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Subject: Received USDA shipment today Replies: 37
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charles, that's why i use gmail.. and yahoo mail before that. they rarely go down. 

Subject: OT Mulberry Replies: 37
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not sure "container friendly". you just keep it in the container and keep pruning top and the roots. sort of like bonsai. i'm trying out Noir de Spain right now. will be looking for Black Beauty this yr, and possibly Illinois Everbearing soon. NdS is slow going. still trying to break bud.  

Subject: When do you Request an order to USDA, Davis Replies: 5
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any time of the yr, but after sometime in nov., it will not ship till 2 yrs later.. or is that a yr. if you order it after nov. 2014, they won't ship it till sometime in 2016. if you order it before nov. 2014, you should get it by march/april 2015. 

Subject: PIX: 5 yr old VdB finally broke bud :) Replies: 8
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and here it is!

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Subject: Received USDA shipment today Replies: 37
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no news is good new.. really.. i'm maxed out. went and got 30 1 gal and 6 3 gal pots today... and soils to move my new cuttings into. i know it's not even close to what others are doing past winter.. but not sure what to do if more cuttings come in. 

Subject: tissue culture figs? Replies: 29
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most figs will push figs within a yr or two from being rooted. doesn't have to be root bound or restricted. however, some figs will never put on figs unless they are pinched. some figs are so vigorous, they will keep on putting on the leaves and branches and forget about putting on the figs. pinch them and they will put on the figs providing they are common figs. Kathleen's Black is the only one that i ran into that acted like that. but once pinched, it has been putting on figs without further assistance. 

FMV really has nothing to do with fig production as long as the climate is good enough for the tree. some trees just don't to do well in cold climate. if they have severe case of FMV on top of that, it just makes the case worse. in NC, i don't have any issue with FMV. trees do well, and put on figs very well. even those that has been said to be severely infected with FMV and will not perform well at all in north east. 

Subject: Cactus Fruit aka Prickly Pear Replies: 21
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what are they like? taste? texture? i see them all the time, but never had them before. not that i'm looking for more stuff to grow.. 

Subject: OT: that time of the week again. name your beer. Replies: 77
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taking a break tonight. too tired to drink. lol

Subject: Fertigation Will Produce More Figs Replies: 56
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everything in moderation. but even little fertilizer goes far with figs. i usually fertilize my young trees once they have roots. but if they don't, i fertilize them to see if that will push root or top. once they are in 1 gal, i usually don't fertilize for few weeks. once they are settled in 1 gal, i start fertilizing them with weak MG. about 2 tiny scoop on the green scoops that comes with it. once the roots start to circle around i go full strength. 

too much fertilizer can cause possible issue, but little when young can push the growth a lot. 

Subject: OT - More PM space now! Replies: 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron4USA
Pete, did you ever wander who is a commie that is also a figger? LOL


not really.. but i would assume everyone who doesn't charge other for the cuttings and air layers.. that sure doesn't sound like a capitalism. 

Subject: Benson's 1886 Illinois Guide to Fig Culture Replies: 10
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what? no snake oil? 

Subject: OT: that time of the week again. name your beer. Replies: 77
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just noticed my post count is over 6000. reason to drink one more. 

Subject: Straight to pot Replies: 15
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last few times i tried going straight to 1 gal, my lose was 100%. but it certainly works for others. 

Subject: OT: do not sharpen your knives while under the influence of alcohol Replies: 6
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yupe. i think it's been less than 10 yrs. no rust on the blade. the blade was clean. i dressed with america's favorite band-aid.. i'm really stuck on band-aid :) 

Subject: As requested - Pics! Replies: 7
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cracking skins are beautiful... well on the figs. on my hands.. it's just nasty. 

Subject: How do I post pictures? Replies: 28
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my email is buddawithbeer@gmail.com. send me your pix. i'll post it for you and list the steps i took. it will be sometime over the weekend. i need to get over the hangover in next few days. 

Subject: Newbie fig shuffle questions Replies: 13
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40 and up. 50 and up to be safer. i brought all my new cuttings out tonight to the front porch that gets very limited sun. from what i have read.. and only what i have read, 42 and up will have root activities. not sure if that's true. but our temp will drop to 37 around tues or wed. i'm willing to risk it :) have too many cutting anyway and most of them are Kathleen's Black and mother tree is waking up wonderfully after 2 days of 80+ temp. 

Subject: This fig looks similar to XX? Replies: 21
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not Ishcia Black. too big for it. although the shape is not right. and specks aren't aplenty like on IB.

i would have said Black Madeira or Figo Preto, but the fig is from Italy. I-258 is one of the similar fig. 

Subject: OT: do not sharpen your knives while under the influence of alcohol Replies: 6
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i have nice set of classic henckels. i cook a lot. as usual, i usually run them through a steel before cutting anything. well.. after 4 pint of brew, i missed the steel guard and hit my thumb. yeah.. how stupid of me. it was ok for few sec.. then it started flowing blood. 

lesson learned. do not sharpen my knives after few pints. 

