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Subject: My best fig so far . Help identify Replies: 28
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Thanks for your input Herman2

It was raining all day Monday and on Wednesday I picked a fig from this tree. It's raining half the day Wednesday as well .
I also picked a kadota fig . The kadota flavor was very bland and watery with no sweetness to speak of . Amazingly this fig is full of flavor and very sweet and not watery . It is like it's not affected .The weather has been cool too yet the figs seem to all be ripening on this tree . Absolutely no splitting at the eye . The skin is cracking ( not splitting open ) just as before but not due to rain .
Took some photos but having problems with photobucket not loading .Will try again tomorrow .

John

Subject: Bees and wasps Fix Replies: 17
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I have been having those pesky ants and wasps lately attacking my figs a couple days before they are ripe causing me to pick them way  before they are ready .<BR>My wife noticed a ziplock bag I had over a ripening fig ( which doesnt work well because they sweat and hold water if it rains and cant close very well around the stem ) and said why dont you use a sachet ?<BR>A what ?<BR>A sachet because it breathes . <BR>A what ?<BR>And they are cheap ( 3-5 per dollar at any dollar store ).<BR>What the heck is a sachet ?<BR><BR>Sometimes the better half knows better .<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>John<BR><BR><BR>

Subject: paradise lost!!! Replies: 21
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I came home today to find a paradiso that I have been waiting for swiped as well. I have picked others from this tree earlier in the season though . I was going to pick it yesterday but thought ah one more day to get real sweet .

Damn tree rats .

Subject: Will the real Brown Turkey please stand up! Replies: 52
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Dennis

I appreciate someone trying to clear this up . I have a large fig which was recently identified as a brown turkey by some members but when I went to look up brown turkey the size and other features did not match .
It was then narrowed down to CALIFORNIA BROWN TURKEY by Herman2 and its a match.




Thanks for clearing this up ....  John


Subject: My best fig so far . Help identify Replies: 28
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Good work Eli . Plants are looking good .

John

Subject: Cold weather question Replies: 16
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Grant ,
I have about 15 good size trees with a few hundred figs in total on them this year . You would think I would get full plates . But they come 1 one day then maybe 3 the next then nothing then 5 . The most Ive had was 6 .
This weather is not going to help but I have managed to try almost from every tree except 2 , and one of those is swelling them up . Most of the figs are still on the trees and if this weather warms up a bit I should have plenty for a while .
My wife is the fig monster around here . She hasn't tried a fig she didn't like .

John


Subject: Cold weather question Replies: 16
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As long as the temp is below 42f the trees will go into dormancy and stay there . It is the root temp that is important . No light at all is required just make sure soil doesn't go completely dry ( I water once a month ). A few degrees below freezing is fine , but I try to keep mine above freezing and never lost any in my garage .

John

Subject: Cold weather question Replies: 16
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Hey Grant

How goes the fig harvest this year ?

Subject: Cold weather question Replies: 16
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It's going down to 43f tonight and up to mid 60s tomorrow . Should warm up a few degrees from that over the next week . Will that harm the fruit ?

Thanks..... john

Subject: Wasp Trap Replies: 13
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Wow Susan sorry to hear that .

Subject: Fig as a butt plug Replies: 12
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Nick

What do you feed those things ?  And how close are you to 3 mile island ? I dont think i've seen a normal fig in any of your posts .

John




Subject: My best fig so far . Help identify Replies: 28
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,894
 
Hey Eli .

Got one in a pot for you too if intersted . How are the others coming along ?

Subject: My best fig so far . Help identify Replies: 28
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Hey Ruben ,

I clicked on the link to Dave's forum under your name and looked through some of your rooting techniques . Very impressive indeed . You should start a thread . Such  concentrated root growth along those scraped areas . I often get roots popping up all over the cutting .

John

Subject: My best fig so far . Help identify Replies: 28
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Ruben - I live in Toronto and have never mailed cuttings . Is it possible to get them over the border ? What is the packaging procedure ?
Gene - Yea its another keeper .
Nelson - Yes this is one of the 3 that I got from Niagara Falls last fall . Do you have any idea what it might be ? I might have a potted sucker if you are inerested . I tried rooting a bunch of cuttings last winter , and it doesnt root easily . Do you know anything about those trees in Niagara that are for sale ?

John

Subject: Wasp Trap Replies: 13
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Jason ,

I see them all as FIG murderers and they deserve their fate if they come near my trees.

