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Subject: Monstrueuse Replies: 24
Posted By: udaman Views: 3,945
Since you've resurrected my thread form a year ago, I'll post a pic of the UCD cuttings I've started.  We'll see how they turn out

Subject: Pastiliere Replies: 47
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,893
I have a UCD cutting, of this variety, started now.  It's just getting a few leaves, and the cup is showing many roots.  Hopefully, I'll have a good start of a tree next year.  They only sent one scion this spring, I guess it was in demand, so I'm happy to get one, and happy it rooted.

Subject: Fig tree in India Replies: 4
Posted By: udaman Views: 925
Importing plants into the USA, from any foreign country is regulated by the US Dept. of Agriculture.  To import plants look at this website to find the regulations on how to go about it legally. 

To quote the site:

Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) regulates the importation of plants and plant products under the authority of the Plant Protection Act. PPQ maintains its import program to safeguard U.S. agriculture and natural resources from the risks associated with the entry, establishment, or spread of animal and plant pests and noxious weeds.

Subject: UC Davis Cuttings Replies: 44
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,450
Originally Posted by pitangadiego
For those that are new, a small reality check might be in order.

1.  USDA/UC Davis operates on a very, very minimal staff. Often that precludes them from being timely in their responses. Much of the grunt work, including packing and shipping is done as a sort of "community service"  by students at UC Davis, for no $, Sort of a "no-credit" lab class.

2.  Every time you change, amend, add-to your order, etc. you multiply the amount of time it takes to process your order. Time is not something they have excess of. When you send your order in doesn't matter, as long as it is before December 1st. Sending in in first doesn't get you the first shipment.

3.  They are there as a germplasm repository and research facility. Technically, they only send material to researchers. When we ask for cuttings, we are a retail customer, which, strictly speaking, is not there mission and purpose. So, the fact that they do ship to us is a courtesy and a privilege.

In years past, I've placed my order in August/September, always received what I've requested, and never bothered to change my order.  I happily take what they can give, I provide them a FedEx shipping number, and if I really want a certain variety, it goes on my wish list for next year.  I don't want to kill the golden goose.

Subject: Compost Tea? Replies: 15
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,325
I use either compost tea, or comfrey tea when I have it.  I water with tea at least once a week, and straight water the other times.  I also use blood meal for nitrogen, about once a month during growing season.  Be careful with using blood meal, as too much will burn roots.  You can use MG, as others said, but I stick to organic fertilizers instead of salts.

You can find more info on Youtube by doing a search for the teas.

Posted By: udaman Views: 929
I don't coddle, or do anything so elaborate.  Just today I set my pots in the cellar, snow and all.  Except for a little water once in awhile, that's it until next April. 

Subject: What else do you grow? Replies: 106
Posted By: udaman Views: 9,150
My Delicious apples are big and juicy this year.  I eat them right off the tree as I work in the garden.

Planted three pounds of garlic today for harvest next July.  I'll be putting the garden to bed for the winter in a few weeks. 

Subject: Irrigation tutorials Replies: 2
Posted By: udaman Views: 580
Thanks for the link.....duly bookmarked.

Subject: Action speaks louder than words Dead good for nothing Coon(pic) Replies: 22
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,302
Since wearing animal fur is no longer in vogue, the raccoon population throughout North America has steeply risen.  A few years ago there was a locally widespread (oxymoron) incidence of rabies that affected many coons.  I found two coons, on separate occasions, wandering my homestead during daylight hours, and subsequently shot them.  Not on the menu, however.

Presently, the coyote population has increased to the point that they keep the coons under control, along with woodchucks, deer, possums, and porcupines.  But I'll be honest, hearing coyotes howl on a winter's night, makes the hair on my neck stand straight up and chills run down my spine.  I'd hate to be caught out in the woods alone, without a firearm for protection.

Subject: Varieties doing well in NH Replies: 26
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,944
Thanks, Kerry, for posting.  I'll have to start my wish list for next season.

