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Subject: piece of paradise. Replies: 14
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,147
 
i need few trees to be around 8 to 10 feet tall... so i can arrange them in semicircle and make oasis... with beer cooler rather than fresh water spring x)

Subject: piece of paradise. Replies: 14
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,147
 
here is my current paradise.. 

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bb patch

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raspberry, blackberry and mulberry area

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KB pushing branch instead of figs.. again.. 

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BM

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one of St. Rita

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Figo Preto

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Socorro Black

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Subject: Do you give with conditions? Replies: 48
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i would imagine it would be a common courtesy to not sell a gift... but some culture might be different. if i did that in korea, at least when i was growing up there, either they beat the crap out of me, or people will pity me for being extremely poor. i think it's about the same all over... but kriya's culture might be different.

or, some culture might not define fig cuttings or trees as gifts, in which case, i think i can try to understand.

we are all different. i mean, french consider jerry lewis as a comic genius.

Subject: Wow Sometimes I amaze myself! Replies: 25
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BU is good initial for a fig. lol

Subject: Sudden Death (or Problem With Having Very Desirable Varieties) Replies: 14
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 779
 
james, i agree. i should look for some copper pipes when i get a chance, but it's so easy to drive screwdriver into the pot once an a while, and this thing doesn't bend x) if it's not water logged, and it's not the water getting to the root.. not sure what the issue might be. fungus gnats are only after things are already rotting in there. 

Subject: Wow Sometimes I amaze myself! Replies: 25
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yeah.. that's a good one :) would be hard to get that out of the deli container :) maybe soldering iron? 

Subject: Do you give with conditions? Replies: 48
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,492
 
once they grow the tree and then sell cuttings and air layers, i wouldn't mind it at all. if they make good money off that tree, i would even feel proud. but if someone sells the cuttings as soon as they get them, yeah, i won't like it. but, helping others by freely sharing them as soon as they get the cuttings, i would be very happy with it. 

i mean, it was a gift. play with it for awhile before recycling it. 

Subject: Do you give with conditions? Replies: 48
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hmm.. you opened up a can of worm. lol "ethics and fig trading".. we can write a book on it. i would suggest that you know who you are giving the cuttings to. 

Subject: sampler? Replies: 7
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no thanks. i tried frozen berries and didn't like them much. tho, they were ok when ran through blender and made into smoothie. i like the experience of pick the fig myself and eating it right there. if i have to wait, i'll wait. 

i think harvey was looking into ways to ship fresh figs on demand. it would be expensive, but it demand is high enough, it might be possible to send fresh figs overnight. i know they do that with crayfish and lobsters. 

Subject: What kind of figs? Replies: 7
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 381
 
if it's grown from a seed, your guess is as good as mine. it's not one of the named figs for sure. when a fig is grown from seed, it will not clone the parent tree. so, it's entirely a new fig :) 

Subject: Borer Beetle Damage Replies: 6
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stick a thin wire in there and thread it until you will soft cushy thing.. and feel the wire going through it. make sure to wiggle it around and poke it few more times. then pull the wire out, then spray pesticide on the end and do it again. i'm sure that will kill that sucker for sure. and plug the hole. :) 

Subject: New Additions to the garden Replies: 45
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,221
 
only had rabbit once. some restaurant up in philadephia about 20 yrs ago. the cook must have had a bad day. the meat was dry and tasteless. it's very close to mickey d's chicken mclard. tho, they are selling rabbits around here now days. i should give it another chance. 

Subject: Fedex Bill for USDA shipment Replies: 10
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i typically ask for ground shipping. this time, it came in 2nd day air. cuttings were all good. figs are already rooting, but the others.. i'll have to figure out how to root them better. might need bottom heat. the cuttings are still alive so i'm holding out on heating mat. it's been two weeks. if i don't see roots by next week, they are getting heating mat. 

Subject: Vasilika Sika - Genovese Nero - Got De Mel - Valle Negra - Smith Replies: 6
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Gota de Mel... never heard of it, but it seems its meaning is drop of honey. seems we have good number of figs dripping honey when ripen. would love to see what this one looks like. 

