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Subject: Look at that itty bitty fig! Replies: 7
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 736
 
Yep.  That is how it all begins.

Subject: Look at that itty bitty fig! Replies: 7
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 736
 
Vince,
I completely understand your feeling. 
What till you need to do your first pruning.
I felt like I was decapitating my precious babies.


Subject: Make your own Fig Jacket Replies: 59
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 4,086
 
Dennis,
Have you had any problem with the wind catching the bags and acting like a sail?
I wrapped my little trees last year in a similar fashion but I am on top of a hill and the wind was not friendly.  My tips where rubbed off. 
So this year, I did cardboard boxes held down with large rocks. 


Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 11,555
 
Upstairs is running around 80 and cuttings are sprouting like crazy.

Subject: Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss - 6 Cubic Feet 56% off only $39 now Replies: 23
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,016
 
The bale arrived the other day and I had a chance last night to play in it.  It's super compressed, so I tore about an 1" across the bottom off, added some water and it expanded.   Here is a picture of it this morning.  Light, soft and fluffy.  Very pleased with my purchase. 




To the others who purchased, what do you think?


Subject: Christmas Replies: 31
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,527
 
Feliz Navidad y un Feliz año nuevo!

Subject: Dried figs? Replies: 25
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,693
 
Seems that drying in a car in the summer would work.  Keep the windows up, keeps the bugs out and the temps high. 
Has anyone every tried drying in their car?


Subject: Behind sending cuttings Replies: 16
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,063
 
Hi Dennis,
Sounds like the out patient surgery was a way to slow down or at least get you a pass for pulling and decorating for the holidays this year.
Let me know when you are ready for your plants, don't want to add salt to your wound.
Hope you get well soon and back on your feet.
Cathy


Subject: Fig Pecan Pie Replies: 5
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,381
 
This recipe was a Runner up in this months issue of Central Texas Electric Coop.

Recipe was submitted by Jean A. Bunyard of Rusk County, Texas.

Fig Pecan Pie
2/3 cup sugar
2 T flour
2 cups sliced figs (fresh or dried)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 T lemon juice
1 T lemon zest
butter
milk
pinch of salt
top and bottom crust for 9 inch pie

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix sugar, flour and salt; sprinkle half of mixture evenly into pastry-lined pie pan.
Next arrange figs and pecans in pie pan then sprinkle with lemon juice, zest and remaining flour mixture.
Dot generously with butter.
Fit top crust over pie, sealing edges.
Brush top with milk and cut vents.
Bake 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake 30 minutes longer.
Cover edges of crust with strips of foil to prevent over-browning, if necessary.
Allow to cool before cutting.



Let me know how it turns out.


Subject: Heatwave Replies: 15
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 904
 
One of those "Tropical Heatwaves" like in the movie Grumpy Old Men with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

Subject: Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss - 6 Cubic Feet 56% off only $39 now Replies: 23
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,016
 
Received notification that my bale was shipped today via FedEx for a Wednesday delivery. 

Subject: Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss - 6 Cubic Feet 56% off only $39 now Replies: 23
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,016
 
Response from the Amazon.com seller


Hello Cathy!
It is harvested and shipped from Chile (South America).
This sphagnum moss is the most popular sphagnum moss among commercial orchid growers in USA, Taiwan and Japan.


Mosser Lee's Long-Fibered Sphagnum Moss comes from Central Wisconsin.


Subject: Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss - 6 Cubic Feet 56% off only $39 now Replies: 23
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,016
 
I sent an email to the seller asking where this moss originates from.
Will post once I hear from them.

Subject: Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss - 6 Cubic Feet 56% off only $39 now Replies: 23
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,016
 
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00423F8NA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A1PD5R3ZI7U535

but shipping is $16.50




Subject: You can tell it's winter Replies: 8
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 773
 
Rub it in Jon.

We are only resting up - 60 days and counting until we get our packages from you.
Oh wait, you on the other hand don't have that luxury of looking forward to Feb 1st and getting a package. 
You get to look forward to cutting, counting, sorting, labeling and then the trips to the post office.  Ya, living in paradise has its perks and we are glad you are there.  :))


Subject: Ok Guys - Test your knowledge of these old cars Replies: 10
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 818
 
I did horrible - got 39%.
I guess I paid more attention to the drivers and the autos.


Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 11,555
 
Hi Rob,
Here are my steps with cuttings:
1.  Clean with toothbrush and dawn soap to remove dirt and anything that will grow mold.
2.  Then dip cuttings in a 10% bleach solution, then set a side to dry.
3.  Once cuttings have dried (maybe 15 minutes), I then put the cuttings in damp spaghnum moss (misted with a squirt bottle).  I have found a correlation between mold and the cuttings touching the bag, so I try to put all my cuttings in oversized (gallon or bigger) bags smothered in damp moss.
4.  I only put in the same type of cuttings in the same bag, never mixing varieties in the same bag.  I write on the outside of the bag the type of fig in permanent marker.
5.  After the cuttings are in the bag with the damp moss, I deflate the bag (squeezing the air out) and put all the bags inside a dark canvas bag.  
6.  I put my canvas tote bag upstairs in a spare bedroom (sitting on the bed) but underneath a blanket to avoid light hitting the bag directly.
7.  I check the cuttings about every 4 to 5 days.

Thats what I do and it works well for me.

Once the cuttings show signs of roots, I then will plant in cups with 100% Ultimate Potting Mix and put inside plastic tubs with cracked lids for ventilation.  These tubs will sit in the same spare bedroom upstairs on the floor and they are exposed to the sun as it comes in the windows.  I only water as needed which runs about 3-4 weeks.  I don't fertilize at all the entire first year.

Good luck.
  

Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 11,555
 
Hi Rob,
Are you working with cuttings or young plants?

Subject: Ok Guys - Test your knowledge of these old cars Replies: 10
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 818
 
http://www.americantorque.com/game/car-show-50s/

Subject: Bulk New Zealand Sphagnum Moss Replies: 10
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,015
 
Hi Navid,
Thanks for your reply.  I'm sure Dennis won't mind you covering for him.
Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.  


Subject: Bulk New Zealand Sphagnum Moss Replies: 10
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,015
 
Hi Dennis,

Is this New Zealand Sphagnum Moss?  I received some cuttings smothered in this moss, it is so soft. 

The wholesaler that I get my bird seed from sells ZooMed products.  I can get this for $9.60   http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Zealand-Sphagnum-Pounds/dp/B0019J2MA2/ref=pd_sim_sbs_ol_4




Subject: Süßer Georg Fig Replies: 9
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,235
 
Hi Alan,
Thanks for all the info.  I actually got my cuttings from quinoah so will add your notes to my notes.

Subject: Will She ? Or Won't She ? Update. She Has! Update #2 and again on Dec. 6. Replies: 17
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,890
 
Nick,
Watch out, she is giving you the evil red eye.


This the eye open, closed or plugged on this cultivar?

Subject: Will She ? Or Won't She ? Update. She Has! Update #2 and again on Dec. 6. Replies: 17
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,890
 
Nick,
Was that fig outside when the snow storm rolled through your area a couple of weeks ago?
Cathy

Nice vulture.  Did you know that here in the US that we actually have 2 different types of vultures? 
One has a red head (aka turkey vulture) and the one you pictured is a Black vulture which has white tipped wings viewable only from the underside when it is soaring overhead.


Subject: Suggestions for "light" winter protection? Replies: 5
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 722
 
Hi Alan,
Plus the price is right.


Subject: Suggestions for "light" winter protection? Replies: 5
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 722
 
Hi Kudzu9,
I am in zone 7b (Central Texas) with winters like yours and planted a few figs in the ground as well this year.  We have nights that can fall below freezing but quickly warm back up the next day, so I don't want to do anything labor intensive for just a day or two.  Because I am on top of a hill I have to worry about the wind more than anything.  

I use card board boxes for protection.  I have found that frito-lay has boxes the same size in width but different heights.  I guess a box for small bags and a box for big bags of chips.  Anyway, I weight the flaps down on the first box with big rocks, then loosely close the flaps over the fig, then slip a second box on top of the first box closing the flaps over the top of the fig tightly.  Because the 2 boxes are the same width, the second box fits snugly over the first box which is weighted down with the rocks and everything makes it through the night just fine.
If it looks like another cold night, I'll just open the box (unfold the flaps) and then after dark, close it again.  On days that I don't have to worry about dipping below freezing, the boxes are folded flat and stored in the garage.


Subject: Cutting Size ??? Replies: 5
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 968
 
To help some, it might be helpful to cut the top at an angle and the bottom straight or vise versa, so others can tell which end is up.

Subject: When to start? Replies: 10
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,074
 
Hi Paul,
I can help you with Hardy Chicago and Brown Turkey.
PM your address when you get a chance.