Subject: Wasp Trap Replies: 13
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,865
 
Hey Jason ,

Yellowjackets are a type of wasp , as far as I know .

John


Subject: My best fig so far . Help identify Replies: 28
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I dug out this tree from a yard in Niagara falls last year with 2 others and this is the first fig I have tried from it . It was awesome . It has many  leaf shapes with the newest being 5 lobed & thin to the oldest being less lobed.
Might it be Barnisotte ? It has a drop of honey on the eye .











Thanks .... John






Subject: Wasp Trap Replies: 13
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,865
 
 I have been having problems with wasps attacking my figs lately so I picked up a wasp trap and it works very well . Just put some diluted maple syrup in .



After 5 days caught atleast 30-50 wasps and tons of ants too. Its a great distraction from the figs .

John

Subject: Fig as a butt plug Replies: 12
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,027
 

I had posted a few days ago about a huge fig that is very productive . The consensus seems to be Brown Turkey . One of the problems with this fig is that it has a large open eye . So as I was picking off the small developing figs that dont have enough time to ripen I thought , hey that would be a way to stop bugs from getting in there so......


It works great ... I think I saw the fig blush...

John

Subject: Can anybody identify this ? Replies: 23
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Gene- that makes sense .
Dennis - you are right . In the end this tree makes very nice figs and that's what it's all about . And when someone asks for a cutting l will just tell them it's most like Conadria but could be 143-36 .

Thanks John

Subject: Can anybody identify this ? Replies: 23
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Gene
Great photos . I think mine and yours look identical . Mine also has very aggressive growth. Are you confident yours is Conadria ?


Subject: Moscatel Preto Replies: 27
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Great looking fig Nelson . Does it taste as good as it looks and how old is the tree ?

John

Subject: Can anybody identify this ? Replies: 23
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I picked up this plant in the spring as what I suspect was a first year air layer from Valleyview Gardens nursery in Scarborough . The only label on it was " late green " . They were selling 2 varieties which they propagate from a couple larger trees they have ( a green and a black ) .
They had no clue what variety the trees were but I was convinced on getting the green by an older Italian gentleman at the nursery who said he had the same tree and it was a very good fig .
Alan I also see a red colour flesh with just a bit of amber at the top and bottom in Gene's photo ( thanks Gene for pics ) .
Like I said in an earlier post , to me it more resembles Conadria . But I have red/green colorblindness and cannot always trust my conclusions .

Thanks for everyones input .... John

Subject: THE QUARTER POUNDER Replies: 18
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Well I must admit that after looking up photos of brown turkey , it looks like a match . I don't know then what all the fuss is about brown turkey being do horrible . This fig is not bad tasting at all especially considering it's size and the wet weather recently.
And Oldghost I will keep your propagation method in mind . ( sick puppy )

Thanks ..... John




Subject: Can anybody identify this ? Replies: 23
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Well if you are that confident Herman , then 143-36 it is .

Thanks .. 1 more unknown now known .

Subject: Can anybody identify this ? Replies: 23
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Thanks for the replies . After looking up both Conadria and 143-36 I am leaning more toward Conadria due to it's incredibly aggressive growth.

Thanks again all . .... John

Subject: Can anybody identify this ? Replies: 23
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,419
 
Very aggresive grower went from 2.5 to 7.5 feet all this summer .




Thanks.... John

Subject: THE QUARTER POUNDER Replies: 18
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Anyone recognize this fig ? Its 130 grams just over a quarter  pound .





Thanks ... John

Subject: Melanzana Replies: 15
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Hey Nelson ,

How's the taste ?

Subject: A Tail of Air Layering Gone Horribly Wrong Replies: 29
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Someone's a sick puppy .
And it ain't the dog .

I had a good laugh . ... John

Subject: Might this be Celeste ? Replies: 7
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Hey Nelson ,

I picked that fig the day after I passed by and remembered you telling me that often times the unknown figs end up being some of the best.
You were right .

John

Subject: Might this be Celeste ? Replies: 7
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Hi Ruben ,

I forgot to take a picture of the cut open fig before cutting it. The other pics were from a fig a few days later . It could have been picked a day or so later . The colour is pretty much the same just some cracks in the skin develop .

John

Subject: Might this be Celeste ? Replies: 7
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Hi Sara ,

I find it hard  to describe flavor . But it tastes as good as it looks .

