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Subject: Ficus Carica "Ice Crystal" Replies: 10
Posted By: hblta Views: 3,071
 
I think the "seed grown" is just an awkward wording. The phrase, "All fruit trees certified virus free with a FREE FRUIT TREE WARRANTY. Most are UK seeds/grown .... " appears at the beginning of all their fruit tree descriptions and so is not specifically pertaining to the fig in question.
"UK" means United Kingdom, not 'unknown'. so they are saying most of thier stuff is grown in United Kingdom( Britain) and not imported. I am just guessing,assuming, that as an ongoing nursery bussiness they, owners/workers, would know how to propogate figs or other stuff appropriately. but maybe not.... tyty

Grant
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Subject: Today ,I checked my protected trees,for life! Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,542
 
What I was wondering is, are you keeping your all your 4 year old and younger plants, even 1 year old plants, outside under the plywood?
Thanks

Grant

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Subject: I think I messed up again. Replies: 30
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,090
 
 If it is just drooping because it is dry, a little water will perk it up again. If it has just been taken out of the humid environment, the lack of humidity could also cause it to wilt.

Grant
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Subject: Today ,I checked my protected trees,for life! Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,542
 
Hi Herman,
I am wondering how old are your plants that you have covered in the plywood boxes?
Thanks

Grant
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Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
Posted By: hblta Views: 3,866
 
Hi Ben,
Great looking orchids.
My wife is envious.

Grant
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Subject: Paris Purple Fig Tree Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,840
 
Hi Rafed
"Higo" means fig.


little to no damage while unprotected at +1 F or -17C seems to be good cold tolerance.
what is its flavour?

grant
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Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,873
 
From what I have read, the DE used for pools has been processed differently than the DE used for insecticide. The pool grade has been chemically treated and heated, so there is crystaline silica, ie glass, in the pool grade DE. The insecticed and food grades DE is simply mined, dried and ground into powder.
Of course it is always best to use the dust mask, lungs do not like any kind of dust,
grant

Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,873
 
Hi Noss,
this is a little off topic, but since you mentioned food grade DE,  I am wondering how DE is used in food production,

grant

Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,873
 
HI 71GTO,
 at home depot the diatomaceous earth that I got was not in the gardening section, but in the pest control isle.
same area as mouse traps, etc,
hope that helps,

grant
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Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,873
 
hi Noss
any liquid soap would do, dish washing soap.
I have used sunlight and it works fine for killing little bugs.

Grant
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Subject: First cutting rooted and potted up Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 921
 
Potted up more cuttings over the last few days Colasanti dark, Excel, Hollier.
Thanks Nelson.
This being my first year rooting cuttings, things seem to be going fairly well.
only one cutting lost to rot, seemed to set in right out of the fridge,
and only one cutting has shown any sing of mold.

Grant
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Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,873
 
the diamatacious earth that I got, home depot, came with the pyrethrin (thanks for the spell check.lol) already mixed in.
grant
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Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
Posted By: hblta Views: 4,873
 
Diatamatious Earth will also work. and also has a long lasting residual effect.
If you can get it combined with pyrithium, it works really fast.
the pyrithium starts working on contact, and it is active for a few days.

and as added bonus in your situation, it adds no water to the potted plants.

Grant
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Subject: First cutting rooted and potted up Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 921
 
Hi Nelson,
thanks for the reminder about slowly adjusting the humidity when the time comes. I managed to pick up about 15  three gallon water bottles over the summer from a customer I deliver to. I'll poke some holes in some of those and use them as transition domes. and once they look like more than a stick with a couple of leaves, ie they are "pretty" enough, my wife will probably let me put them in with her orchids.
and I now have produced my first unknown. after potting up the red sicilian, I found a cutting just sitting on my work area. and I have no idea which baggie of cuttings it came out of. lol.

Grant
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Subject: Lubera (Swiss) Fig Videos Replies: 19
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,593
 
Whether or not you would have to cover will depend on your climate zone. and maybe the variety of fig.

