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Subject: question regarding taking cuttings. Replies: 14
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jdsfrance, these are new growth, branch on the tree. not suckers. it's like this on only those two trees.

Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
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Black Mission, Brown Turkey, and Celeste. i only decided to try growing Celeste since i never had one before. i had Black Mission and Brown Turkey before. not impressed. on purpose, i didn't grow anything that are commonly available from the online nurseries. if i want them, i can buy them. the trees i decided to grow are mainly for their taste. not for productivity. since i live far away from the west coast where all the wonderful figs are growing, i decided to grow as many as possible to narrow down what i'm going to keep. and the list is growing much faster than i want. you just need time, and small space to test them. 3 gal container will give 2-3 yr old tree to let you sample what you are looking for. 

Subject: New Guy Here Replies: 32
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welcome. RdB should be a nice fig for you. if it's hot and dry there almost any fig will do well. depending on the how long your season is, some late ones might have an issue. but if the season is long, hot and dry... figs will love it. 

Subject: Clonex then paraffin? Replies: 21
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i had two set of Unk Pearl Harbor that came to me. the first ones were weird.. they looked like prunes. i assume that was due to temp difference between there and here. the second set was in perfect condition and they are rooting like a champ. which reminds me to move them into cup soon... 

Subject: Clonex then paraffin? Replies: 21
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Unk Pearl Harbor that came to be has wax on top and bottom. i can see the bottom getting callused and putting out roots fine. 

Subject: Date With Fig Leaf Tea Replies: 65
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here is an old korean recipe. 

a segment of fresh ginger
a stick of cinnamon
an orange peel
few chinese dates
pinch of dried fig leaf since it's on fig forum.. but back in korea, specially up in seoul, fig wasn't around. down by busan (pusan) there were some.. or so i'm told by my wife. 

bring them to simmer and keep on simmering. serve whenever you want to drink it. used to run that on top of kerosene burner/stove all winter long in korea.

Subject: How do I post pictures? Replies: 28
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when you click on the "reply" box on the bottom of the post, it will have few options on the top. if you move your mouse point over them.. one of them will say "Insert Photo". you just click on it and follow the instructions. problem is, i don't think this works on the phone. i tried to post a pix using phone few days ago, and it didn't give me the options. but on the desktop/laptop, this seems to work fine. you want your pix to be not too big, but not too small. 640x480 is a good size. 

Subject: question regarding taking cuttings. Replies: 14
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i never really thought about this before. i typically take hardwood cutting off my tree around christmas and new yr. typically, they come out fine, root and thrive. 

but i'm noticing something strange on my trees. the new branches that are coming out in early spring and ones that were there, in some tree, in late fall are not hardened. they look.. other than hardened. they are in dark tan color and looks more like straws than fig branches. 

they are not dead, they are growing leaves and putting on new buds. 

i took some off to see what they look like inside and they look "dehydrated". they mold easily and doesn't do well. 

i'm assuming that the branches are growing in rapid past and didn't have time to mature or have all the plumbings going. when taken off the tree, they are not able to support themselves and go down quick. 

anyone have seen this before? i'm noticing this on my JH Adriatic and Ronde dB. 

i would assume by the end of the season, some of these will be hardened and will be possible to root them. but as of now.. they look funny.

Subject: Pruning Advice (photo + OT bonus photo) Replies: 12
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i would wait a yr or two... or when the tree reach the height you want. or, if you are good at this kinda things, start shaping now. i'm really bad at shaping trees, so i do lot of stupid things and all my trees look funny.

Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
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big is not always better. when you get a chance to go to a fig tasting, try few different figs. i'm pretty sure you'll change your mind.

Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
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i don't know what the weather is like where you are. but if what i think of TN is right, that place isn't exactly hot and dry. if that is the case, choosing a good fig isn't too easy. VdB is readily available from nurseries. i wouldn't exactly call it boutique fig. VdB in hot and relatively dry yr, it's very good. if you have little too much rain, it bleeds flavor. per herman, Nero 600M is much superior. 

the idea of good production isn't bad. but some of the figs require matching climate to produce large quantity of good figs. if the climate doesn't match the fig, you will have large quantity of... well... lame figs. if Brunswick does well in your climate, you are in luck.

i'm on the other side as far as choosing figs is concerned. quality overrides quantity for me. i would rather have 10 or less of lip smacking figs then 100 that i wouldnt feed to my dogs. that's why i have nearly 100 fig trees. 10 from each tree adds up quick.

