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Subject: PIX:Panachee main. Replies: 18
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 678
 
i haven't had it before. i kept putting off getting Panachee thinking it's just a eye candy. but the praise for this cultivar was so great i decided to give it a try. the tree is going into 2nd yr, so i'm not expecting too much. maybe it will be a wow fig, maybe not.

Subject: PIX:Panachee main. Replies: 18
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 678
 
can see the stripes already.. 

[panachee] 

Subject: BM Airlayer Replies: 16
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 594
 
cool.. i'm about to put on on BM. should have done it this past weekend, but got held by some family issues. 

Subject: Fig Ice tea Replies: 24
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,088
 
i was thinking more in the line of tossing figs in some sugar and let it sit in the fridge for awhile.. maybe cut them in half first, then add them into boiling water and mash them. let them cool for about 15 min and strain the figs out. oh.. add the tea leaves somewhere in there too.. i should give some fig taste in the tea.

edit: bit of lime or lemon peel might add interesting note... i'm just thinking.. have to see if i'll have enough figs for this kind of thing.

Subject: Keeping roots cool in potted figs Replies: 39
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,267
 
i just keep new cuttings in 1 gal under the shade. older trees, i water everyday around 4-5 pm. if i forget to water them the day before, i water well in the morning, then lightly around 4-5 pm. so far no rotted roots, and they are growing well.. but our temp is high 80 to mid 90 right now. if it goes into 100s, i water everyday.. sometimes twice. 

Subject: Fig Ice tea Replies: 24
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,088
 
frank, 

how do you dry them? wash then sun dry them? or in oven?

edit: try infusing with figs? 

Subject: Cuttings: Planning for this winter already. Replies: 14
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 723
 
last few yrs, i took cutting whenever i felt like. even during the summer. older wood doesn't seem to show much of an issue. but the new growth will leak latex for awhile. once it dries up, the pith will shrink and sunk into the bottom leaving a hole in the cut site. i agree it would be best to cut them when they are dormant. i'll have to clean up some of those holes in coming winter. 

Subject: Forget about Sphagnum Moss and RootRiot..... Replies: 6
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 625
 
i wish that works for me.. would make my life whole lot easier. last time i did that, they all rotted for me. no roots, barks peeling off.. i guess i watered too much or something. 

Subject: VDB - de vs du Replies: 14
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 760
 
looking at my VdB, and VdB listed in baud's book, the leaves are different. maybe there are others being called VdB than the one we have? didn't rafed collected lot of VdB sometime ago? 

Subject: In-ground HC and Celestes Finally Breaking Dormancy Replies: 10
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 773
 
that means i need to make some phone calls today :) 

Subject: I didn't take a picture. My Bad! KADOTA Replies: 18
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 781
 
what do they call this.. zone envy! i have total of two breba still having on the trees. one LdA, and one Paradiso something or the other. hope the birds don't get to them. they helped me knocking off VdB breba earlier. 

Subject: UC Davis Vernino Replies: 20
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,799
 
didn't get to fig stuff this weekend. but i do need to put Vernino and Dauphine into cup soon.. and make boxes for the 1 gals i need to send out.. urgh.. hope i'm not too late. 

Subject: PIX: Unk Union Berry and Unk Bonita Verte Replies: 5
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 440
 
and about a month later...

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Subject: What is the normal for brebas? Replies: 12
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 673
 
in short season, take most breba off other than few that you want to taste. in places like where I am, it doesn't make much difference since most of the breba drops by themselves. only few trees will hold on to breba here for some reason. VdB this yr dropped all breba. so did Persian White. last yr, all Kathleen's Black dropped it's breba. VdB usually holds on to breba here, but VdB is very productive here and put on good number of main crop even with full number of breba.

not sure at all why breba drops here... might be winter isn't warm enough.. or just too long. not sure at all.

Subject: hmm.. Black Madeira is just hair earlier than Figo Preto... Replies: 5
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 451
 
jon, you might want to consider rogaine for your figs...

Subject: lessons learned - failed cuttings Replies: 3
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 412
 
i mix them twice. before adding water and after. to make sure water doesn't settle too much, i also mix the soil while potting cuttings. typically, they come out without problem. but i do notice some 1 gal not draining as well as others. this yr, i was little more careful with mixing and so far no problem.

Subject: hmm.. Black Madeira is just hair earlier than Figo Preto... Replies: 5
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 451
 
it's still hard to see.. but will definitely post pix when it pushes out.

