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Subject: Compost Tea and Fig taste? Replies: 11
Posted By: Chivas Views: 716
 
Compost tea is really good for lawns too, apply once a month, minimum 6 times a year for good results though.  I put alfalfa in it when I did this and it made a thick lawn of fine grass so the blades weren't so coarse, wasn't dark forest green but it also helped the grass flower earlier and spread more.  When I made it, I would put about 5 kgs of compost or composted manure and 5-10KG or alfalfa along with molasses.  You can add kelp if you like but not entirely necessary either.  I would also leave the water sit for about 24 hours to get the chlorine out, you can leave it over night with the fish tank bubblers and it gets it out pretty good as well especially when it's warm out.

Subject: Compost Tea and Fig taste? Replies: 11
Posted By: Chivas Views: 716
 
Panty hose work really well too, I usually go for the biggest size I can get.

Subject: what's better than Black Madeira? Replies: 66
Posted By: Chivas Views: 3,722
 
The mangosteen was good even out of season there, I ate a kilo in about 15 minutes but it was something like kamatise I think but it's been a few years.

Subject: what's better than Black Madeira? Replies: 66
Posted By: Chivas Views: 3,722
 
Yep, I just cut them up and ask what she thinks, it reminds her more of tropical fruit (i can't remember which one, I remember what it looks like but can't recall the name.  It sort of looks like a large plum and is very sweet in the phillipines)

Subject: what's better than Black Madeira? Replies: 66
Posted By: Chivas Views: 3,722
 
I agree Axier, I was about to get rid of panachee last year but my girlfriend thought it was her favorite so I have been unable to get rid of it so far.  Makes decent jam though.

Subject: A Visit From The Dept Of Agriculture Replies: 65
Posted By: Chivas Views: 3,679
 
They changed the rules, you will now have to order a pest risk assessment which could take up to two years and pay for it.  This does not mean you will get to import, only if they deem no risk is present, this is for EU to send to Canada, then you must get the import permit and phytosanitary certificate from the person who is sending them.  I believe that china and usa to canada you only require import permit and phytosanitary certificate to import.  I had my import permits cancelled last summer as they changed the rules for europe and I did not want to pay for the risk assessment.  

Import permits are 40$ and phytosanitary should be around 70$ depending on country and nursery.

Subject: what's better than Black Madeira? Replies: 66
Posted By: Chivas Views: 3,722
 
For me, Colar, but we will have to see if my opinion changes this year stays the same.

Subject: Book review Le Figuier Pas a pas Replies: 12
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,596
 
Baud has some good cultural information in his book, I don't read french so it takes me some time to translate it.  I used his soil mix in the book but it is somewhat heavy so I will try adding lava rocks into the mix next batch.  This is make the pots heavy but will make huge improvement on the drainage as well.

Subject: Col De Dame Blanc Replies: 110
Posted By: Chivas Views: 11,127
 
For me, it air layered really well and fast.  I have not tried cuttings of it though the noir was medium to slow speed.

Subject: Ambient Temperatures and Breaking Dormancy Replies: 24
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,302
 
I agree gorgi, usually mine have all leafed out already, some are just cracking buds now.  When I started pruning off dead wood, sap was flowing and not all had the milky sap, some was still clear so I don't think they will all have leafed out until another two weeks, we will see if I get any main crops before half september this year.

Subject: Col De Dame Blanc Replies: 110
Posted By: Chivas Views: 11,127
 
That is too bad they cut it back so much, it makes transplanting a bit easier though.  My potted cddb just started to pop a bud so I am off to a happy start this spring as long as the weather doesn't hurt me.  It will be interesting to see how this one preforms for you this year and to compare with known cddb to confirm it's heritage.

Subject: 115 + Replies: 63
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,025
 
about 36 for me, I will have a tough time to try and bring it down to 12 or less, the fig shuffle is too much work for less desirable varieties, besides potting into 20+ gallon containers makes my winter garage tough to navigate.  I was at roughly 55 last year so I am getting on with it.

Subject: OT: Artichokes Replies: 30
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,057
 
The ones that are meant for northern climates will produce in the first season if they are exposed to weather about 7-10 days below 10 degrees celicus.

