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Subject: Best way to store and ship unrooted fig cutting ???? Replies: 32
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Update on this years cuttings. I ended up with 2 Salice, 1 Italian Honey and one Celeste from Fuitnut. 5 Marcellus vs Black from New Jersey and in the second batch from New Jersey so far 1 has begun to make roots. Still hoping for a Sicilian Red in this bunch. Those that have rooted and have been transplanted look pretty good right now. All have grown since they were transplanted except one which keeps shedding leaves but then a new one follows. Not sure what is up with that?
Linda
Ps Ginger and Tumeric are growing nicely and will be transplanted to the greenhouse in the next couple of weeks. I need a soil temp of 65 degrees and I am averaging only 45 at the moment.. I have 40 pounds of ginger and 10 pounds of tumeric from Hawaii to plant:)

Subject: Best way to store and ship unrooted fig cutting ???? Replies: 32
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 3,501
 
You sent me Salice, Italian Honey and  Celeste. To date from a January order, I only have one Salice with roots. I have one Italian Honey and one Celeste with leaves but no roots.  The rest look just like the day you sent them. Dried out and wrinkled. I would prefer not to discuss this any more. I never intended to give you any feedback at all on this but since you brought it up.... let the chips fall where they may. The tips are dead when they look dried out and crumble when you touch them. If they are firm and glossy I figure they are alive.
Linda

Subject: What size bag are you using if you use baggie method? My inquiring mind wants to know. Replies: 19
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I am starting in lunch bags then when roots are visible into 4 inch pots . So far so good :). I do not have much space in the starting area because of 300 tomato plants 6oo pepper plants 20 cuttings of figs 72 swiss chard 72 collards and kale and 100 chinese cabbages LOL. I think my older fig trees died of neglect when I was sick with lyme. I pruned some of the obviously frozen wood back and did not find any green :( I am hoping the roots made it .
Linda

Subject: Moldy Tips Replies: 9
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A spray of peroxide and water is wonderful in my greenhouse. Not much just a few tablespoons of the over the counter variety to a gallon of water. I used it today on some fig cuttings with gray  stuff growing on them:) I clean all my garden tools and the chickens water buckets with peroxide and water.
Linda

Subject: Best way to store and ship unrooted fig cutting ???? Replies: 32
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 3,501
 
If your cuttings arrive with damp paper towels around them but the bark is all shriveled and the buds on the tips are dry and dead. The person sent you bad quality stuff in the first place. Therefor they do not get feedback if they were purchased on ebay even if they are rated at 100%  previously.  You know who you are :) You post here. I smell greed.
Linda

Subject: Figs and ginger:) Replies: 5
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Spring is here in Harpursville, NY . I have received my seed ginger from Hawaii . 40 pounds plus 10 pounds of tumeric "seed". I grew ginger in my hightunnel next to the figs last year and it was so successful I ordered this years ginger from East Branch Ginger. The growing season is short, so I am presprouting in my computer room next to the fig cuttings.  My original order was 20 pounds of Ruhi but there was a mixup and they doubled my order:) It smells like Spring in here I also have 200 tomato plants 300 pepper plants swiss chard collards kale and chinese cabbages popping in the Dining room. Gardening in Upstate New York, requires creativity, LOL
Linda

Subject: Best way to store and ship unrooted fig cutting ???? Replies: 32
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 3,501
 
Northeast newbie . The cuttings I got from you are the ones doing the best this year :) One is in a quart pot with four leaves. Two others have 1/2 inch roots. Thanks for the chance for some new figs this year.
Linda

Subject: Best way to store and ship unrooted fig cutting ???? Replies: 32
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 3,501
 
My personal opinion is, if you are shipping cuttings into an area that has a temperature below freezing, send them dry. and wrap them in paper towels not plastic wrap. Water may prevent freezing but once it is frozen it takes a lot of energy to thaw. Dry will heat up quicker.

Subject: Best way to store and ship unrooted fig cutting ???? Replies: 32
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 3,501
 
I have received two batches of fig cuttings this year and got about 40 last year. Not an expert for sure but here is what I noticed. The ones wrapped in wet paper towels were less successful than the ones that did not have any moisture.
This year I have 50% of those kept dry with roots started compared with 0% that came wet.
That is after 4 weeks 3 out of 6 and 0 out of 10.

