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Subject: Using Reiki Energies To Identify Three Fig Types: Common Figs, Caprifigs And San Pedro Figs And Also Their Cultivar Names Replies: 133
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how about them figs? let not drag this down to level we have been in the past due to difference in opinions. i think it might be best if this thread is locked. people tend to get overly excited over certain things. 

Subject: MVSB and my silly action. Replies: 22
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that wasn't it.. hmm.. i guess i'm seeing things now. 

Subject: Taste wish for 2014, what are yours Replies: 9
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CdD types, Geonvese Nero, Moscatel Preto, RdB, Pastiliere, I-258, 187-25, Excel, Beall, St. Rita, Niagara Black.. list goes on and on and on.. :)

Subject: MVSB and my silly action. Replies: 22
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i think i know where my surface damage came from. i need to check few trees later today. 

Subject: MVSB and my silly action. Replies: 22
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,049
 
no borer. just surface damage. i got over excited :)

Subject: Using Reiki Energies To Identify Three Fig Types: Common Figs, Caprifigs And San Pedro Figs And Also Their Cultivar Names Replies: 133
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 4,796
 
tam.. three "c"s. center, control, and confidence. don't forget. with practice it will come more easily. my sensei told me that one. 

Subject: MVSB and my silly action. Replies: 22
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so i put all my trees out this afternoon. it looks like last night was the last freezing weather. 

i was inspecting the trees as i was placing them on the front of my south facing wall, i noticed liquid, and a tiny bug on MVSB. i didn't think much of it. then i noticed tiny hole on the 3rd internode from the tip bud. i'm thinking "something boring into my tree?". when inside got a needle and started to poke into it. but it didn't go in. i'm thinking.. darn it.. it's boring down. what to do.. 

i set down, smoked a cig, thought about possible actions and possibility if this is truly some type of bore insect, my whole collection is dead. so i decided to cut off top few nodes and check. 

well.. i cut off top three nodes and left last node that was putting out green. by the way, lost breba on that top nodes. nothing was boring into the tree. so i decided to cut into the node that had the hole. the hole didn't go anywhere. i'm thinking.. maybe i read too much about malta...

Subject: Success Rates Replies: 28
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so gorgi.. what you are sayig it... it's always 100% as long as one cutting out of that variety makes it. once you have one tree.. you can make 100s out of it. 

Subject: Your ideal fig Replies: 15
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i want one that tastes like really good root beer. 

Subject: OT: mulberry came in. a question on graft union. Replies: 13
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 568
 
as you mentioned, the mulberry "should" root easily from the cutting. however, from my experience, it's not as easy as figs. i thought the main reason for the graft was to make propagation easy. if that is the case then getting the scion to root shouldn't be much of an issue from above the graft union. 

would root stock's resistance to cold hardiness carry over to scion on top? if it does, then it would make sense to keep the graft union above the soil, but if not.. i'm not really seeing much of an advantage. 

Subject: Your ideal fig Replies: 15
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 667
 
i don't know of any fig that is firm enough to resist bird peck. 

Subject: OT: mulberry came in. a question on graft union. Replies: 13
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 568
 
oh well martin :) been reading more. everything says the graft union should be 2-3 inches above the ground. that's how i put the tree into the temp container. but i really want to put the graft union under the ground.. i guess i'll have to air layer the tree when it grows up. 

Subject: Success Rates Replies: 28
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,280
 
i've been off loading my plants last month or so. gave some to co-worker, gave some to contractors fixing my house.. gave some to structure engineer looking at my foundation.. yeah.. you will end up with more than you really need. one per variety should be enough and when you think there will be a problem, make a back up just in case.  

Subject: Using Reiki Energies To Identify Three Fig Types: Common Figs, Caprifigs And San Pedro Figs And Also Their Cultivar Names Replies: 133
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 4,796
 
bah.. "ki", "chi", "gi".. spirit, energy, cosmic force.. very popular discussion among martial artists. but is it constant drilling of the skill.. or is it real force unseen.. like star wars. 

Subject: OT: mulberry came in. a question on graft union. Replies: 13
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 568
 
not covering the graft join will push suckers from the variety that i do not desire. by planting deeper and having the scion put roots, the tree will end up being stronger. however, from what i'm reading that's not a good idea. something about possible issues with planting trees deep. 

but, good thing is, i'm keeping it in the container. this means i can do root work every 2-3 yr to prevent any possible root issues. i'm looking forward to this tree growing nicely... i hope :) 

Subject: question about pinching Replies: 24
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pete s., how do you "train" the branch.. like in bonsai with wires? 

Subject: Roots Replies: 8
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not sure what the thick ones are called. i heard someone calling it annual root or something. the thin hair roots are called feeder roots. the ones that look like hair comb.. i know what you are talking about, but i haven't heard anyone giving them specific names. 

