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Subject: A Real, Genuine, Mensch... Replies: 10
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 833
 
I have also had the pleasure of meeting someone who has helped me out with good advice and rare varieties without expecting anything in return . In fact he gave me a Colle de Damme Blanc last time I saw him .
In fact another forum member said he gave him his one and only of a specific variety . Thanks Nelson .

John

Subject: Genovese Nero arrived Replies: 49
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 4,126
 
Hey all ,

I also have the greatest respect for Adriano's taste in figs . It may very well be it was a day or so early and that can make all the difference in the world . He knew I was coming and saved one for me specifically , so I don't want to sound ungrateful . I am just giving my honest opinion and was wondering if anyone else had actually tried it and had a different experience .
So don't anybody be rash and head for the nearest bridge ... Lol

John



Subject: Genovese Nero arrived Replies: 49
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 4,126
 
Has anyone actually tasted this fig ?. I was at Adrianos last year and tried this fig . I was not impressed in the least . It was large but ok at best . However at the same time I tried a Desert King that was perfectly ripe and it blew me away because I guess I was expecting it to be just ok .
It could be the GN was under ripe but just like Nelson said in an earlier post , it was ok .
Just my opinion .

John

Subject: Peter's Honey vs. Lattarula Replies: 21
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As long as the weather is hot and dry kadota produces very good figs with dependable production and FMV resistance in my experience . If maturing figs during wet weather then forget it .
My Peters Honey is not the same as my Kadota . Ph is bigger too.

John

Subject: Watching fig sales on ebay Replies: 65
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I really don't understand why everyone is willing to pay these rediculous prices for a few cuttings of the latest hyped up fig variety .
The most I ever paid was $100 but that was for a 10 year old tree of confirmed variety loaded with figs . Once you get to know people in the fig community , I find that you are either trading or trying even to get rid of excess plants where so many cuttings were successful . And most people with a decent collection can easily make air layers as part of shaping and pruning their trees which they can either sell or trade for something else .
I think that once you have a few trees many people will look back and wonder why they were willing to pay so much for a few twigs . We are all better off helping each other on forums like this rather than trying to profit from each other on EBay .

John




Subject: Can you help identify this variety? Replies: 3
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 641
 
Gia sou Stathi apo to Kanada .

John

Subject: What kind of fig am I? Replies: 12
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,422
 
Probably a California Brown Turkey . Huge but tasteless ,I would be selling it too...

John

Subject: Some main I hope to enjoy this year Replies: 5
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Hey Grant ,

Good job , everything looks great . Your trees seem to have gotten off to an early start , a lot of mine have not pushed out figlets yet but i think they are just about ready .
And the Niagara Black looks happy .

John



Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,684
 
Thanks Dennis .

Just start it as early as possible if its a big tree and wait till fall to cut it . The roots will keep growing even if the tree drops its leaves as long as doesnt go below 43f or so . Then come spring you got yourself 2 trees .

John

Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
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Noss,

You can find the metal plate at home depot . They are for securing 2x4's together , they come in all shapes and sizes for 90 degree joints 45 degree etc .

John

Subject: Gillette Fig First Crop Replies: 21
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Hey Gorgi , leaves look a bit different in that the centre lobe looks a bit pointy as apposed to clover shaped .

Dave , that fig was picked way too early . I have the same tree and you have to let it wrinkle up like a prune . Probably a few more days , otherwise it's not worth eating at all .

John

Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,684
 
Hey Noss,

I used a 2.5 inch hole saw on a drill . The wood is so pot wouldn't sink into the soil.

John

Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,684
 
Hey Dave ,

Great idea about the window to view root formation . I think I'll be stealing that idea .
Thanks for posting pics .

John

Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,684
 
Hey Grant ,

Thanks . Good to hear Grant . I am trying to propagate as many of those as I can . I want to get that variety out there to as many collectors as I can to ensure its survival . It is that good !!!

John

Subject: White Marsielle on a sunny day Replies: 17
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,147
 
Thanks for your comments all .

Noss, that was the perfect spring day sunny , dry , and warm . It came through in the photos , just as it was .

