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Subject: Could this be Panache? Replies: 24
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,192
 
Pronunciation depends on a persons origin and language, and is not a real concern in the accuracy of identification.  The spoken word can vary, but is fleeting.  The written word is recorded in history, and is the cause of confusion if not considered by growers.

It is what it is, and if people choose to rename every variety, then that's what you will have, just be aware that it is so.  How many collectors purchase a tree, only to find they already have one by another name?

Subject: Could this be Panache? Replies: 24
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,192
 
Jon,
That's why there is confusion, too many individual names for the same tree.  If you think about it, the fruit is variegated, and by your description, the bark is variegated, Panachee is French for variegated. 

Don't you think you could have been misled, twenty years ago?  Don't you think the University of California has the credentials to know the variety?  Maybe since I'm new to fig culture I can afford to look for accuracy, and challenge history.

Subject: Could this be Panache? Replies: 24
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,192
 
Sorry eden

But UC Davis has it listed as DFIC 0002, Panachee

Panache in French means flamboyant
Panachee in French means variegated.

Since the fruit is variegated, I think the name is fitting.


Subject: Could this be Panache? Replies: 24
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,192
 
The name of this variety is not Panache, it is Panachee.  Panachee is a French word for variegated, pronounced pan-a-SHEE, with the accent on the last syllable.

I mention this for accuracy, and to try to stop renaming already known varieties.  Is it a wonder why there is so much confusion in the fig world already? 

Subject: When organic works - not figs Replies: 22
Posted By: udaman Views: 992
 
I've been an organic gardener my entire adult life.  I'd rather not use poisons in any fashion.  Sometimes I get the short end of the stick, when my veggies and fruit is attacked by insects, and other critters, but I just plant extra to feed all of us.

A healthy soil promotes healthy plants, which keeps me healthy too.

Subject: OVERWINTERING / STORAGE of GREENWOOD - ROOTED CUTTINGS Replies: 16
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,053
 
Last September, I started a Malta Black airlayer, and after it rooted I transferred it to a one gallon pot.  I let it go dormant in October, along with all my other trees, and put it in the cold cellar for winter storage.  I gave it a little water, each month in storage, and kept my fingers crossed that it would not die over the winter.

It is now nearly two feet tall, and doing very nicely.  So, starting cuttings, or airlayers late in the season, doesn't necessarily mean failure.  It can be done with care.  Keeping the trees indoors and growing through the winter is more reliable for success, but a lot more work for me.

Subject: Desert King Replies: 8
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,280
 
Wow!  I don't know who's luckier, you or he?  Sounds like a good person to know.

Subject: Don't mess with my figs!!! Replies: 17
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,155
 
I shot eight squirrels last fall, alone.  Looking forward to having target practice on this years crop.  Now I'm trying to "remove" a big fat woodchuck from my garden.  Missed him twice, so far.

Subject: Old Brooklyn Italian Replies: 35
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,750
 
Very good, Chris.  Looking forward to your details.

Subject: A Pinching Machine Replies: 31
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,763
 
If I went around pinching everything in sight, it would land me in jail, plus my wife would be very upset.

Sorry, I couldn't resist a little humor.

Subject: Announcing the Figs 4 Fun Foundation Replies: 111
Posted By: udaman Views: 24,865
 
Great idea, Jon!  I'll help in any way needed.

Subject: Pastiliere Replies: 47
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,893
 
James,

I'll be glad to send you a cutting when mine gets large enough.  But, I hope you get one sooner than that.

Subject: Are figs your favorite fruit to eat? Replies: 34
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,472
 
I love fruit of all kinds.  I eat at least 5 fruits daily.  My very fav is peaches, especially the white flesh types.  The taste is heaven.

In the fall, I consume large quantities of Gala apples......yum!


Oh, and peaches preserved in brandy are sublime......eat a peach, then drink the brandy.

Subject: Pastiliere Replies: 47
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,893
 
Here's my Pastiliere cutting from UCD, started on 6.9.12.  They only sent me the one scion, so I guess it's either in demand, or they only had a few cuttings to give out.  I'm happy it has taken root, and it looks like it will go into dormancy as an established plant.


Subject: My Panache Replies: 4
Posted By: udaman Views: 744
 
Is the variety Panache, or Panachee?  I have cuttings from UCD that are Panachee, pronounced pan-a-SHEE.  It's a French word for variegated.  I'm interested in knowing if this is the same variety or if they are separate.


