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Subject: A little more info on cuttings that I gave away from Fredericksburg, TX. Replies: 22
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,316
 
Hi Sara,
I can get you cuttings of this tree if you want some.

Subject: Free fig trees Replies: 21
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Sara,
Don't forget you have a Scott's Black coming to you in the fall as a plant.

Subject: Tennis ball "can" & scaly visitor Replies: 43
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Hi Brent,
More than likely you are looking at lizard or snake eggs.  A turtle lays their eggs directly underneath them buy digging a hole with their hind legs.  So unless you set your fig pot on the soil after the eggs where laid, they are not turtle eggs.
Gosh, I have spent many many summer humid nights running the back roads of Louisiana looking for herps.    Catching snakes, tree frogs and even crawfish crossing the road.
My only hair raising experience was seining a pond on a golf course in Slidell, LA. one summer night with a full moon.  After pulling the seine up we kept hearing a hissing noise - turned out it was a huge snapper.  Last time I did that.
I raised milksnakes for the pet trade, had about 10 different varieties.  They are very beautiful snakes and make wonderful pets. 


Subject: I Think my Fig Is Happy To See Me. Replies: 21
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Hope this does not put me on the bad side with some but just had to contribute to this thread.
http://www.chilli-willy.com/


Subject: Waiting for Main Crop Replies: 11
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Hi AnnieBee,
It would be funny to offer a fig for anyone who can id it and label the picture, 
"no cheating".

Subject: Waiting for Main Crop Replies: 11
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 794
 
Yes. I saw the picture name.

Subject: Waiting for Main Crop Replies: 11
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 794
 
Hi AnnieBee,
I'm not a world ahead of you but more than likely right there beside you on these figs.  Thanks for the compliment on the website.  I have to admit - I cheated on your question.

Subject: my new greenhouse Replies: 30
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Hi Mario,
Love your greenhouse.  What will you use to close the sides of your greenhouse for winter?

Subject: Waiting for Main Crop Replies: 11
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Sal's Corleone?

Subject: Air layered Replies: 14
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,021
 
Hi Vito,

I have not got cuttings for Longue D'Aout yet.  
One of these days it will happen.


Subject: Air layered Replies: 14
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If you had to choose between air laying now or taking a cutting in the fall which would you prefer?

Is it better to do an air layer on green/new wood or brown/old wood?


Subject: Tashkent Fig Replies: 43
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Mine Tashkent was planted in the ground in the spring.  My entire plant was about 5" tall when I got it.  Though it has not grown like my other figs (ones in the pots) I am happy with the growth so far this year.  

Subject: Dedicated or Delusional ? Replies: 20
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,370
 
Hi Nick,
Welcome to the forum.  Nice to see pictures of your fig garden in the big apple.  I read an article a week or so ago that really inspired me to try this next summer with my garden plants.  I have also seen another forum member use this same method with excellent results.

http://www.globalbuckets.org/






Subject: You are probably a "fignut" if........ Replies: 72
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Whoo, I can finally say I'm not a fig nut.  I did not know what sycophant was.
I was starting to get scared there for a moment, thinking I had no life.

Subject: You are probably a "fignut" if........ Replies: 72
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,787
 
Ya, I learned my lesson.  My babies are only going to other fig nuts.

Subject: You are probably a "fignut" if........ Replies: 72
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,787
 
You might be a fig nut when you give the neighbor a few fig trees and they all die and you take it personally.

Subject: Blue Giant? Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,529
 
Hi Olga,
There were so many ants in them and when i cut the figs open, ants went everywhere and then the centers had a lot of "brown stuff" in them which I figured the ants brought in.
There where extremely soft and who knows they are still in the frig, maybe my husband will try one today.  


Subject: Blue Giant? Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,529
 
Here is the smaller suclata.

Subject: Blue Giant? Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,529
 
What kind of tortoises?  We have Sulcata's, Red-foots, Stars and Leopards.

Subject: Hot and humid.. Replies: 29
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Hi BLB,
Then we expect to see a picture of you in the pool tomorrow :)
Hope you find relief from the heat soon.

Subject: Blue Giant? Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,529
 
Hi Olga,

I did not eat them, way too many ants inside for my taste buds.  They will be turtle food in the morning.  I probably got at least 10 ant bites on my hands just carry them into the house.


Subject: Blue Giant? Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,529
 
Pictures of the 2 Blue Giants from yesterday cut in half.