Subject: Native Black, Italian Black, Texas BA-1 & Black Celeste Replies: 3
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 834
 
Hi Ed,
Sent an email to you last night.


Subject: When to start? Replies: 10
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,074
 
Welcome to the forum.
I too have several going right now.  As the months continue they start falling into stages, some in bags, some in cups, some in pots but it's easier for me to have them spread out instead of starting a bunch at one time.   
But then again, if I had to wait and start them all at once, I would probably not start so many and that would be no good.
I suggest you start a couple now and experiment with your rooting method.   Get a feel for the process.   Then when the figs cuttings start arriving in the spring you'll have a method that works for you and you'll know what to look for and what to expect.
Good luck.


Subject: a list of closed eye varieties Replies: 36
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 10,413
 
JD,
I finally found where I read about Gino's and Scott Black being closed eye varieties. 

Please see the post from Herman2 posted on March 31

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/fig/msg031900506963.html



Subject: Native Black, Italian Black, Texas BA-1 & Black Celeste Replies: 3
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 834
 
Looking for cuttings:

Becnels Native Black
Becnels Italian Black
Texas BA-1
Black Celeste. 

Willing to pay.
Thanks,

Subject: Is this enough winter protection? Replies: 14
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,170
 
Last year was my first year wrapping trees too. My number one mistake was that I did not wrap tightly enough nor put a cage around the wrapped tree.

The wrapped fig acted as a sail in the wind and rubbed all the tips off. Good luck.

Subject: Commerical Fig Orchard, Crisfield MD Replies: 8
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,044
 
Stoughton Sterling, Jr info from Ancestory.com

Born 14 July 1891 in Sackertown, Crisfield, MD
1900 US Federal Census shows at age 8 he lived with his parents in Asbury District, Lawsons Village, Somerset County, MD.  (maybe this is the "home site" of the fig orchard)
1930 US Federal Census shows at age 38 he was married to Charlotte Gundaker, had 2 children (Virginia & Stoughton III) and lived in Philadelphia, PA.
Died June 1976 and last known residence was 21871 Westover, Somerset, MD.

Subject: Commerical Fig Orchard, Crisfield MD Replies: 8
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,044
 
Found some interesting information.

STERLING'S FIG ORCHARDS INC The fig in Crisfield Maryland Description of fig growing in eastern coastal section of the United States Folder Appl author Stoughton Sterling Sterling's Fig Orchards Inc 23May55      A19U833 

Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1955: July-December

 By Library of Congress. Copyright Office

Subject: Commerical Fig Orchard, Crisfield MD Replies: 8
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,044
 
Ricci - It is very nice of you to volunteer your time.  I hope you are successful in finding this old orchard.

Brent - Maybe searching in Ancestry.com I can get an address of Stoughton Sterling, Sr.  or at least a little more information.  I hope we can find this old place and send Rickki out to look it over.

Subject: Commerical Fig Orchard, Crisfield MD Replies: 8
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,044
 
Ira acknowledges Stoughton Sterling, PA who was conducting at the family home, Crisfield,  MD "a commercial fig orchard and test plot of promising varieties".  

How cool would it be to track down the "family home site" and see whats still growing there.  We are looking at the 1950's, so something must still be around.


Found an Obituary of Mr. Sterling (JR) but I bet Ira was working with SR.

STERLING - Captain Stoughton Sterling Jr. USN, Retired, 84, passed away at Baptist Medical Center on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000 from complications of Alzheimers Disease. He was born Sept. 10, 1916 in Philadelphia, Penn. and grew up in Philadelphia and Crisfield, Maryland. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Feb. 1941. He was assigned to the heavy cruiser USS Augusta where he witnessed the signing of the Atlantic Charter by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. He subsequently became a Naval Aviator, flying PBYs PMWs and P2V patrol aircraft. During his distinguished naval career he served as Commanding Officer of VU-10 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: Navigator, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, CVA-42; Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station, Memphis, Tenn., Naval Attache American Embassy, Ottawa, Canada; and Commander, Second Naval Recruiting District. He graduated with distinction from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Captain Sterling retired from the Navy in 1970 and became the Executive Director of Future Memphis Incorporated, before settling in Jacksonville in 1972. He served on the staff of Bartram School and established his own cabinet making business, where he was a gifted cabinet maker and toy maker. He was a member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Retired Officers Association, the Red Caps, and the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Mandarin. Captain Sterling is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; two sons, Capt. Stoughton Sterling III, USN, (Ret.) of Fairfax, VA (Jacqueline) and Robert Alan Sterling, of Jacksonville; one daughter, Betty J. Lucas of Jacksonville; five grandchildren, Robert C. Wood, Tracy Libby both of Jacksonville, Christine Benedetto, Kimberly Witeck, and Stoughton Sterling IV, of Fairfax, VA; and five great grandchildren. A Funeral service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, September 27th at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior 12236 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Entombment will follow with full military honors at Oak Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimers Association Northeastern Florida Chapter, 2131 Mango Place, Jacksonville, FL 32207 in Captain Sterlings memory. HARDAGE-GIDDENS MANDARIN FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements.