If you want to send out sharpie sized cuttings, make sure there are at least 3 nodes and the cutting is longer than 3 inches. A stick 10 inches long does no one any good when there are 3 nodes 3 inches apart. Also dead wood does not make roots.
Linda

Subject: What a year :( Replies: 8
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,000
 
Sorry I was not paying attention and did not see these comments. I have ordered 16 fig cuttings on ebay. I think it is all I can handle for now. I really appreciate the offers though. I started 144 tomato plants 4 days ago and they have sprouted. I also started swiss chard, collards and red russian kale. Next week I will start 400 pepper plants. I will be back in business in no time. OH andginger and 5 pounds of tumeric to grow along side the  tomato plants.in the high tunnel should arrive sometime this week. I will be sprouting it along side the fig cuttings.  Thanks again for the offers. You guys are the best!!!
Linda

Subject: figs on ebay Replies: 8
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,466
 
I am trying to post a photo of your cuttings. Do not worry about the DOA cutting . I am giving it more time. It was a tip cutting and the tip appears to be dead. There are plenty of other nodes though so I am hoping one of them will take off. I have 4 great cuttings out of the six so far and one is ready for transplanting this afternoon. I have to figure out how to make my photos smaller as they are bigger than the size allowed. I ordered the marseilles vs. black and planted it on january 12.
Linda

Subject: Greenhouse Replies: 12
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It was 62 degrees in my unheated greenhouse/tunnel this morning. It is almost 80 now but outside it is only 32 degrees F. I have been hauling water three gallons at a time to my fig trees. They are leafless but the buds are beginning to swell. I am going to post my cuttings I recently bought on ebay. One is ready to transplant .
Linda

Subject: figs on ebay Replies: 8
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,466
 
wasn't there a listing of reliable and non reliable ebay sellers here last year?  Does Fruitnut visit here ? Does anyone know them? 

Subject: figs on ebay Replies: 8
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,466
 
I bought some cuttings from that vendor three weeks ago three have rooted one was DOA and two have leaves but no roots so far. I gor some more from a different vendor last week but there were not enough nodes on the wood so I have my doubts. The stems are wrinkled and for me it usual means they are dead.
Linda

Subject: Ebay seller ID Replies: 5
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,113
 
There is a guy on Ebay selling 6 cuttings of an Italian Fig. The seller is Wallst2. Is this ligit?

Subject: What a year :( Replies: 8
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,000
 
Thanks so much for the ideas. I grow my figs in the greenhouse . They seem to like it in there. They are going to have a row of ginger and tumeric next to them in 2012. In the outside rows are okra and strawberries.:)

I have roll up sides  and raised beds. There is no heat or electric in my greenhouses.

Subject: What a year :( Replies: 8
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,000
 
This has been a terrible year here on my farm in upstate NY.  We were flooded in June and I lost all my pumpkins and squash and 1/2 of my onions and sweetpotatoes. Then on July 4th I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. It wasn't a difficult diagnosis . I was covered in lyme bullseye rash all over my body. Then we were flooded twice more in August and September. I did not ever break even on my Market Garden this year. I forgot all about the Fig trees in the greenhouse. I still managed to have fruit on three of the trees though it was smaller quantities than expected. I am finally feeling better after 5 weeks of antibiotic. Does anyone have any recommendations of new figs for me t otry? I have a brown turkey, celeste, two chicago hardys, a baby Marcellus and  a mystery fig that was mislabeled when I bought it. I was growing out three others but I am afraid I killed them when I potted them up a pot size in September.  It was hard for me then because we were cleaning up our flooded house. I think I under watered them. LOL. Being a farmer I am an eternal optimist. I need some cuttings. Who has some for me to try again? What are your recommendations for a 13787 zip code?
Linda


Subject: Last years figs from Willis Replies: 1
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 516
 
I found the thread I needed. I may have a breba on the tree that  the figs for us committee thought might be a Celeste. Will take a photo when I get the new camera.
Linda

Subject: Last years figs from Willis Replies: 1
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 516
 
The fig trees I wintered over last year in my tunnel are all leaved out. There was zero die back and I think I may have two Breba fruit. I am amaized :)  Too bad Willis did not tell me what they sent me :( Does anyone have a picture of what a breba fruit looks like when it first appears?
Linda

