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Subject: Is it possible to order cuttings directly from MP? Replies: 3
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Or go to his website and ask him, he lists his varieties there too, mostly and you can email there.

Subject: first forastera de can reviu Replies: 13
Posted By: Chivas Views: 473
 
Mine wouldn't compare to col de damas but they are very good, the rain washed out some flavour and the pill bugs ate a ton of the skin.

Subject: Fertilizing with P & K to increase flavor and speed up fig ripening? Replies: 13
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Less nitrogen more potassium will help ripening faster.

Subject: Annual Wish List 2016-17 of 6 most desirable cuttings Replies: 54
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,502
 
1. ull de perdui (promised)
2. de le riena 

Subject: I think I've over watered, leaves curling up Replies: 5
Posted By: Chivas Views: 178
 
I find the heat stress causes curling (leaves close stomata and try to transpire faster than possible to conserve mosture they clsoe and then the curl happens)  Blotching I find with over watering as well.


Subject: aphids Replies: 18
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Insecticidal soap works well, hit the in early morning or evening when sun isnt strong or you can burn leaves.  If you use it too much it will weaken the cuticle of the leaf.

Subject: Pine bark fine substitute Replies: 5
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Talking to a nursery owner, the cedar mulch will not be sufficient, the pine bark fines have been aged and composted and will retain moisture where the cedar mulch hasn't been aged, it will retain moisture but it will also produce mushrooms and start breaking down in the pot.

Subject: Negronne disappointment? Replies: 37
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,166
 
I am not sure, but it wasn't black mission, didn't have the sharp leaf margins like the above tree do, it could have had problems being a juvenile tree putting on excessive growth?  It wasn't VdB either, my guess is that it was Negronne but I didn't manage it well could have been my problem, it also had some FMV as well while others who have bought from Danny didn't see it and other trees I got from Danny were fine.  I have no good answer on the variety but it did not resemble the above tree which looks fantastic to me.

I am planting more trees this weekend so it's good you haven't come lately as I have had my hands full myself.

Subject: Negronne disappointment? Replies: 37
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,166
 
I got Negronne from Brugmansia, it was not great it just kept growing leaves and stems ever no nitrogen only potassium fertilzier, pinching etc.  The figs weren't great either but I left it at the old house in the ground, 4 years was enough for me.

Subject: Jujube question Replies: 10
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Usually you would normally prune these suckers, unless you want a thicket.  

Subject: Figs From Malta? Replies: 20
Posted By: Chivas Views: 597
 
The thing with the borer is in wood 10 mm or more it can be laying dormant or lay eggs, this makes it even riskier as even if the borer is not active, it could be lying in wait.

Subject: Figs From Malta? Replies: 20
Posted By: Chivas Views: 597
 
I had my import permits revoked for several european countries several years ago, prior to this I could import with phytosanitary certificates as long as the material was less than 10 mm in diametre.  Now I would need to pay for risk assessment which could take two years and may not be allowed to import.  The reason was for this bug so I don't bother trying anymore as I am sure the risk will end up being too great ad I won't be allowed to import them anyways.

Subject: What is your experience with fungus gnats using Coconut Choir as rooting medium? Replies: 16
Posted By: Chivas Views: 318
 
Hey Akram, I get up early everyday.

http://www.laportegardens.com/en/products/

Call those guys up and see if they have the chunky perlite, should be around 1/4 inch or so if they have it.  They are in Oreleans so its a bit of jog for you.  You could try local hydroponic shops, they usually charge more though but may be more convenient.

Subject: What is your experience with fungus gnats using Coconut Choir as rooting medium? Replies: 16
Posted By: Chivas Views: 318
 
You can also mix the coir up to 40% chunky perlite if it is too wet for you, this provides excellent drainage but more frequent waterings.

Subject: Is there a Synonym for Lampa Preta ?? Replies: 35
Posted By: Chivas Views: 734
 
I will get one started for you,  have a lot of branches to prune.

