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Subject: Niagara Black Main 2016 Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 360
 
Thanks for the feedback everyone .
One thing is to resist picking this fig early . It will still taste good but nowhere near what it can be if allowed to wrinkle up and drip honey . I also find that it keeps ripening in cold weather where others stop . The cold also seems to bring out another great flavour profile .
So whether this is the same as LDA or related is up to those who have both to decide , but either way it's a variety I always look forward to with anticipation .

John

Subject: Niagara Black Main 2016 Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 360
 
I think i read somewhere that you are growing it Eli , is that the case ? 

John

Subject: Niagara Black Main 2016 Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 360
 
Hey Steve ,

Don't give up on this fig , when properly ripe it will be of the best figs you've ever tried .

John

Subject: Fig-Lectrification Replies: 44
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 830
 
Nice job .

John

Subject: Selling my collection. Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 807
 
I have to agree with Serge , Brunswick splits and sours bad .
I would keep RDB and Atreano though .
Good choice to thin the herd .
I'm down from 110 to 25 now .

John

Subject: Nice temp controller with digital display Replies: 2
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 138
 
Someone asked me about a temperature controller that can be hooked up to light bulbs or a heater . I found this and it seems like the perfect deal and the price is great . There are many different models so you may want to look through them .


 https://www.amazon.ca/Inkbird-Temperature-Controller-Thermostat-Thermostats/dp/B01GZT2Y5I/ref=pd_sbs_199_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=G94YSYJB5VNYZETQHDKM

John



Subject: Toronto Fig tree give away Replies: 8
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 335
 
Looking to thin the herd of a few more trees .
Anyone interested (pick up only ) let me know .

John

Subject: Frost protection on opening buds Replies: 5
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 149
 
Hey Tyler

I would bunch them together and throw a tarp over them all , with support so tarp doesn't damage tips . Maybe even hang a 60 watt  light bulb or two in the middle .

John

Subject: Grafting tape used to seal top cutting? Replies: 13
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 320
 
Hey Mario sounds very interesting .
Any pics ?

John

Subject: 5th zone the wintering in a hole Replies: 15
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 326
 
Very nice . great pics too.

John

Subject: OT - Very painful injury Replies: 77
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 868
 
Glad to hear your doing well Dennis.

John

Subject: Bag Rooting Techniques Replies: 115
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 6,444
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lolita1234
What do you need to be informed in this thread ???? Who do you think you are to demand me to ask for your permission when i am giving away my time and sharing my knowledge to people ? If you want to destroy this thread because of your narrow mind, then you are doing a wrong thing to the public. My bagging method has drawn more than 3,600 viewers at ourfigs and almost 2000 viewers at this forum Are you having some psycho problems ???


Why did you erase those other 2 threads Mai ?
Maybe you can explain why close to 150 comments needed to be  wiped out .
Should we ask KK2210 to repost what you are trying to hide from everyone ?
KK2210 alleged that while you started a thread claiming how terrible it was that people were destroying the poor Ponte Teresa tree for cuttings , that you were actually the one who was advising at least 1 if not 2 others to go to the tree and cut it up so you can corner the market . KK2210 posted text messages between you and he , where you were coaching him on what to do . Then the two threads that contained the texts suddenly disappeared . What hypocrisy to tell others to leave the tree alone while you were the one doing the damage.
Your actions speak much louder than you words .

Subject: Bag Rooting Techniques Replies: 115
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 6,444
 
Ignorance is bliss i guess . She's counting on that .
I prefer to be informed .

John

Subject: Bag Rooting Techniques Replies: 115
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 6,444
 
Rhymehong 

You don't know why I said that because Mai erased 2 threads that she started with close to 150 posts from many members . 
She erased those threads because there was information there pertaining to unscrupulous actions on her part , showing what she is really about .
And now she is pretending like nothing ever happened .
There are quite a few people on this forum that try to build up a good reputation by being helpful with their final goal being to profit at any cost .
But alas the threads have been erased because she doesn't want you to be informed .
You are also a recent member so welcome , but be careful who you trust , because when big money is involved watch out .

John

Subject: Bag Rooting Techniques Replies: 115
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 6,444
 
After reading about what you did , you are the last one that should be lecturing about respect .
You can erase all the threads you want . The cats out of the bag .
Don't worry I won't waste any more time on you .

John


Subject: Fig adventure in Europe Replies: 79
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,602
 
How about this one ?
Don't forget to erase this one .

