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Subject: New to figs Replies: 12
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Welcome Tyler ,

Come October I could have cuttings from a few varieties if you are in the Toronto area or can have someone else get them for you , I may have some Niagara Black that you had pm'ed me about also .
Colosanti dark is an excellent fig for our climate and very productive so you will enjoy it I'm sure .

John

Subject: Genuine RdB Replies: 39
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People like Suzi make this forum great .
This is a community . We help each other out with advice and plants because we all have the same passion towards this wonderful plant .
If you stick around long enough you will realize there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars for a single plant . Someone will eventually either give you cuttings or trade or charge a REASONABLE price .
Help others and you will recieve it back many times over .
Now a seller on eBay has no control how rediculous the bids get , so it's not their fault , but people on the forum should advise each other when it's overpriced .
It's not a real supply / demand issue , it's an auction to the most motivated.

John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Ruben , yes I need to so that energy can go to the one I cut down last year . I may cut it down all the way .
Anyone interested in 2.5 to 3 inch diameter cuttings ?



John

Subject: Grise de st Jean Replies: 3
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Suzi , I was so pleasantly surprised by the flavor because it was the only one that I can't say I took the time to assess it's profile .
Ruben , it's a main crop about 30-35 grams .

Subject: Fig from Greece Replies: 10
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Hey Peter ,
My moms family is from a village near the town of Astros on the east cost of peleponese .
Are you familiar with the area ?

John

Subject: Genuine RdB Replies: 39
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Ok people , give your head a shake . You are overbidding , plain and simple .
I didn't want to say it but I guess there's one born every minute .

John



Subject: Fig from Greece Replies: 10
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Ruben , I am not sure if common or not , Will hopefully know next year .
Chris , it is definitely rewarding being able to grow my great Uncles tree and I also have my grandfathers tree which is even more amazing . And now I can spread it out to other family members here . My mom used to climb her dads tree and sit there eating figs as a kid . Now it's sitting on her porch .
John

Subject: Grise de st Jean Replies: 3
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This is the one and only fig from this 2 year old plant .
It was very good .







John

Subject: Fig from Greece Replies: 10
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This is from a fig that comes from a mountain location in Greece . The tree is atleast 100 years old and is from my great uncles property . It is the favorite of all my family members that grew up there .<br />I got it as cuttings last year and have a couple trees left after sharing . It has not fruited yet 1 small but fell of early . The fruit is supposedly brown and of good size . <br />Funky large leaves that sort of resemble my colle de dama blanc.<br /><br /><br /><br />John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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from today

This is the poor original tree that has been cut back for reshaping and propagating








John


Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Ruben , what the heck have you been feeding that thing ? It looks great .
I get at least half a dozen suckers every year from my tree so I'm not surprised to see it suckering . Thanks for the update , it's great to see NB in Texas .

John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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I hope some of you can post pics of you're plants' progress .
Whether this turns out to be a known variety or not it is a worthwhile addition to almost any collection .
It will now surely spread and be more easily available to all and not be lost .

Thanks .... John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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First ripe fig this season was Sept 3 .
Unfortunately had 2 days of 2 inch rainfall each within a 5 day period which did cause swelling and souring of a couple figs . Last year had no problems with rain ...











John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Nice work Barry .
I find that summer cuttings are the most successful for me .
I hope you enjoy the fruits of your labor .

John


Subject: UC Davis Mission Replies: 2
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Great info Dennis I have been folllowing your UCD posts and enjoying your videos too .
I went there in August but did not have the time to go through the trees , more of a general guided tour with random samplings as John was not familiar with the location of specific trees .
I agree it's hard to beat a perfectly ripe Mission fig .

John

Subject: Bees and wasps Fix Replies: 17
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Grant , I also now use tanglefoot for ants it's great stuff .

Michael , the ones here are the yellow jackets mainly .

Subject: Bees and wasps Fix Replies: 17
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Bumped this thread because have read of people complaining about wasps .
Works for me especially for the varieties that I have only 1 or 2 and want to make sure I get a chance to try .

John

Subject: Squirrel trouble Replies: 25
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I had the same problem but also had coons at night . Both hate being sprayed with water .
So picked up 3 Scarecrow brand motion detector sprayers that work on 9v battery and am only dealing with wasps now .
Amazon.com for apx $47 each

John

Subject: Kathleen's Black and Kadota Replies: 9
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Kadota is probably the most underrated fig out there . If the weather is dry it is great . If wet it bites .