Subject: up pot/repot. Replies: 9
Posted By: Chivas Views: 563
 
When up potting during growth only cut circling roots so they don't choke the tree later, when I say circling I mean more than half way around the root ball, you shouldn't have too many like this unless it has needed to be root pruned or up potted very badly.

Subject: martin, what's your secret? Replies: 12
Posted By: Chivas Views: 882
 
Does it count if I have thrown some figs into a hoophouse where they are getting 30 degree days for 8-10 hours?  Bone meal is a great P source as well as calcium source (supplemental source not sole source), usually in summer it will be used up within a month, but most also has some nitrogen in it

Subject: martin, what's your secret? Replies: 12
Posted By: Chivas Views: 882
 
I think part of the reason is stones, it helps warm his figs and gives the extra heat units he needs.  His potting mix, watering and fertilizer is also looking to be excellent.  The last thing he will probably say is the darkside is what gives him great success.

Subject: Why I rarely worry about pots Replies: 18
Posted By: Chivas Views: 820
 
Try calling up landsacpers, some times they don't like to get rid of the pots after an install, they may give or sell you the pots after installing a landscape.

Subject: How To Prune Figs in Cool Climates For Breba Production Replies: 7
Posted By: Chivas Views: 731
 
Good video, especially for us in Canada, too bad it gets too cold here for me to maintain a tree that size.  I don't think I can put the effort into winter protecting a tree that size, although several smaller ones work for me.

Subject: OT: Artichokes Replies: 30
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,057
 
I grew some, they were woody and bitter if you don't water enough when it is hot.  I covered them in a couple feet of straw after the first hard frost and cut the leaves down to about a foot.  It was one of the bred for northern climates instead of green globe.  I got quiet a few chokes from each plant, but since I was not wanting to water too much I took them out and so did my neighbours, they get really small when they were not watered enough and it is very hot out (july and half august).  Also they seemed to like lots of organic matter so before planting them, I would recommend adding a lot of composted manure and other compost.

Subject: I Rolled the Dice and I Won....Grafting Replies: 24
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,269
 
Also when grafting be careful  not to touch the area you have cut, the salts in your hands and fingers can cause failure, good job on the grafts though, I hope your CdDB is also successful.

Subject: OT-Hey Mr.Tallyman Replies: 19
Posted By: Chivas Views: 794
 
I am glad to see that the dwarf cavendish doesn't get too tall, I have one in a pot so I will hope that maybe next year I can get some bananas.  I have been known to put fish fish fertilizer concentrate on the fibre banana that is planted outside and all it did was make it grow faster.

Subject: 32 degrees tonight:( in Alabama Replies: 47
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,203
 
My biggest in ground tree died, i am hoping for the roots to be alive but all the bark started to bubble and peel off, cracks only happened around the the branch union off the trunk.

Subject: for those who kept notes... Replies: 9
Posted By: Chivas Views: 452
 
I will be around 3-4 weeks behind this year it look like, I lost most of my terminal buds so nothing is leafing out, the upside is that I think since they aren't leafing out when they do start I will be around the same place as the temperatures will favour growth more than when they normally leaf out.

Subject: RdB half leaves Replies: 9
Posted By: Chivas Views: 580
 
I had the same thing last year, they will straighten out and give you proper shaped leaves, I wouldn't worry about it right now.

Subject: three different figs, very similar leaves. Replies: 12
Posted By: Chivas Views: 573
 
VdB, Negronne and RdB?

Subject: OT-Hey Mr.Tallyman Replies: 19
Posted By: Chivas Views: 794
 
Are those plantains?  Looks like a nice set of hands there, do you do Saba the Philipine dessert plantain?  If not you should look for it, small fat and so delicious when wrapped in spring roll wrappers and fried in butter and cane sugar.

Subject: Fish Emulsion Fertilizer? Replies: 34
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,481
 
Looks likes great compost you have there Brent.

Subject: Fish Emulsion Fertilizer? Replies: 34
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,481
 
I use the pure blend pro and cal mag as well Brent.  great stuff, I bought it for all my starts, flowers, vegetables works great won't burn but if it was for anything other than starts it would eat up my wallet way too fast.