Grant
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Subject: First cutting rooted and potted up Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 921
 
When the dome on the 2 litre bottle is too small, I will leave it open and put the whole thing into a 3 gallon plastic water bottle fashioned in asimilar way.

grant
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Subject: First cutting rooted and potted up Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 921
 
subject line says it all.
My first cutting, one of several Red Sicilians courtesy of Mario, in baggie of damp sphagnum, has sprouted roots along its entire length. Potted it up into a two litre plastic bottle with the top cut so as to hinge back and form a mini greenhouse.  So it is a happy Friday.
I have others in 500 ml water bottles, filled with sphagnum, that are leafing out, so those may or may not have roots as well that are not yet visible from outside the bottles.

sorry no pics

Grant
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Subject: The Jungle Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,261
 
WOW is right.

Grant
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Subject: Metal Tags Replies: 24
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,397
 

princess auto carries the lettered/numbered punches


Subject: Cuttings in water Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,334
 

thanks Jason


Subject: Cuttings in water Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,334
 
Hi Jason,
was there ever any consensus or ideas about what the "white fluff" was/is?

grant
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Subject: Some Reading Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 805
 
Hi Martin,
yes it is nice to read about others growing figs in the colder climates.
encouraging for us newbies to know that it can be done, and get ideas about how to do it.
your posted link was interesting in that it has the section about fig trials in the mountains of Switzerland. and also a section about Sweden.
thankyou for that

Grant
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Subject: Some Reading Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 805
 
Hi Martin,
just thought I would add this as some more reading

http://www.stevenbiggs.ca/sample_figs.html

Grant z5b

Subject: What else do you grow? Replies: 106
Posted By: hblta Views: 9,150
 
Hi Nhardy,
Can you tell me how the pommegranate does for you?
Has it overwintered successfully? fruiting yet?
just wondering because it is one plant I have been thinking of trying.

Grant
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Subject: What else do you grow? Replies: 106
Posted By: hblta Views: 9,150
 
asperigus, pawpaw, persimon, raspberries, black raspberries, black berries, haskap berry,
plums (santa rosa, shiro, burbank) cherry, several types of unknown grapes,
black walnuts, jerusalum artichoke, red currant, black currant, josta berry, rhubarb, mulberries.
next year planting chinese chestunts, hazelnuts, hicans, heartnut, saskatoon berries, more pawpaw, more haskaps, more blackberries, apricot, maybe another plum or two. 
plans for kiwi some year, asian pear, more grapes, pecans.

grant
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Subject: Need help ID Pest Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,752
 
hi Nelson,
I think both Malathion and Sevin will be on list of banned pesticides in Ontario.
removing the leaves is good idea,
for spray, soapy water, or insecticidal soap, or neem based product, would work with repeated applications, diatamatious earth with pyrithium will also take out most insects.

Grant
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kitchener ontario canada

Subject: The Figloo Replies: 11
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,855
 
hi John,
I dont think it sounds crazy.
If I were offered such a tree, free for the digging, I would jump at it, whether or not I knew what it tasted like.  Arethe smaller trees you put in  pots the same as the one you put in ground?
Grant

Subject: The Figloo Replies: 11
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,855
 
hI John,
 Looks like a great set up for the tree.
and nice to see such a good looking tree in ground in southern ontario.
do you know what variety it is?
I am also wondering about the situation it was growing in before you dug it up. how protected was it. out in open, somewhat sheltered in a back yard like you have it, or up against a south facing wall??

it was either here on the garden web figforum that I read that the roots can/will continue to grow when the top has gone dormant, as long asoil temp stays somewhat above 50F.

Grant
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Subject: propagate sukers. Replies: 25
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,679
 
interesting bit in the video about how dormant cuttings of different fig varieties like different length of time in the fridge.
Does anyone have any more info on this matter? what is optimal cold time for vairous varieties? 

Subject: propagate sukers. Replies: 25
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,679
 
hi
search the archives for  "cuttings" or "air layering"
you will find lots of information.

Subject: Natalina - Grimo Replies: 6
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,267
 
Hi Nelson,
I did not get any figs from my Natalina from Grimo, also a first year plant. Maybe next year. But I am glad to hear again that they taste quite good.
I believe Nas has some.

