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Subject: Winter storage issues Replies: 18
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Martin,
thanks for the clarification on the fertilizing issue.


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Grant

Subject: my fig colection Replies: 22
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,313
 
Hi Martin,
what would be the general rule as far as fertilizing in preparation for winter be? When is it best to stop the fertilizing so as to give plants  new growth  chance to harden off? a month, two months before expected dormancy period?
thanks
Grant
z5b

Subject: Winter storage issues Replies: 18
Posted By: hblta Views: 954
 
thanks Ottawan,
Grant



Subject: Winter storage issues Replies: 18
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Hi Ottawan,
I am wondering about your in ground potted plants, when you dig them up I suppose  that some roots will get pruned in the process, do you also prune the branches at this time to balance roots and canopy, or do you leave that till spring before dormancy breaks?
thanks,
Grant
z5b ontario canada

Subject: Impressive Red Fig Replies: 10
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,242
 
So... wht did they taste like?

Grant
z5b

Subject: Bottom Growth (Sucker) Replies: 5
Posted By: hblta Views: 882
 
That would depend on where the sucker originates.
If you plant the brown turkey deeper, the brown turkey stem/trunk will get roots, and may also shoot up suckers, that will be brown turkey.
you would have to check to see where the sucker originates, if it is below the graft point it is something else, above the graft point then it is true to the turkey type.

Grant

A question to more knowledgable members: Why would  someone graft a fig when they are relatively easy to propogate from cuttings or layering?

Subject: Bottom Growth (Sucker) Replies: 5
Posted By: hblta Views: 882
 
As far as I know, most figs would not be grafted, but layered. That means that suckers are the same as the fig tree that they grow from, same as a propogating from a cutting. So now you have two.

Grant
Z5b

Subject: Another (Paradiso bronze),pretty and flavorfull fig! Replies: 33
Posted By: hblta Views: 3,640
 

yes i see it now too


Subject: Another (Paradiso bronze),pretty and flavorfull fig! Replies: 33
Posted By: hblta Views: 3,640
 
For some reason I can't see any pic

Grant
z5b

Subject: prettiest fig tree at uc davis Replies: 16
Posted By: hblta Views: 2,054
 

really is a beautiful fruit.


Subject: Good and Bad Timings for Root Pruning of Fig Plants Replies: 4
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I have no experience, but two of my plants will be root pruned this fall upon entering dormancy. They are in pots; pots sunk into the ground, and judging by the top growth there has been lots of root growth as well. I'll put them in bigger pots at the same time.

Grant
Z5b

Subject: Fig hunting....and reading.... Replies: 3
Posted By: hblta Views: 628
 
Hi Matti,
I am in a simlar situation as you, being new to growing figs.
i don't have any of the varieties you are looking for, but am willing to trade/share cuttings,or better yet since you are so close, air layers, from what I have, when they are available,  Grimos: Natlina, Bifara,  Latarulla not from grimo but original plant was from him,  ,,,as well as Desert King and 3 unknowns from Rico.
I am also looking for dark figs.,

grant

Subject: VdB arrived yesterday. Replies: 2
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good looking plants,
and they ship to Canada. yay!

Subject: Extending the growing season Replies: 32
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,947
 
Hey Martin,
I think from all the pictures of wonderful looking figs and trees that you know a lot of fig 'secrets'.

grant
Z5b

Subject: Red figs Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,565
 
Matti,
here is a pic, I hope, showing the leaves, on the the RLG

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Subject: Breba formation? Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 879
 
Thanks for the input.
I'm thinking to leave a few, if they stay small, just to see what happens with them over winter and next year. I'm not too concerned about the plants growth. Both have grown between 12 and 18 inches on main stem as well as on multiple branches, leaf nodes 1 to 2 inches apart. I'v pinched them back numerous times, and the branchs have branches.....


Grant
Z5b

Subject: Red figs Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,565
 
Matti,
yup , nice guy, neat set-up. he invited me back in a month or so, so that I could taste figs of the varieties that I bought. 
The leaf shape on the green: a wide leaf, like a single lobed mulberry or poplar leaf, but much bigger, some are three lobed, but serration is fairly shallow, and each lobe is about same size, and still others have basal stubs along with the three lobes.
 
Grant

Subject: Red figs Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,565
 
saw Rocco today,
sorry no pics.
but it was amazing to see a potted fig with truck circumference of about 2 feet.
bought three different plants, and until I find out what they are,
I'm calling them  Rocco's Red #1, Rocco's Red #2, and  Rocco's Large Green.

and he three in a handful of cuttings from a pile of pruned branches

Grant
Z-5b


Subject: Red figs Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,565
 
Matti,
thanks for the info on HC,
I'll see what I can do about pictures.