Subject: Is there a Synonym for Lampa Preta ?? Replies: 35
Posted By: Chivas Views: 734
 
Did I ever send you Colar Paully?  The brebas are large, juicy and tasty, main crop are not as god in my opinion.

Subject: Che - Airlayers? Replies: 6
Posted By: Chivas Views: 206
 
I have used both, if you warp it properly and keep moisture at a good level they are the same, the devices tend to be small.  I have seen people use 1 gallon milk guys to make layers, my advice would be to skip the devices and do it yourself and save some money.

Subject: OT: Peaches and Plums Replies: 21
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Make sure you're applying sufficient potassium as it can cause blooms and fruits to drop, excess nitrogen as well.  If you are not sure of how much to apply try using the jobes plant spikes and apply as directed, once early spring and once in the fall. 

Subject: Greenhouse fig wasp Replies: 19
Posted By: Chivas Views: 877
 
Bees only die in a greenhouse if they have no hive or no food source, excluding the pesticides and fungicides that harm them.  They usually live for about 12 weeks if you talk about bumble bees, I use them for years and put new hives every week to maintain pollination, The ones I put in die from old age or from venturing outside and not making it back when there is frost.

Subject: Organic Fertilizer Replies: 13
Posted By: Chivas Views: 634
 
Blood meal, bone meal, potassium sulfate (you can buy mined potassium sulfate but is more expensive)  Fish fertilizer and foliar feed with the fish fertilizer and lactobacillus.  Three applications of the first three ingredients, first in april for me before bud break with top dress of composted manure, 7-3-7 at a heavier rate, then half may 6-3-10 and last is start july of 6-3-10.  Feed once a week with fish fertilizer when about 3 leaves until half july or start of august depending how hot it is outside and how much water I need to use.  More potassium and less nitrogen together will promote for figs to form.

Subject: How many figs/yr from 5yr old 8' wide in-ground trees? Replies: 40
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,431
 
Col de dama is a great one, I believe the yield is average from what I have read so it may put out less figs than say black mission but the quality is top shelf.  Again this is what I read not from personal experience so take it for what it's worth.  I have also read that you can achieve higher fruit weigh with irrigation on them but I don't know how this translates to quality. 

Subject: Deep Water Culture for fig cuttings Replies: 32
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Try it and find out, in theory it should work though.

Subject: Pastiliere question! Replies: 27
Posted By: Chivas Views: 926
 
Supposedly while young it drops figs more readily.  I just acquired one from Jon P so I won't know until next year.  I will plant it in ground to try to prevent some fruit drop but it will take several years to see the result.  if you have space why not try?  I hear it is an outstanding fig.

Subject: Make your own Fig Jacket Replies: 59
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I haven't found problems with rodents, the way I am avoiding them so far is waiting for a hard freeze before covering, around -5 Celsius or so.  This encourages the rodents to find a warm home before covering.  Mounding roses is where this method was recommended for me and I just applied it to the figs.

Subject: Anyone Growing Figs in a Greenhouse? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,006
 
I didn't explain fully sorry, it's not a work around to anti condensate, even with anti condensate plastic it will still have some condensation especially after a couple of years use. This is something some builders do standard with customers are building, it just helps reduce the issue of it dripping from the top. 

Subject: Anyone Growing Figs in a Greenhouse? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,006
 
Anti condensate does help in commercial greenhouses, but I don't know for smaller ones.  You can buy a spray that adds anti condensate to the plastic but I have heard it's only working so well.  At your peak you can consider putting the top support on top of the hoops and the reason for this is that it stops a good portion of the water that does accumulate to go down the side more than without, many commercial greenhouses here have done this to prevent condensation dripping down onto the crop, it's not 100% but it makes a big difference.  



Subject: Anyone Growing Figs in a Greenhouse? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,006
 
It was in orange plastic so its very shaded.

Subject: Anyone Growing Figs in a Greenhouse? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,006
 
There was a greenhouse I worked at, there was a tree planted in ground for 30 plus years, under glass, figs got watered all the time for some reason which made them not taste as good, but you could always find some perfectly ripe and they were excellent.  There was some under poly and never got enough light so taste and quality was terrible, they also got tomatoe feed so far from what they needed and ended up with far too much nitrogen.