Subject: Fish Emulsion Fertilizer? Replies: 34
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,481
 
I have used it for about 3 years on figs, works well, but it has less nutrients than chemical fertilizers, you could burn the plants if you use way too much though, the smell goes away fairly quickly in the summer, but I also don't mind the smell.

Subject: White "fuzz" on edges and underside of leaves Replies: 12
Posted By: Chivas Views: 923
 
If you don't like spraying, you can turn the tree upside down and really soak it with water, when you think you put enough, put more.  They hate water and humidity so it will get rid of most of them, not all of them but it's an easy way to get the population down.  Spinosad will not do anything to them, safers soap or neem ooil will do much more for them.  If you have moderate temperatures and you decide to spray, spray them every 5-6 days 3 times, preferably rotating what you spray ie. 1 neem, 1 safers soap 1 more neem.  If you have hot temperatures they will reproduce faster and you will need to spray every 3-4 days to catch the generations of hatching eggs.

Subject: Number one fig for 2013 was: Replies: 37
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,744
 
Last year was my first year for Colar, i think the figs I had were late brebas so I do not know if I get both crops, I had a bunch of dieback on my tree this year (2 year old tree filled up 30 gallons pretty fast).  I am hoping to be able to get a main crop on it but we will see.  If this is the same Colar as the one Lampo has then I should get both.

My colar is not Col De Dama Noir, I have both and I bought both from Baud, he lists them separately and the leaves look much different.  The figs look much different as well.  It also is not Albacor either, I am not sure what other synonyms it may have but I believe this one would be the from Valencia, although I cannot be 100% certain of this.

Subject: Number one fig for 2013 was: Replies: 37
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,744
 
Colar was hands down the best for me.

Subject: White "fuzz" on edges and underside of leaves Replies: 12
Posted By: Chivas Views: 923
 
Does it look like this? http://laplantpath.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/disease-du-jour-july-15/



Subject: Freeze Warning in North East NJ Tuesday and Wednesday Replies: 56
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,634
 
I wish it was 11 containers, 6 18 gallon, 3 30-40 gallons, about 12 7 gallons and 6-7 more smaller ones are easy.  Tonight the oleander stays out but tuesday it has to come back in for a night.

Subject: Indoor light time question Replies: 15
Posted By: Chivas Views: 560
 
What type of light?  HID light I leave on 13-15 hours a day, usually during winter I will even to 11 hours to save on energy and gradually bring it up to the 14 hours.  If you have fluorescent lights, you would be better to leave them on for about 14-16 hours a day, they do need a rest period at night and light all day doesn't them much more good than 16 hours does.

Subject: COL DE DAME GRIS Replies: 2
Posted By: Chivas Views: 818
 
I believe Herman regards this much better than blanc in his location, juicer, tastier and earlier to ripen (it is not infected like his blanc is with fmv).  I have one from Baud and it is slower growing than the blanc or noir, the roots seem to take a bit longer but assuming it survived the winter I think this will change this year as it put a good amount of roots on in the 18 gallon container.  The leaves look similar to the blanc and noir for me, I believe in warmer climates the differences are minute between the three but those differences may show more in colder climates where maturation is not as ideal as these warmer climates.  It growers same habit as the noir and blanc for me though, straight up, you need to prune it to force branching in my experience (1 year).  All three seem to grow relatively slow compared to others, but it is a stout and strong growth with good stem diametre.  Hopefully I can share more this season.

Subject: Malta figs? Replies: 5
Posted By: Chivas Views: 433
 
Gorgi had some posts about Maltese figs, might try digging them up for asking him.

Subject: i would like to thank a very generous forum member. Replies: 10
Posted By: Chivas Views: 525
 
Sour cherries are delicious, make the best cherry pie.

Subject: Fertilizer question Replies: 25
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,491
 
I have thought about this, when you have a tree with heavy fruit load, it may need more calicum, similar to apple trees to avoid bitter bit, my thought is there is a huge demand for potassium when the figs swell but maybe 2-3 applications of calcium are needed if there is significant fruit load on a tree to help with development as they are setting.  I am thinking more like a foliar spray, calcium chloride may be an option, it helps fight fungi as it is a salt as well.