Subject: PIX: Violette de Sollies Replies: 10
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 730
 
thank you francisco :)

i posted more precious one earlier, as "name withheld"... lol

Subject: hmm.. Black Madeira is just hair earlier than Figo Preto... Replies: 5
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 451
 
i've been trying to take pix, but they are not focusing right. but to my eyes, BM seems to be getting ready to put on the figs. FP is also trying, but it seems BM is few days earlier. the swelling on the node where figs come out is little more.. bigger on the BM. 

also, it looks like BM branches much better than FP. FP seems to favor growing straight up. 

still too early, just the impression i'm getting at this stage. they are both 3rd yr trees... i think.. they were both in 3 gal last yr, so.. it must be 3rd yr this yr. 

Subject: Hay, a warning Replies: 13
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 718
 
i don't mulch my figs, and they are all in pot. but good to know, if i try putting some in ground.

Subject: What is this beastie? Replies: 9
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 435
 
joe,

blind date shouldn't be allowed unless you are visually chellenged (blind) and can't see the date.

Subject: PIX: Violette de Sollies Replies: 10
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 730
 
most late figs do well here. summer is long and hot in nc. only issue is humidity on occasions. if timing is right, this will be a great yr. we have been at 90s for last few days, and for next week or so in high 80s into 90s again. temp will stay up like this till sept. or oct... if not till nov.

Subject: What is this beastie? Replies: 9
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 435
 
maybe the end product might be beautiful, but that thing in the pix is butt ugly.

Subject: should i be seeing signs of brebba by now? Replies: 3
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 283
 
in your area which is warmer than mine, should see main crop. my 1 yr old and and older are putting on main crop now.

Subject: Coll de Dama Roja Fruit Replies: 35
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 2,355
 
shah8, 

that would help, but there are already named varieties that does well in humid south. CdDB is one of them. not sure if CdDR will or not, but not looking for it.

Subject: Coll de Dama Roja Fruit Replies: 35
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 2,355
 
i disagree. we need known varieties that has known quality more than ever. we need to preserve them as much as possible. it's good we have CA where new varieties can be bred and grown, but that takes time, and meanwhile, we can lose the old varieties. preserving what's out there should come before breeding new ones. 

Subject: Coll de Dama Roja Fruit Replies: 35
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 2,355
 
per pons "muy sabroso, dulce". so.. very tasty and sweet. sounds good. 

Subject: Cuttings in the bins for 1, 2, 3 weeks -- too late to score? Replies: 2
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 335
 
i don't see why not as long as it's still in "baggie" stage, and whatever you are using to scrape is sterile. once it's planted... in cup or 1 gal, i wouldn't disturb them. but some cuttings do take long time.

Subject: PIX: Violette de Sollies Replies: 10
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 730
 
gina, steve, 

thanks for letting me know :) i have about 4 KB i rooted this winter. i'm trying to see if pinching is really needed. one i'll pinch next yr, one i won't pinch at all, other i'll be giving different fertilizer. the mother tree, at least the one i got from gene, was top and root pruned over the winter and now it's growing branches and leaves. but i don't see any figs yet. they are pushing something, but with KB, i can't tell what it is. i hope some are figs. if not, i'll have to pinch again.. 

Subject: PIX: Violette de Sollies Replies: 10
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 730
 
i have lead on Noire de Barbatane. providing my Black Madeira decides to cooperate.. lol

Subject: OT: i'm bored.. Replies: 9
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 540
 
rafed, 

never played it before.. is that like getting a tater gun and shooting neighbor's windows out? that i done that before down at my friend's college dorm... after few cases of beer. 

Subject: Help with BM Replies: 51
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,449
 
i think peat holds water... 

http://www.peatmoss.com/blog/using-peat-moss/home-gardeners-why/home-gardeners-why-is-peat-moss-so-important/

Save Water.
• Peat retains up to 20 times its weight in moisture, and releases water slowly as plants need it.

Subject: OT: i'm bored.. Replies: 9
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 540
 
so i cleaned my knife. stropped it too...

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Subject: Help with BM Replies: 51
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,449
 
ah ha! you change the soil mix. :) 

UPM/perlite holds less water than UPM/perlite/peat. meaning when you give them the water, you are created two different zone. one near the cutting having less water than the one outside of the peat pot. so one dries up quicker than the other. this, in theory, can create problem with roots, specially when they are very young. 

..or so i think.. 

i use exact soil mix when i'm not repotting, meaning if i'm not bare rooting the plant, i use same mix so there won't be two zone of different moisture level in the pot. 

Subject: PIX: Violette de Sollies Replies: 10
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 730
 
from a very generous member. both rooted :) 

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Subject: Help with BM Replies: 51
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,449
 
give it good fertilizer. BM response well to fertilizer. like they say.. your mileage might vary, but i more or less double on the osmocote, and do regular dose of MG every week. it's still a slow grower, but very healthy. 

Subject: Anyone want to swap fig for iris? Replies: 28
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,104
 
urgh.. borers.. 