Subject: When to remove from zip bags Replies: 10
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aaron, leaves will grow even if you don't want them to. pinching them off will only set them back. once the leaves are there, you need to use them to provide energy to the cuttings. even if you keep them in the dark, bud will break when it's time. except, those will be albino looking sickly buds since it never saw the light.

once the cutting has callus, there is a good chance roots will follow.

Subject: Where should I plant this tree? Replies: 21
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you should reserve south facing wall for something special :) Brunswick isn't all that special... unless this tree has some special meaning to you.

Subject: Pruning Advice Replies: 25
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fig trees need full day's sun. ok, maybe not full day, but more the better. the quality of the fig will improve. but, you are not getting any fig off the tree even with pinching. 

i would cut most of the suckers off. leave maybe 3 strong ones. let it grow without pinching till it has some new growth. then pinch every 5-6 nodes. some will put on branch again, pinch again after 5-6 leaves. you might get limited fig this way. but you shouldn't need to pinch next yr.

Subject: Date With Fig Leaf Tea Replies: 65
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you know what they say... "one woman's cat pee smelling fig leaf is another woman's coco chanel".

Subject: Starting the Shuffle Replies: 8
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i started with around 70 or so. now down to around 50. I started giving away duplicates. lot of good that did... another 40 or so in the house. but good news is, they are mostly duplicate .

Subject: How do I post pictures? Replies: 28
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first, you have to stare at the screen very hard. then with commanding voice, say "let there be pictures!". 

if that doesn't work, try using search function. i think we had few threads on how to post pictures.

Subject: Fauzi’s figs Replies: 14
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candy apple red... been looking for red one like the one from israel.

Subject: I've never heard of this before: "fig tree pollinator (male fig tree) Replies: 4
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well... i think that's what it is... lol

Subject: I've never heard of this before: "fig tree pollinator (male fig tree) Replies: 4
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caprifig. they are able to form functioning male parts and produce pollens.

Subject: Air Layers (again) - urgent request for info Replies: 8
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i do scrape and score around where i want the roots. 

Subject: Black Ischia & Black Maderia at Walmart! Replies: 18
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dennis, you missed two for one deal for Maltese Beauty and Maltese Falcon at $5.29.

Subject: Another one bites the dust :( Replies: 31
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sigh... ok, someone start singing "we are the champions"...

Subject: Suckers! Replies: 10
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let them ripe. if they don't measure up, cut the suckers off with main branch and get rid of 'em all :)

Subject: When to remove from zip bags Replies: 10
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once they put in the leaves, you need to keep an eye on them. there is a chance they will rot if not aired out often. doesn't really need to be placed in the dark .74-79 should be good. if the cutting has callus, put it in the cup with soil mix.

Subject: Air Layers (again) - urgent request for info Replies: 8
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i never use root hormone for air layer nor cuttings. fig roots fine without it.

Subject: Tree in house dying back Replies: 5
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cut it off couple of nodes down and hope for the best.  

Subject: OT. I Searched by Ingredient for Figs! Replies: 4
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been looking at tapa dishes. there are some nice ones on the web...

Subject: OT: been awhile since i saw snow in march. Replies: 11
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oh.. spring it here.. but it's keep backsliding on night temp. so far it's not as bad as last yr. at least we are getting sun. it will be checking weather everyday till end of april. 

Subject: OT: Baseball is finally here! Replies: 37
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i follow it occasionally... when mets are doing well.. i think last game i saw from start to finish was subway game back in 2000.. much prefer hockey, but i haven't watched in awhile. not much time to sit front of tv now days. 

Subject: OT: been awhile since i saw snow in march. Replies: 11
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so i was looking at the weather. last night actually stayed above 40. this week, day temp will go up to 80. but next week, the night temp will drop again to 32 or so.. for 5 days in a row. it seems the weather can't make up its mind. 

Subject: Spraying figs for pests Replies: 11
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never sprayed with anything. figs have very little pests, and never heard anyone specifically need scheduled spraying. 