Subject: question about pinching Replies: 24
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i know there was a post about forcing either branch or the fruit on a tree depends on if you scrape above or below the node. can't remember the detail, but i did google for this sometime ago and it seems this same method is used by other fruit growers. 

my CdDB and CdDN were growing straight up. so i pinched it at the end of the season. it's little taller than what i want, but both of them have started branching out in multiple places.

edit: come to think of it so did all my older trees which i heavily pruned last fall. maybe it has something to do with timing? prune or pinch at the end of the season and let it go dormant. come spring with new growth, maybe it's will push out more vegetative growth? 

Subject: Sources for Varieties for Central Florida Replies: 12
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welcome.

Subject: Using Reiki Energies To Identify Three Fig Types: Common Figs, Caprifigs And San Pedro Figs And Also Their Cultivar Names Replies: 133
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 4,796
 
hmm... tam, i'm aware of eastern philosophy. heck, i grew up with it. spent good chunk of my vacations at temples in the mountains... not one of those in the mall like here. and i have seen and felt a good number of use of energy. both in martial arts and in ritual related to removal of spirits... but you are the first when it comes to fig type identification :)

i will post few pix tomorrow.

thanks.

Subject: question about pinching Replies: 24
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 930
 
if you don't pinch/trim in container culture, you will end up with ugly trees like i do.

Subject: OT: blueberry came in. few questions. Replies: 4
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 304
 
thanks :)

Subject: OT: mulberry came in. a question on graft union. Replies: 13
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 568
 
martin,

i guess since it will be in container, it wouldn't really matter. we'll have to do the root work every few yrs anyway. i'll plant it over the graft union once it heals well.

Subject: OT: blueberry came in. few questions. Replies: 4
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wills,

let me know if you have extra Sweetcrisp or, later on, Raven :)

Subject: OT: blueberry came in. few questions. Replies: 4
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so, 4 out of 6 BB came in. 3 looks like 1-2 yr old plant. two were in their own pot, so i just watered it and let it rest. one of 'em was tiny plug. other was without the pot. 

now plug, i'll just put it into new soil without doing anything. 

the one that's older, do i need to bare root before using my soil mix? 

i guess since they are all young, i would pinch off the flower buds and cut some cane to 1/2 of the height. and will do something like that next yr too. 

Subject: OT: mulberry came in. a question on graft union. Replies: 13
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so Noir de Spain came in. small, but nice looking tree over all. however, the graft union doesn't look clean. is there something i can do for it? also i read that it should be planted at root flare and not deep like we do with figs when we don't like the shape of the tree. is that correct? i guess that's two questions. 

Subject: OT: i'm noticing that my hands are getting really dry. Replies: 26
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back when i was little in korea, olive oil was used for sun tan lotion. i still remember the smell. it goes better with some good tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, salt and black pepper.

Subject: I hate my figs today Replies: 19
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not that i'm in any was associated with light fig lovers.. 

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Subject: OT: i'm noticing that my hands are getting really dry. Replies: 26
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,395
 
i guess i'll try corn huskers. seems like an old favorite. 

Subject: Drought Questions Replies: 6
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i remember ed koch drinking out of fire hydrant back in nyc. used to think nyc had the best water. i like our water fine enough... only if i can get beer instead of water out of the faucet. 

Subject: Drought Questions Replies: 6
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sorry to hear about the problem. you are on the extreme side of my problem. hope we can send some rain your way. 

Subject: OT: blueberry bushes are coming... Replies: 24
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martin, blueberries are more for my wife and the kids. what i'm looking forward to is Noir de Spain that's in the shipment. i'll probably get IE next yr. i want to have huge mulberry trees that my further grand kids can climb all over all summer long. 

Subject: OT: blueberry bushes are coming... Replies: 24
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they were having sale at HD. i took a look and i wasn't sure if they were alive. never seen blueberry plants before and they looked like dried up bamboo sticks. didn't want to chance it. if ones coming in does well, i'll probably get some next yr. they have some good stuff per the label, but who knows.. i never bought fruit tree at HD before. 

Subject: I hate my figs today Replies: 19
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don't know about the others, but why would i have over 100 trees in a suburb with only 1/3 acre of land? must be something wrong with me.. and there are more coming in.. urgh. and sad thing is.. i can't stop!

Subject: OT: i'm noticing that my hands are getting really dry. Replies: 26
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,395
 
anyone use this? 

http://www.amazon.com/Dairy-Association-Bag-Balm-Moisturizing-Softening/dp/B00D8OKIPW/ref=sr_1_17?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1395843888&sr=1-17&keywords=udder+cream

looks interesting. 

Subject: I hate my figs today Replies: 19
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 796
 
it's this total insanity called "fig collection". then once we have it.. we want the best out of them.. so we fuzz over them.. look for the best fertilizer.. look for this and that the make them grow and keep 'em healthy. i can see how this can cause medical problems.. along with mental problems. i'm going off on one day trip with 10 hr round trip to pick up some cuttings. then there is another one that i need to plan out for possible 14 hr round trip that i need to some how squeeze in without getting yelled at by my house boss.. oh well. now i'm starting blueberries.. and mulberries.. and pom, and persimmon.. yeah. i think it's more of mental issue. 