Subject: de la Plata and CdD Brune (Brown)? Replies: 5
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CddB comes out of france as I know it, don't know much about it, saw some pictures, looks smaller and I have been told it's possible to be similar to gris.

Subject: Fertilizer question Replies: 25
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,491
 
There is quite a bit of ammonia in blood meal and fish fertilizer (not nearly the same amount as in ammonia nitrate though) and they are having beneficial aspects for soil biology without killing the beneficials.  Honestly the only time I have liked used ammonia fertilizers is growing commercially in rockwool substrate, cucumbers to be exact, they need the extra ammonia for fruit quality in my opinion otherwise fruit may become pale at different times of the year.  Growing in rockwool is different than soil of course but I would also apply preventive fungi and bacteria for root diseases and still they would not all be killed with ammonia fertilizer, then again I am not applying a whole lot of it, a little ammonia goes a very long way, but can be more harmful to crops that are berries (tomatoes and peppers) where it also blocks calcium.  For figs I wouldn't use ammonia (although I am using blood meal and fish fertilizer) since they don't need it as a woody crop and also because they need calcium more than they need ammonia.  That is my opinion which may seem strange than I am using fertilizers with ammonia, but I know they are not containing enough ammonia to cause problems (I believe the blood meal I am using contains about 4-6 mmols of ammonia at 1 ec which I know most will be released as gas into the atmosphere before it ever absorbs into the root zone.)

Subject: Help with BM Replies: 51
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,449
 
I agree Martin, BM seems to be able to handle more drought than other trees, it's one of the few that if I don't water frequently that it doesn't seem to mind.  It just seems to eat up the heat and not worry too much about water.

Subject: PIX: USDA/UCD Ischia Black so far. Replies: 17
Posted By: Chivas Views: 499
 
Looks like a great start, hope it keeps growing well for you.

Subject: Is this a dumb question? Replies: 7
Posted By: Chivas Views: 333
 
I wouldn't plant in a patch or thicket, makes it harder to harvest as well, plus think about how elderberries stain.

Subject: Fertilizer question Replies: 25
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,491
 
I asked Baud what he uses, he told me 7-3-7 in march before buds break, then may 7-3-7 again or 6-3-10 (6-3-10 for more figs if you like) and then last one in July 6-3-10.  In March he also adds a special compost (not sure what's in it) and he uses only organic fertilizer.  I believe Ascpete is using fertilizer that is close in ratio, if you look up his results, I would say if you're not sure follow his recipe, it works excellent.

Subject: Shipping outside the US Replies: 8
Posted By: Chivas Views: 584
 
Check with your local usda office for advice on this.  You can always recommend them to Baud in France, he might be able to sell them cuttings or plants depending on the laws in their countries and his.

Subject: What is this creeping death?!?!? Ambrosial Shothole Borer Beetles Replies: 41
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,136
 
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05530.html

http://www.imidaclopridandtrees.com/benefitsoftrees.html

Subject: What is this creeping death?!?!? Ambrosial Shothole Borer Beetles Replies: 41
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,136
 
Soil drench with admire will kill the borers, it is a neonicitinoid so I doubt you will be able to buy it but a tree service might be able to get it for you, here in Canada they have been known to put a trunk implant of it onto ash trees to kill ash borers.

Subject: "The Big Kill"....Winter of 2013 - 2014 Replies: 131
Posted By: Chivas Views: 6,659
 
Some of my soil was too wet and I have some cracks between the trunks and branches (not many though) and some I didn't water with the extended cold as I knew the rootballs would freeze so I didn't want to blow up the roots with ice crystals.  We will see how much survived in the next coming months, I use a heavier soil so I would plan to water 1 time a month during winter, and when I use coco with manure same thing.

Subject: Fertigation Will Produce More Figs Replies: 56
Posted By: Chivas Views: 4,381
 
Diamond K sells ultra fine gypsum in 20 kg bags (or maybe its 50 lbs I cannot remember) if you have an ag supplier near by it may be worth check out.  I can buy it here but I would have to pay for 1 ton at a time which is more gypsum than I could use in 10 years.  I will have to go see these guys again as there is the powdered gypsum around, just weather or not they will give to me in 20 kg bags or not.

 

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