Subject: WANTED---LSU PURPLE--MUST BE FROM SOUTHERN LOUISIANA Replies: 8
Posted By: udaman Views: 964
 
AndyInNYC,

You opened my eyes to something here.  Here's the link I used to search the GRIN database, and it lists all their varieties, but not all are available for distribution.  Look at this link, and then click on LSU Purple, look at the description and you'll see it's unavailable.  You'll also notice other vars are also unavailable for distribution.  It may be a patent issue, I'm not sure.  If that's the case, then we can't legally swap cuttings either.

http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/tax_site_acc.pl?DAV%20Ficus%20carica

Sorry for confusing things.  Maybe if they're contacted, they'll make cuttings available.

Subject: Desert King in NH Replies: 8
Posted By: udaman Views: 879
 
I ate my first VdB breba yesterday.  Desert King should produce next year.

Subject: WANTED---LSU PURPLE--MUST BE FROM SOUTHERN LOUISIANA Replies: 8
Posted By: udaman Views: 964
 
UC Davis offers dormant cuttings of LSU Purple.  They're in California, but I would trust that they have the correct label on their trees.  The accession number is DFIC 263. 

Their website: http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/docs.htm?docid=12146

Subject: First time with cuttings Replies: 19
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,195
 
Oh I just remembered, those cuttings traveled across the country, THREE TIMES.  Nearly 9000 miles.  No wonder they're a little wilty.  Next time I'll use the correct address the first time.

Subject: First time with cuttings Replies: 19
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,195
 
I think your window is a good place for the cuttings, if they only get filtered sun.  You just want to make sure they don't get cooked by too much heat.  I can't tell exactly by the second pic, if each cup has its own zip loc bag on it.  That's how I do it, and I zip the bag close to the cup, so it forms a good seal, keeping in the moisture.  I like to see water beads inside the bag, from condensation.  That way I know they are in a humid environ.  Add water as necessary.

You're doing great.

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Replies: 8
Posted By: udaman Views: 876
 
Yum!

Subject: Panache Replies: 17
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,279
 
James,

They say memory is the first thing to go,  I can't remember what the second one is.......

Subject: Panache Replies: 17
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,279
 
Here's a comparison of three Panachee cuttings, and an Early Violet cutting.  All started at the same time, from UCD stock.  Panachee is a very slow grower, but all the cuttings have taken root.  The Early Violet has grown much faster than Panachee.  In fact most of my other vas from UCD, that I started this year, have grown faster than Panachee.  I sent one to Nichole, but it developed mold in the package and she had to destroy it.

I'm anxious to see how these cuttings make out over the next few years.


Subject: Ischia Black Airlayer Replies: 17
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,007
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawndturner
  I thought from what I've read on this forum.  These cuttings don't grow so well do to FMV.  Maybe TMC has a secret.


Shawn,

My understanding is, some trees are heavily affected by FMV, some are not at all.  It depends on the variety, and the environment it grows in.

Subject: My Fig Inventory Replies: 15
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,263
 
I started my site during a time that I couldn't walk too well, and had plenty of "spare" time on my hands.  Winter is when I should do more on the website, but the trees are in the cellar and there isn't much going on.  It doesn't take too much work to maintain, and I use Google calendar as more of a task journal, it's very helpful to keep track of what and when I do things.

It works for me.

Subject: Ischia Black Airlayer Replies: 17
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,007
 
Question on the Negronne EL.  Does the EL stand for Edible Landscape?  Thanks.

Subject: My Fig Inventory Replies: 15
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,263
 
Looking good Nichole.  I compared my panachee rootings to my others started at the same time, and they're coming along, but at a much slower pace.  I'll be sure to send you another cutting, or small plant, if and when they get a foothold.  So far, I'm not impressed with the variety.

The Marseilles I took your cuttings from, is a great var, however.  It grows nicely in pots, doesn't show FMV, and now in their third year, loaded with figs.  I hope the cuttings produce some nice trees for you.  BTW, I got my trees from Kerry, aka. drivewayfarmer.

Both the blog website and your inventory site are nicely done.  Good luck.

Subject: Ischia Black Airlayer Replies: 17
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,007
 
You're in deep now.  Gone over the edge.  No hope for salvation.  Enjoy!

PS:  nice job.

Subject: Putting fig in ground Replies: 11
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,068
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BronxFigs
Andrew B.

