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Subject: Absolutely you can grow your own Sphagnum! Replies: 10
Posted By: nullzero Views: 833
 
Thanks for the videos, very cool stuff. I would like to try it, think it would go well with some of the tropical fruits I grow.

Subject: Black Madeira Replies: 30
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,294
 
Newnandawg,

Congrats on the healthy new tree. Don't worry about not having any to trade, I was just inquiring because I heard great things about this variety.

Subject: Black Madeira Replies: 30
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,294
 
Anyone have black madiera for trade? I hope I am not derailing the thread much.

Subject: 42 is the answer.. Replies: 50
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,619
 
James,

Nice setup with all the Airpots, I have 10 myself atm with various fruit trees. I am looking at adding another 10 this year. How long have your trees been in the container?

Subject: Engaged ..New Years Eve !!!! update 3/21 Replies: 47
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,309
 
Congrats! Now its time to convert her over to a fig and fruit lover and gardener :).

Subject: Expanding fig collection Replies: 14
Posted By: nullzero Views: 923
 
Well just finished obtaining this new years cuttings. I am going to restrain from adding more figs until the end of the year.

So far I have;

Plants (various sizes)
Vista, LSU gold, Bruinswick, Dark Portuguese

Cuttings on the way (need to be rooted)
Paradiso, Ronde de Bordeaux, Marseille VS Black, JH Adriatic, Panache

Removed
Kadota (given to a friend)

Think I am good for now. I would add more but I have so much stuff going on from Acai to Tomatoes... I am running out of room lol.

Subject: Expanding fig collection Replies: 14
Posted By: nullzero Views: 923
 
Thank you for the replies guys. I have JH Adriatic cuttings on the way. As for limiting myself to 10, I see that being broken sometime soon lol. I know myself to well (I am just trying to put a restriction on myself), I have over 30 Opuntia sp. varieties selected for fruit. So its not very hard for me to collect fig varieties...

Subject: what type of container and mix do you use? Replies: 20
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,277
 
Bronxfigs,

I know pinebark lowers the ph, however the tap water over here has a PH around 8.2-8.5. I need a lower ph mix to counter this high ph water.

Subject: what type of container and mix do you use? Replies: 20
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,277
 
Vitalucky,

It sounds like a wonderful low cost mix. How is the aeration?

Subject: Expanding fig collection Replies: 14
Posted By: nullzero Views: 923
 
Yeah, I have a feeling I will be changing it (especially when I get more room). I would love to add Ronde de Bordeaux, but the cuttings seem to pricey to obtain right now. Perhaps I can trade for it in the future.

Subject: what type of container and mix do you use? Replies: 20
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,277
 
Forever figs,

I actually switched to this because its cheaper to do bulk mixes. The costs where adding up with store bought complete mixes. I also like to experiment with improving plant health and vigor.

Coco coir block, about 2.5 cu ft. Wetted $10 locally (peatmoss replacement)
Pine bark 2 cu ft. $4
The rest are minor components of the mix cost comes out to maybe $1 for 2 cu ft. Of mix.

Total close to $7 for 2 cu ft. I think for the ingredients in the mix that's reasonable.

Subject: Expanding fig collection Replies: 14
Posted By: nullzero Views: 923
 
Well I tried to limit myself to 5 figs total for my container collection (find myself going over that number now). I decided to give away a kadota fig to a friend to free up space for another variety. I am trying to keep the top tier figs in taste and production in the collection, goal now is not to go over 10... Lol

So far I have a Vista, Bruinswick, LSU Gold, Dark Portuguese, and a MARSEILLES vs Black cuttings on the way. Now my question is what great figs am I missing? I am trying to add ones that have diverse tastes and similarities that don't overlap what I already have. I am interested in extending harvest, ones with great brebas, or ones with unique taste and great production.

Thanks for any of input!

Subject: what type of container and mix do you use? Replies: 20
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,277
 
Was curious what other people used for their container figs mix and container. I have a 'Vista' fig in a 8gal superoot, the new mix I am using is something close to 40% coco coir, 40% pine bark, the rest is patio plus natural soil mix, crushed mesquite charcoal, and a tea spoon of azomite.

Will update with the results in the late spring. Started using a similar mix for most my container plants since summer of this year.

Subject: Can someone explain varieties? Replies: 10
Posted By: nullzero Views: 941
 
Correct me if I am wrong, I assumed a lot of fig varieties came about from genetic mutation and gene expression differences from asexual reproduction.

If I take a cuttings of fig xyz, and plant it in two drastically different climatic conditions. I would think over time environmental influences, could cause gene expression.

Subject: Announcing the Figs 4 Fun Foundation Replies: 111
Posted By: nullzero Views: 24,865
 
Great to hear about this effort, takes a lot of time and dedication. Congrats to Jon for working on getting this started.

Subject: One more time/last time good Ebay sellers/members Replies: 84
Posted By: nullzero Views: 7,732
 
Why do you guys have to post this list... Its going to tempt me to buy another fig lol.

