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Subject: Sucker Replies: 16
Posted By: nullzero Views: 864
 
I have a 'Silas Woods' sapodilla in a container, its a dwarf cultivar (from what I gather it should produce well in containers).

Subject: Sucker Replies: 16
Posted By: nullzero Views: 864
 
Cheahafig,

Here is the loquat seedling I am growing, I got it from my friend who sprouted it from a mother tree in his yard. Planning to graft hopefully this weekend in the scion wood comes in. Loquats are hardy down to the mid teens. Pawpaws are good I hear as well, have not tried them yet.

Subject: Hello & Many Thanks Replies: 32
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Figaro,

You asked me about dragon fruit. I have 4 vines that are 2-3 years old, however I have not set up a nice trellis system yet on them. I kind of let them free climb on the containers and trees that will support them. I have been meaning to do a project to create redwood tri beam trellis on wheels that would support a 10 gal container.

The majority of the Dragon Fruit I have are recently rooted cuttings in the last year.


'Yellow Dragon' It set fruit, but unfortunately it dropped it due to a cold snap of low 30s.


Dragon Fruit growing next to pomegranate with many other edible plants and herbs.


As you can see I have more of a free jungle like management atm, I just have not had the time to spend 5 hours or so constructing all the trellises (I spend most of the weekends just maintaining and root pruning the container plants atm). I may have time coming up soon to do it.

Subject: New to Fig Forum! Replies: 37
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,134
 
Amber,

I have about 20-25 varieties of dragon fruit now, so you can contact me in the future if your interested in cuttings. Dragon fruit are hardy down to 28 degrees. So if you can maintain the greenhouse over 30 degrees you should be fine. If your growing in a greenhouse you will want ones that are self pollinating like 'Purple Haze' http://www.tropicalfruitnursery.com/dragon/pages/purple-haze.htm. As for the figs, I would work on picking varieties that stagger out the harvest over a few months.

Subject: New to Fig Forum! Replies: 37
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,134
 
Amber,

Is your greenhouse heated? What are the min. temps encountered inside? (these I would recommend growing in containers if you have temps above 32 degrees).

Here are some recommendations; Dragon Fruit, Jaboticaba, Mango, Poha berry (Physalis peruviana), Passiflora edulis (If you have some nice trellis), Guava, Eugenia luschnathiana, Achachairu (Garcinia sp.), Papaya.

Number one pick would have to be Dragon Fruit though for taste, appearance, and yield. In a 10 gal container with a decent trellis setup around it should produce fruit after 2 years under a greenhouse.

Of course there is hundreds of great figs to grow in containers! :). I just like growing the exotic and tasty hard to find fruits, since you have a greenhouse you have special conditions to grow a lot of these subtropical/tropical fruits.

Subject: OT: not a fig.. this just came in. just neat that's all... Replies: 19
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,239
 
Some of the rarer fruiting columnar cactus

Echinopsis atacamensis subsp. pascana


Stenocereus stellatus (back left)


Cereus fernambucensis (fairy castle like form)


Various Opuntia sp. and other fruiting cacti


Yes I am addicted to collecting rare and tasty cactus fruits as well lol.


Subject: OT: not a fig.. this just came in. just neat that's all... Replies: 19
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,239
 
Here are some of the cactus I have for its flowers

Trichocereus grandiflorus 'Snow White'

Trichocereus grandiflorus 'Epic' (on the second picture, I was not at the home during the time the flower opened :()


Opuntia monacantha

Subject: New to Fig Forum! Replies: 37
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,134
 
Welcome Amber! Greenhouse you say.... I could give some recommendations to fill that up really fast lol.

Subject: OT: not a fig.. this just came in. just neat that's all... Replies: 19
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,239
 
I have a Hoodia gordonii on the way :). I like collecting the obscure and rare fruiting,vegetable,medicinal cactus and succulents. I could post some if you did not mind me posting under this thread.

Subject: OT: not a fig.. this just came in. just neat that's all... Replies: 19
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,239
 
Cactus or a Succulent? I collect a lot of cactus, but I have criteria which they must produce tasty sweet fruit.