Subject: funny story, red lebanese, charles Replies: 6
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what are friends for, give him another one.. and tell him not to put it on the ebay until he can make himself a back up :) 

Subject: Sudden Death (or Problem With Having Very Desirable Varieties) Replies: 14
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 779
 
i don't think it's RKN. RKN doesn't take down tree that fast. if the roots are dying out, there should be another reason. i grow my trees in nursery pots, i used to use other plastic containers, but it's just easier for me to handle them. never tried those cloth pots yet. once my trees are at least 1 yr old, i routinely hose them frequently. once the day temp hits 80 and over like last couple of days, some of them get water twice a day. the roots should be hardy enough that they won't rot or die too quickly unless somehow water is not draining and they are sitting in the water. but from what you have said that doesn't seem like the issues. 

my understanding of cloth pots are that they promote air root pruning and that should prevent roots circling the pot. but won't they still compress the soil and get "root bound"? what i mean is, root mass will be great enough that water might not get to the center of the root mass? 

last yr, i saw my older trees getting dried up rather quickly early in spring. the water seems to be getting to the root, but the leaves were drying up and all the breba were dropping. so i took one out and cut into the root mass and sure enough, only the outside of the soil/roots were getting wet. the inside of the root ball was very dry. i gave them all major root pruning this yr, gave them emergency pruning last yr, and i aerate the soil once a month with 12" screw driver. they seem to be doing better now days.  

Subject: Sudden Death (or Problem With Having Very Desirable Varieties) Replies: 14
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james,

you mention the issue started from the roots, but what was wrong with the roots?

Subject: Jason Unknown Black fig,(possible Ischia Black),Pix Replies: 2
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i received two cuttings last fall and both have roooted. they do show very slight mosaic pattern, but no deformation of the leaves . i'm sure they will shake it off soon. i'm definitely waiting to compare this with USDA/UCD Ischia Black.

Subject: I Rolled the Dice and I Won....Grafting Replies: 24
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looks better than grafted trees i got from nurseries :)

Subject: Variegated Panache Replies: 13
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,221
 
don't think it's virus. more like for whatever reason recessive gene showing up. engineering defect.

Subject: New Additions to the garden Replies: 45
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,221
 
hope they grow well and provide lots of little ones in the future. 

Subject: New Additions to the garden Replies: 45
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,221
 
dang those are cute. are they being kept for the poops only or will be part of dinner some day?

Subject: 99c Replies: 9
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i'm pretty sure good dried figs have their own places, and they come very handy while waiting on fresh figs.but yeah... fresh figs rock. have few more months to go before the season's first main crop will be ready. i'm rather excited to see the tiny figs starting.

Subject: 99c Replies: 9
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if it's not fun, why bother ? =D

Subject: I Rolled the Dice and I Won....Grafting Replies: 24
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,269
 
physan 20. or just try wiping off.

Subject: leafing out, genetics? Replies: 8
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i think it's mostly temp related. if it's purely genetic, lot of in ground trees won't have made it this far. also with lack of light, they will start breaking bud once certain temp is reached.

Subject: itttttttttt's friday!!! Replies: 12
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thanks all. he's in ICU step down room, but everything's good. things should be back to normal in couple of weeks.

Subject: OT: is it 5 o'clock yet? has anyone seen Sweetcrisp BB? Replies: 18
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,047
 
i'm not sure what i have is Sweetcrisp or not. it came as such and it was very tall and leggy. i pruned it twice already. i got mine from berriesplus. will find out in a yr or two :)

Subject: itttttttttt's friday!!! Replies: 12
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been rather busy last two days. my father is in hospital. had by pass surgery on his leg. it went very well and he's recovering nicely. since he's 74, the doctors made him run ton of tests before doing the surgery and it seems everything was good. as with any hospital visit, it's very tiring, both for the patient and people waiting to make sure everything is ok.. so i'll take some sauce tonight x) 

Subject: Ambrosia Beetles or Shothole Borer Beetles Emerging in Central NJ Replies: 20
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it seems like we are suddenly noticing large number of borer issues. is it weather related? or we just didn't pay attention before?

Subject: It's May Already Replies: 7
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 622
 
USDA/UCD cuttings came rather late this yr. about a month late. only two figs this yr. rest are mulberries and others.

Subject: Ambrosia Beetles or Shothole Borer Beetles Emerging in Central NJ Replies: 20
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,512
 
they are asian beetles. gin ain't gonna work. try cheap scotch whisky.

Subject: remove the figs? Replies: 13
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 642
 
if the tree is at least 1 yr old or older, leave it on.

Subject: Black Madeira, remove figs?!? Replies: 29
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,273
 
i would take them off. i just made below update on another thread.

two things. 1st yr fig usually doesn't taste all that good. 2nd, leaving on the fig will take energy away from vegitative growth. 

so... ideal situation is to take figs off on 1st yr cutting. more growth this yr will support better tasting figs next yr, and more of them. 

i left some figs last yr in 1st yr cuttings. i was lucky, some of them were great. but the trees didn't grow as well as ones that didn't have the figs on. the trees with figs on were thinner and isn't fatting up as quickly as others.

