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Subject: Fall Fig Meeting Sunday Oct 5 Replies: 35
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Barry,

Likewise for a speedy recovery for the kids. Seems like this virus or whatever it turns out to be is going around alot. Hope to see you and Tim (and other fig lovers) sometime in the near future.

Take care and future good health.
John


Subject: Fall Fig Meeting Sunday Oct 5 Replies: 35
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Barry,

My wife and I plan to attend. Had a great time last year. Tim and his wife/family made us feel so welcome. Met so many nice people. Only live 10 minutes away so God willing, see you there. And Thanks.

John(jgroxbury) 

Subject: Help identifying this fig Replies: 6
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Thanks for replying Ruuting. I checked out the varieties database as you suggested. It looks like it could be any of those you mentioned. I'll have to ask her if she knows what area the tree originated from. I would think if she knows what area her family resided, that's where this tree came from. Also I didn't notice a strong odor of cat pee from the leaves (I'm kinda happy about that). 

John


Subject: Help identifying this fig Replies: 6
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Hi all.

I was hoping someone could identify this fig. A short history of how I acquired it. My wife's friend has had this type of fig tree which her family brought back from Italy more than 50 years ago. It's a monster tree and big producer. She had given me a few cuttings back in Nov./12. I started the cuttings in December and they really took off. She didn't know the type (just called it a purple fig). I was shocked it has been producing ripe figs before it's even one year old. They are also very sweet and delicious. Right now I call it "Julie's fig" (her name). I'm hoping these pictures come through (I'm not that sharp on the computer). Any help identifying would be greatly appreciated. I know I don't post too much, but I am an avid lurker. The helpful info here is terrific.

John

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Subject: Fall Fig Meeting Replies: 22
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WOW! Only 5 minutes away. I would love to come. 

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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Anthony,

That's actually not a bad idea. I might give it a try on one of the two I have in water. Do you think I should place a humidity dome over it once the water is drained sufficiently?


Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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I don't know if I should have should have started a new thread but I have a few questions regarding potting  a cutting which was rooted in water. I received a few cuttings from my wife's friend awhile ago. I placed 2 in containers with water (Dec. 18) and the rest in plastic boxes with sphagnum moss. I'm about ready to pot the ones in water but always heard that water roots are much weaker/fragile than ones started in soil, perlite, or moss. Should I do something different when potting these water started rooted cuttings? Go to straight perlite for awhile or sphagnum moss with alittle soil? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. As you can see, the water roots are really taking off.

Just a little background on these cuttings. An Italian friend of my wife gave me the cuttings. Originally from Italy more than 50 years ago (her grandparents brought it over). Don't know the type but she says it's a "purple fig", very sweet, and produces a ton of figs. It's a huge tree (I've only seen pictures) so I guess that's why it produces great. I was hoping after the leaves sprout a little bigger, the forum members might be able to help identify this fig.

Thanks,

John G.

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Subject: Col De Dame(white) Replies: 39
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After seeing others post their photos of col de dame, I just had to post mine. I received UC Davis cuttings in Jan. '09 and now have 4 nice containerized trees. Lots of figs this season. They seem to ripen a little late (at least to me) but after seeing Herman's, maybe not. I'm in Northwest NJ  and it seems like all my fig trees ripen a little later in the season. Not complaining, just noticing. This is one delicious fig though.

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Subject: Bees eating figs? Replies: 36
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Martin, you are right on with the hummingbird feeder attracting the bees. Even though my feeders are the type that have screens on them, they still hover around trying to enter. As much as I enjoy watching the hummingbirds, the figs come first. I put too much time and effort into them to let them get eaten by anything besides me and my family. Maybe I can relocate them to a further distance away from the trees.
Womack, that simple trap sounds like a good idea. Thanks

Subject: Bees eating figs? Replies: 36
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Has anyone ever had a problem with bees (yellow jacket variety) eating/damaging figs? I've never had a problem with them before, but as figs are ripening, small holes are being burrowed into the fig. I have seen the bees on the figs so I'm just wondering if their causing the damage or something else could be doing the damage but then the bees follow it up. The hole isn't deep, maybe an 1/8" to 1/4" deep, but birds usually go deeper than that (don't they). I have hummingbird feeders within 10 to 12 feet of my container trees but I've never seen them near the trees. Could they be the culprits? I have posted picture of one of the damaged figs. Any ideas? Just for info the fig is Sal's EL. Thanks for any help.