Subject: Container watering question Replies: 4
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i keep all my containers and soils as light as possible. i lift them up occasionally. only water when the container is light, and leave look like they want water. however, in middle of summer when our temp goes over 90.. 100.. i water everyday. not to really water them, but to cool down the container.

other method mentioned to me is just stick a wooden stick into the soil. pull it out and if it's wet, don't water it.

depends on your soil, you also might not want that soil mix to go bone dry. some becomes hydrophobic when dried. keep it moist, not wet, at all time.  

Subject: I hate my figs today Replies: 19
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soni, that has been my process last 3 yrs. they go in when the night temp hits 28 or so. and i pull them out when the night temp is stable at 50 or so. this is the first yr doing shuffle. i want to have figs like martin's. give them lot of sun and warmth outside. give more attention to watering. and it's breaking my back.. not to mention my knee. i'm asking for handtruck this christmas. 

Subject: How to stimulate nodal activity? Replies: 32
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i had a very bad luck with upside down cutting. it was having such a hard time trying to grow, i just chucked it. it rooted, and it put on the branch. then the branch would start to twist to get the right orientation then the leave will keep drop. while other right side up cuttings were growing like crazy. after it dropped last leave, it was putting on more... i decided it was time to end the misery and dumped it. 

now.. for your situation, since you reversed it and put the whole thing under the soil.. best thing to do is wait and see what comes out of it. i think you might want to leave right side out of the soil just a bit, or that's what i have seen other members doing. 

and "that's amore" is over played. try "you're nobody till somebody loves you" .

Subject: OT: i'm noticing that my hands are getting really dry. Replies: 26
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i don't put lotion or anything on my hands. which is fine. then the other day, i was wearing one of the hiking shirt which is made out of synthetic fabric and my hands were scratching and getting caught on the fabric. noticed that it's very dry. 

i think this started after i play with soil mixes over last few yrs. i always had rough hands due to working with swords, but never really this dry before. 

my wife uses lotion on her hand like it's going out of fashion and she always wears glove when working on the garden. 

i prefer to work without the gloves. 

what is the best product to use so my fingers done dry and start cracking? 

Subject: OT: blueberry bushes are coming... Replies: 24
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woo hoo.. the bb and mulberries are in town! out of delivery..lol. i get to play with soils again.. and get my fingernails all dirty.. 

Subject: So I was potting up some cuttings today Replies: 7
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i was just looking at the pix and was thinking.. "dang, something laid an ugly egg right next to the tree..."

Subject: rain protection. Replies: 18
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 727
 
grey, thanks for the tip.. now how is that going to help me with rain protection? :) 

Subject: Rust already!?!?! Replies: 6
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i make extra effort to clean up around the tree all the time. in 2012 had to lot of rust on the leaves towards the middle of summer. last yr after i went about picking up old leaves, it was little better. but it was wet and cold autumn. 

Subject: question about pinching Replies: 24
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what wills said. i pinch as needed. if the tree doesn't set figs, i pinch them. if the main trunk is too tall, i pinch them. if branch is not coming out, i pinch them. it's a nice tool. but most of the time.. pinching is not needed other than to shape the tree, if you are good at it. i suck. 

Subject: rain protection. Replies: 18
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jdsfrance, 

i would buy some land.. as soon as my kids are off to college and i have some spending money. lol 
by the way, what is your name? do you like being addressed jdsfrance? or something else? 

Subject: OT: Sushi Replies: 14
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eating any raw things.. there are risks. usually the fishes being used for sashimi or sushi are treated with freezing them for certain amount of time to kill the worms. also, well trained sushi chef can look at the fish while prepping to determine if there are worms. i would trust most japanese chefs. but i don't eat sushi/sashimi prepped by someone who looks like this is not their career. sushi chef can make good money. 

Subject: Success Rates Replies: 28
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from stage to stage, the rate was higher than last yr. then again, i didn't do mass rooting like last yr. i did them in 3 separate group as they came in. the 1st group was 99% from rooting to 1 gal. the reason why it's 99% is i threw away one cup since it was having such hard time growing due my mistake of sticking the cutting into the cup upside down. 

the second group also 99%. i threw away one that was keep getting molded on the cutting itself. it was growing fine, but i got tired of looking after it. 

the last group is still in cup, but so far no issue. 

there were few cuttings that came in that didn't do anything. i waiting for over 3 months and they are all in the trash can. 

i have another 3 groups coming in soon. in totally, i think i rooted as much as last yr, but i spaced them out and it has worked well this yr. after this yr, i'm not going to root any new cuttings unless it's one of the those cuttings that i have to have.. and i can't think of many at this point. 

Subject: OT: so we have foundation problem at home. Replies: 8
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darned clay and water. we need to upgrade the gutter and regrade the ground. it one minor crack. with gutter and regrade, it should stabilize. if not some helix thing to stabilize the thing.

Subject: My Tiger is Jolly again Replies: 10
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jon, that tree looks too happy for its own good. send it here for few yrs of east coast weather.

 

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