Martin , actually I removed 2 other trees from the same property the largest being the same as the one above ( if I had known I would not have removed it , took 4 of us to lift it and rootball into van ) . But the 3rd tree it so happens , is a dark variety which I posted about last year under the title " my best fig yet" . It is so much better than all my other varieties , and according to Herman it may be its own cultivar ( not exactly sure what that means). I gave Nelson a fig and plant and he said it was in the top 2 figs he tried that year , and he tried many . That fig developed during rains in the fall .

Frank

I try to keep pots to a manageable size so I will root prune when needed . Marseilles is a slow growing variety with about an inch between nodes on an old tree like this so not much cutting back should be needed. I just pinch every 6th leaf creating branching .

Height - 7 feet
Width - 5 feet
Height to 1st major branches - 20 inches
Trunk diameter - 4 inches

John

Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,684
 
Hey Martin
I see what you mean . That would make a nice shape . At the height it is now (after the air layer of trunk was done ), and with all the branching I am happy with this tree . But if it gets too big again that would be a good way to go . Thanks for your input .

Hey Frank
I am glad you found this interesting . You're right , the pictures make all the difference , with before during and after the process. Sometimes little things you see in a photo answer questions you don't know you would even have .

John

Subject: White Marsielle on a sunny day Replies: 17
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,147
 
Thanks all,

I am ashamed to post a pic of the original tree which i found on my phone . You can see where the cuts were made (the 2 main lower branches ). But it ended up rejuvinating the tree because you can see how few leaves and figs were on the tree around the same time of year , in fact mid June .




John


Subject: White Marsielle on a sunny day Replies: 17
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,147
 
Hi all ,
Just wanted to share some pics of a fig tree  I uprooted and potted in the fall of 2010 . it must be around 10 years old and was burried every winter but the new owner was going to let it die . ( This is one of 3 I rescued that year ).





Some breba . June 1 2012


Thanks for looking ..... John

Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,684
 
Hi all ,

Here is an update showing the tree ( and the original rootball ) made it through the winter and has about 60 figs on it . Gillette ( breba only tree ) .

HERE IS THE TREE JUNE 1 2012


BREBA


ON THE LEFT ORIGINAL POT ,  RIGHT ORIGINAL ROOTBALL PRUNED & POTTED


NEW GROWTH ON ORIGINAL ROOTBALL ( for Nelson if he still wants it )


John


Subject: Cuttings To Share 2012 Replies: 11
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,234
 
Well put JD .

john

Subject: RKN? Replies: 12
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,176
 
That's a nasty looking mess Grant . I guess it wasn't worth the drive .

John

Subject: simple step-by-step grafting Replies: 26
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,037
 
Awesome info & pics

John

Subject: TORONTO / SOUTHERN ONTARIO FIGFEST Replies: 9
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 869
 
Anybody out there interested in a figfest for Southern Ontario region ?
Eli ( theman7676) and I have been considering putting something together at possibly his place ( Kingston ) or mine ( North York ) or wherever most convenient for the majority .
People could bring plants or cuttings for sale or trade . Or any other items fig related . Or just show up and get to know the people behind the names on the forum .
I've had a chance to meet great people like Nelson , Nas , Eli , Adriano and this weekend Grant ,which share the same passion and it would be great to get to know some more .
Any suggestions would be welcome . I would think maybe late August .

John

Subject: Newbie Says Hi Replies: 44
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Hi John ,

There's a few of us here from Toronto area . I'm at Yonge and Shepard . By the end of May I will have all my plants outdoors and will have a better idea of what extras I might have .

John

Subject: 2012 Cutting progress so far ..(Grafting Vs. Rooting) Replies: 47
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,042
 
Great info and pics Nana .

I have been considering grafting but did not feel confident enough to risk any of my plants . But after seeing your results I will be giving it a try .

Thanks ...... John




Subject: Winter figs in Chile Replies: 10
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,438
 
Thanks for comments everyone .

Gorgi : Yeah its great to find a place during our winter where you can travel to and enjoy figs in season . I love Europe (my roots are from Greece ) . But when its summer there its summer here .

Deiseler : I have a couple black mission trees that fruited for the first time last year . I hope they get that good after they mature.

Jamie : we visited a few wineries and were so impressed with the settings . We were lucky enough to be there during the harvest , which was an extra bonus . Some vineyards were over 1000 acres . And surrounded by mountains . What a setting .