Subject: palmofig synergy Replies: 26
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,017
 
Greenfig,

They were all green from what I could recall. However shapes varied from tree to tree. Some were larger, some rounder, some with a little more neck then others, etc. I am sure the original grove was started by a green fig like Kadota, or Excel. These are all seedlings though so the variation for taste is there.

Subject: Took some pictures of the fig forest Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,654
 
Did not get a chance to taste figs from last year (due to timing and disappearing from animals). Anyway sometime in the next 3 weeks (during a weekend). I would like to go out to the fig forest and take cuttings before they emerge. I remember where the trees are and have photos to ID what I remember.

I would like to see if others in SoCal near Carson, CA would want to join to take cuttings and ID the trees. The trees would then be visited this summer to bag and taste the ripe fruit. We could then judge the taste of the figs and decide which ones of the cuttings are worth keeping.

Subject: palmofig synergy Replies: 26
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,017
 
Greenfig,

Im available on the weekends, Saturday and Sunday. I remember where the trees are from memory. If you would want to get together this weekend or next, tell me. We can go out tag the trees take some cuttings and distribute. When the figs come in this summer, we could then arrange to go back bag some of the figs (to keep the critters off it) and try them.

Subject: palmofig synergy Replies: 26
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,017
 
I saw them from the road, then toured the park... It was pretty amazing how many figs there were growing, easily could be over 1000 growing. I never got to taste the quality of the fruit (competition with animals and timing). These figs disappear fast, the skunks, possums, raccoon, etc. eat them all. I know were several fine specimen trees are.

If anyone lives in SoCal and is interested in getting cuttings, we could plan a little get together on Saturday to collect the cuttings before the trees leaf out. These figs are located at Habor regional park in Carson, CA.



Subject: palmofig synergy Replies: 26
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,017
 
Great pictures, I have seen this happen before). If you like wild CA figs, these are pictures I took from a regional park where there are hundreds of wild figs growing (its literally a fig forest). 

https://picasaweb.google.com/107208852026469120887/July312012?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMyL0sG1-NuIrAE&feat=directlink

Subject: Sucker Replies: 16
Posted By: nullzero Views: 864
 
Im a rare and exotic fruit addict lol. I got +20 selections of Opuntia ficus indica (prickly pear), +20 selections of Dragon Fruit, 6 Pomegranate varieties, 6 Cereus sp., 6 kiwi, etc. etc. lol. All are grown in containers too heh.

Subject: Sucker Replies: 16
Posted By: nullzero Views: 864
 
Some of the minor fruits are not really worth the effort to grow. However, there are a lot of gems out there that many people don't know about. Since this fig forum is filled with people that grow in containers, there are many other sub tropical to exotic fruits that can perform well in containers.

Here are some that will be fruitful in containers (from personal experience);

Dragon Fruit
Loquats
Guavas
Mango
Citrus
Cherimoya
White Sapote

Subject: Hello Replies: 23
Posted By: nullzero Views: 774
 
Welcome Casey, if you love all types of fruits... the addition does not stop at figs lol. I am trying to limit myself to about 10-15 figs, I just dont have the room atm to add more.

Subject: OT. all these talks about mulberry is making me.. Replies: 16
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,572
 
Shangri La is also a reported dwarf, should do good in the southeast as well.

Subject: How many cuttings can you handle at once? Replies: 28
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,091
 
Strive,

Yeah the results are great, I don't bother with the plastic mulch to prevent top watering. I found that top watering them works just fine. I was using the HD 5 gal buckets to make a bunch. They last about 2 years for me, because I need to take the plants out to root prune after 2 years. Unfortunately with the root pruning process, I end up having to cut up the container to dislodge the roots without damaging them much.

I have been using a mixture of Superoot containers, SWC, regular plastic, and fabric. So far testing a Vista in a 12gal Superoots (was previously in a 5 gal SWC), a Dark Portuguese in a 10 gal fabric, and various other figs in standard containers. I have about 5 rooted Marseilles vs black, I intend to test (1) in a 5gal SWC, (1) in a 5gal Superoots, (1) in a 5 gal standard, and (1) in a 7 gal fabric. Will try to give all relatively the same care and same soil mix.

Doing this test will then really give me a comparison between the different containers.