Is the tree in a PLASTIC pot?  If yes, dig a hole, place the tree in the hole, pot and all, then slice away the pot, and slip the tree, roots and all. into the new growing area.   Add mulch and water well for the first week.  Roots will never know the difference, and plant will continue to grow as before the transplant.  The trick is not to mess with the roots.  Do it...but don't wait too long.  The growing season is coming to an end and that tree needs to be established in the new growing area before cold weather hits.  Good luck.

Frank


Thank you, Frank, for the details.  The tree is in a 1 gallon plastic pot.  I think I can slide the pot off the root ball without any loss of soil, so replanting it shouldn't be a problem.  I'm heading down to Montauk to do some fishing the first week of August, and I'll stop at my brother's house and plant it with him.  I'll also bring some limestone, to bring up the ph of the hole we plant the tree in.

Thanks everyone for the great advice.


Subject: Fig Leaves Provide a Natural Health Remedy for Diabetes Replies: 13
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,421
 
I'm happy you were able to get your glucose level down from such a high number.  But I must agree with James that it is dangerous to think it was solely the figs you consumed that did the trick.

I too am a diabetic, was diagnosed about six years ago.  Happily, I can control my glucose level by diet alone.  My mother was diabetic and had to take insulin shots daily, it's not a pleasant thing, but successful.  I would imagine that a change of lifestyle and eating habits, has more to do with controlling blood sugar, as drinking fig elixir.  I know for me, exercise, testing, and proper diet does the trick.

I will look into some of the info you have provided, but I don't put much faith in it, as you are the only person I've come across that has been using it in this fashion.

Subject: UCD - Violette de Bourdeaux pics Replies: 10
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,127
 
Thanks for posting those great pics.  I'm hoping my VdB has time enough to ripen the figs this year.

Subject: Putting fig in ground Replies: 11
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,068
 
I was wondering the same thing, though I'm on the east coast.  I have a potted Malta black that I airlayered last year, and I'm giving to my brother.  He'll plant in ground on Long Island, and I think it's safe at this time of year, but I don't have any experience.

Subject: Violet de Bordeaux Replies: 10
Posted By: udaman Views: 855
 
Nicely shaped and healthy tree, Martin.  I like the way you let the bottom branches form.  Looks great!

I have two, two year old, VdB that are coming along well, and have a few fruits this year.  I'll try to shape them, as you did, next year.

Subject: best bird deterrent Replies: 32
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,849
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mgginva
I just put lights with motion sensors on my garden so the deer can now see what they are eating much much better.


Hahaha!  I completely understand this feeling.  The deer have been munching my elderberries for years, and I've gone as far as taking down the fencing, so they can get to them without jumping over........LOL!

Subject: Crushed Coral...and... Crushed Lava Rock Granules Replies: 17
Posted By: udaman Views: 2,025
 
Seeing as coral is a possible ingredient in limestone, then I agree with you that it could act as a soil sweetener and raise the ph.  However, I'll wager that buying a bag of limestone is more economical and the result is exactly the same.

I don't agree that using crushed stone, of any kind, is an aerator or soil lightener.  It's illogical in my mind, and I'll stick with using peat moss and other organic items to lighten soil.  Small stone, and stone dust will compact rather than aerate, even lava.

Subject: I got fed up...so I made my own dirt! Replies: 14
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,556
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cjwilson

What else could I add to melp with compacting?  Maybe layer wood chips or perlite or lava rocks in the pot?



Anything organic, like peat moss, tree leaves, composted grass clippings.  Don't use wood chips or sawdust without first composting them.  They'll rob nitrogen from the soil if not composted.

Organic matter will make your soil fluffy, airy, and will hold moisture while giving good drainage.


Subject: scottish figs? Replies: 10
Posted By: udaman Views: 797
 
The Kennedys get royalties for every bottle of Scotch that comes into the US.  Started by Joseph Kennedy, once was a buck a bottle, don't know what it is now.

Subject: I got fed up...so I made my own dirt! Replies: 14
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,556
 
I've been making my own potting soil for years, not just for figs.  Organic matter far exceeds the amount of soil used.  This helps provide nutrients, and promotes good drainage.  The only fertilizer I add is blood meal, and comfrey tea during the season.

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Home Made Potting Soil

To fill a 10 gallon pot

1 part Compost
1 part Peat Moss
1 part shredded leaves
2 parts garden soil
16 oz ground phosphate rock
8 oz ground limestone

After planting in pots, top dress each pot with 1 tablespoon blood meal for
nitrogen.