Subject: Are figs your favorite fruit to eat? Replies: 34
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,472
 
I have an out of control Morus Nigra 'Persian Black'... it decided to root itself into the ground in the last year or so.


Subject: Are figs your favorite fruit to eat? Replies: 34
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,472
 
Some of my favorite fruits;

Lychee
Mango
Persimmon
Pomegranate
Cherimoya
Plouts
Cherries
Figs
Apples
Grapes

The best fruit is obviously the one which is the most ripe, is organic, and has had great growing conditions.

Subject: Took some pictures of the fig forest Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,654
 
True many of these must be caprifigs. Its not a problem for fruit in Southern, CA because the wasps are naturalized now. I guess I should open up some of the green figs and see whats inside.

Subject: Took some pictures of the fig forest Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,654
 
I don't mind taking cuttings and shipping them out. As long as everyone is willing to trial them and keep us updated on the quality of fruit and growth habit. From the looks of it, some of these figs were very prolific. Tree #4 was in a mostly shaded area and was producing large figs like crazy.

These fig trees were the easy to access ones, which I would most likely take some cuttings of.

Subject: How many? Replies: 44
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,817
 
I have 4 varieties all in containers, and one on the way (also going to be in a container).

Subject: Took some pictures of the fig forest Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,654
 
The area is not the best, the park has a lot of homeless living in it. So I am sure they enjoy the figs, as well as the migrant workers which wait for work at the edges of the park. The animals get the most of the bounty I would assume. Possums, racoons, squirrels, rats, feral cats, and birds are all over.

Subject: Took some pictures of the fig forest Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,654
 
There is a local park (Harbor Park) nearby that has over 100 fig trees growing rampant through it. There is a large amount of wild life that distributes the fruit very well. The location is surrounded by urban areas, most likely farm or backyard fig trees were the source of the original seedlings. The park is located off the 110 freeway near San Pedro
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=33.787102,-118.289495&spn=0.016585,0.020685&t=h&z=15

I want to trial the fruit, but I will have to fight the wild life for them.... If they are any good they will disappear quickly. I hope everyone enjoys.

Here are the pictures;

Tree#1



Tree #2




Tree#3




Tree#4



Tree#5

Subject: Air Layer with plain peat moss? Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 3,468
 
I want to try airlayering with coco coir, since it wets and re-wets much easier!

Subject: Ebay Unknown Rooted Purchase Replies: 36
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,682
 
The fig in San Pedro, going to have to give me some time on tracking down that one. I tasted the fig last year, and I misplaced the written address! I do know what general area it is in. So it will take about 30-45min driving around to track down the home and tree which I remember. I am going to try to do it next week. The good thing about the tree is its branches come over the sidewalk, so I can take some cuttings in the winter.

Here is the google map, street view of two more unknown figs. Breba crop is quite large... it holds lots of fruit over the winter time.

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=34.030282,-118.371668&spn=0.000342,0.000431&t=h&z=21&layer=c&cbll=34.030282,-118.371668&panoid=AvYBpkq4i_3W7xN_-XVDXg&cbp=12,261.68,,0,4.72

Subject: Ebay Unknown Rooted Purchase Replies: 36
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,682
 
If you guys are into unknowns... I have seen probably over 15 unknown trees in Southbay area of Southern CA. There was this old tree +30 years growing in San Pedro, about 1 mi from the ocean. It produced very large great tasting figs. Outside skin was a dark purple, inside flesh strawberry color. Size of figs slightly bigger then a racket ball. San Pedro has a lot of history with a Croatian and Italian community that settled there over 50 years ago.

Subject: Ebay Unknown Rooted Purchase Replies: 36
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,682
 
I can buy one, and see if he/she she does local pickup and skips ebay.

Subject: Ebay Unknown Rooted Purchase Replies: 36
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,682
 
Desert,

Seller is 10 min away from me, if the sellers location is true... I can actually go see the tree in person if the seller didnt mind.

Subject: Any advice on fig collection? Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,345
 
Did the search on Dark Portuguese Fig, decided to go with that for now (already ordered :)). Going to see how the Kadota and Brunswick turn out. Then I guess decide where to go from there.

EDIT:
Quote:
Only 20?????? ;)


I love figs but got to save the rest of the acreage for the other fruits I enjoy. Avocados, Mangoes, Persimmons, Pomegranates, etc.

Subject: Any advice on fig collection? Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,345
 
Shah8,

Thanks for the info. Any comments on these varieties; Dark Portuguese, Sal's Fig, Salem Dark, Verte? I was looking through treesofjoy, the varieties in stocked looked interesting. I would love to hear first hand experiences with the varieties, if they are worthy for a 5th spot.

The climate im growing in is a Sunset Zone 21, hot dry summers with average highs in the mid 80s humidity around 20-30%.