I just picked a few Atreano today, and we'll have them for dessert tonight.  I might get a few more ripe figs if the weather stays mild next week.  Hoping I get some ripe VdB and MBVS.

Subject: Winter of 2012 Replies: 22
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,642
I wonder why the call it HOTlanta?

Subject: Winter of 2012 Replies: 22
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,642
I feel for you to, daygrower.  I don't know how you live with so many gators, snakes and insects.

Subject: What else do you grow? Replies: 106
Posted By: udaman Views: 9,150

Rhubarb loves manure, lots of it.  It is a very heavy feeder and I give it all the aged horse manure I can find.  Once you build up the soil for a few years, you can slack off for awhile, but not completely.  Keep adding organic material to your rhubarb bed and they'll reward you.  If they start looking weak, and not producing much leaves, then it's time to add more manure.  Good luck.

Subject: Winter of 2012 Replies: 22
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,642
I look at all these nature signs as pure fun.  They may or may not be true predictors of the weather, but they are a tradition and they're fun to pass down to the kids.

Subject: Winter of 2012 Replies: 22
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,642
The wooly bear caterpillars have a wide brown stripe this fall.  That means a milder than normal winter in New England.  Here's a link to the woolly bears

Some of my ash trees are loaded with seeds, and the acorns are heavy this year too.  That usually means a hard winter ahead.

So we have one tale on each side of the prediction.  Time will tell.

Subject: What else do you grow? Replies: 106
Posted By: udaman Views: 9,150
Sara, I see you grow elderberry.  I too grow them, but I'm raising them to provide the local deer herd with dessert.  I can't seem to keep deer away from them.  I absolutely love elderberry jam, on venison.

My veggie garden has gotten smaller and smaller each year, but I still manage to grow some herbs.  Horseradish, rhubarb, mints, lemon balm and such.  I'm about to plant my fall garlic next week.

I also grow a few pear and apple trees.

Subject: Waterlogged Tree Advice Replies: 22
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,427
Originally Posted by Centurion

Udaman...there are three small drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.   I am thinking I may drill some holes around the sides to insure proper drainage in such a large pot. is now in a much looser, lighter soil, with just a little of the compost product mixed in.
The tree looks much better this morning after the second repot with the new soil.

Good drainage is very important in most plants.  Only aquatic or semi aquatic plants will tolerate wet feet.  It sound like your soil is now the proper consistency.  I would recommend you do a little web search for the right soil mixes for the future.   I use equal parts of soil, compost and perlite.  There are many variations to choose from.

You could drill extra holes in the side of the pot, but that's a matter of choice.  Good luck with your tree and enjoy it.

Subject: Waterlogged Tree Advice Replies: 22
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,427
Are there drainage holes in the new pot?  Are they plugged up and not draining?

Subject: On Naming Figs Replies: 34
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,041
With such a large number of named varieties to compare with, how does someone know for sure an unknown variety is a new variety.  I think it would take a long time and lots of effort to find out precisely.  And if you don't have a specimen in hand, to compare to, you can't be positively sure.  Plant ID is an exact science.

Subject: rooting cuttings in september Replies: 9
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,055
I have a few cuttings that are just starting to root, plus a few very young trees.  I plan on putting them in a old aquarium inside the house and keeping them growing as long into the winter as I can.  It would be like keeping a terrarium of fig trees.  I'll use grow lights, and keep the top mostly covered to hold humidity.  We'll see how it goes.

Subject: Another downpour Replies: 2
Posted By: udaman Views: 618
We had a quick T storm overnight, that woke me up from my sleep, so I didn't completely escape the storm.  The raindrops are on the window, I was inside the house when I took the pic.  We should be out of this by noon or so, and improving weather from there on.