John

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Subject: AIR PROPAGATOR / AIR LAYERING...UNIQUE SYSTEM Replies: 33
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Frank,
After viewing the air propagator site, it gave me an idea. Maybe someone else already does this, but, the plastic containers that bakery items come in at shoprite are another way for air-layering. It has a hinged side, snaps together, and is clear for occasional viewing. I just started one on my golden celeste container tree. I hope the few pictures give a good view as to what I have done. Thanks for the info.
John
Hope the pictures show up. Still not to swift on the photo download

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Subject: Tips, tricks, or advice? Replies: 22
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Hi all,

I don't post often but am an avid follower. I have a similar situation with a golden celeste tree that was originally in a container but in the spring of 2010, I planted in the ground. Grew like crazy last year but produced few figs. I pinched everything after 5 leaves but few figs. Numerous breba in early spring which I broke off because never would ripen when it was a containe tree. Now this season the same thing seems to be happening. Lots of growth, no figs yet. Do you think it's adjusting to being in the ground? The tree looks great but I too want more than just a bush. I've posted a picture from last season (July), hope it comes through. I'm not the most computer savvy person. I'm located in Northwest NJ.


Like I stated, I don't post often, following the forum for years, the advice is fantastic.

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Subject: Questions about brebas Replies: 6
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Well, I broke off ALL the brebas from my container figs (as much as it pained me) this morning and looking foward to a great (I'll settle for good) main crop. Last year's fig production was really good considering most of my trees are in their 3rd year. I keep hearing that they'll really take off by the 5th year. I have 2 trees in ground (osborne prolific & golden celeste) that didn't produce too much. I had planted them in the spring. Golden celeste is 3 years old and osborne prolific is 4 years old. Does anyone think the poor production has to do with adjusting to being in the ground?

Again, thanks for the replies.
John


Subject: Questions about brebas Replies: 6
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Frank, thanks for the reply. Was kinda leaning that way (breaking them off) and I guess just looking to reaffirm that thought. Hope a few others might weigh in on their experiences. This early season warm weather has got my container figs a nice head start. Hopefully not to many more "fig shuffles" in and out of my garage.

 

John


Subject: Questions about brebas Replies: 6
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Hi,
Not too much of a poster, but big time lurker. I live in northwest NJ and most of my potted varieties have pea sized breba figs. Anyone in the northeast have any luck with ripening of early crop? I have Sal's (el), osborne prolific, golden celeste, col de dame, and VdB. I had been breaking them off last season figuring they were taking energy from tree, but I'm always a little tempted to try and salvage a few (you know how it is... just can't wait to taste 'em). Last season I left a few on, they grew to about the size of a quarter, but never ripened.
Just want to say the info on this site has been a tremendous help over the years.

Thanks,
John


Subject: Violette de bordeaux brebas Replies: 15
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Subject: Fertilizing potted figs question Replies: 5
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northeastnewbie,
I did add lime to the initial setup in the early spring. Was just wondering if additional fertilizing was necessary and was hesitant to remove cover. They seem to be doing fine though.
Ruben,
Sorry for the 2 photos not being able to be enlarged. I barely know how to attach photos (it took me 30 minutes to figure it out this time and I'm still not sure if I could do it again. Guess I'll have to get my kids to show me.
The 2 in containers are a Golden Celeste (the bushier one) I think and the other is Sal's fig (el).

Subject: Fertilizing potted figs question Replies: 5
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Hi all,
I seem to be always looking (lots of good advice) but never posting, but I have a question regarding fertilizing potted figs. I have 2 fig trees potted along the lines of "Bill's figs" self watering method. I was wondering if using liquid fertilizer thru the watering tube would be too strong and possibly damage the tree. I am posting a few pictures (hopefully) of the 2 trees in pots. Also I'm posting pictures of an in-ground fig tree I have and hoping to confirm its identity. I was told it is a Golden Celeste (same as one of the potted figs) . Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

John
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Subject: A word on Pinching Replies: 20
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New poster here, but have been reading posts and advice for a few years.
I have been pinching my golden celeste trees (1 in ground and 1 potted) according to Herman's tips with good results, but have a few questions. Have about 2 dozen figs on each of varying sizes (some the size of quarters, some marbles, some peas). Should I remove the smallest figs in hopes of getting the larger ones to ripen? Also noticed that after pinching, not only fig production increased, but new buds keep appearing at pinch points. Should these new buds also be removed? These trees are in their 3rd season. I also have a couple of Sal's Fig trees (EL) in containers and they seem to be doing well, even in this heat here in NJ. They are 2 years old and are producing a dozen or more good sized figs each. Hopefully they will ripen. Is there a time frame for when these figs should ripen? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

 

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