Subject: Bag Rooting Techniques Replies: 115
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 6,444
 
you forgot to erase this one Lolita

Subject: Ponte Tresa @ $415 at ebay Replies: 69
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,726
 
Lolita ,

Have I mentioned you in any posts ? No.
My posts are in general terms , I say "people" and refer to nobody specifically . 
Its my opinion and I have a right to voice it . That is the purpose of a forum .
As far as Frank goes , i was responding to his post . Does that offend you too ?
You are the one trying to make this personal .
 
John

Subject: Ponte Tresa @ $415 at ebay Replies: 69
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,726
 
Frank ,

You ask why people are angry or who they are angry at .
I can only speak for myself but it is not anger but rather a sense of disappointment at what this forum has turned into .
It use to be a place where one could find people who only were interested in learning about  figs , and finding others who's only objective was to do the same .
When you and I started collecting figs this was a very affordable hobby . in fact I would say that most of my varieties were due to the generosity of people I met on this forum like Nelson,TylerJ,Chivas,Rafed and others now like Luzzu,Ottawan and one time you and your brother came to my house for a  variety you were interested in , and you were gracious enough to bring me some cuttings of your own . At that time i had a variety (the one you wanted ) i found locally that i posted about and tried to get identified and people like Herman thought it was an unknown so I called it Niagara Black .I thought (and still do ) that this is a great variety and tried to share with as many people as possible so that others could enjoy it and share it also . It is now in the the US , Middle East , and Europe through the pay it forward generosity of others . 
Today though due to the popularity of figs the forum is filled with people that use it for FREE ADVERTISING. Sure many of them are crafty and try to come across as helpful and genuine and try to build up their credibility by all means possible but they have one priority and that is profiting off of the obsession that many of us develop about figs . Then due to the high prices there are those that are lying about the actual variety just to make a buck and the buyer won't know they've been scammed till the tree fruits . Then there are those that spent so much money accumulating some of the latest fad figs that they feel now they need to make their money back somehow so why would they just give cuttings away ? These people who are bidding up these varieties are actually the ones that are responsible for the ridiculous prices we see today and they are the focus of my comments .
I can buy a cubic yard of high quality potting soil for $70 i can go to my local nursery and buy returned 10 gallon pots for 2 to 3 dollars , I can stick a cutting in the pot . Jon of Figs4fun sells cuttings and i never paid more than 6 dollars each , now i get them as gifts or give dozens away every fall .This is not an expensive hobby , or at least it was not a few years ago . 
I suggest to newbies to take their time and get to know other fig enthusiasts in their area ( they can find them on the  forums or local advertisements) , and share with each other varieties that thrive in your climate ( don't just look for named varieties some of the unknowns are excellent figs especially if papa Joe has been growing it for years ) and avoid all the latest fad figs which have not been tested in all climates by multiple people. Look for established varieties that have been tested by trusted people in your own climate . And share with others ,  in return ask them to pay it forward . Karma is a wonderful thing .
Frank so there is no misunderstanding none of this is directed toward you in any way , I have the greatest respect for you and your contributions to this forum , I just wanted to clarify my position here.

John


Subject: Ponte Tresa @ $415 at ebay Replies: 69
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,726
 
Its a fig , get over it.

Subject: Desert King Replies: 30
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,027
 
Paully knows his figs , especially breba crop types , so if he recommends Granthams Royal then put that on your list .
Hey Paully do you have any pics of the fig cut open , I've seen one but it doesn't seem to be fully ripe.
John

Subject: Desert King Replies: 30
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,027
 
No problem guys , you've made a good choice with this variety , its a well tested variety unlike many of the figs of the day you see everyone getting excited about lately .

John

Subject: Desert King Replies: 30
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,027
 
Desert King is hands down the best tree for breba crop in as far as quantity and quality combined . Most breba figs are mediocre on other varieties , but desert king breba are awesome and plentiful . It will likely need winter protection in your area or the breba figlets will die. if I was to only have 1 fig tree in a short season climate it would be this one because the figs ripen late July to early august during the hot days of summer as opposed to the main crop trees that start ripening their figs in early september and later.

John

Subject: Underground Insulation (Need Ideas) Replies: 7
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 215
 
Thanks for the info guys.