Subject: Another downpour Replies: 2
Posted By: udaman Views: 618
Had to hurry and cover my trees this morning, rain, rain, rain.  There's 18 trees crammed in under cover.  I had to bend down the top of two trees to fit them in.

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Subject: Prayer request for my brother in law and family Replies: 45
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,769
He sounds like a terrific guy.  Sorry for your loss.

Subject: Viollet de Bordeaux pics Replies: 5
Posted By: udaman Views: 717
Nice looking figs.  This is a tease cause I'm still waiting to taste my VdB.

Subject: Morning Harvest Replies: 14
Posted By: udaman Views: 879
Colorful collection of figs. Yum!  Thanks for the pics.

Subject: Fig Rust confirmation Replies: 29
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,409
Yellowing of the leaves could be from a lack of nitrogen.  Have you fertilized them recently?  It may be too late in the season to fertilize, but you could try a little blood meal, dried blood, mixed with water to give them a shot of nitrogen.  Though this will encourage new growth, and might not be a good idea at this time.

Subject: Latex Allergy Replies: 6
Posted By: udaman Views: 682
This summer I had a rash and blisters on my knee.  It lasted a full two weeks, and I thought I had burned myself on the muffler of my pressure washer.  I had no pain or itching, so I started to wonder if I really had been burned.

I'm not sure, but I could have come in contact with fig sap, after doing some work on a few of my trees.  It might have been this reaction, I just don't know.

Subject: Tiny Golden Celeste Replies: 13
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,051
Nice wedding ring.

Subject: Fig varieties of UCDavis video Replies: 11
Posted By: udaman Views: 901
Well done, Bass.  What program did you use to make it?  I like Cinelerra, Lives, and Avidmux for various effects in editing.

Subject: My Fig Trees Went Swimming Today... Replies: 15
Posted By: udaman Views: 986
I would be more concerned about the roof giving way, than the fig trees getting wet.  But glad you found the problem before anything happened.

Subject: Will the real Brown Turkey please stand up! Replies: 52
Posted By: udaman Views: 6,277
Wow, Dominick!  How do you find time to care for so many trees?  Would love to see pics of your forest.

Subject: I saved my ripe fruits from rain today! Replies: 15
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,278
We've had rain since yesterday, and more on the way today and over the weekend.  I've just now covered my trees to keep the rain off of them.  I'm close to getting some ripe figs, and I don't want the rain to spoil what I have.  My Marsielles are almost ripe, along with my Atreano.

Subject: Rooting fail Replies: 29
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,061
Sara, thanks for the cinnamon tip, I'll give that a try.

Subject: Name That Fig??? Replies: 30
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,544
Fignut, thanks for correcting me.  I guess I should have read more closely.  But to add to the confusion, I was looking through the GRIN database today and found a San Pietro listed there.  So, Morle's fig can be a Pietro, or am I wrong again?  Here's the link...GRIN  DFIC 79

Also, here's a quote from Morle's web page on the origin of the name.

The name was given because the first crop ripens around St. Peter's Day, June 29, in the                 Central and Southern Mediterranean.

Subject: Negronne and 160-50 Replies: 7
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,053
Good video, you made my mouth water.  I was surprised the LSU Gold was not good, maybe wait longer for it to ripen?

Subject: Green cutting, day 27 Replies: 8
Posted By: udaman Views: 895
Thanks Barry.  I took one cutting yesterday, and three more today.  One of the VdB cuttings was at the very base of the tree, and when I cut it there were two roots already there.  I have it in a bottle of water now, but I think I may plant it in soil tomorrow.  The cuttings are of Blk Triana and VdB.  The Marsielles are a bit shorter than I first thought, so I think I'll leave them till spring.

Subject: Mulching practices & benefits for figs Replies: 15
Posted By: udaman Views: 3,421
I can't speak to mulching figs, because all mine are in pots, and not in ground.  I can speak to mulching in general, both summer and winter.

