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Subject: Brugmansia Replies: 13
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,086
 
The second last pic is Bauds as well, last year Dany's did more of the similar leaves as Baud's right now and only the skinnier ones at the end of the season.  Both of mine when exposed to the colder temperatures have red growing points I don't know if it continues into the summer or not though.

Subject: Brugmansia Replies: 13
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,086
 
I will take pictures later tonight to show the differences on mine, the one from baud looks ugly but it withstood frost so it looks pretty good considering.

The one with the skinniest leaves is the one from Dany I got last year, the others are all from the RdB I purchased from Baud, all on the same plant.

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Subject: Brugmansia Replies: 13
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,086
 
The Ronde De Bordeaux I got from Baud has two types of leaves at first it put out 1 leaf with no lobes and now it puts out 5 lobed leaves, the one I got from Dany is also 5-7 lobes but different again he maybe is selling pr├ęcoce ronde de bordeaux but I do not know for sure either, I never bothered with it since I had nothing to compare, both will have figs this year though so we will see.

Subject: A new fig adaptation to cold climates noticed! Replies: 10
Posted By: Chivas Views: 757
 
My Colisanti dark, Dalmatiae both did the same thing, but the ones in the Garage did not, interesting since it was their first winters in ground here.

Subject: Panache breba Replies: 13
Posted By: Chivas Views: 877
 
I have a couple brebas at each growing point, they aren't sizing up so I think it's too cold for them to develop, last year I had none.

Subject: ok, never seen this before. Replies: 41
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,445
 
Is it more like a curl?  Sometimes when plants get a lot of sugars built up they curl leaves inwards but then when they are able to burn them off they un curl.  With tomatoe plants grown in a hydroponic greenhouse this will happen over night in a vegetative plant and should be absent by morning then it repeats itself in the afternoon/evening eventually it balances out and doesn't dramatically curl.

Subject: AHHHGGG Grubs !! Replies: 12
Posted By: Chivas Views: 713
 
Around here the grubs are usually from Japanese beetles and june bugs, I usually find some around when digging a new hole or bed, I always just feed them to the dogs who love them, the birds usually take care of them as well, when the beetles mate in the summer they put their eggs into the soil that pupate and emerge the following year.  I am not too worried about them, if you find a lot then they will most likely eat your roots but normally they leave things well enough alone.  You may find skunks digging up your yard looking for them though.

Subject: frost??? Replies: 25
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,085
 
Bring them in if you can Paul, better safe than sorry.

Subject: Niagara Black Replies: 27
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,068
 
I had 5 different trees and they show similar but different leaf patterns getting more interesting as they grow though.

Subject: Loaded Replies: 11
Posted By: Chivas Views: 793
 
Hopefully he can enjoy some while hes there if its not too early for brebas.

Subject: frost??? Replies: 25
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,085
 
low of 36 at my house, low of 28 5 mins east and 26 20 mins west, hope that it doesn't freeze tonight.

Subject: espalier Replies: 5
Posted By: Chivas Views: 535
 
Did you get anything planted yet Pete?  I got some of mine in the ground last weekend but now I wish I had waited until the coming week with the risk of frost coming up.  I will get some pictures up in a couple weeks when they are really growing, I just put t-posts every 3-4 feet and then used chain link fence bottom wire through the holes to make my anchor wire for the branches.

Subject: i need better forecast. . Replies: 18
Posted By: Chivas Views: 719
 
What are you going to wrap with?  I am planning for floating row cover, burlap, bubble insulation and a tarp, maybe some insulation below the tarp on the newly planted trees.

Subject: i need better forecast. . Replies: 18
Posted By: Chivas Views: 719
 
Everyones in ground stuff has opened around here, I am hoping for no frost.

Subject: fabric pot comparison Replies: 1
Posted By: Chivas Views: 326
 
They stay wetter in cold wetter and drier in hotter weather.  They produce a lot of branching roots when they come to the side but the media I am using usually shrinks a bit away and makes some branching roots as well.  I don't think I will buy them again, they would be great though if you are planing to plant in the ground later because you would just plant the whole thing and the brand I bought had different grades to break down in different time periods made by root pouch.

Subject: Ischia is in the ground Replies: 5
Posted By: Chivas Views: 573
 
You can use layers of cheese cloth as well if you don't have shade cloth, it is harder to work with due tot he size generally but can be stapled together, if you have 4-5 layers as time progresses, you can removed one layer at a time until it is ready for full strength sun.

Subject: Anyone growing these figs Portugal? Replies: 18
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,087
 
I had thought that Cotio branca was an excellent fig, I am just curious why the Pingo de mel replaced it, is it the flavour, time of ripening, yield?