Brent - Very interesting history thanks for posting it.  Notice the trade card of Ficus Carica says, "Especially adapted for Women and Children"  


Subject: Commerical Fig Orchard, Crisfield MD Replies: 8
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,044
 
So today I started reading from page 1 of Fig Varieties:  A Monograph by Ira J. Condit and was amazed at how interesting the introduction was.   In the past I always went straight to the information on varieties. 

Ira mentions in the acknowledgments of a Commercial Fig Orchard in Crisfield, Maryland. 

Does this orchard still exist? 

http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/391-296.pdf


Subject: Action speaks louder than words Dead good for nothing Coon(pic) Replies: 22
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,302
 
I second that. 
I have lost a couple of cockatoos to coons.

Cecil,
When you have exhausted your supply, I'll hire you to take care of mine.

Subject: Action speaks louder than words Dead good for nothing Coon(pic) Replies: 22
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,302
 
Looks like someone is getting a new hat for Christmas.

Subject: Weeping Fig = Aldo/ Corleone Replies: 24
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,886
 
Mary Ann,
Here is a picture of the little plant that you sent me earlier this year.
Grows quickly.



Subject: Found new website. Growing figs in cold areas Replies: 3
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 563
 
Ran across this website while searching info on a particular fig.
Though I don't have to worry about cold weather, thought some of you northerners might find some interesting info.

http://www.planetfig.com/index.html


Subject: On Naming Figs Replies: 34
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,041
 
At what point do we drop a temporary name?

For example: 
Adriatic = Chico Strawberry, Ventura
Falls Gold = Alma
Green Ischia = Verte
VDB = Negronne
Kadota = Dattero
Lattarula = Italian Golden Honey, Italian Honey
Mary Lane = Jelly

You should be getting the picture by now.
At what point do we pick a "Primary" name and then drop using the other aka's all together?

Maybe we can start weeding out all the duplicate names, asking Jon to pick a primary name and make note of it on Figs4Fun variety information page.

Here's my example:  Mary Lane = Jelly
Mary Lane will be my "Primary" name and under Jelly - there will be a notation "Now known as Mary Lane" with no description or information.
 
To simply this whole mess, we must start using a universal name and get away from having multiple names actively being used for the same fig, especially if we know its the same fig.


Subject: Grape Cuttings Replies: 28
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,084
 
You can get most of the varieties mentioned here from UC Davis with your fig order.  Last year I added (I think) 6 varieties of Grapes and got 5 cuttings of each variety.

Subject: Prayer request for my brother in law and family Replies: 45
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,769
 
Hi Gene,
So sorry to hear your story.  I hope there is a resolution soon.
You and your family will be in our prayers.

Subject: 100+ Year Old Fig Tree In Cairo, IL Replies: 31
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 7,034
 
I can see that wonderful pile of figs. Great picture.

Subject: ( Final Update. No Evil Will Hex My Fig Trees Now. ) This Is What I Found In One Of My Containers Today ! Replies: 82
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 4,230
 
Now that is just disgusting. Both pictures.

Subject: ( Final Update. No Evil Will Hex My Fig Trees Now. ) This Is What I Found In One Of My Containers Today ! Replies: 82
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 4,230
 
Are you an aggie?
My husband is an aggie.

Subject: Which mature fig trees prefer some shade? Replies: 7
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,877
 
I thought I had read somewhere that VDB prefer some shade as opposed to a full day of direct sun.

Brent - How do the figs taste on this tree?

Seems that your fig tree does very well in the shade.
We have the same oak trees found in New Orleans here in Central Texas but with the smaller amount of water they look like bonsai oak trees. 100 year old tree might be 30' tall so my shade is more like filtered shade for a couple of hours a day.

Subject: Which mature fig trees prefer some shade? Replies: 7
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,877
 
Plotting and planning the fig orchard and have a few oak trees to work around.
Which figs trees when planted in the ground would prefer some shade as opposed to full sun?


 

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