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Subject: Is it too late to plant in ground? GA 7b-8a Replies: 9
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In my zone, right now is no problem, I will be planting a couple in a couple weeks with no issue.  If you are going to wait fall is generally the best time to plant trees followed by spring.  Since people in zones more similar to yours, i would go by their advice as my zone is a bit more gentle than yours.

Subject: What's wrong with my fig leaves? Replies: 17
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I have been told that spots on the leaves usually means over watering although I have had black mission and negronne that looked exactly like yours no matter how I waters, I put the potted negronne it ground and new leaves are getting better, the cuttings I started in ground of negronne still show it, the black mission refused to put out figs and was destroyed.  The negronne and the black mission both had/have fmv.

Subject: OT Heirloom Tomatoes Replies: 56
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If you have thick vegetative plants you can take the leaf from behind the flowers and this will direct the energy to the flowers and tomatoes, giving better size and stretching the plant upwards more, best done as a small leaf, just be careful you don't break the head of the plant when doing this.  Also you can de leaf at the bottom to get rid of older leaves but in summer time you don't want to expose too much fruit as it will make them suffer, greenhouse I will leave 2 sets bare on a mature crop, hoophouse at home I will only expose the fruit when it is half ripe.  Since I am wanting to plant things again in the fall, I will pinch after 3 sets of flowers, leaving 2-3 leaves above the flowers to help prevent cracking, but I also leave a lower sucker that I will pinch at 2-3 sets of flowers as well.



Subject: OT Heirloom Tomatoes Replies: 56
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I have had white beauty, it's alright not great in my opinion and it can get sun scald easily.

Subject: Best extended release fertilizer Replies: 36
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I am using flax seed meal, I think the nitrogen is lower than cotton seed meal but it also isnt quiet as acidic.  Have you tried using lactobacillus on compost?  I just started making this, this year so make fish fertilizer and I am starting to think that it is helping break down the organic fertilizer quicker than if I hadn't added it, I am just adding 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water (left to sit to get rid of the chlorine) and then add my fish fertilizer, leave it sit over night then water, but I am also using it when I foliar feed with fish fertilizer, seemed to help and is helping kill mildew on the roses as well.  From what I was reading and seeing, it should help break down the compost quicker than if left on it's on as the bacteria go nuts on it and bring it up to temperature quicker with all their decomposition.  Not sure if this is the best route to go or not but I figured I would bring it up as it seemed to be helping with my blood meal releasing somewhat faster, not sure about the bone meal yet though, maybe it's all in my head but at least I can make my fish fertilizer for a quarter of the price as buying it.

Sorry if I went too far off topic.

Subject: Best extended release fertilizer Replies: 36
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What rock phosphate do you use?  I have just tried calphose this year and spanish river carbonatite.  The calphos I have is granular but you can also buy the standard which is a powder and will breakdown faster, calphos will take several months before it starts to break down I am told, the carbonatite I think takes around a month from what I have been told.  

These are both soft rock phosphates will from what I have been told and read breakdown quicker than the hard rock phosphates but still last 3-5 years in the soil.

I also made a mix that steve solomon made in his book, feather meal, seedmeal, fish meal, kelp meal, soft rock phosphate, potasium sulfate and I use carbonatite instead of azomite since it seems to have most of the micros that azomite has.  It seems to work well for leafy vegetables and potatoes so far and even tomatoes and peppers but garlic I needed extra nitrogen and you have to keep applying it as a side dress.  But I think if I use my blood meal and bone meal pre plant top dress this will make a great fertilizer, usually I just add blood and bone meal and 1/4 of compost sheep manure and I usually only get a couple of roma tomatoes with blossom end rot when it gets to 40 degrees in the hoophouse so I think the bone meal is adding more calicum than I previously thought.

Subject: confused Replies: 4
Posted By: Chivas Views: 364
 
Main crop desert king you will not get, they will fall off with no wasp, but it will load up on them, I am not familiar with olympian but from small rice size embryos you can expect anywhere from 70-100 days to ripen, if it is a young tree I would not leave too many on as it would over load the tree and the fewer you have on the more chance the ones you leave will ripen a bit quicker (emphasis on a bit) and better size and quality in my opinion.

Subject: OT Heirloom Tomatoes Replies: 56
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,371
 
The japanese black truffle is alright but if you get hybrid version of it, the tomatoes taste the same but the vigour and disease resistance is much better, more consistent size and less blossom end rot.  As the vines get older and the heat comes on the tomatoes end up getting smaller too, not a bad variety though.