Subject: Anyone Growing Figs in a Greenhouse? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,006
 
Planting in ground, even though this is not in greenhouse, when I plant them in ground outside here, I only water for the first year up to about july or august to get them established.  When the roots are established or a heavy rain comes I back off the water, the following years they get no water what so ever from the hose, only rain.  They still grow quiet vigorously.  For fertilizer I give the first and second year, past that I am just going to get some potassium until I see they need otherwise and some manure top dressed.

Subject: Anyone Growing Figs in a Greenhouse? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,006
 
That being said, even with 40 degrees during summer days, and up to 45 I had no problems in a small hoophouse for the last couple years, just have to make sure to water enough.  Nothing ripened in the summer this year so it wasn't an issue, figs in pots with these temperatures needed to be watered twice a day to stop wilting.

Subject: Snow This Weekend in Metro NYC and Parts of NJ? Replies: 14
Posted By: Chivas Views: 563
 
I agree with jdsfrance, only thing to remember is the windchill.  If it's-5 but with -10 windchill I would worry, otherwise I let them get -6 or so before bringing in most years.

Subject: "De La Reina MP" a promising variety Replies: 58
Posted By: Chivas Views: 8,634
 
Steve, that is exactly what I have observed.  This has been for my zone, close to yours but a bit colder in winter and my guess is a bit cooler in the growing season overall.  Even in pots I don't see a disadvantage to put them in full sun, the more the better at least in my experience.

Subject: Fruit Flies and Figs. Yaks. Replies: 17
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,379
 
http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/cropprot/swd.htm

I got fruit flies only in my hoophouse where the humidity is higher when I close the side vents, they didn't seem to cause any problems, if it was swd, then I ate a bunch of larvae already so I guess I will  be getting protein with my figs.

Subject: "De La Reina MP" a promising variety Replies: 58
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I have found even when I put figs in full sun in my zone it helps on good years significant;y but one years like this when it is cold, the figs come much later than normal and suffer.  In a year with very warm weather it still does not hurt them to be in full sun, it actually helps to have the extra heat in ground or in pot, only difference is I have to water more on those warmer years.  Some varieties can be put in 3/4-2/3 sun and get decent results, but what I have seen to those trees in the shadier spots seem to also do worse in winter, I think this is because they don't have as much reserves as the trees in full sun.  Would you say that you have seen similar things happening Herman?

Subject: "De La Reina MP" a promising variety Replies: 58
Posted By: Chivas Views: 8,634
 
Overpollination of figs will lead to splitting and quality problems from what I have read so farms are not tending to too many caprifigs in their orchards so they do not over pollinate.  I have heard nonetheless that some farms will graft a couple branches of a caprifig onto their tree so that each tree will get pollinated without needing to string caprifigs in them.  

This is only from what I have read and I have no first hand experience myself.

Subject: "De La Reina MP" a promising variety Replies: 58
Posted By: Chivas Views: 8,634
 
Most likely it is done so you can reduce your time to a fully productive canopy by having both trees in there as well as adding additional support.  the other benifit I can see is if the one tree has a decline you can easily remove it and not have to remove the entire tree but support the one if neccessary and train the tree to bigger canopy without the same downtime as replanting it.  That's is just my thought.

Subject: Preto finally ripened - A fig in its own class Replies: 29
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,129
 
I was doing the same thing with my black madiera Nelson, then some started to swell earlier this week I was able to eat 1 so I stopped pulling off so many so far.  The smaller ones are falling off on their own as well that I missed from before when pruning.

Subject: Possible Cure for FMV Replies: 6
Posted By: Chivas Views: 661
 
to be honest this just to me like you need to add micro nutrients, copper is known to help fight diseases in plants as one function, as does sulfur.  If you add the right amount of micro nutrients then by this theory you should also not have fmv which would explain when trees in ground show less signs as in ground soils tend to have more of the nutrients already present.