John

Subject: $7 fig trees for spring/summer delivery, around 150+ varieties Replies: 1,421
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 53,174
 
lolita 1234 ,

I have not mentioned you or anyone else for that matter in my posts on the ridiculous prices ( as far as I see it ) being paid for cuttings these days , so no there is no trashing going on . If  I have have offended you it was not my intension .
My purpose for commenting is to hopefully give newbies a different perspective of the true value of figs .   I understand the excitement of wanting the latest and greatest varieties especially at the beginning of the fig fever . Luckily for me ( and many of those selling on e-bay ) when I was accumulating my collection we were all trading or just giving cuttings to each other for the sake of helping each other out and for making sure the variety does not fade away and be lost . Today though it seems if you are not cheering on the sellers and their high selling prices then you shouldn't say anything or maybe they will cut you off. Well I have been cutting down my collection from over 100 trees and honestly a half dozen is my goal one day . The ones that do best in my climate are going to stay and the rest given away so I don't need to worry about being cut off . Also todays Ponte Teresa will be tomorrows Atreano , just another flavor of the day . So just trying to give some perspective .
People can and will pay whatever they want for cuttings it doesn't mean that its a good deal .
I don't have a problem with the Ponte Teresa seller in this case either , Frank is a very decent guy , he and his brother visited my home in Toronto a couple years ago because he was interested in a variety I had . He was gracious enough to bring some cuttings in return . He has also been a great contributor to the forum .
I think the buyers really have to take a step back and get some perspective before getting all caught up in the moment , because it is they that are driving up the prices for everyone else . And now we can see with Greenfin's offer of 7 dollars per plant that  people need not pay as much as they have been .

John



Subject: $7 fig trees for spring/summer delivery, around 150+ varieties Replies: 1,421
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 53,174
 
Hey Greg ,
I agree with you that the real value is in the sharing and the joy it brings to both the giver and the one that is receiving .
Also you are right about the millions of years it took nature to create the trees . 
In as far as monetary value goes you can't root a ruby :)

John

Subject: $7 fig trees for spring/summer delivery, around 150+ varieties Replies: 1,421
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 53,174
 
Someone posted on another thread that paying 500 plus dollars for 3 cuttings was a good deal because it would cost more  to fly to Switzerland  and get your own cuttings . What a bunch of hogwash .
As far as real value goes , its a tree not a rare gem that nature took millions of years to create . You just stick a twig in the ground and it grows into a tree and you cut that tree into twigs and make many more trees so lots of twigs quickly.
If you go to the Mediterranean , every time you turn a corner you'll find another fig tree growing wild with beautiful figs . Nobody tries to hoard the variety and sell cuttings for hundreds of dollars .
So for those that have overpaid in the past well now you don't have to .
And for those that are just getting into figs this is a great deal and you don't have to go through the hassle of rooting them yourself.

John


Subject: Underground Insulation (Need Ideas) Replies: 7
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 215
 
jdsfrance ,

Do you leave cuttings in -25c weather outside for the winter and they don't ruin ?

John

Subject: $7 fig trees for spring/summer delivery, around 150+ varieties Replies: 1,421
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 53,174
 
Finally some sanity prevails in the world of figs .
This is what the market can do if allowed to work . 
We in Canada have a nursery in quebec (brugmansia quebec) that has been selling great fig tree varieties from $15 Canadian for years now . Finally you can get reasonably priced trees in the US.
Those prices on E-bay are a joke , people being pitted against each other to drive the price up , like cuttings don't grow on trees you know.
Well for those of you that thought you had the market cornered on selling cuttings , you just got a rude awakening .
All the power to you James .
I don't know James , but hope this works out well for everyone involved .


"There is enough in the world for everyone's need but not for everyone's greed " ...  Frank Buchman

John

Subject: Why? Replies: 109
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,005
 
Whats wrong with you Vinny ? 
Cuttings don't grow on trees you know .
Oh ha, right they do grow on trees don't they .
Finally a sane person on this site .

John

Subject: RDB cuttings Replies: 36
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 865
 
Gary , you practice what you preach . 
That's the spirit .

John

Subject: Why? Replies: 109
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,005
 
Kkk2210
Baud and others in Europe must be scratching their heads in disbelief and laughing at the rediculous prices Americans are paying for twigs

Subject: Why? Replies: 109
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,005
 
The problem is that people are less likely to share a variety they think they can sell for big bucks . Supply and demand says choke off the supply and $$$$$$ . A few years ago good varieties were widely shared gauranteeing the proliferation of the variety, now things have become about not sharing but profiting and the survival of the variety is irrelevant .

