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Subject: Hollier Replies: 14
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,427
 
Hi Jim,
Could you post pictures of just the Hollier leaf.
I am interested to see it. I had a few hollier cuttings that failed miserabley, I think I stored them improperly,  but as I am always hesitant to just throw something away, I stuck a few seemingly failed and rotting cuttings, hollier included, into the side of one of my larger potted figs,  and wouldn't you know,. a few months later the one of the things is putting out leaves. Now I am trying to identify it.
thanks

Grant
z5b


Subject: Desert Kings - remove main crop figs? Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,383
 
Thanks Paully, and Ottawan,
So I will just leave all main that form right to dormancy, then take them off for winter storage.

Grant
Z5b


Subject: Desert Kings - remove main crop figs? Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,383
 
Thanks Paully,
I remember Herman2's post. the reason he gave was that where the main crop grow this year, is where next years breba will form, and the main need to reach a certain stage of maturity for the breba to form. I am concerned about taxing the strength and vitality of the plant. It is still realatively young, aquired last year from Adriano, it was about a foot high, now about 4 feet. I only have about 2 and half months max till  first frost so am concerned about plant wasting energy on main, at cost of its long term vitality.  It is potted and will be coming inside until i get a few cuttings rooted, then I will be planting it in ground at the south facing wall, with winter protection.
Any ways.... I have read on the forum of peoples figs dying because of having too many figs on too soon, too late into the season, and just wondering about the DK since it needs the main crop to mature to a certain extent to produce next years breba.   While I want figs next year, I also want to keep the tree happy.
Thanks again.

Grant
z5b


Subject: Desert Kings - remove main crop figs? Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,383
 
I also have a question about desert king main crop.
mine has had a couple on now for about 2 months, and has just in the last week or so started to make more main crop. My question is with consideration of next years production of breba as well as overall health of the plant, How late into the season should I let it produce the main crop figs? when, if at all, should I start removing the new main crop?

Thanks
Grant
Z5b


Subject: Review of fig suppliers in Canada for Canadiens… Replies: 30
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,735
 
Hi Rafed,
I agree that they are very friendly and helpful, and as well the quality of their products is very high.  No complaints there. and I am not really complaining about getting a Celeste instead of a BT .... I ordered the BT before learning that it was considered by many to be just about the worst tasting fig anywhere anytime. The gist of my post was a heads up , you may not get what you think you are getting as far as Grimo's figs go.  And I also agree with your thinking that the most dependable source of figs is from people on this forum. 

Jason,...
I really enjoyed your post.

Grant
Z5b


Subject: Review of fig suppliers in Canada for Canadiens… Replies: 30
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,735
 
Hi Ottawan,
I am relying on my own observation of the BT being a Celeste, as well as identification by Herman2.  http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=5393061   Main crop has been on now close to 2 months, no red eye yet.
and it has been mentioned elsewhere that Natalina is traditional name for a fig that ripens around Christmas time, Grimos natalina ripens main crop in mid to late summer or early fall. I cannot comment on his other varieties since I do not have them or in case of Bifara, it has not fruited yet.  

Grant
z5b


Subject: Mission Breba Replies: 14
Posted By: hblta Views: 925
 
wow, Quite the colour change in only a couple days.
thanks

Grant
Z5b

Subject: Beall Replies: 32
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,884
 
Hi Allan,
Altitute makes a difference for about the same reasons that lattitude does.
The higher up you are the less atmosphere there is to filter the sun's rays.
Grant
Z5b

Subject: Review of fig suppliers in Canada for Canadiens… Replies: 30
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,735
 
Just a note on Grimo.
I asked about the sources of his fig plants. Grimo originally obtained them locally from nieghbours (who may or may not have actually known what fig they had growing in thier yards). As such there may be confusion as to what is actually being sold. The BT which I purchased this spring, seems to be a Celeste. Now that is not a mislabelled fig on Grimos part since Celeste is not a fig that Grimo sells. Just a misnamed fig being propogated under the mistaken identity. 

Subject: Snails, are they a problem Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,054
 
Wood ash is alkaline, raises soil ph, reduces acidity.

Grant
z5b

Subject: Snails, are they a problem Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,054
 
Snails do not like ashes. If you have a wood stove or other access to ashes, spread the ashes around the fig pots. You could also put some ashes on top of the soil in the pots, but those might get watered into the soil.