Subject: Growing figs in ontario canada Replies: 26
Posted By: Chivas Views: 8,223
 
I can send you some Colisanti Dark cuttings around november/december as well, so far it is hardy with winter protection here, even having brebas surviving for now.

Subject: Dormant fig wont sprout? dying from the tip down.. Replies: 16
Posted By: Chivas Views: 954
 
If it was planted last season, my in ground trees get no water, the first season I pamper them to get them to grow strong, give a bit of fertilizer, but I plant them with manure and blood and bone meal to get them started.  Once they are past the first year they won't get anything, so I can get tougher growth and tastier figs in my opinion.  

Try to scratch lower down on the trunk and see if it green under the bark, it could just be freeze damage as well, in which case you can cut a couple inches below the damaged portion and leave only healthy wood.

Subject: Figs of Iraq Replies: 7
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,573
 
I can only imagine all of the varieties in these areas that we have no ideas about but they have grown for hundreds if not thousands of years.

Subject: spray water before frost to prevent damage? Replies: 8
Posted By: Chivas Views: 737
 
Some citrus growers do it, someone was doing it last year on this forum last year.  I am hoping that the forecast is wrong even the in ground trees have leafed out here.

Subject: Bugs! Organic Insecticides? Replies: 8
Posted By: Chivas Views: 600
 
Get some yellow sticky cards, they sound like whiteflies, each female can lay thousands of eggs in a life cycle so trapping adults helps break the cycle.

Subject: Anybody worried about cicadas? Replies: 35
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,432
 
I have never had problems, but never had a big swarm of them, they tend to go in big trees, basswood, lindens etc.

Subject: Seeking Violette Soleis leaf pattern Replies: 9
Posted By: Chivas Views: 784
 
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/3-diferent-Bourjassotte-Noire-6330066

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Subject: Sunburn? Windchill? Dehydrate? Replies: 9
Posted By: Chivas Views: 831
 
I slowly introduced mine to sun from HID light, 2-3 days at 1 hour exporsure to sun at lunch, 2-3 for 2-3 hours, 2-3 days at 4-5 hours, 2-3 days at 6 hours then just outside.  I got a bit of brown-black sun burn, but it only happened on the oldest leaves and they haven't all fallen off yet.  out of 30 or so trees, only 2 buds got dehydrated but will still grow, just set back a week or two.

When it gets windy soft leaves get more damage because they are not used to it, but like others said they will come back.

Subject: 3 diferent 'Bourjassotte Noire' Replies: 14
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,836
 
Just imagine if he threw in the Noire de Barbetane in the same comparison.  

How is the taste on the three?  I am guessing the soil in all three places is much different, and the climate as well?

Subject: lawn fertilizer? Replies: 9
Posted By: Chivas Views: 663
 
Adding excess N will delay fruiting/flowering and reduce quality as well.

Subject: lawn fertilizer? Replies: 9
Posted By: Chivas Views: 663
 
adding ammonium nitrate to grass around apples will reduce or eliminate scab I am told.

Subject: Panachee on steroids Replies: 4
Posted By: Chivas Views: 515
 
The Panachee I got from UCD barely shows any and will grow like a weed in the summer time, it loves heat, but as Suzi found out in her climate it hates hot roots, since you are close to my location relatively speaking I have had no problem with it in black pot in the summer time, but on grass not concrete.

I think when you get it to the sun too the nodes will start to get more compact and the leaves will get a dark green colour, this is what I have personally seen with mine so it may be different with other peoples anyways.

The lime I will kind of agree with as I did it to a few trees showing the same leaf spots, but I also did add more fertilizer but if the lime isn't want what caused the turn around, I would be surprised.

Subject: Still available cuttings for exchange Replies: 16
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,447
 
You guys will have a busy summer and fall it looks like!  Can't wait to see how things progress for you so far.

Subject: Orphan Desert King babies in Vancouver BC seek nice parents Replies: 24
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,942
 
Have you seen art knapps?  Some times they have them as well.

Cedar Rim Nursery

Tropic.ca sells desert king as well.

Subject: soil for pots Replies: 17
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,145
 
Do you have access to cheap pumice stone?  This might be a good alternative for perlite as well just for aeration.

Subject: soil for pots Replies: 17
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,145
 
If you do mix you need to add something like sand, perlite expanded clay pellets etc for drainage at 10-20% of your volume.  This will add to your weight of the pot though.

The new mix I am using is

10% expanded clay pellets
10% composted sheep manure
30% compost (peat based triple mix but any compost should do)
50% Good topsoil (this one has been cleaned/screen and pasteurized) 


It does have a good weight to it, but we will see how it does for me this year, it is a recipe from Baud in france so I am thinking it should work well.