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,919
 
I appreciate your generosity John, also Ralph's, next year I just have to find space to plant it in ground, I'm sure I can find a space, maybe winter will make 1 for me.

I am hoping as well to have weeded out more varieties as well John, but this year things didn't ripen so I cannot say for sure which I want to keep and which I would like to give away.

Subject: Indoor lighting, Anyone using these? Replies: 5
Posted By: Chivas Views: 453
 
I agree with rob, and what his friend has experienced based on talking to a few growers and manufactures of lighting (philips, gavita and a few others) some manufactures refused to discuss prices of their led lights because they are not giving you enough in terms of production vs initial cost and were promoting the hid lamps instead.  

I disagree with the 400 watt though, for me 600 is the smallest I think for reasonable efficiency in terms of light output and energy consumption.  I use a 1000 watt metal halide lamp for over wintering my tropicals and starting vegetables and flowers (figs get in there too) but the reason for 1000 watts in the space I need to cover and I didn't want to put in 2 lamps, for this purpose it works well for me, I do not have heat issues, the highest it gets is about 24 degrees in the winter, but this is in the basement (I need a floor drain for watering).  The basement also doesn't get below 19 degrees even on the coldest days as the furnace is there as well.  

The price of these lamps are not too great but look at your energy cost and how much space you need to cover, for me, electricity is rather cheap and running 14-15 hours a day will only cost me around 30 bucks a month.  I only spend roughly 180 dollars a year on it, maybe 210 this year with it being so cold, so for me it pays off since I like to grow my own starts and keep my tropicals growing well.

Subject: Plum tree question for NorthEast (Zone 6) Replies: 7
Posted By: Chivas Views: 348
 
My favorite is early italian prune plum, great for baking or for eating fresh.  Be prepared for aphids, they love the trees.

Subject: Which was your best fig this year? Replies: 44
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,833
 
For me Col de dama blanc is hands down the best fig, I cheated by putting it in the hoophouse, but I only get 5 figs form it, 1 is sitting there but I have doubts about it ripening, still2 more almost ready.

Black Madiera is just starting to swell some figs now, if it had been a proper summer I would have had around 100 but if I get a dozen now I will be happy.

These trees are in pots.

For in ground Niagara Black is still the best for me this year, we will see if col de dama's produce next year from in ground though.

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,919
 
I gave away pretty much all the trees I had extra of so far, so unfortunately that cannot be the case for now, although cuttings are not an issue.

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,919
 
Luzzu I will have some cuttings come fall, PM me.

Subject: Three cultivars got ripe fruits here: they are: Replies: 81
Posted By: Chivas Views: 3,763
 
My Black Madiera is also not ripening, mine is in pot though, the inside have changed colour but they are not swelling so I think that I miss these figs this year, same with Panachee, just not enough heat units.

Subject: updating pots Replies: 19
Posted By: Chivas Views: 734
 
I like the band pots myself, they seem to give very good results and you don't need to up pot to quickly but when you do, it's right to a 1 gallon.

Subject: Three cultivars got ripe fruits here: they are: Replies: 81
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dogs keep squirrels away, they were eying my figs dogs chased them out of the nieghbours yards too.

Subject: Three cultivars got ripe fruits here: they are: Replies: 81
Posted By: Chivas Views: 3,763
 
Great to hear that your col de dama can die to the soil and still produce a few figs, I have put blanc in the ground as well as noir, noir died to a few inches but didn't put our figs early enough to ripen, but gives me hope for coming years.

Subject: Three cultivars got ripe fruits here: they are: Replies: 81
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I just tried my first col de dama blanc, I have to agree with Herman on what he has written about it, best fig I have ever had, sorry no pics, just ate it, dark red, not overly sweet and floral/berry flavours.  

Subject: Three cultivars got ripe fruits here: they are: Replies: 81
Posted By: Chivas Views: 3,763
 
Looks great, I have 1 col de dama blanc in a pot in my hoophouse with one close to ripe and 5 more that should ripen still in the next couple weeks, black madiera in pot looks like a bust this year and I had the most figs on it ever, such a shame but oh well.

 

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