Grant

Subject: Breba formation? Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 879
 
thanks Ottawan,
that about what I thought.
I am still wondering though, since this years wood will be next years older wood, and from what I have read brebas form before dormancy sets in, what exactly do they look like? do they form on this years wood for next years production?
Grant
z5b

Subject: Red figs Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,565
 

Hi Matti,

Some cuttings would greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I'm waiting for him to get back to me with his telephone number, and will hopefully see him this week.
Grant

Subject: Red figs Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,565
 
Hi Nelson,
yes it is the man from guelph on  kijiji.

Grant

Subject: Extending the growing season Replies: 32
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,947
 
I had the pleasure of spending some time with Adriano yesterday.
as far as extending the growing season, he stresses getting an early start.
So in cooler places like z5 z6, in the warm days of spring/april, may, he gets his plants out into the sun, and if there is a possibility of frost, they go back into winter storage for protection. Then out again when it warms up enough.

grant
Z5b kitchener

Subject: Red figs Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,565
 
hey Matti,
did you ever figure out what varieties he was selling, or at least what it was you bought?

Grant

Subject: Red figs Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,565
 

YUP, That is him.


Subject: Red figs Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,565
 
hey Matti,
I'm up here in the great white north, Kitchener Ontario.

Subject: Red figs Replies: 17
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What varieties of figs would be considered red?
I am wondering because I have found a local grower/seller who is selling red and green figs, dark and light of both, but he does not know what varieties they are. Wondering if it would be worth the $ to get some unknown.

Thanks

Grant
Z-5b

Subject: Breba formation? Replies: 17
Posted By: hblta Views: 879
 
I have two plants, started this April. While both plants grew nicely, neither one made figs this year. now there are signs of tiny figs forming, only about the size of a B-B. Could those be next years' breba forming? or just late figs on a young plant that would best be removed?
thanks
 
Grant
Kitchener
Z 5-b

Subject: Santa Cruz Dark Timeline Pictures Replies: 15
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,238
 

I was kinda hoping they would throw figs, and cuttings..lol


Subject: Kadota fig Replies: 16
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thank you
Nelson

Subject: Kadota fig Replies: 16
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hi Nelson,
what nurseries in your area do you know of that sell figs,
I have only seen them once in my waterloo, at beginning of April.
No variety was indicated and the staff had no idea that there were
varieties of figs to choose from.  

Subject: Extending the growing season Replies: 32
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Hi Andrew,
I was just looking at the pics of your pails.
What is the ground surface they are sitting on?
Is that where they sat for the experiment?

Grant

Subject: Extending the growing season Replies: 32
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,947
 
measured water temps again today, at about 1 pm, (yesterdays measurements were at about 6 pm)
daytime temp about 84 F,
water in clear plastic 3 G bottle was 95 F
water in black painted bottle was 110 F !!
so it would seem that by the time I took yesterdays measurements the water was already starting  to cool.

hi Andrew, I think you will find that the water in the white bucket absorbs almost no heat.  I find that even on a hot day, my white plastic water buckets are cool to the touch, while any thing black is hot.
your hoop house is looking good.

Grant
z5b ontario

Subject: Extending the growing season Replies: 32
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,947
 
all the bottles were in direct light.
water in both painted and clear plastic was down to air temp this morning. about 75 F
I am thinking that is because of the low volume, 3 gal containers, thinking this because water in my 50 gal rain barrels does stay warmer than air overnight.
I was thinking the same about the metal, higher disipation rate,

grant
z5b kitchener Ont.

Subject: Extending the growing season Replies: 32
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,947
 
Did experiment with 3 gallon water bottles.
filled three of them with water from my rain barrels,
let them sit for a few days to make sure they were all the same temp,
then painted on bottle black.

it has been a few days now,
todays high was about 28 celcius, approximately 88-90 farenheit.
measured tempurature using candy thermometer, so readings are not 100% accurate.

the water in clear bottle was approximately 90 F. so about same as air tempurature at the days high.
water in the black painted bottles was between 95 and 100 F. .... 5 to 10 degrees above the days high. So the black bottles have it for heat absorption, storage and more for release into the night's cooler air.
I am going to measure the water temp again tommorow morning to see how much heat is given back over the night.