John

Subject: Enjoying some main crop figs Replies: 15
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Hey grant ,

Sounds like you're having a feast .
Any pics ? Especially the M M . And the Niagara Black progress .

John .

Subject: Any must try figs at UC Davis ? Replies: 1
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Hi all ,

Will be going to San Fransisco for a family wedding and arranged a tour of the Wolfskill orchard .
Any varieties that shouldn't be missed or any other tips ?

Thanks ... John

Subject: Noire de Caromb Replies: 11
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Hey Dennis ,

Have you looked into putting up an electric fence ? I picked one up with all the parts for a 15 x 40 area for about $ 200 . The power unit can do up to 15 miles worth of wire and you only need to go up to a height of 18 inches or so for raccoons .
Now for birds , I guess you'll need a net .

John

Subject: Vista Replies: 46
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Hey Frank ,

You don't know unless you try . If you avoid any varieties that show signs of Fmv you will be very limited in your choices and end up missing out on some of the best figs out there . Slight Fmv is not a problem .

John

Subject: Announcing the Figs 4 Fun Foundation Replies: 111
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Definitely a worthy endeavor .
After all you have done by providing this forum , the least we can do is give back by supporting the foundation .

John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Leon ,

None of the brebas made it anywhere near that size . They all fell of prematurely and many were curled in shape . But they were more elongated than the main crop from what I remember .

John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Rafed ,
I knew uncle Theo ( lol inside joke ) wouldn't forget you . Eat acouple for me too . See you soon .

Joh

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Ruben,
Yes it produced breba this spring probably close to a dozen , but they all dropped at different stages of development and most looked like curly cucumbers .
Leon ,
Dan makes a good point about the dripping honey . But other than that I think you are on to something because I see a resemblance with the photos in your second link ( not exactly the same but very close ) maybe they are related . The skin cracks , the bottom of the fig and shape too , but the lack of constant honey drip . Again I will try my best to save you cuttings or at the very least next season a sucker or layer .

John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Hey Leon

After looking at your post I looked up some photos of longue d'aout but I do not see a similarity with the fruit . Do you have any photos of yours ?

John

Subject: Fiorone Di Ruvo Breba Replies: 12
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Ok .. What the hell are you feeding those things !!!!!!

john

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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JD

This fig to me tastes exactly what a fig should taste like . Not watery with a thick creamy almost jammy consistency of figgy flavor with a nice amount of sweetness but not sugary sweet . The skin is thin and soft not rubbery like Kadota  . 
The last time I had one was last October but every time my wife and I shared one it was sooo much better than the rest .
I don't mean in any way to hype this fig . I am giving it away free to anyone I know who will spread it around . It deserves to be out there because a lot of figs I have that are named and popular just don't compare to this one .

John

Subject: Too late to start an airlayer? Replies: 5
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Takes about 5 weeks . So why not ?
The roots will keep growing till soil temp goes below apx 45F

John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Rafed

I was just leaving you a pm while you were posting this . Thats just weird ....

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Pete & Rob , as far as I know it is an Italian variety .

Dan here are some photos of the honey dripping .

Drop of honey takes hours to drip

Look at leaf below fig . Thick syrup acumulates for days till ripe

Raining for a couple days (mid september ) yet no splitting and still taste great


John

Subject: Vince UK3 . Help identify Replies: 9
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Hey Nelson

Both my paradiso neros have recovered and are forming mainly normal leaves and figlets but not likely to ripen most of them due to the initial delay . They are around 2-3 years old . If they dont smarten up by next year then out they go ..

John

Subject: Vince UK3 . Help identify Replies: 9
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Martin , thats interesting . I have heard that most plants have fmv to one degree or another . My other paradiso neros have it so bad that hardly a leaf was of normal shape and branches were thin & stunted to the point that fruit formation was badly delayed or nonexistent .
Nelson , I was not aware of a green Paradiso . Hopefully main crop develops fully to get a better idea.