Grant
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Subject: Mid Eastern fig varieties Replies: 3
Posted By: hblta Views: 764
 
They all look wonderful to me.
Grant
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Subject: Happy Ending Replies: 26
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,386
 
Nelson,
Your garage sounds like a great place for storing figs, especially the backside that had eight feet of earth against it. That will be well below the frost line and you should get a fair bit of geothermal heat from there. Probably a little less in toronto, but here in kitchener the ground is frozen to about three feet deep in winter.

Grant 

Subject: Happy Ending Replies: 26
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,386
 
Hi Akram,
maybe I wrote poorly. the box would best be insululated, sides and top too. The floor would not be as important to insulate, but by insulating the floor the space would be easier and less costly to heat. But I think you are right that the floor/ground would provide a moderating effect. A friend of mine recieved  a fig plant from a gentleman here in Kitchener, and this man overwintered his figs in an insulated box outside, no heat, just covered with plastic tarp to make sure it stayed dry and to give some shelter from the wind. Adriano over-winters some of his plants in a similar fashion outside in a box too. Grimo suggests that if a heat source is needed a 100 watt light bulb would be sufficient. I guess you would have to hook it up to a thermostat and rig some way to keep the box dark when the light comes on. When I get some cuttings rooted from my plants and have multiple figs of same variety, I plan to try overwintering some in an outside box. as well as try some inground with insulated box built around them.

Grant
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Subject: Happy Ending Replies: 26
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,386
 
Hi Akram,
It would probably be cheaper to build a big insulated box at one end of the garage, and heat it, not the whole garage. If you made it in a corner, you already have two sides and the bottom (floor) that you only have to insulate, then only two sides and a top to build. It would need some small air holes.

Grant

Subject: Fig preserve with under ripe figs Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 3,935
 
They look like Gulab Jamun.  mmmmmmmmm....
http://satts.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/gulab-jamun.jpg

Grant

Subject: bananas Replies: 14
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,333
 
Hello Ingevald,
the link to the german site seems to not be working

Subject: bananas Replies: 14
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,333
 
Thanks again Susan,
as far as I know RainTree does not ship to Canada,
I'll probably get seeds,when they have them in stock again, from a store based in Montreal. http://www.rarexoticseeds.com/

Grant

Subject: bananas Replies: 14
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,333
 
Thanks for the info Susan,
sounds great

Grant

Subject: bananas Replies: 14
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,333
 
Thanks for the banana post.
I was wondering about growing bananas today, as I came across an advert for a "hardy" banana, good to -29 C I think it said. I am leary of the supplier so will see if I can find one elsewhere.

Grant

Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,147
 
Just wondering if anyone has used powdered sulpher as an anti mold agent on their stored cuttings?

grant
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Subject: He's back at it again Replies: 105
Posted By: hblta Views: 9,224
 
YUP. the three pictures are all of the same cuttings.
all the descriptions are the same too.
only the proposed name varies.

grant
kitchener Ont.
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Subject: Pawpaw Replies: 115
Posted By: hblta Views: 10,848
 
zdb ??? that should have been z5b

Subject: Pawpaw Replies: 115
Posted By: hblta Views: 10,848
 
hI Ottawan,
I'm also trying pawpaws in Kitchener ontario zdb or 6a depending on where you look.
I bought two potted plants from Henry Fields this past spring, which have put on about a foot of growth this summer. 
will be getting another from Grimo next spring, from his billing info I gather he ships them in pots.
lets keep in touch on this to compare how they grow in the great white north.

Grant

Subject: It's in the record books... Replies: 11
Posted By: hblta Views: 877
 

I guess it all depends on where you be, whether it was a hot one or a cool one. 


Subject: A Members Video Replies: 18
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,366
 

I thought it was funny too. He has a sense of humour.


Subject: A Members Video Replies: 18
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,366
 

Adriano told me that if I wanted my figs to do well I would have to sing to them in Portugese,   but I guess Italian will do just as well, :-)


Subject: Best fig crop yet! Replies: 14
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,674
 
Thanks Nas,
now I am hopefully looking forward to some figs from my Natalina plant next year.

_______
Grant
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Subject: Best fig crop yet! Replies: 14
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,674
 
hi Nass,
Are those Natalina from a Grimo tree?
breba? or main crop?
thanks

Grant

Subject: Winter storage issues Replies: 18
Posted By: hblta Views: 954
 
oops wrong thread
Grant

 

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