Subject: How many cuttings can you handle at once? Replies: 28
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,091
 
strive,

SWCs are great most plants I had in them loved them. Lychees I am growing absolutely love them as well. Btw you are doing 5 gal SWC or larger? I made some good SWCs out of the 18 gal totes.

Subject: level of moisture Replies: 30
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,469
 
I like using clear water bottles as the rooting containers.

*I cut about 4-6 nice wide cuts on the bottom of the bottle with a knife then twist to the sides to open up the cut, for drainage

*Clear containers its easier to see moisture in the soil, when the soil warms up condensation will be visible on the edges of the container. If there is no condensation or wet appearance, or added weight to the mix, then add a little water and check again. I use the 50 oz Trader Joes water bottles, they work great and its reusing something :).

*Make sure you use a good draining porous mix

*Less water is always better then to much

*First time wetting pour about half the water volume of the soil volume. If the the cup is full with soil then pour half of that cup with water. Water should drain from the bottom after being finished. Make sure the soil absorbed most of the water and did not run down the sides of the container. If it ran down the sides, then add 1/3 of the volume with water to the soil.

*Remember the weight of the cup after the first time pour, water level should be around this level or slightly lower most of the time.

*Remember with water less is usually better then more, figs are drought resistant to start with. 1-2 days of dry soil is not going to kill any fig with a decent root system.

*When using the clear water bottles, I make sure they are in partial shade or when moved to full sun the outside bottles are covered by solid containers, or white or black plastic to block Sun rays from frying the roots in the hotter days.

Subject: Hello & Many Thanks Replies: 32
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,422
 
Figaro,

Nice pictures, I am growing many Dragon Fruit varieties in containers as well (about 20 varieties). Now I have about 12 fig varieties... this hobby can get very addicting that is for sure. In South FL, I hear fruit flies are a concern. I would recommend looking for thicker skinned fig varieties (to counter fruit fly infestation).

I also love growing pomegranates they do fairly well in containers. Bananas have produce for me in 25 gal container, however the yield was on the lower side (15 medium small bananas). Bananas seem like a space hog, I now just grow them usually for the foliage and shade they provide to other sun tender plants.

Subject: looking forward to this weekend. Replies: 18
Posted By: nullzero Views: 962
 
This weekend is going to be nice. Relaxing nice pace of garden work.
Some of the things I will be doing;
*Tending to the Myrica rubra bare rooted trees.
*Fertilizing the plants waking up with some kelp powder water mix.
*Potting up herbs
*Planting out Tambuli gourd seedlings
*In the process of getting root fig cuttings conditioned for the outdoors. They are in 70% shade.

Subject: Regretta Negretta. Help! Will Pay for Cuttings or Plants!! Replies: 5
Posted By: nullzero Views: 723
 
Suzi,

This fig sounds like a interesting one to grow. I like collecting the drought tolerant fruits, tell me if you have extras to trade sometime soon. Btw, will keep you updated on the Opuntia soon. Once they start pushing growth, I am going to give them a nice bi weekly organic fertilizer to push them alone and harden the pads off.

Subject: Luther Burbank Fig (?) Replies: 30
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,618
 
As others had said, there are many undiscovered wild figs in California. I know a park which has around 100 different wild fig trees all seedlings, a lot of them probably carp figs. Most likely great selections amoung the trees as well.

Subject: Santa Cruz Coast Recommendations? Replies: 14
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70 Pomegranate varieties... nice! I have only about 6 myself lol.

Subject: Santa Cruz Coast Recommendations? Replies: 14
Posted By: nullzero Views: 982
 
Was going to say the same thing as ohjustaguy.

Subject: Well rounded collection? Replies: 9
Posted By: nullzero Views: 778
 
I added a fig ripen time frame to the varieties. Seems like the selections have are spread out nicely.

garden_whisperer,

You can use that as a cold hardy native root stock. Then graft a pad onto it, it may speed up the fruiting and growth for selected Opuntia sp. graft. Also most wild prickly pears in North America, lack the domestication which Opuntia sp. from Central American and South America have.

Subject: any one have persimmons Replies: 30
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,423
 
I have a few Asian persimmons growing. They grow well in containers, last yeah got 8 medium/small Hana Fuyu persimmons from a 3yr tree in a 5 gal. I moved the persimmon up to a 8 gal superoots container this year. I am hoping for 15 large size fruits, sometime in the future maybe in the 2014 season.