John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Hey John ,

Those are last years pics . I started picking figs September 10 last year . But it had been dug up the previous fall and potted after years in ground so I expect it was a bit delayed . 
We will see this year . It makes breba but they look deformed and all the dozen or so it formed this year fell off at various stages . So knock them off early to get main crop sooner ( that is my intention next year ) .

John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Sounds good Frank . 

Subject: Columbaro Nero Breba Replies: 22
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Come on already . Where do you keep coming up with these varieties ?
So much for reducing the number of trees I intend on having .
Good  job.

John

Subject: Unk. Yarmouth #1 Breba Replies: 17
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Any possibility of an air layer ?

John

Subject: Vince UK3 . Help identify Replies: 9
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Both my paradisos have fmv pretty bad . This variety has no signs at all .
Also fruit development is later .

John

Subject: Unk. Yarmouth #1 Breba Replies: 17
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There you go again making me jealous .........

Who needs main crop when the brebas look that good . I gotta get rid of the mediocre breba varieties ( gillette , white marseilles , grimo ficazanna etc.) to make room for figs like that .

John

Subject: Vince UK3 . Help identify Replies: 9
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This is one of 4 unknown figs I picked up from someone whose family brought it from southern Italy . The tree branches very nicely and easily creates a beatiful tree form without much pruning . The leaves are very healthy and  glossy with no fmv showing .
 It formed only 1 breba and the main crop is late in coming but hopefully will ripen . The flavour was not figgy but sweet and uniquely subtle  .

Fig at 95 grams .

Like thick maple syrup

Leaf

Another

Tree

Main crop forming


Thanks for watchin..... John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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Hey Dan . theylooney ???

I have air layer or rooted suckers for now if you can find a way to get it back , and for Rafed too .

Subject: Columbaro Nero Breba Replies: 22
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Looking good Nelson . Any main crop ?

John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
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A couple of years ago I drove to Niagara falls to dig out 3 trees from someones back yard who had just bought the house and wanted to get rid of the inground fig trees that came with it.
This is one of those trees , and by far the best tasting fig in my collection of 60 varietites of which atleast 20 have fruited .

Main crop

Inside

Another

Over 60 grams . A good size fig !


I have been making as many copies as I can because I want to spread this one around . It doesnt split or sour in the rain , nor does it suck up water and get bland .

Air layer on tree.

Foil removed showing plastic bag around pineapple container to keep moist.

Bottom of container.

Top of container

Tuck tape (for sealing vapour barrier plastic together) to seal joints .

Roots after 6 weeks on tree.

Final product , with a fig to go.


Thanks for watchin .... John





Subject: Roja Replies: 12
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Hey Martin ,

I have a few younger plants showing similar spotting on the leaves . Is it sun related because it's been unusually hot and dry here .

Thanks .... John

Subject: Pear size Breba in Toronto Replies: 5
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Its been nice and hot so far , and the figs are coming in early

Black Mission



White Marsielles



Beall



John



Subject: Rafed , a class act Replies: 20
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I was in Michigan this weekend visiting family and decide last minute on Saturday to pm Rafed ( someone I had never met or really communicated with before ) to see if he was around so I could pass by and meet him and see his collection .
He immediately responded and said to come on by the next day . I wanted him to also meet my uncle who lives about a mile away and has been growing figs in ground in Michigan for more than 20 years , but doesn't know about the different varieties and which ones are worth while. 
My uncle and I were greeted and treated like old friends . I could tell that Rafed was in discomfort due to a hole in his leg which could fit a celeste fig. However he took us for a tour of his wonderful collection of fig trees with many very rare varieties . We were invited inside by his family and treated to coffee and homemade deserts.
Rafed insisted on giving us a few trees , which was great because my uncle can now grow some great varieties like Negretta , Mavra sika , and strawberry Verte . He was also wiling to give me cuttings from any tree I wanted . In the end I think he was a bit disappointed that I walked away with just a box of plant tags .
After leaving my uncle said to me , he couldn't believe I had never met Rafed before and that this guy would give you the shirt off his back. I agree .
Rafed you are a class act. 

Thanks again ... John

Subject: Another unknown to identify Replies: 7
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Leaf looks just like my Gillette .

Subject: Help identify fig Replies: 7
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I have to agree . It seems to fit the bill .
Can this fig be used to manually fertilize Smyrna types ?

John

 

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