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Subject: Planting different varieties in one planter Replies: 9
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This is what I was planning to do, a set of braided figs in a 20-28 gallon pot, 3 per pot.  I am not sure if it will work or not but I am willing to try, although the grafting may be an easier option for me, we will have to see how it works out for me.

Subject: VdB cold hardieness Replies: 6
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I planted mine in ground this year as it was very sick with fmv, so we will see how it makes it through winter.

Subject: What should I try? Replies: 21
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,227
 
How about Roja or Colar?  Both are supposed to have good brebas, although Colar is a San Pedro I am told..

Subject: fig varieties in Greece for sale Replies: 32
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,146
 
Well ladies I will support you if you choose to not wear a bra.

Subject: How Old Am I ? Replies: 79
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Maybe it's Martin's pee, since he loves the brown turkey's so much they just grew from his energy.

Subject: How Old Am I ? Replies: 79
Posted By: Chivas Views: 3,518
 
I will guess again for the fertilizer, is it fish guts or composted fish parts?

Subject: Newbee from the Philippines Replies: 10
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I remember the Philippnes this time of year, very warm compared to our -10 right now,  I think you would do well with our late ripening cultivars like col de dama and Hivernenca etc as you have a lot of heat units for these to ripen, are you around Baguio?

Subject: How Old Am I ? Replies: 79
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I will guess 3 years old and the fertilizer is from the fish tank.

Subject: easy rooting in Jiffy pellets Replies: 8
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,212
 
Looks good, nice to see the small one surviving and growing.

Subject: Lots of soil needed this year. Buy truckload of soil or buy in bags? Replies: 10
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,130
 
30% good top soil
10% composted manure
50% compost or peat blended compost
10% drainage rocks (Can be sand, perlite, gravel, expanded clay pellets etc)

I posted this a few days ago, it is from Pierre Baud's book if it interests you, hopefully it doesn't stray off topic too much, I just thought it added to Martin's point (I also heard it makes white figs taste like dark figs)

Subject: Lots of soil needed this year. Buy truckload of soil or buy in bags? Replies: 10
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,130
 
A truckload will be much cheaper, but may be a pain to work with (moving it around etc).  Making sure that it is weed seed free (if it is possible) is a good start too, sometimes you can find topsoil for sale by new houses being constructed when they are doing the leveling.

Subject: Mole problems Replies: 39
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,273
 
Voles are tiny mice and moles are usually the size of rats and look like they have no eyes.



This may help you out and no chemicals, people around here have had great success with similar products (different manufacturer.)




Subject: Main St Purple (discovery) Replies: 7
Posted By: Chivas Views: 618
 
Looks like a nice closed eye, fairly small interior cavity and nice colours, can't wait to hear how it tastes.

Subject: Fig cuttings in Rockwool and Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss Replies: 9
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,142
 
I do the same thing but I use pro mix mx and either use liner pots or 3 inch pots and I leave the vents open on it (there are two of them and open in a semicircle about 2 inches long and .75 inch wide, I dip them in root hormone as well.  So far I have had good results, 70-95% , some varities, not many have been 25% though.

Subject: New to forum from Romania Replies: 26
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,258
 
Welcome, you also may want to talk to figfanhungary, they are growing some hardier figs in the north of their country and he seems to have some interesting varieties.  Also look and see what Ottawan is growing, he lives in a similar zone here in Canada and may have some good ideas for you.  There is also Pierre Baud in France who sells fig tress, he may be able to sell you some trees, 12-16 euro for a small tree is not bad in my opinion, he ships all over the world and could help you and would probably know if you need any paper work prior to importing.

Subject: Soil Mix from Baud's Book Replies: 4
Posted By: Chivas Views: 593
 
Thanks, I just went by their picture, that sounds a lot better then, I will have to check them out.

Subject: Soil Mix from Baud's Book Replies: 4
Posted By: Chivas Views: 593
 
I appreciate the link DWD, how big are the chunks?  The reason I like to have the larger 2 inch + chunks is because I have been mixing it with manure and triple mix in equal parts so the larger chunks did better than the small ones I had, it had left the soil wanting more air, which means to change my mix anyways.

Subject: Soil Mix from Baud's Book Replies: 4
Posted By: Chivas Views: 593
 
I thought it sounded pretty good so I had wondered if anyone else has tried this before or have a similar mix.

30% good top soil
10% composted manure
50% compost or peat blended compost
10% drainage rocks (Can be sand, perlite, gravel, expanded clay pellets etc)

I will try it out later this year as my coco supplier has gone out of business and getting the really chunky pieces (2 inch) seems to be harder to find plus I hate washing it.  I plan on using the expanded clay pellets because they are lighter than sand or rocks of course and they won't float up like perlite.