Subject: Defoliating Fig Trees to Increase Fig Production Replies: 14
Posted By: nullzero Views: 3,534
 
James,

Its really nice that the figs are drought resistant like this. Have you tried fabric containers? It may be the root zone temperature, perhaps it triggers stalled growth when its to high.

Subject: Any advice on fig collection? Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,345
 

So many choices, you guys are not making it easy for me... So Brunswick and Kadota are sub-par with flavor?

I see JH Adriatic is recommended a lot. I may try that out, any leads on sources to obtain it?

Now I am pondering giving away or trading Kadota. And getting Battaglia green in its place! Or I can just do the easy thing and give into my impulse and get 6 trees... lol you guys are a bad influence! I am really trying to restrain myself, if I had the acreage I would have 20 figs or so.


Subject: Defoliating Fig Trees to Increase Fig Production Replies: 14
Posted By: nullzero Views: 3,534
 
I have a Vista fig which defoliated naturally due to drought stress and a heat wave. I was out of town for 5 days in June, and the container Vista fig did not get watered enough (was barely watered by 1 day by a friend).

Anyway, all the leaves dried up and dropped and it went into hibernation state for about 1-2 weeks. It then started to flush big healthy leaves 2-3 weeks after the stressed leaves dropped. The tree had a Breba crop on it too, I decided to remove the figs to conserve energy (was scared it got to stressed from the drought period).

The Vista Fig is in a 5 gal SWC container. I am planning to repot it into a 10-20 gal fabric container.
6/2/12, before stress


7/22/12, after stressed leaves dropped. With new flush of leaves.



Subject: Any advice on fig collection? Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,345
 
Took at a look at Hunt and Battaglia at the figs4fun varieties list. Both varieties look very good, could not find JH Adriatic. I would be up for trading for some cuttings in the fall, if anyone is interested.

Subject: Any advice on fig collection? Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,345
 
nelson,

Black Madeira, I have heard of this fig a lot on these forums. It surely meets the qualities in a fig I am looking for. Thank you for the suggestion. I would love to collect more figs... but I must contain my impulses for adding new fruiting plants.

Just to give you an idea... an overview of a section in the garden.



NYPD,

I got a Vista fig from Jon back in 2010 CRFG fruit festival.

Subject: Any advice on fig collection? Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,345
 
Is Vista similar to VdB in fruit quality and bearing? I am up for adding a VdB, but if its similar to Vista it will be redundant for me.

Subject: Any advice on fig collection? Replies: 21
Posted By: nullzero Views: 1,345
 
I have 4 fig plants right now in my container fruit garden. Space being limited, I can only add one more fig variety in the future. So my question was, is there any must have container figs that perform well in Southern California climate?

I have Kadota, Brunswick, Vista, and LSU gold. I am at the point of wait and see right now with the fig plants. But if there is that special must have fig, or one with great breba crops I am all ears! Also would love to hear input on the varieties I listed above.

Subject: OT What is this Asian fruit? 3", looks like a potato, orange-brown inside, tastes like a caramel pumpkin Replies: 6
Posted By: nullzero Views: 2,239
 
Mamey sapote? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamey_sapote . The taste of mamey sapote is described as pumpkin pie like, or sweet potato.

Subject: To many figs to choose from! Looking for a productive tasty container friendly fig Replies: 6
Posted By: nullzero Views: 719
 
Dieseler,

Do you use fabric or air pruning containers? I have been phasing out my containers in favor of fabric and have been testing out air pruning ones like superoots.

Subject: To many figs to choose from! Looking for a productive tasty container friendly fig Replies: 6
Posted By: nullzero Views: 719
 
apnoist and dieseler,

Thank you for the input so far, I would be growing these figs in containers between 12-30 gal in size.

Subject: To many figs to choose from! Looking for a productive tasty container friendly fig Replies: 6
Posted By: nullzero Views: 719
 
I have been browsing through all the different fig varieties, its amazing how many there are. The only fig I am growing currently is Violette de Bordeuax.

I want to order some figs from encanto farms, once the list goes up. However I only intend to get 3 varieties. The criteria I am looking for is a tasty fig that has a decent size, productivity, and performs well in containers.

I appreciate any help with this thank you very much!

Subject: Looking to trade for some fig cuttings Replies: 0
Posted By: nullzero Views: 545
 
I was wondering if anyone was up for a trade, I was looking to start some new fig trees from cuttings. I am looking for fig cuttings that taste great and produces well in a container in Southern California.

I have many things to trade including edible taro, many different hard to find vegetable seeds, Yacon, Dragon Fruit cuttings, etc.  Thanks!

Subject: Recommendations for tasty fig varieties suited for containers Replies: 2
Posted By: nullzero Views: 545
 
Dieseler,

I live out in southern california in a zone 9b area.

Subject: Recommendations for tasty fig varieties suited for containers Replies: 2
Posted By: nullzero Views: 545
 
I am looking at adding another fig, wondering what varieties would make great container figs. I have heard that Black Jack is a good dwarf variety with less vigor. I would be growing this fig in a 15 gallon container. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

 

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