Subject: This fig looks similar to XX? Replies: 21
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I-258

Subject: Your first tree Replies: 23
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i held off on Hardy Chicago for yrs. i didn't go for common figs that were available online. then i kept hearing about HC. i found a source that had HC from Paradise Nursery and obtained the rooted plant. last yr for whatever reason, it didn't grow. this yr, it's starting do some amazing things. i'm looking forward to it. i hear it's like rib eye steak while others are more like.. dog food. 

Subject: OT: that time of the week again. name your beer. Replies: 77
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aaron, 

i have not seen mississippi mud in about.. 10 yrs. that thing is amazing. i'll have to hit trader joes looking for it. 

Subject: Hello from Maine! Replies: 28
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welcome, pour yourself a pint and let us know all about yourself. 

Subject: OT: that time of the week again. name your beer. Replies: 77
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best beer i had was on my honeymoon in london. believe it or not, i don't even remember the name of the brew. i went for a pint while wife was taking shower.. i asked for a pint and they pump the heck out of their beer engine. i took the first sip.. WOW. full malt, no nasty sharp hop. it was pure golden liquid.. truly.. it was a liquid bread. 

Subject: OT: that time of the week again. name your beer. Replies: 77
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last of the kona variety pack.. Koko Brown... dark beer. i think the color might be what europeans call "cafe americana". sort of dark, but not exactly.. stout/porter dark. i'm not sure what this exactly is. maybe my palette is dead at this point, but i'm not picking much out of this brew. nope. nothing. 

i can say out of 4 different Kona Brewing Co.'s brews i have tried tonight, i would drink Big Wave and Longboard anytime given chance. i would love to try them on tab. they are both refreshing and very enjoyable. however, Koko Brown and Fire Rock didn't do much for me. 

Subject: OT: that time of the week again. name your beer. Replies: 77
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homebrew are much better than commercial brews. there are few reasons for that. after few batches, you know what you want and how to go about getting it just right. you don't pasteurize the heck out of your brew. and you don't filter your brew.. of course that is if you don't go that far. 

i brewed my beer from simple malt syrup brew to full grain. i enjoyed all my friends homebrew as well as they mine. but when there are so many good choice of beers out there.. not sure if time spent is worth the effort.. yeah.. it does :) i miss homebrews. 

Subject: OT: that time of the week again. name your beer. Replies: 77
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whiskey is good too. i prefer whisky.

Subject: OT: that time of the week again. name your beer. Replies: 77
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brandy is good. wine is good. anything with god given alcohol is good.. even Beer's Black is good :) 

started with Kona Brewing Co.'s Fire Rock IP. slight aromatic hop signature. very light to id what it was. unlike other "modern" american micro brewing movement, this IP had pleasant flavoring hope that did not overkill everything. however, this brew was lack in complexity in any shape or form. easy drinking and pleasant, but if you are looking for something with full malt, this ain't it. probably go well with seafood.. maybe nice crawdad.

then moved on to Big Wave GA. also from Kona. nice light head settles in to thin film on the top of the pale straw ale. very citrus nose. can't really figure out what it is.. maybe grapefruit? this also carries over into the flavor of the brew. light and refreshing. little too light. also will go with white fish. maybe paste with cream or butter sauce.

still have few more to go. :)  

Subject: OT: that time of the week again. name your beer. Replies: 77
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cis4elk
Fullers Bengal Lancer India Pale Ale.


god didn't create all beers equally. i wish i can get some steady supply of fullers line of fine ales. used to have english pub around here which had some fullers selections on tab... i used to live there.

Subject: OT - More PM space now! Replies: 17
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they keep lot of lists.. i wonder what they did with all the commie list they had.. i wonder if they will ever publish them. it would be fun. 

Subject: OT - More PM space now! Replies: 17
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i think the PM notification is not working any more.. used to get that annoying little pop up saying how many PM is waiting.. now it's not popping up and i miss it. 

Subject: Newbie fig shuffle questions Replies: 13
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don't know much at all about growing things. fig is my first real tree or whatever. 2011, and 2012, i used two different fertilizers. slow release and MG. the trees did very well. in 2013, we had lot of rain, but i changed my fertilizer to organic. not sure what happened, but tree didn't grow as much as i expected them to. i'm not blaming on organic fertilizer since it works for everyone else. this yr, i'm going back to top dressing with osmocote and giving MG every week till the figs are on and ready to start swelling or when the trees are at where i want them. 

MG stuff will wash out quickly with rain, i would assume.. but osmocote is the back up. it will release it on watering and rain. lime.. i toss couple of handful now and then when i remember them. they don't wash out easy. they turn to darn clay like things and hand around the top of the soil all the time. 

Subject: OT: that time of the week again. name your beer. Replies: 77
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i'm thinking of getting some kona brewing variety pack tonight. their longboard was awesome. i like hoegaaren to begin with and this thing is even better than hoegaarden. who knew islander can brew amazing beer like this? of course Guinness is always in the pantry. laying off on hard stuff this weekend. too many things to do. 