Nelson : Nice to hear from you , hope all is well . Had a great time in Chile it did not disappoint . The climate and scenery are just like the medditeranean . The farm we stayed on had 15 000 orange trees , 6 fig trees , pomegranite , walnut , lemon , grape , plum , and more trees and some grape vines . The perfect place to get away to for the winter .

Eli : Hope all is well . How was you vacation ?

John


Subject: Figs from Chile Replies: 15
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,205
 
Hi Bass ,

Sorry to hear about the Chilean figs you bought  . While we were down there in March we bought some  at markets and found it hit and miss.
But any that we picked from the trees were excellent .

A freshly picked handful .



A plate full of figs .


Soooo Good .


If you need something to be done right you gotta do it yourself . So either grow them yourself or go down there and pick them yourself . Lol

John



Subject: Hello dear all good Fig Peoples Replies: 12
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Great info .

Thanks ..... John

Subject: Winter figs in Chile Replies: 10
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,438
 

  My family and I just returned from 2 weeks in the central valley region of Chile . This region has a mediterranean climate and is very similar in landscape to California with mountains , valleys , and over 4000 km of pacific ocean . Chile is also referred to as the California of South America. They also are a huge growing region of the same products you would grow in California as you could tell by the fresh produce you buy in your supermarkets this time of year .
 The seasons are opposite to ours and right now it is mid fall . There is no rain to speak of between November to April and lots of sun every day .
Fig trees are everywhere . Almost always they are of the same dark variety which I believe is black mission . Having tried black mission picked from the tree when fully ripe , all I can say is wow thats a great fig .

Figs on the tree at the B&B

Cut open

Massive fig tree by the road

Bowl of breakfast figs overlooking porch onto orange groves at B&B

A closer look

Another bowl of freshly picked figs for breakfast

My daughter riding on the beach

Vineyards


We ate so many figs I am almost figged out . So I can now easily wait till mine start to ripen after pulling some of them out to enjoy the nice weather we are having in Toronto .
Chile is the perfect winter getaway for anyone who loves figs , beautiful weather , amazing scenery , friendly people , and feeling safe when travelling in a Latin American country .

Chile , I will be back ......

John






Subject: lightbulbs to use for warmth? Replies: 21
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Check out this link . I have a similar setup that should be helpful .

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=5040799

John

Subject: Fig varieties from Mallorca Replies: 10
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Hey Axier

I was in Barcelona last year with my family on vacation and know there is a big difference between Spanish and Catalan . But when written it's all Greek to me .

John

Subject: Fig varieties from Mallorca Replies: 10
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Great info Nelson . I wish I could read Spanish , but the photos were enough to make me want to get on the next flight to Mallorca .

John

Subject: OverWintering Concerns Replies: 5
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I also live in T.O
You could pick a corner in the garage ( preferably at least 1of the 2 walls being an interior wall ) and get 2 inch foam boards from home depot ( 4x8 ) and one on top making an insulated room . Then if needed hang a light bulb in there for heat .

John

Subject: Figloo update Replies: 31
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Hey Domenick

Last year I had a temp probe atleast 8 inches into the ground and even on the coldest day it never went below 35f . So there is definitely some heat from the ground helping offset the cold air temps .
Infact Adriano stores all his potted figs in structures measuring apx 3 feet high by 4 by 8 feet directly on the ground with no suplemental heat .The trees are tied up and layed flat on the dirt and piled on top of each other . And that is in zone 5 .

John


Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
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Luke , Ken thanks.
Eli , the air layer shortened the tree by at least 2 feet . Otherwise all the new growth over 7 feet would have to be trimmed back every year so it could fit in storage for the winter . This tree was 9 feet to start with . This way I managed to keep the shape and bring the branches lower , more of a bush shape.
Ben , I intend on protecting the stump over winter . When I planted it the tree was in a 20 gallon pot ,so there is a large root mass .
Rob , I already had 2 trees of this variety so it was a bit easier to take the risk . But experimenting is half the fun and when we share our experiences , good or bad that's how we all learn . Thats what I've gotten out of this forum.

Thanks ... John

Subject: Figloo update Replies: 31
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,759
 
Hey Luke ,
Thanks for your positive comments .
It is not as air tight as it looks . And there is a 3/4 inch gap at the bottom of the door so plenty of room to suck in air .

John

Subject: Unripe fruit on the tree Replies: 3
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Won't ripen . I would not prune heavily this spring . You may need to do the fig shuffle ( dieseler is the pro ) to get the tree going sooner .