Subject: WTF IS THIS Replies: 16
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,522
 
One of my many hobbies is photography, not that I'm any good at it, but I have learned some tricks.  You can help to protect your online images by editing the EXIF data attached to every digital image.  It's data that is not seen in the picture itself, but is attached to the pic and read by a program.  If you're interested in how it works, and how to use it read this online article.

http://digital-photography-school.com/ways-to-protect-your-digital-images-online

Subject: Came home to a surprise today Replies: 16
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,425
 
If you knock them off, you'll never know if they might have ripened.  Leaving them on will give you a chance for ripening.  However, at some point in time, it is better to knock them off.  The question is, at what time in the season is that point?  I usually pick off the figlets that start forming in August.

Subject: RDB 1 gallon plants Replies: 14
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,047
 
It took under two hours to sell them.  Why so long?
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Subject: RDB 1 gallon plants Replies: 14
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,047
 
I bought an RdB from Kerry last year.  It was about the same size he's selling, and today it's three times that size and has a few figs.  Beautiful plants!

Kerry, I was hoping to make Vermont the fig capital of New England, but you've beat me to the punch.  :)

Subject: tissue culture (micropropagation) Replies: 28
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,322
 
Ahh, so the FMV is only a problem when trying to get a tree started, not so much afterward.  But then if you were to make cuttings of that tree, you would then be back to the same problem?  So the only way to propagate the IB is from cloning.  It doesn't sound economically viable.

Subject: tissue culture (micropropagation) Replies: 28
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,322
 
Let's say a lab successfully produced fig plants with no FMV, as soon as someone took these plants into their home nursery, the plants would be exposed to the FMV again.  You would virtually need a sterile environment to guarantee the disease wouldn't be transmitted to virgin plants.

How many people are ready to burn every tree they currently have?

Subject: Yellow Jackets in my NY Potted trees? Replies: 9
Posted By: udaman Views: 833
 
Yellow jackets make their nest underground, usually taking over an old chipmunk or mouse hole.  I get stung every year during August, when they become very defensive and have a large hive to protect.  I take care of it by buying a can of wasp killer and spraying the nest after dark, when they're all done flying, and inside the nest.

Hornets, build round paper nests about six inches in diameter.  I kill them the same way.

Watch around for them entering or leaving their nest, then stay far away until you're ready to do battle.  They could be nesting inside one of your pots.

Paper (black) wasps I have no problem with, as they're not as aggressive and in much smaller numbers.

Subject: Yellow Jackets in my NY Potted trees? Replies: 9
Posted By: udaman Views: 833
 
Yellow jackets make their nest underground, usually taking over an old chipmunk or mouse hole.  I get stung every year during August, when they become very defensive and have a large hive to protect.  I take care of it by buying a can of wasp killer and spraying the nest after dark, when they're all done flying, and inside the nest.

Hornets, build round paper nests about six inches in diameter.  I kill them the same way.

Watch around for them entering or leaving their nest, then stay far away until you're ready to do battle.  They could be nesting inside one of your pots.

Paper (black) wasps I have no problem with, as they're not as aggressive and in much smaller numbers.

Subject: Preparing container soil media in the MD/VA/DC area Replies: 16
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,754
 
When I make potting soil, I add about 12 oz of garden limestone to a 10 gallon mix, along with 16 oz of ground phosphate rock.  I'll spare you my soil recipe, but my garden soil is quite acid, and so is the peat moss, and tree leaves that I add.  So, I use quite a bit of limestone to bring the ph toward neutral.

Subject: OT....POSTING/TYPING RESPONSES Replies: 12
Posted By: udaman Views: 1,041
 
Well, it's nice to see that all the money, and time, I spent getting a degree in computers paid off.

Subject: Thanks to Drivewayfarmer Replies: 9
Posted By: udaman Views: 985
 
Just saw the email after I posted.  Sounds like you're doing well, maybe too well.  LOL!  Fishing season is about to heat up soon.  I'll be traveling back and forth most of September, October, and part of November to Montauk.  I'll have to find some time to get back here and put them in the cellar before they freeze.  I hope my wife can take care of my trees while I'm busy.  Maybe I should try selling some trees there?

I'm laying out a plot of ground for better growing conditions for next year.  I'll have about 40 trees with the pots buried enough so the roots can spread.  Then cut the roots and lift the pots out of the ground for winter storage.  I hope it works out well.

I'll be in touch, and give you my want list. 

Subject: Thanks to Drivewayfarmer Replies: 9
Posted By: udaman Views: 985
 

Hi Kerry, I haven't seen you in eleven months.  Maybe time for a trip to NH.  Say hey to Barbara.


 

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