I imagine that a black metal container would heat the water even more, 
moreso if it had fins added, which besides helping heat absorption, would also dissipate the heat as well.

grant
zone 5b, kitchener Ontario  

Subject: Figs into pots Replies: 8
Posted By: hblta Views: 843
 
Thanks for the info Martin. I have the bottom of my pots sunk into the ground. So I guess I will wait till the plants go dormant to repot.

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Grant
Z5b

Subject: Figs into pots Replies: 8
Posted By: hblta Views: 843
 
hI Martin,
Is there any benefit /or harm to fruiting, if the plants are put right away into larger pots, or is it better for making figs if they are potted in stages to the biggest pot?

thanks, I really enjoy your informative posts.
Grant
z-5b kitchener 

Subject: Extending the growing season Replies: 32
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,947
 

Good idea for the water bottles, I don't have many as I don't use bottled water, but am in process of collecting some for various gardening purposes. and good for watering, as plants like warm water better than cold water from the hose.


Subject: Extending the growing season Replies: 32
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,947
 
Hi Andrew,
This is my first year growing figs, so I am no expert.
I do use a plastic covering, just some spare vapour barrier I had around, over my plants. they are growing quite nicely, and the plastic does hold the heat in. Inside the plastic is noticably warmer.  A plastic cover works in the same way an unheated greenhouse would work.  I have seen local commercial growers using some sort of plastic row coverings over their berries or whatever. I have also put pieces of black marble and slate and metal inside the plastic enclosure to hold the heat even more.
Grant
Z5b ontario canada 

Subject: Russian fig researcher Replies: 16
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hI Loslunafarms,
now every one in Canada is wondering where to get a Zumwalt fig?

Subject: What is your biggest growing season problem in your area of the country? Replies: 30
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,549
 

in Kitchener Ontario, it would be the length (or lack thereof) of the growing season. Average last frost on may 11, average for first frost, oct 1.


Subject: fig identification Replies: 5
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But as far as the two I have there are lots of pictures of figs for the bifara, nothing for the leaves, nothing on the overall shape of the plant

Subject: fig identification Replies: 5
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THANKS.
I did not see that on the site before.

Subject: fig identification Replies: 5
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pictures did not load,
have to get htem down to less than 1 megabite

Subject: fig identification Replies: 5
Posted By: hblta Views: 1,705
 

HI,
with all the controversy over figs, and fig varieties and numerous names and misnamed figs, I just wanted to get feed back on the two figs which I have started to grow this year. 1 is supposed to be Natalina, 2 is supposed  to be Bifara. Does this seem correct to those in the know? I only have the leaves to go by for now, perhaps next year I will have figs as well. The 'Bifara' is a very bushy plant, with branches every inch or two from main stem , as well the leaves are anywhere from single lobed to five lobed.

thanks
Grant

I also thought it might be a useful to have an identification thread with pictures of various varieties leaves, figs, and growth habit.


Subject: Orchard layout Replies: 13
Posted By: hblta Views: 819
 

You could make a map of Europe with mulch and plant the figs in thier appropriate locations.


Subject: Fig Plant Are Drinking Replies: 14
Posted By: hblta Views: 974
 
Tim, if you look around you should be able to find suitable barrels at reasonably low cost. I have a few 50 gallon barrels that were used to import olives and such. Cost was $15 Canadian. The tops were like canning jars, a lid held on by a turn on ring. I took out the "lid" and used screening in its place so the water flows in and the mosquitos stay out.

Grant


Subject: Globe and Mail Essay about Growing a Fig Tree in Toronto's Little Italy Replies: 4
Posted By: hblta Views: 979
 
Very nice story.
Being new to fig growing, I was surprised that he only buried it 4 inches deep in Toronto. At that depth it would be frozen for most of the winter. Does any one in the forum from southern Ontario  bury thier figs for the winter? How deep? I am wondering because once I get some rooted figlets from my trees I plan on trying to experiment with outdoor overwintering and am wondering how much protection do they need? How deep to bury? how much  wrapping? etc.
thanks
Grant  

Subject: grafting a fig cutting into a Mulberry bush Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 8,885
 

Jugalone is a compound produced and secreted by black walnut trees which suppresses, stunts and sometimes kills other vegetation around the tree. Kind of like a chemical warfare to beat back the competition.


Subject: grafting a fig cutting into a Mulberry bush Replies: 20
Posted By: hblta Views: 8,885
 
I am wondering if anyone knows if figs are affected by the jugalone of black walnut trees. Wondering, because I have quite a few black walnuts growing in my back yard, and mulberries are one of the few plants that can thrive near or under a black walnut tree. ... so with figs and mulberries being related, might figs also have at least some tolerance to jugalone? 
 
Grant

 

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