Subject: Best extended release fertilizer Replies: 36
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Figgary, I make a mix similar to this, I don't add feather meal though, so far I am happy with it.  Feather meal can take awhile to break down and is an excellent slow release form of nitrogen, if I recall usually they say about 1-5 months for it to break down.

Subject: OT Heirloom Tomatoes Replies: 56
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,371
 
A good sauce tomaote is zapotec pleated, it's like a cuer de bouef but different flavour a bit for me, fairly hollow but makes a nice sauce much like a good roma.  How have the whiteflies been this year?

Subject: I Had To Do It! Replies: 16
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For me it is always advantageous to remove older leaves especially if they are shaded, they just suck resources from the plant or tree and take away from production.  Also if you find a crowded area in your trees it may help to cut a few leafs off (not a lot) to just open up the canopy to allow airflow and sun penetration.  

Subject: Best extended release fertilizer Replies: 36
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,718
 
The slow release also have a temperature factor in them, I saw charts years ago about osmocote explaining how they would release faster at higher temperatures and slow at lower and for this they had summer blends as well that would be closer to the time frame stated but still had variability based on temperature as well. 

I think figs need extra iron but I would suggest to use whatever works best for you, if you get good results with the miracle grow then keep it if you think there could be improvements  try another product ( lots of people seem to like epsoma and then weekly miracle grow).  You could always make air layers and try the different products side by side next year to decide based on what you see or just try on what you have, but if it's not broken why fix it?

Subject: 'Giant' cuttings Replies: 93
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,531
 
I never have sealed a tree, I was taught by arborists that it is a bad thing to do, especially with the tree sealer products, sometimes they allow too much moisture to stay inside the wound and make it rot, it is better to cut it on a slant so that moisture cannot pool on it in my experience.  The one idea that belleclaire suggested of putting granular limestone on the wound may not be bad, never tried it but it wouldn't stay there forever either so maybe that would work well but never tried it.

Subject: need advice in the leaves Replies: 17
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I have a black mission, it has severe fmv, but ti was the most vigorous tree I have had, it grew tons of blotchy leaves and would grow about 4-5 feet per season.

Subject: Vista, another first Replies: 23
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,063
 
Try adding some potassium of some sort, I am using potassium sulfate for the first time this year on my figs and it seems to have a positive result, even my negronne which has refused to put on figs until september for the last 3 years is putting out some small figs now.

Subject: DiRedo pics Replies: 5
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In my yard it wasn't great, thick skin but in my friends greenhouse it produces lots of great figs, I think this one needs the extra heat which you guys have in texas that I don't quite have here in Canada.

Subject: 'Giant' cuttings Replies: 93
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If you have willow trees near you, its easy to make a rooting hormone as well, I have made willow water cutting branches into 2 inch pieces, about 1 cm thick and left them to soak for a few days and watered cuttings with, seemed to help but not a magic bullet either.  I have heard you can slow boil this water down into a gel and use it as rooting hormone, but have never tried it.

Subject: some main crop clusters Replies: 15
Posted By: Chivas Views: 557
 
Tyler, I only kept my desert king for 2 years, it kept growing too vigorously and would break in storms so it got some rot in the branches despite pruning, plus I didn't really think the brebas were worth keeping for the taste, I would rather than 2 colars.  None the less it seemed like it need to be headed back as the new growth like to go vertical, perhaps either tying the branches down (gently) to force more new growth of the buds or pinching or pruning might help you get some good growth to produce brebas as well as making sure the branches don't get exposed to too much cold before winter and during winter might help?  I found it like to put out a ton of main crop figs as well but my assessments may not be fair since I only kept it for 2 years.

Subject: 2014 ,New fig embryos,here in NJ Replies: 44
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I found now a couple weeks ago what I thought were fig embryos on my rdb but only could confirm last week as they swelled out and took shape.  It looks like the Dalmatie is putting out some embryos and the Negrone for the first time in 3 years in finally putting some on too so I hope it just isn't a tease.  Panachee is as well, Colar also started last week.  Niagara black put them out a few weeks ago and the figs are starting to really swell from embryos to fingernail size quickly with the heat.  Those are in pot trees, not in ground other than the Dalmatie and Niagara black (the one in ground is only a week behind the 1 in pot and was killed almost to the ground, only a few inches survived, dalmatie also was killed to the ground).  



Subject: biyadi@byadi and barada figs. Replies: 3
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http://www.treesofjoy.com/fig-varieties-collection

He has the barada listed and byadi not biyadi so I don't know if they are the same or not but they both appear to be the common figs.

