on the tree than off.

Subject: Paging Dr Tapla :) Walmart's crystal silica clay ok instead of Turface? Replies: 4
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found this
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/contain/msg0814421119289.html

Subject: Paging Dr Tapla :) Walmart's crystal silica clay ok instead of Turface? Replies: 4
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hi Bob,
it might be similar to Napa, also for the same automotive use.
and napa is used by some bonsai enthusiasts as part of their soil-less planting medium

Subject: what i found on my VdB few min ago.. Replies: 9
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looks great.
always nice to get these end of season surprises.

Subject: Izbat an Naj fig Replies: 27
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The taste description sounds great. pineapple banana. mmmmmmmmmmm.
And ripening so late in Z6. another bonus.

Subject: The Case For Short Cuttings Replies: 10
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Hi Suzi,
One thing you have to watch out for in your set up is leaf rot,
The leaves will rot where they contact the condensation on the plastic.
One solution I have used is to put cereal box type material inside the plastic so the leaves touch it instead of the bottle.

Subject: Cutting size? Replies: 10
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I think thicker ones can withstand less than ideal conditions better than thinner ones and still successfully root and grow.

Subject: Colosanti Dark is full of surprises Replies: 6
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Akram,
I agree, those dried ones are the best, and are rare to find. had a couple off my celeste and they were just a bit juicier than fruit leather, and sugary enough to stick to my teeth.

What made me most happy about finding and tasting this C. Dark was discovering that it will ripen and taste reasonable even in the cool wet weather normal in our sept/oct.
That means I can, for this variety, set back the date after which I start removing all newly forming figs, and have a longer season.

Subject: Norman's Yellow Replies: 14
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I have started using the not so good figs as "gifts" to those of dubious gardening skill or intent.
Have had too many of my gifts get left on the porch over winter (!!!!????) even though when given it was made clear that the plants had to be protected from winters cold. o r left out for a springs ' night  frost after leafing out in spring..." I kept meaning to bring it into the garage. they look like they might be alive. they should be ok, its warm on the porch..."   I just shake my head.
Anyways, if someone that is interested in growing figs, gets the dog to survive over a winter, he or she has passed the test, and I am more than willing to share any of my better varieties.

Subject: DORMACY Replies: 15
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http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/IS-DORMANCY-NECESSARY-4884220?highlight=hawaii+dormant

Subject: Can you ID me,I forgot who I am #1 Replies: 9
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Leaf looks a bit like Alma.

Subject: Your suggestions for re-energizing used Potting Soil for recycling Replies: 19
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Since most plants develope some sort of symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria,
it might be better in some ways not to 'cook' it.
The soil may have symbiotic bacteria that is especially adapted to/for/from figs that help them grow.
Why start the process of establishing them all over again?
Unless a plant is obviously infested with something, I reuse mine.




Subject: Colosanti Dark is full of surprises Replies: 6
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Digging out my potted plants that had rooted into the ground today. It was one that i had covered with frost cloth on the colder nights.
As I carried the one C Dark over to the side door, I was looking at it thinking which branches will be pruned for cuttings to give the tree a nice shape. I want a few cuttings to give away and to start a couple new plants for myself from this tree as the tree itself will be given to an older gentleman I met earlier this fall. Well  the temps have been low, nights sometimes down into the mid thirties,  a couple of nights we had frost, days usually no more than 60, cloudy and lots of rain.
And there it was. WTF!!. Sorry no pics, it was into my mouth in a blink.
a fig, green with purple blush, soft and sweet,

Subject: hard freeze tonight? Replies: 13
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Some of my plants that had already lost their leaves I brought inside on thursday. and also the desert king which still has its leaves. Most of the others I covered with frost cloth/row cover. Those went through the below freezing temps and kept their leaves, and so will have a few more days outside in the sun. The few that were uncovered lost most of their leaves. Some of those will be root pruned and re-potted before being put away for the winter.


Subject: homemade rodent repellant Replies: 17
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Using "Scoot" might be just as easy.

Subject: Herman, wondering if you recognise these leaves Replies: 10
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Thanks to all for your responses.
I knew it was a shot in the dark to identify by leaf only.

but at least now I have an idea of some possible varieties that it might be.

Subject: Herman, wondering if you recognise these leaves Replies: 10
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hey Navid,
The leaves do look a bit like Blk Madeira, but I can only dream it is a Blk Madeira, that would be so nice.
I think it will be some variety that does well in cooler northern climate (farther north than NJ) and will ripen well even in conditions that are less than ideal as far as rain goes.

Hi Jen, how do I get him on Ebay.

Subject: Free cuttings contest Replies: 147
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voting for Twilight

Subject: Herman, wondering if you recognise these leaves Replies: 10
Posted By: hblta Views: 962
 
anybody at all have any idea

Subject: Free cuttings contest Replies: 147
Posted By: hblta Views: 8,470
 
Mediterranean Delight, said that one already.
Mediterranean Starburst,
Mediterranean Sunrise

Subject: Herman, wondering if you recognise these leaves Replies: 10
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received cuttings from a member's plant who received cuttings from you, but he lost the name.

thanks

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Subject: Free cuttings contest Replies: 147
Posted By: hblta Views: 8,470
 
Mediterranean Delight

Subject: Purple Smyrna Fig Replies: 13
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smyrna figs require caprification

Subject: How figs will save the world Replies: 38
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and here I was thinking figs would save the world, well humanity at least, because once all the bees are gone, it is one of the few plants that does not need pollination to produce fruit.

Subject: Wisconsin Replies: 10
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You can prune any fig tree to be the size and shape you want.

Subject: Moving figs indoors Replies: 12
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In my area there is usually a few cold days in October where the night temps dip to or below freezing after which it again warms up such that nights are about 40F. I will bring my potted plants inside for those few cold frost nights, and put them out again in the day, and again leave them out until the cold nights return consitently. The plants that are in pots that have been allowed to root into the ground I will cover for those few nights and then bring them in for the winter when cold nights return

Subject: Hi Folks! (Noob Intro) Replies: 14
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Hey Dave,
welcome

lots of Canadians on the forum, quite a few in ontario

brugmansia-quebec dot com has a good selection.

Subject: How do you eat your figs? Replies: 25
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I like  to eat the insides first.

Subject: english Brown turkey (?) from EL Replies: 8
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Thanks to all for their input in identifying the variety.
Celeste it is.

Subject: Panachee Replies: 6
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It was,
thanks Chivas

Subject: some odds and ends Replies: 2
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Hi Mike,
my USB ports have been out of whack for a  while.
just got them working yesterday.
the pics are from last few weeks of august and beginning of september.
It has been cool here as well at night.
the plants that are in pots are yellowing, but the ones that have been allowed to send roots out of their pots into the ground are still green as summer.

Subject: unknown spanish red Replies: 17
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Hi Eden,
I was just having some fun.
those are some small spanish red onions I attached to a desert king as a decoy and discouragement for any birds that might take a fancy to some figs.

Subject: english Brown turkey (?) from EL Replies: 8
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That is what I think too, Eden.

Subject: Panachee Replies: 6
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I would eat another one.
my wife liked it a lot.

 

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