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Subject: Keeping fig records -what to keep? Replies: 25
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,927
 
Hi Bass,

Good to hear from you.  Last spring I got from you a Quarter Pounder and Dark Portuguese which are both doing great.  
I also owe you postage from that shipment which I'll add to the next order.
I work with a team of investment advisors but I have a degree in biology, so that is where the "keep records" trait comes from.
Cathy

Subject: Keeping fig records -what to keep? Replies: 25
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,927
 
I want to keep excellent records on where all my figs come from and be able to tell 10 years from now their history. 

How do you keep your records and what information do you gather?

Here is what I have started.  I assign a number to each plant that I get and put a tag on the plant.  I am using a round metal disc with the number stamped on it.  That number is written down in a note book with:
1.  the date that I got it. 
2.  the quantity of cuttings that I got
3.  the variety of the fig
4.  the person I got them from and their contact information
5.  Figs4Fun user id. 


Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 5,518
 
Jason,
Morley now lives in Texas.



Subject: What to ask? Replies: 13
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 773
 
hi fotula,

I may just take you up on that offer.  Thanks so much for offering to help. 
He speaks english well, just with an accent but when he started talking about his home land, I was a deer in the headlights.




Subject: What to ask? Replies: 13
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 773
 
Sorry I don't know the lingo but I'm learning.

Yes, he personally brought them.

Subject: What to ask? Replies: 13
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 773
 
He hold me they have black ones, green ones and brown ones.  He mentioned how they start new trees and give to family members from small cuttings and how easy they are to get started.  He did tell me where he is from but I could not understand what he said (the accent), then the phone rang and our conversation was over.

Ciao,  what do you mean "bring from old country"?  He did call them by a name but it was in a different language or sounded like it to me.  I'll ask him to write down where the parent tree is from (locality), what the family calls them.    I did learn a lot from our short conversation but I know the names and places will not stick with me long enough to remember them before I can write them down.

Ruben, I hope I have enough to share with a lot of folks here. 

Anything else?
Cathy


Subject: What to ask? Replies: 13
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 773
 
Today I finally got the nerve to ask one of our clients about his history.   He has a very strong accent and his name suggested Greek.   While we were waiting for papers to be printed I finally asked him if he liked figs.  A huge smile came across his face.  I got a short story about his family in Greece and how they grow figs and olives and how they have grown both for generations.  He offered to bring me some cuttings, which I was so excited. 

What questions do I need to ask when he brings the cuttings?
Cathy


1.  what are the names of their fig trees.
2.  where in Greece are the parent trees located.
3.  I'll ask if possible to get pictures of the parent trees.

Do they have fig wasp in Greece?

Subject: Anyone want to trade ???? Replies: 18
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,791
 
Bumping  ---
will be trimming soon and wanted to make the cuttings available to anyone interested.

Cathy


Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 5,518
 
Hi Jason,
Wanted to let you know that my package arrived today with the Morley cuttings.
Will let you know how they do in Texas.
Thanks again.
Cathy

Subject: Tashkent Fig Replies: 43
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 4,305
 
I will be trying the little 4" pot for $12, which will be arriving by mid-Feb.
Maybe it will like our Texas summer heat.
Cathy

Subject: Tashkent Fig Replies: 43
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 4,305
 
Raintree Nursery has a Tashkent Fig for sale.  Does anyone know if this fig is going by a different name?   Has anyone heard of this fig?

Here is the description Raintree provides.
This green fig has an excellent flavor. Raintree brought it from Uzbekistan where it was the heavy producing favorite among many cultivars in the garden of a Uzbek horticulturist. The fruit is green and flesh light colored with an excellent flavor. It thrived in the cold Tashkent winter but hasn't been tried in cold regions in the United States. It has not set well in Raintree's maritime climate and prefers areas with hot summers.                                

Thanks,
Cathy

Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 5,518
 
Hi Jason,
So excited about my new arrival.
What should we write on the cups for a name?
Cathy

Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 17,501
 
My wish/want list would be:

Updated (6/4/12)  -A BIG THANKS to those who have offered me cuttings.

1.  Genovese Nero
2.  Genovese Nero
3.  Genovese Nero
4.  Genovese Nero
5.  Genovese Nero
6.  Genovese Nero

 

Subject: Humidity Level to root Cuttings Replies: 14
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,616
 
Hi Noss,

The concentration on my gallon jug is 2% Chlorhexidine diacetate.
I use the 20cc/gal just to make sure that I have enough to do the job.
I mix up a container of Nolvasan solution to soak my syringes between uses.  When we use the syringes we rinse them before we put them back into the Nolvasan bucket which adds a few drops of water each time they are put back in, ready for the next use.