Subject: Anyone want to swap fig for iris? Replies: 28
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,104
 
tell me more.. tho i won't have cuttings till coming fall... i like flowers. do they smell good? 

Subject: Help with BM Replies: 51
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,449
 
laughing is good for you.. so is laughing so much ending up crying. x) 

Subject: OT Bug in Ear emergency Replies: 25
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,100
 
normally they would crawl out sooner or later. i heard using flashlight to force it out before. most flies and such will fly towards the light. i guess this one was something different. hope she's ok. 

Subject: un piccolo paradiso Replies: 4
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 358
 
aaron, maybe in 2-3 yrs, yes. we'll see what happens.

Subject: baby figs, May 2014 Replies: 18
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 658
 
they are looking good Igor.

Subject: Air Layering a large fig trunk Replies: 7
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 504
 
dennis, 

there are number of them, but one of them is on below link. 

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/can-i-air-layer-main-trunk-5238353

i used following as key words in google. 

site:http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com large air layer

Subject: winter rooting and what we have learned. Replies: 9
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 551
 
you bottom feed it by letting it sit on the pool of water with light fertilizer for about 3-4 min for cup, and little longer for the 1 gal. moisture is the biggest problem for top and bottom. i keep mine in humidity bin until they are ready to go into garage. i keep my humidity bin near the air vent so they are warm enough during the winter. haven't used heating mat, but might have to do that next yr with different fruits. 

Subject: Help with BM Replies: 51
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,449
 
danny, yupe. everyone has little different way of doing things and some works and some doesn't. lately, i have been soaking the peat pot over night in warm water to break them down before using them. one thing i really like about peat pot is when moving to 1 gal. with this method, i don't disturb the roots are all. they come out like a plug and makes it easy for me. at the same time, i'm trying to move away from peat pot method. will be using plain potting soil/perlite on few of the new cuttings to see if it will work for me. i'm thinking that now i know how to water them and when, if i let them put on enough roots, it will hold the soil mix and i won't have to disturb the roots too much.. unless the roots start to get stuck on the cup.. but few broken roots won't matter too much. 

Subject: Help with BM Replies: 51
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,449
 
old jiffy peat pot used to work great. the roots will easily penetrate the peat pot and they will grow well. however, the new design is making it hard for the roots to come out of the peat pot. i noticed this last yr when the design changed. most of my last yrs cuttings have roots circling inside of the peat pot until they break down. believe it or not, this shouldn't be a big issue unless the cutting is having specially hard time putting on the strong roots. 

most of the cuttings this winter were very strong growers. they all penetrated the new peat pots, if not went through the bottom or came up to the top. 

i still use peat pot method, and they are all in the 1 gal with peat pot. this is not a big issue for me since i bare root going from 1 gal to larger containers. at the time of repot, i would spread out the roots and cut the ones having problem. this is good time to trim the roots that will circle and girdle the cutting. 

using peat pot is a great idea when in cup stage. for those who are having issue with watering, peat pot will show you when you need to water them. also the idea is that peat pot will break down once in the 1 gal. 

but from what i'm hearing this might not be the case. it's working for me doesn't mean it will work for everyone. from pete s.'s updates, peat pot will hold water and that can kill the roots. 

here is a pix of Unk Pearl Harbor in cup stage currently. as you can see, this is very strong rooter. the new peat pot didn't cause much issue to this cutting. 

UPH.jpg 




Subject: winter rooting and what we have learned. Replies: 9
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 551
 
i think it might be a good idea to review what we have done during the winter so we don't repeat mistakes. during the spring till the late fall, we have lot of things going on and rooting isn't exactly top of our priority. but winter.. well.. nothing much to do but root them cutting and hope for the early spring. 

winter of 2012-13, i had more cuttings that i really should have rooted. i lost lot of them, but most of the lost were due to moisture control, well.. watering. i found out that bottom feeding the water works rather well. still there were few that didn't make it this winter, 2013-14, but most of them did well. 

also, moving to 1 gal as soon as possible and leave them out in the garage once roots and tops were more stable. 

i think the forum and the members came a long way since i first joined, we are having more positive results in rooting, but winter rooting still frustrates lot of us. 

any suggestions? 

Subject: 2013 Report on Germplasm Acquired from the USDA NPGSTopic Subject Replies: 3
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 327
 
up until last yr, i used to send my results to USDA/UCD for the fig cuttings. i haven't done that yet this yr. i should do yearly reports, but not really sure if they really want it or not. 

Subject: Igo air layer Replies: 16
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 560
 
nice roots :) 

Subject: Oh, Hail No! Replies: 17
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 653
 
had hail few weeks ago. didn't think it would do much damage. didn't see after the hail. closer inspection few days later showed few leaves having damage. hope yours come out ok. 

 

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