Grant
Z5b


Subject: What happens with current growth from new cuttings as the season ends? Replies: 23
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,246
 
hopefully most of the new growth will harden off before the plants go dormant. Reducing amount of water, and pinching the terminal tips will help them harden off. I think you are far enough south, relative to me, that you have lots of time for them to harden off.
Grant
z5b

Subject: Bright Red Fig. Replies: 40
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,378
 
HI old ghost,
You could tell the owner that you are very interested but want to taste test before you buy. That way you get to look inside as well. As you have said it is a bit pricey, so there is no reason for the owner not to let you take it for a test drive.

grant
z5b

Subject: It's RAINING FIGS in the Carolinas!!!!! Replies: 35
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,592
 

Great looking figs, Dennis. 


Subject: First Sal's Corleone Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 790
 

Would have been a fun pic to have that tractor outside on some fine gravel  and maybe some really short fine grass with the fig beside it.


Subject: A rare summer week in the North like in a 'fig heaven' Replies: 10
Posted By: hblta Views: 952
 
Hi Ottawan
We  have similar weekly forcast here in Kitchener, daily highs of 29 to 33 celcius. Although I am lucky to still be using rain water from about a month ago, the barrels will soon be dry. I'm hoping for at least a few  hours of rain to fill them up again.

grant
z5b 

Subject: FMV Free Black Ischia (??) fig Discovered in Louisiana. Replies: 36
Posted By: hblta Views: 5,341
 
Sounds like a fig every one will want.

grant
z5b

Subject: Suckers Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,193
 
I've only done one sucker. It was this time or a little later last summer.
100% success rate. I  made sure to take it off the mother plant at the point of sprouting so as to get as much of its own root system as I could. I trimmed off most of the leaves, kept it covered in plastic dome, and in shade for about a month, before bringing it back out into the sun. The plant did not do much in the way of putting out new growth for the rest of the season. It did fine this spring. 

Grant
z5b 

Subject: wondering what this is? Replies: 4
Posted By: hblta Views: 797
 
Thanks Herman,
I was hoping it was a celeste, and not the BT it was sold as. The leaf shape and the dropping of breba made me suspect it could be a celeste.
and you are right on the mark, it is the few oldest fruits that are going splotchy like that.

Grant
z5b

Subject: wondering what this is? Replies: 4
Posted By: hblta Views: 797
 
Figs on one of my plants have started to change appearance.
Ribs are appearing, with darker coloration between the ribs.
and a few are looking a little splotchy.
I am wondering if this is normal, or is something happening that I should be taking action to prevent.
first pic is of plant
second two show a few figs, with the splotchy one(s) included.
thanks

Grant
Z5b


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Subject: Is there a ratio of leaves to fruit? Replies: 3
Posted By: hblta Views: 561
 
Thanks for the responses.
not so much that I was worried about it, but just wondering since some fruit trees do like to be thinned out for better production. Well, maybe a little concerned since this tree also dropped all of its breba near the beginning of may
Given the time of year and length of the growing season here I will be removing any new main crop that show up.
Hopefully, I'll have some pics of this one and of some unknowns near the end of the summer.

Grant
z5b


Subject: Is there a ratio of leaves to fruit? Replies: 3
Posted By: hblta Views: 561
 
I am wondering if there is an ideal ratio of number of leaves per fig. Or is there any way, besides age of tree, to judge if a plant has too many, can there be too many, figs.  
just wondering because one of my trees, a brown turkey from Grimo, about 4 feet tall, lots of branches and about 20 main crop figs.
Thanks

Grant
z5b

Subject: Natalina Replies: 22
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,381
 
My natalina from grimo had some breba on it this year.
Sadly they all dropped. and still sadder there is no sign of any main crop at all.
maybe next year.

Grant
z5b

Subject: F4F site technical issue Replies: 8
Posted By: hblta Views: 740
 
I have also experienced some difficulties with the Figs4fun site when using firefox. usually have to retry just to get on the site.

Grant
Z5b

Subject: Wilting/drooping leaves on young cutting Replies: 7
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,737
 
There seems to be quite a bit of condesation on the inside of your cups.
That could be a problem 
I think your cups need some air holes in sides and on bottom to get some vetilation, more air and less moisture sitting on the young roots. Young fig roots will rot if they have too much moisture on them.