Subject: Time to take the rootings to the greenhouse? Replies: 1
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About half of my cuttings took and have been transplanted to larger containers for over 3 weeks now. Should I keep them inside the house or move them out to the tunnel with the  three year old trees? I am really pleased with my success considering it was my first attempt at rooting fig trees. I enjoyed it so much that I am trying to root currant cuttings and hydrangea cuttings :) using the same method. I only have 18 currant bushes and currants sell so well at the farmer's market I decided to give it a try. I had some grading done along one side of my farm and a row of 100 hydrangeas and lilac bushes would be very beautiful there :) And I could sell cut flowers from them in a few years. Thanks so much for teaching me another way to have fun with plants :)
Linda

Subject: New York Tunnel figs leafing out Replies: 0
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 563
 
My High tunnel fig trees have finally awakened , too bad it is still cold here. It only got up to 38 degrees today and tonight it is already 32. The trees should be ok in the tunnel though. There is a lot of vegetation and I watered the crops very well before I closed the tunnel up for the night. There are 300 tomatoes 200 egg plant 200 pepper plants and 3 fig trees in my 28 x 120 unheated greenhouse.
Oh the cuttings I got this year have yielded me: 5 Mission figs, 3 raspberry latte, 3 desert king 1105 2 desert king the other number and 1 Marceillus vs.  not too bad for my first attempt ever to root.These have all been successfully transplanted to 1/2 gallon pots . I have left the other cuttings in their tree plug flat and two more look as if they might also be rooting. The temp and humidity is pretty high next to the flat. I have 36 turkey eggs and 40 chicken eggs and 5 goose eggs in the incubator next to the flat. The top of the incubator is 82 degrees and I thought the transplants would be right at home there:)
Linda

Subject: Mission fig cuttings available...for postage only Replies: 38
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Ben the cuttings you sent me really want to grow! I already have roots coming out of the smaller pieces. Very encouraging :) I guess they like it here in my Diningroom in the frozen north :)
Linda

Subject: Is it too late to get cuttings? Replies: 5
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I got a beautiful envelope of the Mission Cuttings. They are  looking very good already :)The buds are swelling.  I practiced on cuttings from my mystery fig trees and they are also doing well.I took 6 cuttings from my own trees and got roots growing on 4 of them so far.
Linda

Subject: Is it too late to get cuttings? Replies: 5
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I sent my paypal money :) Thanks so much

Subject: "fig shuffle" TM Patent Martin beginning! Replies: 7
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,437
 
It has been in the 80's in my unheated greenhouse but it is sure cold this morning. It sounds as if that is temporary though. My three mystery fig trees are breaking bud too. I uncover them during the day and recover them at night. The greenhouse gets very warm during the day 60- 80 degrees depending on the amount of sunlight then back into the upper 20's at night. I am moving  my cool weather transplants to a mini greenhouse within the larger greenhouse today so they can harden off. I plant early crops in raised beds in the greenhouses this month. My tomato seedlings will be planted March 20 in the beds.

Subject: Is it too late to get cuttings? Replies: 5
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I was unable to order cuttings at the appropriate time this year. Is it too late? I really wanted to order an identified Desert King ,a Raspberry Latte, an Italian Everbearing and a Marseilles VS. I have been bidding on the leftovers on ebay but I can't really afford to spend over $30 and there are really more cuttings in there than I am interested in anyway. Any suggestions? 
Linda

Subject: Just had a visit by the FBI Replies: 32
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You are serious? Wow! I just bought 22 tons of mushroom compost for my greenhouses . So far so good :) Waiting for ATF to show up now.
Linda

Subject: Mission fig cuttings available...for postage only Replies: 38
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My cuttings arrived today while I was at the Farmer's Marking selling eggs. Thank you so much they are wonderful. I hope you left yourself enough.  I was given a box of tree plug flats and I think I will try starting the figs in those. It will give the roots 8 inches of growth space and the walls of the plugs are thin enough I should be able to cut the sides to remove the plants when it is time to transplant. I have been having a difficult time removing the rooted cuttings from the containers I have been using , without damaging the roots.
Thanks again . I really appreciate the cuttings.
Linda