I mulch my elderberry shrubs, and most of my apple and pear trees.  All the reasons you've given above are true.   And summer mulching helps keep weeds from competing with the trees for nutrients.

I use leaves from all my maple and ash trees, I have many.  It keeps down the weeds, adds nutrients to the soil, and protects in winter against freezing/thawing.  If we have a good amount of snow here, on top of the mulch, that insulates the ground even more.  The problem I see is not the ground freezing, but freezing then thawing, then freezing again and again.

The more mulch you can heap on it, the better it will work.  Just keep a small ring of space right next to the trunk, so the mice won't gnaw on the bark.  Bark will work, or old hay, or leaves.

Subject: Name That Fig??? Replies: 30
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,544
Thanks fignut and all, this is a very interesting thread.  I purchase a Joe Morley BT two years ago, and it's nice to know some of the history behind the cultivar.  I haven't had any ripe figs yet, and no cuttings yet either.

Subject: Green cutting, day 27 Replies: 8
Posted By: udaman Views: 895
Is it too late in the season for me to try this, if I keep the bottle inside the house?  Can I keep the plant growing indoors, in an old fish tank, throughout the winter?

I have some VdB and Marsielles shoots I'd like to try this on.

Subject: My Video Replies: 24
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,332
Nice trees Martin.  And you did a great job on the video, no too fast, and no shaky shaky.  Butch was nonchalant about it tho.

Subject: How many container growers just use plain potting soil? Replies: 8
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,113
If it's your only plant, and you're not into growing other things, keep it simple and use store bought potting soils.  Next year you can add fertilizer to it and it'll take off.  When it needs repotting to a larger pot, you can buy potting soil with fertilizer already mixed in.

It's too late this season to set fruit and ripen, unless you live at the equator.

Subject: Seedlings and Cuttings Replies: 13
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,513
They look great.  Sometimes it's fun to plant something, not knowing exactly what to expect.  Thanks for the pics.

Subject: Cold weather question Replies: 16
Posted By: udaman Views: 960
Well, it only got down to 34F this morning.  So, I could have left the figs out, but better safe than sorry.  I'll put them out in a few minutes, and back in for one more cold night tonight.

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: udaman Views: 4,230

I always wondered the meaning behind it.  Thanks.

Subject: I need some help... Replies: 5
Posted By: udaman Views: 604

On the main page of this forum, there's a link to Best Figs for Your Location, link provided here.  There are a few varieties mentioned there for your area in the US, but not for Mexico.  I think you might try the same variety for both places.

Subject: Cold weather question Replies: 16
Posted By: udaman Views: 960
The hoops are 3/4" plastic electrical pipe 10 feet long, it bends very easily.  I hammered 1/2" steel pipe, 2 foot long pieces, into the ground where the end of the plastic pipe would be, then slid the plastic pipe over it.  So the steel pipe has 1 foot in the ground, and one foot sticking up above ground.  It acts as an anchor for each end of the plastic pipe.

I also used 1-1/2" pipe to attach the plastic to and that weighs it down and holds it so the wind can't blow it off the frame.

Subject: Cold weather question Replies: 16
Posted By: udaman Views: 960
My cellar stays between 35-40 deg. F.  I think you can go a little colder with no problem, but you don't want it to get too warm, or the trees will come out of dormancy and start to grow.

Subject: Cold weather question Replies: 16
Posted By: udaman Views: 960

I have pics on my website for the tunnel, from last year.  Here's the LINK.

I kept my trees in the tunnel until November 6, last year.  I opened the top on sunny warm days, and left it closed on cooler days.  I think we had some 20 degree nights by that date.  I cover the ends with more plastic and duct tape.

After the trees go dormant I put them in my cellar, and they stay there until the next spring.  Once they're dormant, sun is not needed.

Good luck bugs.

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: udaman Views: 4,230
I got a black cat bone
I got a mojo too
I got the Johnnie Conkaroo
I'm gonna mess with you


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