Subject: Why? Replies: 109
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,005
 
You all sound like a bunch of crack addicts enabling each other with silly reasons as to why a few twigs should be worth hundreds of dollars .
Just a few years ago members on this forum wouldn't have paid more than 10 to 15 dollars , and most likely would have just given or traded them so that others could spread the variety .
Now its all about the money . 
How sad.

John

Subject: Figloo update Replies: 31
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,759
 
Hi Meg ,

I set it up every November . then early april I take the top off and put plastic over it to make it into a sort of greenhouse to get an early start on the season . link to pics :

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/put-the-soft-top-on-the-figloo-5217570?highlight=figloo&pid=1268447222

Then around mid to late may I take it down . I have never had a problem , works great.

John

Subject: Refrigerating Cuttings Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 444
 
I have rooted cuttings after 2 years in the fridge and all 5 popped out monster roots . They were stored in a ziplock bag with moist sphagnum moss and not washed with anything but water before stored.

John

Subject: Figloo update Replies: 31
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,759
 
You're welcome Chad , glad to help .

John

Subject: Figloo update Replies: 31
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 3,759
 
Bumping this thread just to give an idea to anyone considering wintering options .
You can use the same idea for a permanent structure such as a shed for potted trees too . I am still using the figloo and have grafted at least 5 varieties onto the inground tree.It works great and takes about 4 hours to assemble and disassemble.

John

Subject: Looking for Cuttings - Canada Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 482
 
Sounds like you're on the right track then . I wish I could help but I don't have any of those varieties anymore .

John

Subject: Looking for Cuttings - Canada Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 482
 
Unless you have a greenhouse most of the varieties you listed will struggle to ripen fruit in your climate . They are all top notch figs but not necessarily in Montreal .
There are Canadians that can recommend good varieties for you to grow if you want . Also Adriano doesn't normally answer emails or sell cuttings from my experience .He may return a call if he knows you though .

John

Subject: Success!!! Replies: 16
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 546
 
I think you just got your PHD in figology .
Quite the achievement .

John

Subject: Toronto Fig Tree Give Away Replies: 9
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 364
 
I think you were also looking for Norella cuttings Tyler ? 
I will try to put a list together over the next few days . 
Smungung , sorry not into shipping cuttings .

John

Subject: Toronto Fig Tree Give Away Replies: 9
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 364
 
Anybody interested in well established fig trees in Toronto area ? for pick up only 3,4,5 year old trees . will post varieties if anyone is interested .

John

Subject: E- bay record. Dall Osso went off $1025 Replies: 25
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,461
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rookie
Jealousy is so ugly, you should be happy for both the seller and the buyer, the seller had a product and the buyer thought it was worth the price. 


Rookie , writes this about DesertDance's comment that " a fool is born every minute "
Interesting to note that Rookie is now cashing in on the next fool out there .
No your not biased at all .
Give me a break .

Subject: Melanzana cuttings anyone? Replies: 18
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 919
 
My area has no wasp so never pollinated , but don't have problem with main crop dropping .

John

Subject: Melanzana cuttings anyone? Replies: 18
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 919
 
jdsfrance ( your name ? )

Here is a link from Nelson who posted about a breba from a Niagara Black plant I gave him . The ripe ones don't look much better from my experience , maybe others have different experience .

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/niagara-black-breba-6548435?pid=1279718134#post1279718134

John

Subject: Melanzana cuttings anyone? Replies: 18
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 919
 
They are like curly cucumbers in shape and generally drop off on their own and very dry inside .

Subject: Melanzana cuttings anyone? Replies: 18
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 919
 
Anybody with Niagara Black should remove any breba crop because they are absolutely useless and will needlessly slow down the main crop .

John

Subject: Moving on. Replies: 21
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,982
 
I think too many of them have their own personal agendas . Motivated by the possibility to make a buck on e-bay they come to this forum and try to come across as great helpful contributors and if someone tries to contradict them or tarnish their stellar reputation  which may affect their profits they go on the offensive . Often this is done behind the scenes so the average forum member doesn't have a clue .
I long for the good old days when it was just members helping each other out with no profit incentive in the back of their minds .

John

Subject: Grow: Mushrooms Replies: 5
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 462
 
Why Scott , because I responded to a thread , spam or not ?
Because so did you .

 

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