Subject: candy apple red fig. Replies: 6
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for me, it's one of those things.. something that will catch the eyes. i used to laugh at funny looking trees that will not provide great tasting figs.. but lately, i like funny/good looking trees. must be getting soft in the head. 

Subject: OT - More PM space now! Replies: 17
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i thought i cleaned my PM inbox sometime ago... i had no idea it has grown again. need to clean it out.. but yeah. noticed that the PM space has increased. 

Subject: candy apple red fig. Replies: 6
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there has been few figs that has color of candy apple red. one of the member had a pix of Kadota that has candy apple red color. another had a fig from israel that had the color. 

does anyone have one produce reliable candy apple red color? 

Subject: tissue culture figs? Replies: 29
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chad, you can always wait till the tree grows up and make a back up by taking cutting. then you will have tree that gives figs and satisfaction of rooting your own :) fig trees are amazing... 

Subject: tissue culture figs? Replies: 29
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tyty is one good example. how do they stay in business? they send out crap all the time, but they are still in business. there's a sucker born every min. i'm not saying we are suckers. but people like me who never grew anything look at tyty web site, minus their video, and think "wow, that nero fig sounds amazing!". 

good thing i found this forum and GW before ordering from them. 

FMV, any virus for that matter, does not have cure. they will get suppressed for whatever reason. herpes simplex 1 and 2 are good example. how many of you can look at a person and say he or she has them? HSV 1 is much easier to notice since it's around mouth and nose, cold sore. but unless that person is having an outbreak, you will never know that person has it. and i don't know of anyone who has non-stop outbreak. HSV 2 is harder to tell unless you have that person naked and get really down on your knees.. even then you might not notice it until you catch it :) like they say.. somethings are forever.. like herpes. 

i grow few figs on purpose to see if FMV actually makes that much of difference in my area. so far, none what so ever. i'm growing few that will not do well in north east. Calvert, Ischia Black, Black Madeira, Barnissotte, and others from USDA/UCD on purpose to see what they will do. only one failed to do much of anything, Ischia Green, but that thing will load itself with figs and they tasted pretty good. 

Subject: Olympian Replies: 139
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pete, 

that's a good looking figs. thanks.

Subject: Hello from newbie in Kanas City Replies: 31
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welcome.

Subject: Your first tree Replies: 23
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first 3 were potted trees. didn't know how to root back then and didn't want to wait too long to taste fresh figs off the tree i grew. rest of them are mostly ones i rooted from cutting. few others were air layer trades, and some rooted cutting trades. and then there are gifts.

Subject: Olympian Replies: 139
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does anyone has pix of this fig? 

Subject: tissue culture figs? Replies: 29
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it's really simple.. body cells don't really get rid of virus once it's there. reproductive cells sometimes do. tissue culture is simply taking a tissue sample from the parent tree and growing it into a new tree. if the parent tree had FMV, there is very good change the new TC plant will have FMV. 

as to visual proof of FMV.. doesn't really mean much. this yr, most of my USAD/UCD trees look very clean. better than others i sourced from somewhere else. do i for a sec believe they are FMV free? no. 

Subject: My New Fig Shuffle Assistants Replies: 29
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what we need is a handtruck with self propel system, hydraulic lift system and gps navigation system.. and 2 cup holders.  

Subject: Newbie fig shuffle questions Replies: 13
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if the soil mix drains well, watering is not much of an issue with old trees. they will handle it fine. only problem is when the figs are swelling. when the figs are swelling, more water/rain means less quality in the taste dept. some figs tho.. doesn't seem to matter on that either. 

Subject: Received USDA shipment today Replies: 37
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CdDB is amazing fig. i'm still waiting to see if BM is also that great. they sent me one of each 2 yrs ago, they are all growing great. 

Subject: New to figs and forum Replies: 17
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welcome.

Subject: My New Fig Shuffle Assistants Replies: 29
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i need one of those...

Subject: UC.DAVIS HELP NEEDED Replies: 7
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i don't think they take order on the phone. if they do, i haven't heard about it. it's free service. you have to provide fedex or ups account number. sometimes, they will charge you for shipping. ask for ground shipping and the cost will be less. 

you need to go to following link. 

http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/tax_site_acc.pl?DAV%20Ficus%20carica

above is their fig holdings. you click on the fig that you want, and go down to "availability". if the cuttings are available for distribution, they will have a hot link you can click on. verify that the fig is on the list and you click on back button until you are out on above link again. keep adding things as you need then after the last one, you fill out the form completed and submit the order. 

it's not hard, but it's not straight forward either. 

Subject: question regarding taking cuttings. Replies: 14
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no pix today. it went up to 90 today and didn't really feel like taking pix. it's just crazy how the weather works now days.. we skipped nice 70 weather and went straight to 90. 

 

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