Subject: 'Giant' cuttings Replies: 93
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,531
 
If you will use large cuttings, I would personally recommend putting them in ground and leaving either completely buried or at most a cm or two above soil.  I have put only several cuttings in ground here that were 3 feet long and they rooted well, took awhile to grow but if I try to dig a few feet away from them, all I hit is roots.  Big cuttings need big spaces to root in my opinion and if you look how pons starts his trees, he uses massive branches and buries them deeply.  

Subject: some main crop clusters Replies: 15
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My niagara black started putting out figs a couple weeks ago and they are ballooning already, even the one that died back to a several inches above ground is putting them on, I am surprised at how fast they go from rice sized embryos to fingernail size.

Subject: More re-potting…? Replies: 7
Posted By: Chivas Views: 363
 
I have repotted mid summer with no problems, but I don't disturb any roots except circling roots which if there are lots I won't repot until spring.

Subject: Miracle Grow Effectiveness - Paper Replies: 6
Posted By: Chivas Views: 580
 
For fish fertilizer, you can get similar results but you need repeated applications compared to miracle grow, if it is hydrolsate, then the fish has been broken down by bacteria already and is available to the plant, but there are parts, such as the oil, that needs to be broken down further by soil microbes.  Twice a week or so really makes a difference when applying to vegetables, figs it boosts growth a lot with twice a week as well.

Subject: Spanish Fig Festival (Mallorca, 35 mins) Replies: 32
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,616
 
That is his cutting to start a tree, I believe he is pruning off the tips of the other branches to discourage suckering and to help promote only 1 shoot from the branch pointing upwards since he grows a single trunk tree.

Subject: OT: look at the size of these blackberries Replies: 34
Posted By: Chivas Views: 802
 
My grandparents and their sisters still used parafain to seal the jars, wild blueberry, strawberry jams are the best I have veer had, too bad they stopped making them a few years back.

Subject: OT: look at the size of these blackberries Replies: 34
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I grew up in the fraser valley and used to pick the "wild" black berries on the sides of the roads used as windbreak, they were good but my favorite are the wild blackberries in northern ontario, small but packed full of flavour, I am thinking about some black berries again so I appreciate the feedback, I love the wild ones but hate the thorns so if they taste similar that is a no brainer.

Subject: Bees eating figs? Replies: 36
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For me, luckily they would only stick to a couple figs at a time and there would be up to 10 on one fig so I left them to their figs and ate mine, not a significant loss for me, later in the season when the cold nights came in, the figs got less tasty on the tree they went after so I let them have their fill, some figs just dried on the tree and they would slowly pick at them.  They seem to only go after 1 tree for me and left the rest alone.

Subject: OT: look at the size of these blackberries Replies: 34
Posted By: Chivas Views: 802
 
Those are huge, how do they compare to the taste of the wild blackberries?

Subject: Potted Culture Limestone Question Replies: 44
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,186
 
I always use dolomite lime, I know it is safe, I have put lbs on tree pots with no ill effect.  I had some hydrated lime but I never put it on anything as it would kill plants easily.

Subject: 2014 ,New fig embryos,here in NJ Replies: 44
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You are correct, both are in pots and both suffered little winter damage and growing well although the Balck Madeira is showing more fmv than it usually does, I will have to prune these branches off and only leave the healthiest ones, not a big deal anyways since I have to root prune next year.  It is strange though as all new growth on it is pushing out a lot of figs, more than it normally has done in the past.

Subject: 2014 ,New fig embryos,here in NJ Replies: 44
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,990
 
I am still waiting for embryos on rdb that was in a pot (now in ground), it may have some embryos but they are too small for me to say that they are for sure or not.  Black Madeira started a couple weeks ago as did col de dama blanc.  

Subject: Manual defoliation of trees Replies: 27
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,120
 
If the canopy is too thick, I will take out some leaves, if they are damaged or have some rust I remove them and at the end of the season I will start to remove them for winter storage.  I will removed leaves on vegetables to keep plant balance with fruit so it should work on figs but a woody plant vs an annual I am not sure of the balance needed; however, I don't think it would be nearly the same as annuals, just a need to keep an open canopy should do, with proper pruning and training.  This is an interesting thought though, I am curious on what the right way to do it is without hurting the trees.

Subject: This ebay does not look like Ronde de Bordeaux Replies: 7
Posted By: Chivas Views: 707
 
Tony, mine is doing exactly what yours are, same patterns and all, pot and in ground.

Subject: This ebay does not look like Ronde de Bordeaux Replies: 7
Posted By: Chivas Views: 707
 
I have different shaped leaves just like Willsc, This year the ones in ground had different that they did last year.