Subject: Site Advertisements Replies: 19
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Nichole,

Macs are not immune to problems, they are better then most PC users though. Lately I have been experiencing lots of Mac problems with build quality etc., Safari also crashing and causing issues. Its been a growing theme with peoples computers that I fix, I think the build quality has gone down lately (personal opinion and experience). Remember when more users switch the mac viruses and malware will follow.

The best preventative measure, is safe browsing and email habits. Don't open anything in the email unless its a trusted contact and you were expecting a specific file or picture from them. Also obviously going to xxx sites and other stuff, will lead down a road full of viruses and other malware. Having a good anti virus software is a must. I recommend the Pro version of Malwarebytes, this is the most robust and easy to use virus scanner (it has no BS and does not bog down the computer like others). However, I also recommend having a second anti virus/anti spyware program like spybot search and destory/superantispyware/avast.

Subject: Site Advertisements Replies: 19
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,119
 
Sounds like spyware/adware... I do not get any advertisements. I would download the following; malwarebytes free and superantispyware. Install both and run them. They should dig up and find something if you feel something is not right with the computer.



Subject: Well rounded collection? Replies: 9
Posted By: nullzero Views: 778
 
I have wanted the ColdeDame  varieties for some time. Unfortunately, I got outbid on cuttings a number of times. The timing of figs is a big thing I left out, James you are so right on this one. I would love to have a fig season starting in July and ending in December :).

Quote:
Wait now, wait now, what?  You live in Southern California, and you're growing Dragonfuit?  That many of them?  Cactus figs?  Do you like mild tasting fruits, especially?


I assure you they have excellent sweetness and flavor (flavors of banana, melons, raspberries). There is a reason they are called Indian figs :), and no you won't get any quality fruit from the store (I have tried store bought fruit and it has sucked greatly each time). I hand collected a number of the Opuntia sp. around Southern California, I have ones with Brix as high as average figs 12-15 brix.

As for dragon fruit, store bought has always been bland! But home grown selected high brix ones have been amazingly good. Its very sad that so many people base their opinions on fruit, from the worst representations in stores. Hopefully sometime in the future, I will have enough Prickly Pear fruit to share a sample with those who have never had a good one.

Suzi,

You left out the amazing health benefits of eating prickly pear fruits, seeds, and pads!


Sorry for the brief derail... I just had to stand up for the Indian fig :P.

Subject: Introducing me Replies: 22
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,046
 
Welcome to the forums, best of luck with beating the birds to the figs :).

Subject: Well rounded collection? Replies: 9
Posted By: nullzero Views: 778
 
I posted in the past about which selections to add to the fig collection. I made a good effort adding fig selections this year.

This is what I have now that is rooted and the colors (correct me if I am wrong);
Capelas (Red/Brown skin and flesh) 7/27/09 (Jon's info)
Vista (Dark Purple/Red flesh) ripening 6/17/12-6/24/12 (Jon's info)
Dark Portuguese (Dark Purple/Red flesh) 11/4/12 (Jon's info)
LSU Gold (Yellow/Green skin and flesh) 9/23/12 (Jon's info)
Brunswick (Red/Brown skin and flesh) 8/17/08 (Jon's info)
JH Adriatic (Green/Red fleshed)  August?
Paradiso (Green/Red fleshed) 9/16/12 (Jon's info)
Marseilles vs black (Dark Purple/Red flesh) 8/19/12 (Jon's info)
Black Portugal (Dark Purple/Red flesh) ?

I wanted to limit myself to 10 selections. It looks like im there now (just waiting on 1 or 2 to root RdB and Kathleen's Black). Now the question do you feel the collection is well rounded in taste, texture, breba crop, color, and production. All these are grown outdoors in containers in Southern CA.

If there is excessive redundancy, I would not hesitate to sell or trade some of the above selections. I already gave away Kadota, because I felt there was better selections to replace it. Would love to hear any input, I would love to add more but... I am up to my ears in plants (10-15 selections of Dragon Fruit, 30 selections of Opuntia sp., and the list goes on and on lol).