Subject: Hot and humid.. Replies: 29
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,447
 
Hey Cecil,
Looks like you'll be cooling down next Monday.

Subject: Blue Giant? Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,529
 
Yes it does and the ants just love them.


Subject: My First Figs!!!! Replies: 21
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 969
 
Hi Vito,
Nice fig orchard. 


Subject: Blue Giant? Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,529
 
Here is a picture taken today of my blue giants. 


When we pick them, I'll post pictures of them cut in half.

Subject: A little more info on cuttings that I gave away from Fredericksburg, TX. Replies: 22
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,316
 
Yep Rafed.
Do they have your parking spot?


Subject: A little more info on cuttings that I gave away from Fredericksburg, TX. Replies: 22
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,316
 
Hi Ruben,
They do look to be about the same size.  The picture of the fig cut in half has a longer neck than mine though.


Subject: A little more info on cuttings that I gave away from Fredericksburg, TX. Replies: 22
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,316
 
Hi Jason,
The first set of pictures where taken August 1, 2010 and the others where taken today.  Exactly 1 year apart.  The only difference that I can say is that we have had right at 3" of rain for the year which is probably why the fruit are smaller.  You are correct on the pictures.  The first pictures where taken of the tree on the left side of the building and today I took pictures of the tree on the right side of the building.  

Here is a picture of the same tree that I took a picture of last year.

The leaves do look different this year as opposed to last year on the same tree.

Subject: A little more info on cuttings that I gave away from Fredericksburg, TX. Replies: 22
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,316
 
Hi Jim,
Hate to say it but it was the first fig that I've eaten.  It actually was very sweet, juicy and some other distinct flavor but not a bad flavor, just can't place it.  We'll be heading back that direction next weekend and I'll get my husband to taste one.  He is the fig eater and will probably have no problem telling me what that flavor is.

I'm pretty sure that you got some.  If I recall, you asked first and then said if there where others that where just started to put them ahead of you.

Subject: A little more info on cuttings that I gave away from Fredericksburg, TX. Replies: 22
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,316
 
Unfortunately I can't remember exactly who requested cuttings from the following tree but wanted to pass on some more information about it.

Here are the pictures I posted last fall and the general census was that it was an English Brown Turkey based on leave shape and immature fruit.






3 weeks ago I was back in Fredericksburg doing the touristy thing with visiting friends and just had to go by and see the fig tree from last summer.  The land owner was outside so I got to talk to her.   She said the 2 plants on her property where planted 17 years ago and where cuttings started from her great aunt's tree who lived in San Antonio.  The original tree in San Antonio was already on the property when her aunt bought it in the 20's. 
She had no clue what kind of fig tree is was except told me, "they don't turn brown like the other figs". 

So, I took a drive today to see if I could find any mature fruit and hopefully get a positive ID on this tree.
Here are the pictures taken today.







Jason - please don't tell me this is another Celeste.


Subject: i need to take sucker off my trees Replies: 5
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 591
 
If you cut a sucker off will it grow more suckers in the same place?

Subject: Check out this huge tree.... Replies: 30
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,904
 
I felt the same way.  I'm not a computer person and my extent is emails, figs4fun and my website.  But I was lucky to have a college age daughter to teach me.  Kids are great for keeping us up today on electronics.
Anyway, the operating system is very easy to use and get around in.

Subject: Check out this huge tree.... Replies: 30
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,904
 
Hey Dominick,

Try an apple.  -  They are great.  I have not had any problems with viruses or even slowness and have not purchased anti-virus software since I purchased this 3 years ago.

Subject: how much are you willing to pay for fig tree? Replies: 29
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,898
 
Here's a womens point of view.

I sell 10 first year cuttings for $10 each, then spend that $100 on a couple rare varieties and the net result is I'm even.  So I did not spend a thing.  Right !!!!


Subject: High-Tech Gadgetry Replies: 10
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Quaker parrots  aka Monk

Subject: What is this? Replies: 9
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 932
 
I would say that's a man size fig leaf.

Subject: Water Pressure Gauge Replies: 5
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 796
 
That's an idea.  I am so green with all this.  I appreciate everyones help.
Cathy

Subject: Water Pressure Gauge Replies: 5
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 796
 
Did not think about Home Depot - will go and check them out.
Thanks Jon

Subject: Water Pressure Gauge Replies: 5
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 796
 
I am looking into getting some sort of watering system (beside the handheld system).   Looks like I need to determine my PSI in my hose before I can pick a drip system.