 

Subject: Question about shipping a bare root fig tree Replies: 12
Posted By: Chivas Views: 826
 
I have received trees from France (legally with all paperwork) and what Baud did was put them moist inside a plastic bag and packing tape around the top of the bag to keep it fairly closed, there where not much in the way of openings but some small ones.

They were then packed into a cardboard box. with some paper crushed to keep them from moving around in the box, most of them are growing, a couple maybe got hurt because they sat in customs for a week longer than they should have, all in all about 3 weeks from shipping to receiving to planting so I think that method is near 100% for what it's worth, the damp sphagnum is probably good insurance though.

Subject: Extreme cold and Fig Mosaic Virus Replies: 23
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,761
 
I have no evidence to prove what I'm going to say, but prehaps the extreme cold helps de-activate the virus and causes it to go dormant to a point where the plant or tree is actually able to fight off the infection even though there is virus in it still they just are able to be as active as they used to be.  If this is the case then it would make sense that even if the virus is dormant in the tree it has now been given an edge that it can resist the virus easier because the plant grows faster and stronger than a dormant virus.

I think I am just saying what you are Herman but instead of saying kill I am saying dormant or de-activated, hope you don't take it as an insult.

Subject: Organic fertilizer Replies: 3
Posted By: Chivas Views: 598
 
I have been adding blood and bone meal plus composted sheep manure twice a year, spring and fall, sometimes kelp.  It really does help, I don't add additional fertilizer for the year, maybe I should but I haven't.   What type of seed meal are you using?

Subject: Male fig Replies: 7
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It looks very nice indeed, but that looks like a lot of work to string them, although you're family looks very happy to do it.

Subject: How long do new trees typically stay in a 1 gallon pot? Replies: 15
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,461
 
What I do is start the plants in winter, Jan - March from a 3 inch pot to a 1 gallon around march -may or june.  I will then usually pot them up to 3 gallon a few months after and leave them like that for the rest of the year.

Subject: level of moisture Replies: 30
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,469
 
For me the best way is to do by weighing then by hand, just feeling how heavy they are.  If you want practice, you could buy a cheap houseplant, or a tomatoe or pepper etc, that will use water fairly quickly.

When you first water the pot feel how heavy it is then keep feeling the weight once or twice a day to see any difference to the weight, the reason I say use another plant for practice is because you will see those wilt first and you can get a feel for how heavy they are when they would need water or when they would have needed water (a day before they wilt maybe).

When the cuttings first start they will of course use a lot less water than when they get bigger so it is important to keep an eye on them as they grow.

Subject: fig guards. Replies: 31
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,132
 
Are they pups?  Watch them when you move trees out in the Spring for chewing the trees back, it happened to me last year and with the new one this fall before wrapping them.

Subject: "5 in 1" rooting/graft on multibranched cutting Replies: 15
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,278
 
I can't wait to see all your grafted trees fruiting, it is rather exciting.

Subject: My little babies Replies: 47
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,691
 
Looking good, can't wait to see what happens for you this summer.

Subject: Is Niagara Blk actually Longue d'Aout? ? Replies: 6
Posted By: Chivas Views: 919
 
I can verify that it does have a drop of honey when it ripens, John Prav showed pictures of it in a post, it was like syrup slowing oozing out.

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Niagara-Black-air-layer-amp-fruit-pics-5939196?highlight=niagara Post #15 shows it.

Subject: Arctic like week on the way here Replies: 36
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,410
 
I think that the fact that you have something to block the wind helps out the most Martin, my garage got to -19 C last year and only the ucd - 291's died I think if they were in the open that wind would have killed a good portion of them.

Subject: Skipping the 1 gallon pot stage? Replies: 14
Posted By: Chivas Views: 752
 
If it were me I would like to pot up or plant as the roots look like they are starting circle the cup already so in two more months you could cause problems down the road with the roots circling and choking each other later on.  I think in two months you could probably get a good root ball.

Subject: Arctic like week on the way here Replies: 36
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,410
 
Good luck Akram, you might want to get some blankets for next week.

Subject: Figs from abroad Replies: 19
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,249
 
The easiest way is to contact your ag department, I think different states may have different requirements, but they should be able to tell you what you would need.  
If you're in Canada you can import from pretty much anywhere but depending on the country you will need to have a phytosanitary certificate from said country and it could be different requirement (France is potatoe wart in the soil) they must be less than 10 mm because of the fear of a certain beetle, etc etc but so far it has been more a money thing not a pain, but again that is for Canada.

You could contact Baud in France and he may already know what you will require, he refused to ship me anything until I sent him an import permit and agreed to pay for a phytosanitary, so far I am happy no signs so far of FMV on any of his trees.  