Subject: 2014 ,New fig embryos,here in NJ Replies: 44
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,990
 
Black Madeira for me is anywhere from 100-110 days depending on weather,glad it's not just me.

Subject: Is there something wrong with these plants or is it supposed to be this way Replies: 12
Posted By: Chivas Views: 616
 
If figs form too close like that for me I thin them so they don't crowd each other, this will take off the stress out of the tree of having so many figs but also help in letting it start it's next growth spurt, it may not help with internodes but some varieties have always given me short internodes and later they become longer.

Subject: NE US - Die Back Question Replies: 25
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My dalmaite is growing well, it died back to the soil but sent up about 12 strong suckers, which I thinned out, bent over etc and most are about 2 feet tall already, I doubt I will get figs on it this year but if it doesn't die back to the ground this year I should have some next year, rdB died back to the ground as well but I protected poorly but it will soon be huge again as well, col de dama noir died back in similar circumstances as rdb but it should be fine this coming winter I am hoping, but no figs from it this year.  Niagara black didn't die all the way abck to the soil on a first year tree, only about 3/4 of the way dead and it about 2 feet tall again with several suckers.

Subject: Breba Harvest 2014 Replies: 23
Posted By: Chivas Views: 822
 
I have had figs with the purplish lining between the flesh and the pulp.   I don't think they have to be caprified to have this lining.

Subject: PIX: Panache Replies: 21
Posted By: Chivas Views: 859
 
They are not mealy, the ones I got from UCD, they are sweet and tasty, made really excellent jam as well.  I should have tried to dry them as I believe they would have been excellent dried.

Subject: RdB Breba Replies: 33
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,608
 
Col De damas and ronde de bordeaux can have brebas, just generally it is rare and they tend to drop, and extra bonus for sure.

Subject: Col De Dame Blanc Replies: 110
Posted By: Chivas Views: 11,127
 
I am hopefully based on Herman's Experience being able to ripen them in new jersery in ground.  I also have them in a hoop house in pots so they have been getting a good amount of heat units already so I am hoping this will be able to help me get enough of a head start to get them to ripen everything.  

Subject: Col De Dame Blanc Replies: 110
Posted By: Chivas Views: 11,127
 
I planted a 1 year old col de dama noir in ground last year, I didn't protect it properly, I put a fleece blanket drapped over it and covered with a tarp so it ended up rotting most of the branches down to the last 3 inches, it put up a sprout from the roots and growing well now.  I will make some layers on my blanc and plant 1 in ground as well, I don't know how well it will fruit here in ground but worth a try I think.

Subject: PIX: Panache Replies: 21
Posted By: Chivas Views: 859
 
This is the first year I see brebas on my panachee, they seem to be holding on, 1 should make it not sure about the other two, they are staying rather small and don't seem to be growing.

Subject: What's Your Way to Stake a Fig Tree? Replies: 8
Posted By: Chivas Views: 597
 
I use newndogs suggestion, panty hose and bamboo, works like a charm.

Subject: 3rd Year of Lime Treatment Replies: 12
Posted By: Chivas Views: 735
 
Also if you add lime you should think about adding some gypsum as well to help keep the soil loose, too much magnesium will bind your soil tightly and gypsum will help loosen it.  Ag lime has less  magnesium in it but still has some, it's calcium carbonate with lower amounts of magneisum and it is not hydrated lime.

I don't know if it is true or not but my understanding is that dolomitic lime can only raise your pH to about 7.5-8 depending on how much you add, but generally it will stay around 7 to low 7's.  If someone can confirm to correct this it would be greatly appreciated.

Subject: Colar Replies: 3
Posted By: Chivas Views: 550
 
Look delicious, can't wait for mine to be ripe.

Subject: OT: poison ivy Replies: 19
Posted By: Chivas Views: 804
 
Plantain has worked for me, but I am not very sensitive to it, I used to be able to get the sap all over my hands pull them out without gloves and no reaction, last time I checked I get a slight rash from it, but not anything that bothers me.

Subject: Sicilian Miniature Replies: 17
Posted By: Chivas Views: 784
 
That one is too funny, 4 different pictures, none looking the same, selling rare black jack seeds but the last picture is a box of black mission figs from california.

Subject: New plants arrived today Replies: 7
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I will be getting mine from him today, anytime I have ordered from him, I always up pot to a 1 gallon, worked out well for me in the past.  But yes, keep out of full sun, the leaves will burn off if in direct sun, need to harden them off after being in the box.

 

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