Please report your results on your cuttings.
Cathy


Subject: Humidity Level to root Cuttings Replies: 14
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,616
 
Grant, I was thinking the same thing about using incubators.  I raise cockatoos and have a couple incubators in the house.  With the air circulation, I can raise the RH up extremely high (95%+) and have never had a mold issue.  From pip to hatch, it can take cockatoos up to 4-5 days and if you have several in a clutch, that means that the humidity is up there for several weeks at a time if not months. 

I mix 20ccs of Nolvasan to 1 gal of water and wipe the incubator out weekly.  That's it.  Have never had issues with mold on the inside walls or even the hatching chicks.  Good luck and let us know.  I bet the incubators will work great. 

Cathy


Subject: Which cuttings are easy to start and hard to start Replies: 7
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,183
 
Since this is my first year starting with cuttings, can you please help with the following.  Have been doing a lot of reading about starting cuttings with the bag/cup method and several mention that some types root faster than others.  Lets get a little more specific, providing that the set up has proper warmth and humidity.

1.  Which type of figs show roots fairly quickly (say within a month)?
2.  Which type of figs take forever to show roots (say 2-3 months out)?
3.  Some members have mentioned that certain types don't root well with the bag method, which ones?







Subject: Marseilles Confusion ??? Replies: 4
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,229
 
Recently I have seen the following types of figs mentioned in the treads and at first did not think much about the different names but now I am confused.

Marseilles Black VS
Marseilles Italian Golden Honey
White Marseilles
Marseilles
Marseilles (EL)
Marseilles BS1
Marseilles St. Anthony's EL

What does the VS stand for?     What does the EL stand for?    Are these different varieties?

Thanks,
Cathy


Subject: Anyone want to trade ???? Replies: 18
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,791
 
Hi Kyle,

The furthest north that I know about is East Texas (near Shreveport, LA).  About 20 years ago we dug up our first tree from the property and brought it to Hammond Louisiana.  It grew very well in the ground and when we know we where moving to Central Texas we started planting seeds.  We left the tree behind in Louisiana and moved with us 30 that where about 2' tall in 5 gallon buckets and they are doing great.  This spring we had about 15 come up in a large flower pot (thanks to a squirrel) and they all have red leaves and look like all the others.   We have never grafted a tree before and as you can see from the picture they all look red.

Kyle I would be glad to send some to you to try if you want them.  What do we have to lose?  

Thanks for chiming in.
Cathy

Subject: Anyone want to trade ???? Replies: 18
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,791
 
Bringing this old post from Aug back to life.

After offering free fig cuttings recently, I have had several other forum members show interest in cuttings from our peach trees.  I will be trimming these soon and will be glad to give these away in exchange for postage or fig cuttings.

History:
My husband's grandmother had several of these peach trees behind her house.  She ran a country store from 1920's to the 50's and offered these peaches to her customers.  Each year she would put several jars up, dehydrate them and made tons of peach pies.   We went back to the homestead about 20 years after she had last lived there.  We found several peach trees still doing great and decided to try them in Louisiana.  We transplanted several small trees from East Texas to South Louisiana and they did great.  When we moved to Central Texas 10 years ago we also brought with us several of these trees.  They have done great here as well.

So I know they do great in East Texas (Timpson area), Central Louisiana (Hammond) and Central Texas (Kerrville).   The first 2 places have excellent soil, plenty of rain and acidic soil.   Here in Kerrville we have soil in layers separated by thick layers of limestone and have dry hot summers. 

We have never sprayed them and always get a bumper crop.  The trees in the picture are about 8 years old.  For whatever it's worth, they are also drought resistant.  We have had temps hovering around 100 for the past couple of weeks, they have not been watered and still doing fine. 

This peach tree has red leaves, the meat is whitish color and they come off the pit easily.   They are not as sweet or juice as the ones in the stores.  The leaves will turn to a dark green late in the summer but for about 5 months (here) we have beautiful red leaves. 

We have had several questions about the seeds.   We have always had great success in getting the seeds to sprout.  In fact this past year we had a squirrel bury several pits in a big pot and now we have about 10+ 2' trees that came up last spring.  They too have red leaves and look just like the parent trees.  On the original post, I had a gentlement on the East Coast respond, who has the same trees.  He called them a heirloom variety but did not really have a true name that he was aware of. 

If you are interested in getting some trimmings, just let me know.
Of course would be glad to trade for more fig cuttings on varieties that I don't have. 

Cathy


The bloom picture was taken 3/30/10.
The 2 pictures showing the trees and their leaves were taken 5/4/10.
The 2 pictures showing the peaches were taken 8/10/10.







 

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