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Subject: Stalking Wild Figs in the Mediterranean Replies: 13
Posted By: eeplox Views: 1,243
I took some photos of the mystery shrub growing on its own, and I was just looking at them when it suddenly popped - it's a bay laurel! I can't believe I didn't realise it earlier. I even planted one in my old garden a few years back. So mystery solved!

It's incredible the information we have stored deep in our memory banks, that can just jump to the surface when we have need of it.

Thanks for the kind words, FMD.

Subject: Stalking Wild Figs in the Mediterranean Replies: 13
Posted By: eeplox Views: 1,243
hoosierbanana, I do practice permaculture, and my other videos feature some of the nitogen fixing / pest repelling plants I use. I haven't been able to identify that particular bush, but there are nitogen fixing legumes around the tree also (the dried up spiny shrubs).

There are also 2 young Terebinth trees growing with the fig tree. Terebinth is in the pistachio and mango family, so I don't think it's nitrogen fixing, but figs don't have much of a need for nitrogen anyway, so they could be providing something else that the tree needs.

There are also two or three mature strawberry trees loaded with fruit a few meters away from the fig tree. Everything is growing on the slope of a mountainside.

The mystery bush has oak like leaves, but no acorns. It forms clusters of small black seeds. It seems to grow with most of the wild fig trees in the area, but otherwise it isn't very common. I haven't seen it grow in the lowlands.

FMD, there's not much to tell about my background that isn't in my videos (the shipping container cabin video in particular). I was born here and lived in England for a few years when I was very young.

From watching fig trees in their wild form, I'm starting to think they produce better when confronted with strangling competition. I've seen some truly humongous fig trees in cultivation that don't have nearly as many figs on them as some small wild trees.

As far as I know, there aren't any fig wasps in this country, but a large proportion of the wild trees I come across develop and ripen their figs (a lot of the trees having just a few figs on them). But the literature has the odds of self fertile fig trees developing from seed as being astronomical. I suppose the odds have improved now that the majority of the fig trees planted in the world are self fertile? I always read that the seeds in non-Smyrna figs are sterile.

Subject: Stalking Wild Figs in the Mediterranean Replies: 13
Posted By: eeplox Views: 1,243
I've decided to name the prolific tree in the video "Jennifer's fig" after my truelove. It has a strawberry jam taste and texture, similar to panache tiger. Actually, I'd liken the flavour to strawberry honey.

There are wild fig trees all over Cyprus, but this is the best one I've tasted. It's tastes better than all the figs in my orchard too. The only one that comes close is an unknown grey-coloured fig I have. There are a lot more wild fig trees I come across everyday, even growing on the side of the motorway, and in cracks in the pavement / walls in town, but the video was already getting too long. Hope you enjoy.

Youtube Link.

Subject: Fig Branches In Water Replies: 14
Posted By: eeplox Views: 1,947
I don't get much in the way of roots with most varieties while they're in the rainwater bucket, but I get a lot of leaf and branch growth (and even tiny brebas). Should note that I always remove any leaves from the cuttings before I use them.

I get the kind of roots in the photo Dieseler posted. But then when I transplant the leafy cuttings to their pots, the roots grow rapidly until I have no choice but to put them in the ground.

My success rate is 100%, but I usually dispose of the slowest growers when I realise I don't have enough pots.

My cuttings are always small, from 8 - 12 inches. Around 70 % submerged in the water, and I have to constantly top up the bucket come spring because I live in a hot climate.

I don't worry too much about the size of the roots. I pay more attention to the top growth instead, and transplant to soil when there are enough leaves and green wood. My roots are about the size of the ones in the photo when I transplant, but there are a lot more of them.

I live in Cyprus, which is a very humid climate, so I have no need to increase the humidity. Otherwise, I'd just use a simple plastic bag like I do when I plant veg seeds.

I think my warm humid climate has a lot to do with my success rate, but the most important factor is the rain water. Mains tap water with all its chemical additives won't do, but I have used well water to top up when I lack rainwater.

Some varieties take quicker than others, but I've found that if I stick with it, eventually all my cuttings have taken. The ones that took quickest always grow much faster when they're in the ground too, while the slowest one (always a late maturing variety) might only grow a few inches the first year.

Subject: Fig Branches In Water Replies: 14
Posted By: eeplox Views: 1,947
I start all my cuttings in a bucket of rainwater for a few months, and then transfer them to pots of homegrown compost mixed with soil once they have enough leaves, and they all take.

Subject: Syrian fig Replies: 30
Posted By: eeplox Views: 3,891
I love molasses-tasting figs, they taste better the longer you leave them on the tree.

Subject: A plate full of Sicilian Reds Replies: 2
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They're beauties!

Subject: Panache "Tiger" Fig Tree Replies: 20
Posted By: eeplox Views: 8,284
I've been looking for this tree even since I first tasted one of its figs in my grandfather's garden 6 years ago. Sadly, my grandfather died that summer and his trees died with him. I had only taken one cutting, and without having any experience growing cuttings at the time, it failed. Now I can't find a tree anywhere to get a cutting from, and I've been to every nursery in the country with pictures of the fig (I live in Cyprus), but no one has even heard of it.


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