Subject: Rugosa Roses Replies: 23
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I have been wanting to grow  Rugosa Rose for a while. Seeing this post makes me want to try growing it soon.

Subject: Anyone growing these figs Portugal? Replies: 18
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,087
 
Rcantor,

Thanks I must of written down the name wrong.

Subject: Anyone growing these figs Portugal? Replies: 18
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,087
 
I received these fig cuttings from a friend, they are all Portuguese varieties. Was wondering if anyone was growing them or heard of them.

Mel do Algarve, Bingo de Mel, Figodoce

Subject: A Win Win Replies: 36
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,396
 
Suz,

I have a collection of about 30 or so Opuntia sp. I have made more then several selections through out Southern California for excellent tasting prickly pears. Here you can see one of the winter fruiting selections I made recently http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=3935.0
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=2672
I have majority of spineless Yellow, Orange, Red, and Green, Prickly Pears. Ones that have tastes of honey dew melon, watermelon, banana, raspberry. If these interest you, I can share some pads in the future soon. I also eat them for the wonderful tasting vegetable pads. I have one pad that excels so far in my taste test. It has a taste like Asparagus, Green Beans, with lime juice.

Btw, sorry if this is Off Topic and derails from the fig discussion.

Subject: A Win Win Replies: 36
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,396
 
Congrats, I was looking at getting land out in Riverside county. Its some of the only semi arid land that is reasonably affordable in Southern California. Btw, if you are looking for some great drought tolerant fruits. I have a good collection of great tasting and eating quality Prickly Pears.

Subject: Best Fertilizer Choices for Container Figs and In-Ground Figs Replies: 10
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I am using fresh worm castings mixed into water and applied to the cuttings.

Subject: My stepover fig project Replies: 91
Posted By: nullzero Views: 5,484
 
Gene,

To bad would of gave you a tour of the hidden fig forests in SoCal as well. I have a good memory of plant locations, I frequently try to make collections of Prickly Pears, through out Southern CA. There was this wonderful huge fig I ate from an old fig tree in San Pedro, CA. Unfortunately I could not track it down, eventually I will find it using google street view lol.

Subject: My stepover fig project Replies: 91
Posted By: nullzero Views: 5,484
 
You guys will enjoy this, this is an older stepover fig grown side ways down the side fence of the yard. I have seen it in person the trunk is close to 6-8 inches in diameter at some parts. It is one continuous fig plant growing down the slope!

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=33.83308,-118.389658&spn=0.00036,0.000555&t=h&z=21&layer=c&cbll=33.833173,-118.389647&panoid=CJEKoof1HKbaqn66bFZtZw&cbp=12,236.53,,2,6.31



Subject: What is this white stuff on the fig cuttings! Replies: 12
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,431
 
Dieseler,

Thanks looked over the picture. Hoping, I can plant them out soon.

Subject: Unknown OC Rich Replies: 5
Posted By: nullzero Views: 368
 
The garden is out in South OC.

Subject: What is this white stuff on the fig cuttings! Replies: 12
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,431
 
Wow the whole thing is going to turn into roots.... I guess thats good lol.

Subject: Unknown OC Rich Replies: 5
Posted By: nullzero Views: 368
 
Sounds interesting, keep us updated. I would love to trade with you some time DesertDance. Live in SoCal as well here.

Subject: What is this white stuff on the fig cuttings! Replies: 12
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,431
 
I was wondering what this white stuff was, wanted to make sure it was beneficial to the plants. I do add some mycorrhizae into the slightly damp coco coir. I have this on most of my cuttings, but this one has the most. I am hoping its signs of root development soon, and not rotting etc.


Subject: Take a chill pill Replies: 24
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,429
 
ACP means Asian Citrus Psyllid, its the vector for Citrus Greening. A big issue for the citrus industry. Supposedly, figs can potentially harbor the vector. That is why the chapters don't want to exchange cuttings.

Subject: low cost soil and container suggestions? Replies: 22
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,278
 
If your looking for peatmoss replacement that last longer and rewets much better, take a look into getting a 5KG block of coco coir. You can pick them up from a local hydrostore, price should be around $10-13. This can replace 2.5 CU FT. of peat moss.

 

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