John

Subject: Might this be Celeste ? Replies: 7
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Hi all ,<BR><BR>I recieved an older potted fig tree from an old timer Italian pro figster but he doesn't know the variety . So far I've only tried the breba and they are really good . The fruit is the size of a golf ball with a nice sweetness , thin skin , and great flavor.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>Thanks ... John<BR>

Subject: Bronze Paradiso Breba Replies: 11
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Hey Nelson ,

On your advice I picked up a Paradiso at the garden centre down the street from your Dad's and it ripened it's first fig today .
It was amazing . I bought a box of the Calimyrna figs and have to say it is on the same quality level as far as sweetness and flavor.
On a side note the fig trees you so generously gave me have all been potted up and are doing well ..

Thanks .. John



Subject: "Bit of Honey" Replies: 16
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Come on over to the light side Luke....



Subject: Figs in Michigan Replies: 12
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Just an update ,

I got a call from my uncle ( I am in Toronto ) and he has been picking no less than 50 figs a day for the last few days . If I could pick 5 a day I'd be thrilled.
He also has a black fig variety on the other side of his house which matures late august which is about 1/3 the size of this tree.
Rafed it seems now is the time to go by if you can .

John

Subject: Why Aeilee? Replies: 43
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Aeilee

Fool us once , shame on you .
Fool us twice shame on us .

John

Subject: Some Breba's from Yesterday Replies: 1
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Hey Nelson,

Nice harvest you got there , and great photos too. I have to agree with you about the skin texture of the kadota , but so far it is the best tasting of the figs I have tried ( 3 varieties this year ). I have a few more varieties ripening so
hopefully I'll have more to compare too.

John

Subject: Help identify fig Replies: 7
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Hey Nelson ,

I looked up some pics on ficazzana and I think you might be right . It looks the same with ribbed surface and leaf style and crunchy seeds .
Thanks for your input too Alan .
Thanks ..... John

Subject: Help identify fig Replies: 7
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I thought it might be white marseilles but another fig tree I have and just posted to identify was unanimously voted as white marseilles has diff fruit.
The fruit on this tree is ribbed and larger.
Can they both be white marseilles ?

Thanks .... John

Subject: help identifying another fig Replies: 6
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Hi all,

Thanks for your replies . It seems that its unanimous .

Robert , as far as winter protection. The tree was tipped over and burried then a plywood structure built around it in its previous location .
I also protected it but not by burrying but with the figloo setup I posted on last fall.

Thanks again , just another 10 or so varieties I need to ID now.   ..John

Subject: Wouldn't this be a nice feature for our forum? Replies: 8
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Great idea.


Subject: help identifying another fig Replies: 6
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Hi I dug  up this 15 to 20 year old tree and planted it in the ground in my yard in Toronto last fall . The breba crop dropped all but 3 . This is one of the breba figs. The leaves on the tree are small ( 1 third the size ) compared to leaves on cuttings which I rooted from this tree over the winter . Is that normal ? Can anyone identify this fig ? The skin is very soft and the taste is sweet but not rich.





Thanks ............ John


Subject: Help identify fig Replies: 7
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,430
 

Hi ,

This is the breba crop and as of yet I dont see a main crop forming. The flavor was sweet but could have spent another day or 2 on the tree.
 This tree is originally from a cutting from southern Italy and the fruit are supposed to be the size of oranges when planted in ground ,according to the guy I got it from .







Thanks ........... john


Subject: Figs in Michigan Replies: 12
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I will try to get some photos in the fall of the actual winterizing process that he uses . He has 4 trees in total , and all of them are planted right against the house . The other 2 are on the other side of the house .

John

Subject: Figs in Michigan Replies: 12
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Hey Rafed ,

You've got mail.

Subject: Figs in Michigan Replies: 12
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Thanks Herman ,

Yes Herman he grows the trees on a 45 degree angle and supports with 2x4s and in fall removes the 2x4 and weighs the branches down with cement blocks and covers with old carpets and a tarp.




This tree has at least 8 inch trunk

Subject: Figs in Michigan Replies: 12
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My uncles fig tree in Sterling Heights , Michigan .
He is not sure what the variety is but says the fruit is greenish yellow with red interior and has huge breba crop that starts maturing around July 15 .
The main crop drops , so I think it might be Desert King . Anyone able to identify this ? I will try to post photos of the mature fruit when I get some.
The tree is loaded with fruit .






Subject: Rooting softwood fig cuttings Replies: 10
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Hi Bass ,

It's well presented , useful info like this that keeps me coming back to this site . Thanks ...

John

 

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