Grant
Z5b

Subject: Help, My fig trees are lime green! Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,656
 
Not all fig varieties have the same coloured leaves. The amount of sun affects the leaf colour as well.
Also, if you have not been fertilizing them, the colour tends to be lighter. Leaves grow darker with adequate fertilizing.
and that's all I know about that.

grant
Z5b

Subject: Importing fig trees into the US from European countries Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,393
 
I would not use a relatives name as return address.
Onthe chance that the customs office inspects the package, and takes it seriously, there might be some trouble for trying to import illegally.

grant


Subject: Is this Fertiler ok? Replies: 27
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,874
 
I think a fertilizer designed to for flowers would work well too,
after all figs are the flower of the plant

Subject: Planting In Ground Question Replies: 24
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,578
 
As an experiment, I have already planted two grimo-natalina in ground this year. Both were rooted this past winter, so like I said .. an experiment.
One is next to house's south facing wall, the other out back in the little valley. Both will be getting lots of winter protection. The one by the house should be fine, getting radiated heat from the house, it should stay plenty warm enough. The one in the valley is a double experiment. First purpose is to check for fig tolerance/resistance to juglone excreted by the many walnut trees. Kind of like a canary in the mine. Second will be to test for winter hardiness, again with protection.  I am hoping it will be fine as well. For winter use, root vegetables are often keep in ground under a heavy mulch. The ground does not freeze if mulched heavily enough, So I am hoping the fig will also survive.. Next spring will tell.

Grant
Z5b

Subject: Cactus pears Replies: 108
Posted By: hblta Views: 8,116
 
 think noss was referring to removing them after one has been stuck.
flame might work but might be worse than the hairy thorns

Subject: Breba's forming Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,457
 
Wierd... maybe
wonderful. YES.


Subject: Breba's forming Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,457
 
Nice pics Nelson,
I have a question regarding the last pic of the Drap D'or.
the bud at the base of the leaves, is that a fig?
if yes, is that considered breba or main crop?

Thanks
Grant
z5b

Subject: Cuttings from Italy Replies: 16
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,641
 

I wonder if the cuttings would survive in the unheated cargo compartment of the plane? what would be the air temp at 30,000 feet?


Subject: Good place for plastic pots Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,281
 
one of the local area nurseries has a bin set out for people to return their plastic pots for recycling purposes. I asked and can have as many as I want. not sure how big the sizes were but last year I got many, one must be 30 gal, a couple 10 or so, and many 3 and one gallon pots.

grant
z5b

Subject: Tips Pinched ? Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,340
 
Pinching, in this case, means you are removing the terminal bud.  Pinching describes the action, since usually it can be done with the thumb nail and another finger.

Subject: Cactus pears Replies: 108
Posted By: hblta Views: 8,116
 
I have some of the small wild kind growing in my front yard in zone 5b.
The pads shrivel a bit during winter, but they come back fine once the snow is gone.
I'll be looking around for the edible ones,
the pics sure are beautiful.

sure wish all my house's walls were south facing.

Grant
z5b kitchener Ontario

Subject: Varieties with Brebas worth Keeping Replies: 21
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,524
 
for me, right now, this season,
any breba is a good breba.
.

Grant
Z5b

Subject: Have you uncovered your trees Replies: 13
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,011
 
still a foot of snow on the ground here
checked my stored trees last night, buds are starting to swell.
and a few breba forming

Grant
Z5b

Subject: Fig Trees Starting to AWAKE Replies: 30
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,525
 
Wahhhhh!!!!
And I'm still looking at a foot of snow on the ground, maybe more to come in the next few days, as the temp oscilates around 0'C.

Grant
z5b

Subject: Best Desert King strain ? Replies: 29
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,537
 
Hi Kerry,
The reason you are careful pruning a DK is that it only makes the breba crop. It only makes edible fruit on last years wood.... so anything you pruning off now reduces this years fig production. All the pinching and shaping you did last season on last years new growth was to prepare for this years fruiting.
I would suggest that you decide how big or what shape you want the tree and do any of that pruning after figs.

Grant
z5b

Subject: Best Desert King strain ? Replies: 29
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,537
 
  I have the same problem posting pics.
the pic file can be 1meg max.
Grant
my shots are usually 4-5 megs, so have to stand back about 20 feet, take a wide shot and then do a heavy trimming to get it down to size,
z5b

and nice to know I've aquired a good, if not the best, DK.