Again this is for Canada so it will vary from place to place.

Subject: Coll de Dama Blanca&Negra, a peculiar variety Replies: 64
Posted By: Chivas Views: 6,368
 
That is an excellent video.

Subject: Coll de Dama Blanca&Negra, a peculiar variety Replies: 64
Posted By: Chivas Views: 6,368
 
Am I right to assume that CDD Gris and CDD Roja are the same, sorry if I'm off topic but to me they look the same.

Subject: Colisanti White Replies: 20
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,233
 
The same thing happened to me Nelson, I ended up getting rid of the tree, the flavour was disappointing for me as well though.

Subject: generous members who don't ask for recognition Replies: 24
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,163
 
There have been some very generous members that I have met so far and very courteous and willing to share information as well which is always very important and very much appreciated.  I just hope that I can also keep the spirit open and alive as well as they have shown me.

Subject: Coll de Dama Blanca&Negra, a peculiar variety Replies: 64
Posted By: Chivas Views: 6,368
 
I think this tree was made for Martin, to try and trick him into liking white figs, you can't kill half a tree only to have more white figs grow next to the black ones can you? ;)


Subject: sicilian water fig Replies: 9
Posted By: Chivas Views: 636
 
Maybe it grows near the water?  It looks really nice, like small candies you can pop in your mouth and eat a kilo before you noticed.

Subject: Fig Cuttings 2013 Replies: 82
Posted By: Chivas Views: 7,557
 
It must be this thing of ours.

Subject: Fig Cuttings 2013 Replies: 82
Posted By: Chivas Views: 7,557
 
Well I'm in Canada so I can't order any st rita anyways, so luckily my knees are safe for now ha ha.

Subject: Fig Cuttings 2013 Replies: 82
Posted By: Chivas Views: 7,557
 
Fish oil is very good for the skin.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hoosierbanana
No-one orders St. Rita or they sleep with the fishes ; b

Good luck to all of you.

Subject: Off Topic: Compost and Chickens Replies: 10
Posted By: Chivas Views: 613
 
Duck eggs are so delicious, I'm trying to figure a way to hide them in the back yard with no one calling the city, maybe I can bribe all the the old Italians with eggs and roasting ducks?

Subject: Hello Replies: 20
Posted By: Chivas Views: 892
 
Welcome Fred,
        My Celeste has only produced for one year so I can tell you what it did for me one year (if that helps) It produced flushes of figs for me on new growth so the first flush came for me in August and then if the weather would have been good for another 3-4 weeks I would have gotten a second flush in November from the last growth spurt.  I left them on but once Sandy came through the weather had no chance to help me out and I had to knock them all off.  My Celeste came from UCD.

Subject: Coll de Dama Blanca&Negra, a peculiar variety Replies: 64
Posted By: Chivas Views: 6,368
 
I hope you find and him and that he has pictures for us all to drool over, I'm really glad you are here Jack!

Subject: Fig Books?? Replies: 11
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Le Figuier pas a pas

Subject: Coll de Dama Blanca&Negra, a peculiar variety Replies: 64
Posted By: Chivas Views: 6,368
 
I have bought Pon's book and I was interested in this variety as well for the same reason that you stated, it can ripen 15 days earlier which could mean the difference of a good crop and a so so crop for me.  Have you grown this variety before and these are also your observations for your climate?  It definitely looks like it could be a good candidate for Canada.

Subject: Some not so good pictures Replies: 65
Posted By: Chivas Views: 3,030
 
Thank's for the advice Jack, I am making up a plant to pair some nice varieties together but need to observe the growth this year to see what to put with what and to try and get several different harvests on it throughout the season, look forward to more pictures and information from you.

Subject: Root Grafting - LSU Replies: 42
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,146
 
Maybe it is good for black ischia, a healthy, vigourous cultivar maybe could help push some of the loss of vigour from the infection of it to produce some good branches?

Subject: Madeira island fig cuttings plantation old tradition.. Replies: 44
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The pee actually does work, I don't recommend it but you can as it has a high urea content, it also can work for black spot and mildew on roses, again I don't recommend it as it strong and I think most of us have seen what dog pee does to a lawn or plant.

I am guessing he is talking about using composted chicken manure as the fresh one would be too hot I am thinking unless all the watering leeches it out?  

I am curious if you can put up some pictures for us to see the process Francisco, it really does seem like an interesting method.

Subject: Figs for Atlanta area Replies: 8
Posted By: Chivas Views: 626
 
If you use the borax and sugar with water you can soak a cotton ball in and keep it wet, they will keep coming back to it and if you keep it moist you don't use as much as well with out it caking in the lid.

 

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