Subject: Another Split trunk!! what is going on??? Replies: 23
Posted By: Chivas Views: 962
 
http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/diseases/fac46s00.html

Subject: Invasiveness of figs Replies: 8
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,410
 
Different species of Ficus will be damaging though, I don't know the species but if you plant to plant anything other than common/symnra/san pedro figs, research to see.

Subject: Discovery about fungus gnat larvae Replies: 14
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,864
 
This happened to me quite a bit this year, two things helped me.  Using the sticky one shot strips hanging above the plants and drenching with spinosad (Monteray Garden Spray) at the same label rate as spraying.  You can use double the rate if you like, it hasn't harmed my plants and usually gives 2-3 weeks protection but I only use it when they get going too much.

Subject: How much growth to expect this year with winter cuttings? Replies: 14
Posted By: Chivas Views: 955
 
When the roots fill up the pot, about 2 feet tall more or less for me.  I don't let them get too root bound but I get carried away sometimes and up pot about times in the summer which also may not be great (especially not for my back.)

Subject: How much growth to expect this year with winter cuttings? Replies: 14
Posted By: Chivas Views: 955
 
I am normally seeing 2-3 feet on ones started in march or April, from February those ones are about 2-3 feet already, so I would expect about 5-6 from them.

Subject: Does anyone use this on there plants Replies: 13
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,329
 
Usually I put on trees when I plant them in ground, I have for vegetables but I think I have enough in the soil to no longer worry about adding it, it just colonizes slower when broken up.

Subject: Plant Tags Replies: 28
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,236
 
I bought some of those from them, they are thin like a pop can but I haven't tried them through a whole season, the other ones than you can stick in the soil made of copper, if they stay wet will start to green a little but can be cleaned with vinegar.

Subject: Negronne or Celeste ? Replies: 7
Posted By: Chivas Views: 734
 
Celeste will have a very sweet sugary flavour (Haven't tasted negrone yet) and is supposed to be hardy.  Some Celeste Variants will drop fruit easily but I don't know why.

Subject: Is this a sign of FMV on my newly developed tree? Replies: 14
Posted By: Chivas Views: 994
 
Sometimes if my trees are dry and it's low humidity then they will have a leaf or two like that, I think it's more environmental than anything else.

Subject: This unknown champion Greek cutting was rooted and potted in 6 days. check out these photos Replies: 20
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,180
 
Take a back up just in case something happens but by all means plant it in ground, I have done it before with first year cuttings and they have survived.

Subject: This unknown champion Greek cutting was rooted and potted in 6 days. check out these photos Replies: 20
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,180
 
I agree with John, pot up slowly, when the weather warms up and constant sun comes out that will keep the pot warm enough if you wish to put it into a big container then, otherwise it may just sit around and possibly rot if the roots don't grow into it quickly enough.  

That being said, I usually am putting 1-3-18 gallon and last year I put a 1 gallon into a 35 gallon tub but I didn't do that until July and it stayed warm, I will see how well it grows this year I know it sent the roots to near the bottom but it took a couple months of warmth to do it.

Subject: This unknown champion Greek cutting was rooted and potted in 6 days. check out these photos Replies: 20
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,180
 
No pictures.

Subject: Niagara Black Replies: 27
Posted By: Chivas Views: 2,068
 
I can't to try this one as well, I can't wait until I have them permanently outside and in the ground.

Subject: Is Niagara Blk actually Longue d'Aout? ? Replies: 6
Posted By: Chivas Views: 919
 
Looking at the leaves, it looks really similar to Noire  de Caromb, is it possible that they are related? 

Subject: OT - corn Replies: 15
Posted By: Chivas Views: 1,064
 
Glutinous corn is the best, its chewy, not too sweet and tastes delicious, that's my opinion.

Subject: What are the Best Varieties from Spain Replies: 38
Posted By: Chivas Views: 4,408
 
As far as I am told (not from personal experience) De la Senyora, De La Reina, De la Plata, and for drying Calabacita (I have tasted this one dry and it's very very excellent)  There are most likley others but I do not have information, the Hiverencas are supposed to be out of this world but they are also very late varieties so they are difficult to do in Canada.

Subject: Japanese/Stepover Espalier Orchard the Adventure begins Replies: 67
Posted By: Chivas Views: 6,437
 
Can't wait to see what you have in store in summer time, I am starting a few trees like this but instead of pruning the top I am simply bending them over to have the apical growth go horizontal so I am interested to see how yours are doing to compare to mine.

 

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