John

Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
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These are the results of the 5 month air layer I made on the tree to reduce its height .

The tree planted in my yard in May 7 feet tall 2 inch trunk.


Place a pot upside down for airlayer pot to sit on


The airlayer bucket


Cut away about 60% of the way around trunk


Installed bucket and potting soil . put sphag moss around wounded area


Air layer raedy to go


5 months later removed bottom support bucket and ready to cut


Lots of roots


Final product


Thanks .. John

Subject: Figloo update Replies: 31
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,759
 
My inground tree thrived this year due to making it through the winter unscathed thanks to the figloo . The temps never went below 35f even though it got down to -10f outside without the windchill.
I decided to give the tree a major pruning now that the roots are well established , so there was plenty of room to store other potted trees in there as well . I put 7 full grown trees and about 15 3 gallon pots and a couple rosemary plants in there too.
The only problem I encountered last year was moisture build up that would have caused mold if the door was not opened to air out the structure , so this year I installed a bathroon fan on a timer to come on twice a day for 15 minutes . This will only be necessary during the rainy seasons .

Built walls around tree and plants ;


Exhaust fan in top corner ;


Inside figloo ;


Outside figloo ;


A well deserved capuccino after all that hard work ;


John




Subject: Does anybody use a hoop house? Replies: 33
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,525
 
Hey Dennis ,

Very nice setup .
Do you recommend the airpots ? For all sizes or just certain ones ? Any drawbacks ?

Thanks .. John

Subject: PUT MY FIG AWAY FOR THE WINTER Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 929
 
If temps don't go below freezing then the extra insulation is not necessary . The previous location you had it in may have been too close to the doors . I have mine 2 feet away from the garage door ( attached garage ) but I put a piece of plywood in front to act as a wind break.

John

Subject: Need advice. Plants outside with green foliage but temp dropping to -6C !? Replies: 39
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,605
 
Hey Chivas

I am in Toronto area and have a similar forecast . I have put my 2011 rooted cuttings and 2010 trees in the garage due to -2 c weather last night . The rest will stay out to help them go dormant . No rush for them if forecast is correct .
Last year my trees saw 25f before bringing them in .

John

Subject: PUT MY FIG AWAY FOR THE WINTER Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 929
 
How cold does it get in the garage ? What do you mean by a chill ?

Subject: San Diego Vacation Replies: 3
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I will be in San Diego in mid november with my wife for a bit of sun and to see what fig heaven is like .
Would there still be figs on the trees ?

John

Subject: cuttings questions Replies: 5
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 787
 
Hey Eli

I found I've had better success rooting 8-10 inch cuttings . And the more nodes the better .
Sometimes you get only 3 nodes on a cutting , other times many more . I find the ones with more nodes do better and that's usually on older wood ( last years ) .

John

Subject: On Naming Figs Replies: 34
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,041
 
People who lose their memory are given temporary names ( Jane doe ) till someone figures out who they really are . Why are they not just given a number ? Hey Mr. 143-36 how are you today ?
You get no meaning out of a number .But Hardy Chicago tells me something ,and so does Joe's Jersey until maybe one day it is recognized as an existing variety . Until that day I am more than happy to use the name that is given by the person who is sharing his/her find with the rest of us .


Subject: My best fig so far . Help identify Replies: 28
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After having 2 full and 1 half day of rain out of 5 last week ,I picked a few figs and they were consistently sweet and flavourful with no splitting at all .
The other thing I have noticed with this fig is that it keeps dripping a thick goopy honeylike syrup . Not just a drop at the eye like my other figs . I mean lots of sweet clear super thick syrup running down leaves and branches .

Not watery after maturing during days of rain .


This drop of honey will hang for hours then drip and drip for days till ripe


Look at the syrup on the leaf below the fig


Its been raining and no splitting .


John

Subject: Fig varieties of UCDavis video Replies: 11
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 901
 
Awesome .

Is that you on the guitar Bass ? I saw the other video of you playing , you are a man of many talents .

John

Subject: unknown green Replies: 4
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 456
 
Looks like a watery kadoda / dottato .
Especially the markings on the skin .
John

Subject: Some figs from Today Replies: 10
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 979
 
Looks like you've got a good harvest going there Nelson . Is the brown turkey from Monrovia ?

John

 

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