Subject: Name me some golden fleshed figs please Replies: 3
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Hmm what is the fig pictured at the top of the page :)
Linda

Subject: Name me some golden fleshed figs please Replies: 3
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 645
 
It seems Willis has no idea what they are selling in the fig department. The third fig tree had only one fruit but it was identical to the mislabeled Brown Turkey. It was supposed to be an Italian Everbearing. The fruit has a large eye. It is a green colored background with a purple to blue haze. The flesh is a creamy yellow color and very sweet. I am happy I have two of the same variety because I really like it but disappointed too because none of the trees are what I ordered.. I don't have time to search through every discription  to find my figs. Does anyone have any idea what fig I was shipped?
green shading to purple and blue outside open eye and creamy yellow flesh?
Linda

Subject: Willis Orchard is getting blasted Replies: 3
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I got one fig off of the Willis tree marked Italian Everbearing and it looked exactly like the figs on the Willis tree they marked as Brown Turkey. The figs are greenish with purple splashes and a golden interior. They are larger than the Celeste that willis marked as a Desert King. I think the lables were 100% wrong :).
Linda

Subject: Willis Orchard is getting blasted Replies: 3
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I just went to Dave's Garden, http://www.davesgarden.com, to see how the garden watchdog is rating Willis Orchard. They have a lot more negative comments than they did in August. There are fig complaints as well as complaints about every thing else they sell. They ought to fire their shipping department and hire people who can read the tags on their plants. Probably should buy at your own risk..
Linda

Subject: Cold protection Replies: 4
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 742
 
I use agribon in my tunnels to protect tomato plants set out in March. I also cover the fig trees when the nights get down in the 30's in my unheated green house. It is pretty cheap when you buy it in 500 foot rolls..:) I paid $79 for mine at Martin's in Shippensburg, Pa
Linda

Subject: encanto farm cuttings. Replies: 6
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,238
 
I have my list ready and waiting for cuttings:) Hope to be first in line, LOL I really want a Desert King but am too poor to buy a large plant.
Violet de Bordeau, Chicago Hardy and Marcellus vs Black are on the list too
Linda
Harpursville, NY

Subject: Trees available Replies: 11
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,078
 
I am interested in the Desert King on your list. However, which would I want to buy ? The PNW or the RT? since I have no idea what is ment by RT.
Linda

Subject: Fig Branches In Water Replies: 14
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,947
 
Hello everyone. I am enjoying the thread. My baby fig trees are putting out suckers. The suckers are about 6-8 inches long. I really would like to root some of the larger ones. Would I be better off cutting them and placing them in the refrigerator until Spring  or going ahead and rooting them now? I am in New York and my house is only 60 degrees most of the winter. The greenhouse is unheated and fine for growing winter lettuce with remay covering but not figs. How would you handle this for best results?
Linda

Subject: Trees available Replies: 11
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This Willis Brown Turkey of mine has about 7 shoots at the base of the trunk. I can cut these and start new figs , correct. I will want to do this because I have a lady who wants to buy fruit to make preserves from them. These figs would be perfect for that because they are so large and sweet. The fact they are light colored is a plus too because they won't discolor the jam if other fruit is blended with them. So far two out of three of my Willis fig trees are a success. Sure wish I knew what kind of fig the third one is. It was labled Italian Everbearing and I think it has that fig disease everyone was talking about last month. The leaves are twisted and yellow and the tree has not grown very much this summer.
Linda

Subject: Trees available Replies: 11
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,078
 
I think the Brown Turkey that Willis gardens sent me this year is an Improved Brown Turkey or the Encanto Brown Turkey. I just ate my first fruit today . It is much larger than the Willis Celeste/Desert KIng mislabeled fig and looks exactly like the picture of the Encanto Turkey both inside and out. It was extremely sweet with a deep open eye. It even smelled nice. However a second fruit I picked which was a tiny bit firmer did not taste quite as good although it too was very sweet. The inside of the fruit is pale yellow with a bit of pink in the very center. The exterior is greenish yellow with bluish purple mottling. The bluish color seems to have developed as our nights have been in the 50 degree range for the last week. Another fruit will be ripe tomorrow. I will take a picture this time. I was just too anxious to taste the first one  to grab the camera :) My part of NY is expecting the first frost on Saturday night. I will be covering the figs and shutting them up in my greenhouse. I still have dozens of unripe fruit.
LInda