Does anyone have a pressure gauge they would want to sell?  Seems like one of those things that you need once and then store forever.


Subject: hard to grow figs. Replies: 25
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,646
 
Rafed,
You bought 330 pots for $50? 
That is an awesome deal because those pots look great.  
Deep enough for tall cuttings and yet not taking a boat load of potting mix to fill them up.


Subject: hard to grow figs. Replies: 25
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,646
 
I've had great success on leaving my cuttings under the oak trees which are getting filtered sun all day long.  I have been up potting them from cups to pots putting them right back where they were with no ill effect.

When I get ready to repot I make sure the soil/potting mix is dry but not enough that the fig shows it.  Usually this was my indicator that it was time to water.  Because I am using potting mix I do believe that the roots don't get disturbed as much when transplanting as they would if I had used a very loose perlite mixture.


Subject: Wanting Blackberries Replies: 40
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,046
 
Hi James,

I really only have room for 6.  After much decision, my husband finally gave in to allow me to get blackberries, providing that I don't put them in the ground.  He remembers the horrors of rambles in Louisiana when we lived there.   I have 6 very large pots (45 gal) so I'll put 1 plant in each pot and hope for the best.  
Is anyone growing them in pots?

Do critters (raccoons) steal more blackberries from plants without thorns than those with thorns?  

Dan - Not sure why I overlooked Kiowa but I'll go back and read up on them.  I think I was shooting for erect thornless blackberries and then decided to get 1 other variety.

Subject: Wanting Blackberries Replies: 40
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,046
 
Hi James,
Thanks for the recommendation of Elgin's.  I'm only about 100 miles from Austin, so that is doable.  Do they have a good reputation of labeling their products correctly?


Subject: Wanting Blackberries Replies: 40
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Looking to get the following blackberries ( Shawnee, Navaho, Triple Crown and/or Arapaho).  Does anyone here for any for sell or would be interested in trading for figs?

Subject: I'm under attack Replies: 53
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Motor Cycle Helmet.

Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,876
 
Hi Noss,
I actually did not add Perlite to the UPM (Ultimate Potting Mix).  I would mix a 5 gal bucket of our natural dirt with a 5 gal bucket of UPM.  That's it. 
Cathy

Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,876
 
If it was me, I would take the chance of re-potting now.  Depending on how compact the soil is around the plant, it might be possible to replace the mix on one side of the plant, carefully removing as much soil as possible without doing too much damage to the roots and then do the other side a couple of weeks later.  
Then you are giving your plant at least half a chance to survive.

When I pot my plants, I don't pack the potting mix down after planting.  I just pour the mix around the plant, give the pot a couple of shakes to settle any holes, water and leave alone.  Don't forget to leave the plant in highly filtered sunlight for the rest of the hot summer.

Just a footnote.  My experience is limited compared too so many of these guys here so please take my advice with a grain of salt.
Cathy

Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,876
 
Hi Susan,

If you can get Ultimate Potting Mix by Fertilome give it a try.  I used it this year and had great success.  Also when I potted up from cups to pots I waited until the cups were in the need of water, they were dry and light weight.   I remember reading that figs don't like to have their roots disturbed so I waited until the potting mix had almost naturally separated from the cup.  If the mix is the slightest moist, the potting mix will fall away from the roots when lifted out of the cups which you don't want.   I moved the little plants into their pots and then watered the heck out of them right after.  It was several days before they were watered again.   I only lost 2 plants this entire summer when potting up hundreds of figs.  
Good luck.
Cathy



Subject: Trade? Replies: 20
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,638
 
Looking to expand my collection and have the following plants to trade.  Will ship in the fall once the plants have gone dormant but will be glad to send pictures of what they look like today.

Looking for:
White Triana, Malta Black, RDB, Maltese Falcon, Genovesse Nero, Zuchini, Black Celeste, Doree, Long Yellow, Malta Black, Grise Olivette, Vasilika Sika, Mrs Williams, Petite Negri, Wuhan, Jurupa or Drop of Gold.

Have to trade:
Weeping, Green Ischia, K-6-5, Aubique Petite, Gino's, LSU Gold, Scotts Black, Blue Celeste, LSU Purple, Morley, Excel, Golden Celeste, Blanquette, Sicilian White, Stella, Paradiso, Sweet George, Native de Argentile, Nazarti, Zumwalt, Marseilles Black VS, Pananas Purple, VDB, Sal Coreleone #2 and Sal's #1 (Gene's).

If you are interested in trading please PM me.
Thanks,


 

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