Subject: Your Favorite Tasting Fig Replies: 82
Posted By: hblta Views: 28,551
 
Thanks for the info Paully22,
seems I have something wonderful to look forward to.
and if all my cuttings make to tree size, I can put them all in a row and call each one by a different name. :-0

Grant
Z5b


Subject: Rooting and Moisture Replies: 4
Posted By: hblta Views: 780
 
I had a pleasant surprise a couple of days ago.
... I had a cutting that the bottom had rooted then rotted, the top didnt look very good either. I cut the top two inches off and just stuck it into a pot with a grapefruit tree that I had started from seed last summer. I paid little to no attention to it, just watering the grapefruit tree, and Iuse the term loosely as the 'tree' is all of 3 inches high, when the pot had dried out. that wasmaybe a month ago. and a couple of days ago I checked and that little piece of fig tree has started rooting,  seems to be another example that  a little too dry is better than a little too wet.

Grant
z5b


Subject: Your Favorite Tasting Fig Replies: 82
Posted By: hblta Views: 28,551
 
Hi Paully,
just wondering where you got your MM, as I have recieved a few cuttings from a forum member, who got his from Adriano.
 slow to root but seem to be doing OK. Just wondering if they would be the same as yours.

Grant
z5b

Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,147
 
That is good to hear.
Always safer to check these things out.

Grant
Z5b

Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,147
 
My thinking/understanding is that anything water soluable that one puts on a plant/leaf/stem or into the soil/potting mix will be integrated into the plant and eventually the fruit, at some level. I guess it would depend on the toxicity of the active ingredeints and the manner in which they degrade/break down....   


Grant
z5b


Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,147
 
 I did a quick search on physan 20, and it is not recommended for use on edible crops. http://www.atlantishydroponics.com/search/physan-20-8-oz.aspx
Now treated cuttings and mix for potting them up is along way from spraying the stuff right on the figs but why take chances.

grant
Z5b

Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,147
 
hi Noss,
I got mine at home depot
green earth sulpher,
I don't know that the brand matters. it is just powdered sulphur.

hi N.E.N. thanks for the info on physan

Grant z5b

Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,147
 
With all the comments of mold and cuttings rotting, I tried powdered sulphur on the cutting from my own plants. That way if I screwed up, I still had plants, and still had access to more cuttings if I needed. Sulphur is used as antifungicide,  is also used as a food preservative, and is also a required nutrient, in small amounts, by plants as well as people. And while one probably would not want a spoonful in your morning coffee or on breakfast cereal, I thought sulphur would be a safe choice. 
With this only being my first year attempting to root fig cuttings, it has worked well so far.
I washed my cutting before storage, then lightly powderd them with sulphur. They were stored by first tightly wrapping them in that kitchen kling wrap that starts with S. Then they were put into baggie, a few drops of water into the baggie. I washed gently, with the consideration that bark like skin is a barrier to keep out 'bad' stuff. Infections need an entry point. if skin is broken infection can get in. Same with bark. vigorous scrubbing might cause unseen damage to bark that becomes entry point for mold. the damage would also be killing some of the plant cells, which are then food for mold/rot.

All but one of sixteen cuttings have rooted nicely, no mold or rot on any. The one is still in baggie awaiting formation of initials.

this is compared with cuttings I recieved from forum members that I did not treat with sulphur, did not treat for concern of killing them in my experiment.
So two of cuttings I recieved did rot, one right out of storage, the other after some time . Two others grew mold. The mold I removed by cutting off the area that was worst hit. I then rinsed the moldy cuttings in a water sulphur solution. Mold did not reapear and the cuttings have rooted. 
When moving the cuttings from the baggie to first pot/cup, I also used a sulphur water solution to moisten the potting mix.

Thought this might be helpful to any that have trouble with cuttings going moldy. might be worth a try.

Grant
Z5b 


Subject: I think I messed up again. Replies: 30
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,090
 
Hi 71GTO,
I use similar containers as you to put rooted cuttings in.
I repotted 3 today into larger containers, I had no problems.
The plastic can be carefullu cut or just torn down along one side.
I gently got the plant(s) out with some little root distubance as possible, and repotted. they have shown not signs of stress from the operation, no wilting of leaves or anything. they look the same as they did before being repotted, only now in larger container.

Grant
z6b

 

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