Subject: Tastes Like Italian Honey is it Replies: 14
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Mario you are in Ontario? How do you prepare your trees for winter? I am also zone 5 but in the NY State snow belt.
Linda

Subject: Mystery Fig Redux Replies: 9
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 768
 
I must stop looking at everyones websites. You are very artistic people. Cornell has been researching Kiwi's at their test farm. We have a local selling fruit at our Otsiningo Farmer's market. I looked into growing Kiwi's myself back in 1984 before I bought this farm. Your site makes me want to do a bit of research again. :)
Linda

Subject: Results of last Spring's heirloom tomato/fig cutting exchange... Replies: 17
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,389
 
Very nice looking tomato display. I am growing and selling heirlooms for the local farmer's markets in a High Tunnel. They are no way beautiful like yours but are huge and have great taste.
Linda

Subject: Mystery Fig Redux Replies: 9
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 768
 
Sorry my computer locked up. I will try again.
Linda

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Subject: Mystery Fig Redux Replies: 9
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 768
 

Yes it is the same tree that had the blue figs. The first fig on the tree was blue, the next three were blue and purple  after that brown and now this color.. Here is a picture of the same tree with the first blue fig and then tlast night.


Subject: Mystery Fig Redux Replies: 9
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 768
 

Ok , I have been a fig owner only since April and as I have mentioned in a previous post I bought three figs from Willis Orchards. The first ripe figs from a tree labeled as Desert King were bright blue in color. The next batch of figs on the same tree were purple. Well now a few days later the largest of the figs is ripe and they are brown in color.  Is this a newby problem on my part or what the heck is happening to my fig tree. Here is the latest pictures of my crop.

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Subject: Fig ID help, Celeste Replies: 29
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 2,148
 
The weather has turned cooler here in NY and my latest figs are brown. Is it normal for such a varied color change in one season? The tree looks healthy and the fruit are delicious but then I have never eaten fresh figs before so I have no way to judge taste.
Linda

Subject: Fig ID help, Celeste Replies: 29
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 2,148
 
The little blue fig  that I posted the picture of last week has produced different colored fruit this time the fourth, fifth and sixth figs are larger and are more brown/purple in color than the first figs were. They show cracking and a red eye. The Willis representative says that this is an Italian everbearing. I will post pictures before I eat tonight's crop :) Each fig tastes better than the first  but the label said Desert King and this is definitely not that.
Linda


Subject: Wild Fig tree found in Pennsylvania. Replies: 13
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 2,251
 
I am looking for cold Hardy figs to plant here in Upstate New York in a high tunnel. How did your cuttings do? Did you get any figs yet?
Linda

Subject: New Fig owner needs ID Replies: 4
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 631
 
I bought my figs from Willis Gardens before learning that I should look up sellers on Dave's Garden before making a purchase. They have pretty bad press on there. I sent the company an email and they confirmed that it is not a Desert King. The company representative says it is an Italian Everbearing which is one of the other trees that I ordered.  What are the odds that they could have switched the tags on the trees during shipping? Here is a photo of what is supposed to be my Brown Turkey fig.
Linda  

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Subject: Extending the growing season Replies: 32
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 1,947
 
Hello, the first purchase for my new high tunnel in April this year, was three fig trees LOL.  I have them planted in 5 gallon pots and they seem pretty happy although they have only grown about a foot so far. One tree has 28 figs and another has about 35. I recounted the figs this morning. I plan on wraping the trees this fall and surrounding them with straw. I am not sure if I should move them to the barn or leave them in the tunnel. I worry that the tunnel will be too warm when there is a lot of winter sun. I can't wait to make some cuttings from these trees and grow lots more figs . I think my chicken hatching addiction is turning into a fig tree addiction.. Poor hubby.
Linda

Subject: New Fig owner needs ID Replies: 4
Posted By: mommagoose Views: 631
 
PS the white stuff on the leaves is dust. My chickens like to go in the almost empty tunnel and dust bathe :) Then they shake themselves off and cover everything in dirt. I wash the leaves off every once in a while. LOL I guess I better tomorrow.
Linda

 

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