Subject: favorite containers Replies: 15
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once a cutting has a good roots. i like them to be in the 1 gal for sometime to "harden" the roots. they can stay in 1 gal for 1 yr or more. i can still bareroot them to check if roots are choking the tree when moving them to large containers. most of them do not have that issue. but some of them, i had to cut some roots off since they were starting to circle the cutting below the soil. most of the roots are feeder roots inside the larger roots circling around the edge of the container. 

once they have been in the 1 gal for awhile, they don't seem to have much issue with watering. i use hose to fill up the pot few times to make sure they drain out at the bottom. most of the cuttings that die on me are ones that didn't have good root growth. but i figured out how to work that one out this winter.

Subject: Pests yet again! Replies: 10
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not sure i haven't read about oyster shells. but oyster shell should have lot of calcium. not sure if there is lime. about the only think i know about RKN is.. if it's in your yard, it will be almost impossible to get rid of. and they like sandy soil. mulching it with pine bark/needle keeps the zone moist and they don't see to like that too much. i believe some members in FL have RKN in their soil, but still grow rather nice trees with heavy mulching. on the other hand, i know of at least one member who grows everything in containers, and when one of the plant came in with RKN, number of them got infected and he had to do some serious repotting an cleaning up. 

i grow all mine in container since i have no clue if we have RKN in our soil. i'm pretty sure i don't. but don't want to even thinking about dealing with it. 

Subject: New to Figs and Forum - in Adelaide South Australia Replies: 14
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welcome to the forum. there are few members from that general direction.. i'm sure they will chime in. 

Subject: Pests yet again! Replies: 10
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there are few posts about RKN on the forum. hot water therapy, heavy mulching.. i'm hoping i'll never have to deal with RKN. 

Subject: OT: Where is Bullet this Weekend Replies: 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron4USA
oh good fig hunting. I thought he as in detox...


aaron, 

detox is for hollywood nut jobs. real man just pees it all out, and go for refill. 

Subject: OT: Where is Bullet this Weekend Replies: 11
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got up at 4:30am on sat. drove 5 hrs. took 2 hrs to collect cuttings. had lunch, turn around and got home around 7pm. full day. but very productive day. the varieties are known varieties but rather not common. from one of private collection. the detail will remain sub rosa until they have been verified... 3-4 yrs. 

on the bright side of the story, had few pints of kona longboard with grill steelhead trout basted with butter, dill weed, paprika, black pepper and salt mix. served with artichoke heart and other mixed veggie and mashed potatoes. i'm about to pass out :) comfortably numb. lol

Subject: Let My Fig Trees Bee! Replies: 25
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what the heck is that? i know they are bees... but, what makes them swarm like that?

Subject: OT: Where is Bullet this Weekend Replies: 11
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fig hunting. came back with some wonderful cuttings, met one of the forum members... fill you guys in in about 3 yrs... LOL

Subject: Figs that would do well in Northeast? Replies: 15
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welcome. if you go with figs pot, almost everything will work... first decide on what you want by looking at some old posts on the forum. once you make up your mind, start searching for the cuttings.

some figs do need long hot summer, but if you really want them, there are ways to get them to ripe... fig shuffle... .greenhouse... and others.

Subject: Higueras Canarias. Replies: 26
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don't speak or write it any more, but still can read some... hey, this thread is about 4 months old. 

Subject: MVSB and my silly action. Replies: 22
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only worm i eat is in the bottom of tequila bottle :)

Subject: MVSB and my silly action. Replies: 22
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knew lot of rangers. during survival and evation training they are taught to eat lot of things... including grubs. smart rangers are always prepared. they have candy bars in the cargo pocket.

Subject: Fig Trees Around Your Home Replies: 24
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steve,

i'm not sure if it's Paradiso or Kathleen's Black, but one of them gets big nob on the node with what looks like aerial roots. it looks rather neat. 

Subject: Fig Trees Around Your Home Replies: 24
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proper pruning of both top and root can keep it going for awhile. not that i know how to do neither of them. but tried my best. making back up of the tree every few yrs in case it's going to die on me. 

Subject: Fig Trees Around Your Home Replies: 24
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that's just tall.. check out this baby.  VdB going on 5th yr. 

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Subject: Fig Trees Around Your Home Replies: 24
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that's Paradiso Gene. i topped it couple of yrs ago to limit the growth. 

Subject: Fig Trees Around Your Home Replies: 24
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Subject: Taste wish for 2014, what are yours Replies: 9
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oh yeah.. Black Madeira. i hope my turn out ok this yr. and hopefully i can compare it to Figo Preto, and I-258.. and Socorro Black.. there is another one that i want to compare this to... but that would be for 2016.

 

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