Subject: remove the figs? Replies: 13
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 642
 
two things. 1st yr fig usually doesn't taste all that good. 2nd, leaving on the fig will take energy away from vegitative growth. 

so... ideal situation is to take figs off on 1st yr cutting. more growth this yr will support better tasting figs next yr, and more of them. 

i left some figs last yr in 1st yr cuttings. i was lucky, some of them were great. but the trees didn't grow as well as ones that didn't have the figs on. the trees with figs on were thinner and isn't fatting up as quickly as others.

Subject: Air layering questions Replies: 29
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little over a month, i think. i remember checking that at 1 month and didn't see any roots, then within two weeks it start filling it up. after 1 month of not seeing the roots, i girdle the branch. not sure if that helped, but since then, i girdle the branch when i take air layer.

Subject: Air layering questions Replies: 29
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KB air layer from 2 yrs ago.

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Subject: Single lobe leaf - NEW INFO ADDED Replies: 13
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number of different fig will have that sort of leaves when young. i have few showing single lobe leaves right now. but i know it will change in future. my Barnissotte from USDA/UCD was cut in half and i rooted both. top half has all 3 lobe leaves, but the bottom half has leaves just like yours. also, JHA and Calvert have similar leaves.

but i haven't seen leave like that on VdB. but like i said, not sure what is considered true VdB. i would assume one at USDA/UCD. does anyone have pix of USDA/UCD VdB leaves?

Subject: OT: Improved Myers Lemons Replies: 41
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 1,480
 
my lemon turned out to be something called oldsmobile. as much as i loved that car, it was costing me too much to keep it. but it left sour taste in my mouth :)

Subject: Single lobe leaf - NEW INFO ADDED Replies: 13
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leave of baud's Negronne in his book definitely looks different from VdB which most of us consider same as Negronne. but it seems there are also few different source of VdB going around. 

Subject: OT: Improved Myers Lemons Replies: 41
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where is a good source for Improved Meyer Lemon?

Subject: Is it too late for rooting gel? Replies: 4
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some cuttings are just slow, and for whatever reason some cuttings of BM just refuse to root. i don't think it's too late for root hormone. i only rooted 5 cuttings of BM so far and all rooted fine. only one failed to grow after 1 gal stage.

Subject: Help identifying this fig Replies: 6
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fig leaf smells wonderful to me :)

Subject: Air layering questions Replies: 29
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everyone has slightly different way of doing it. i use 1:1 mix same as I use in cup and 1 gal. i pre wet the soil, scrape and score the place i want the roots, and using plastic wrap i wrap the whole thing around the branch. then wrap aluminum foil over the whole thing. takes a month or two to get good root mass. oh... i wrap the bottom with plastic tie to support the soil and also to girdle the branch.

Subject: Newbie looking for help acquiring some figs Replies: 16
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 738
 
go for air layer. taking cutting now is not really ideal. if there is new growth on the tree they will have to take that off to get hardwood cuttings. the softwood cuttings are rather finicky. with air layer around the hardwood, you can have ready made tree in about a month or two. 

Subject: PIX: Noir de Spain and RdB setting fruit. Replies: 5
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well harvey, that's the only mulberry giving me anything at this time. the humidity bin is full of cuttings with no sign of roots but bursting with buds breaking open. i'm hoping if i leave them alone for few more weeks, either they are going to start rotting or start rooting. 

Subject: Newbie looking for help acquiring some figs Replies: 16
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FMV is a touch subject. i ignore it. they cause more problem in cold weather area like new england. down south, not much problem.

Subject: Newbie looking for help acquiring some figs Replies: 16
Posted By: bullet08 Views: 738
 
welcome. most you listed should do well. but not sure if they can handle the winter down there or not. however, you can always grow them in the container.

Ischia Black, Barnissotte, and Black Madeira are slow to grow. rooting isn't much of an issue, but  IB, and Barnissotte are really slow with lot more sign of FMV.

typically with USDA/UCD, you put in order by some time before nov. and they ship it out in around feb./march time frame.

most of the time, you will get what you want, but depends on the demand or availability, you might not get some. but it's a free service and they are doing us favor.

Subject: The figlets are moving up! Replies: 7
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very exciting :) wait till they start putting on the fig, it gets even more exciting... if that's possible. i go look at the trees every few hours when i'm home. july/aug is such a long way off...

Subject: PIX: Noir de Spain and RdB setting fruit. Replies: 5
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so this might be, if they hang in there, will be my first mulberry since i left flushing back in 83. and of course, since this is fig forum, RdB setting fig :) 

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