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Subject: I never imagined this would work Replies: 16
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I've actually used the "wicking bucket" method Kenny describes (post #14) for several years here in Zone 6 and it works spectacularly.  It's the best way I've found to go from cutting to a fruiting tree in a single season.  I've observed what I believe are 2 separate types of roots on fig trees: 1) fine, fibrous upper roots that grow horizontally and 2) long, much stronger roots that grow downward in search of water.  I tend to believe that if the stem and fibrous roots are kept well-drained, the tree thrives even when the long roots are totally submerged as they would be in this set-up. 

Here's a photo of my N600M roots at the end of its 1st season.  Notice the size of the roots at the bottom of the root ball vs the top.  Some of those bottom roots were more than 6 ft long!  Fwiw, there's no need to wrap the drainage pipe with landscape cloth; roots don't migrate into the pipe. 


Subject: Sources for Methyl Eugenol for fruit fly traps Replies: 9
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You should be able to find what you need here:

Subject: Seeking some rare interesting cuttings Replies: 8
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 462

The F4F search function is the best way to find info on reputable sellers.  Just use "good sellers" or "reputable sellers" as your search term.  Also, use "scam" or similar terms to find those sellers you should avoid.  Good luck!

Subject: Winter protection for very small in ground fig Replies: 15
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I've planted several first-year figs at Thanksgiving in Zone 6 and then pinned them to the ground with full bags of compost.  I know that many fig growers will dispute the wisdom of this method, but I've never lost a tree.  The compost "blanket" allows the heat of the earth to protect the young plants from freezing, even in brutal winters like 2013-14 and 2014-15.  I haven't had any problems with rot from condensation on the plastic, I believe, because there is no air space between the plastic and the ground so no condensation forms.  An additional  benefit is that the mass of the compost tempers daytime temperature swings, so trees don't heat up if you get a couple unseasonably warm days in Feb.   When Spring comes (usually mid/late April here), I split the bag and empty the compost around the tree it protected through the winter.  Easy-peasy.  Good luck!

Subject: Winter protection gone wrong... Replies: 15
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 287
I would be patient--the roots are probably alive.  Sometimes it takes awhile for the tree to send up new shoots.  After the winter of 2013-2014, my daughter's tree in northern Ohio didn't show life till late July.  That was its first winter in-ground and it was brutally cold.  You'll probably see new growth by June where you are, though.

Btw, leaves are only marginal protection at best.  It's better to protect your trees with dirt.  I pinned my young trees to the ground with bags of compost in the 2014-15 winter (also a brutal winter) and didn't lose any of them.  Of course, I also plant my trees deeper than they grew in their pots to insure the roots stay warm under ground.

Subject: Jo-Anns Family Tree Replies: 8
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 328
Hi JoAnn, I rooted at least three trees from your cuttings.  I gave two away and kept one.  My tree has grown well, but I kept it in too small of a pot for too long (I had a lot of trees to care for that year!).  It's planted in-ground now and it survived winter with only the tips being damaged from the cold.  I wish I could report that I had eaten figs, but I haven't.  I am hopeful that this will be the year...

Subject: $2.00 Cuttings Replies: 33
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 1,483
Received my LdA cuttings yesterday and was more than pleased with their size and quantity received.  Thanks for your generosity, Charles!

Subject: Large container drainage problem Replies: 6
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 225
I know this wasn't your question, but I'm having trouble understanding whether the roots needed pruned or not.  It sounds like you didn't remove the tree from the pot to actually see the condition of the roots.  If that's true, there's no way to tell if changing some of the soil will be good enough.  If the root ball is massive and circling heavily around the outside of the pot, the roots will need to be pruned or eventually the tree will decline/die.  Then again, if you truly did change 40% of the soil (I'm not sure how to do that without removing the tree from pot), the tree should be fine through the coming season.

As to your question, drilling into the pot (even with the root ball in there) won't hurt anything.  Remember, these are the roots you would chop off when root pruning anyway.  Once they make it to tree size, figs are amazingly hardy plants that can overcome quite a lot of mishandling and still thrive.

FWIW, if you will be setting the pot on dirt, you might want to consider drilling holes on the sides of the pot near the bottom.  That way, if roots grow out of the holes into the ground they'll be easier to cut off when you want to move your tree.  I can't take credit for the tip, but I believe it will save you lots of aggravation in the fall.

Subject: Unk. Teramo cuttings available Replies: 21
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 851
Just received my very fat (and very healthy-looking) Unk Teramo cuttings.  Can't wait to get these growing.  Thanks again, Bill!

Subject: Panoram Italia Fig Article - Toronto Replies: 3
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 368
I poked around that site a bit and found a more recent article on the same guy; he must be a local celebrity.

There are also a couple of recipes I want to try--when I (finally) have some extra figs!

Subject: Florea and Atreano Gold main crop Replies: 18
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 892
Originally Posted by garden_whisperer
Floria is one fig that I can't get. Got two small cuttings this past winter, and two the year before. A where tiny and very thin and didn't root. They look great and I hear they are cold Hardy. Thanx for posting. I will try to get one going one of these days.

I have a small Florea (16 oz cup, I think) that I started this spring.  It needs a good home before winter.  PM me if you're interested.

Subject: Dried out tree -- could it be the potting medium? (pictures added) Replies: 25
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 1,317

It looks to me like the soil in the middle of your pot is totally dried out and probably resistant to re-wetting.  Water may be just running quickly to the bottom of the pot without actually wetting out the soil enough to hydrate the tree, so your tree may not be using the amount of moisture you think it is. 

If the soil is as severely dried out as it appears, you may want to add a small drop (or half-drop) of dish liquid to a gallon or two of water--the next time only--and water normally (not the whole gallon, that is just to disperse the dish liquid).  The dish liquid will lower the surface tension of the water and allow it to better penetrate into the dried-out portion of soil.   Alternatively, you could set the pot in water up to the rim, but that volume of water might be enough to encourage the tree to break dormancy.  Good luck!

Subject: Cuttings Available *Update* 1/14/14 Replies: 28
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 2,067
Request sent.  Thanks for the offer!

Subject: Transitioning figs out of SIPs to other environments Replies: 27
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 1,133
hi, I also think that the bare rooting is the source of your problems.  In Oct of 2012 I transplanted 6 first-year trees from 5-gal SIPs to ground and had no losses.  Fyi, my medium is 2 parts MG potting soil and 1 part coconut coir.  After Thanksgiving I protected the trees for winter (dry leaves stuffed in a wire frame that was covered with plastic).  Although it seems to be harsh treatment of baby plants,  4 of them rewarded me with several figs in 2013. :) 

I'm a firm believer in using SIPs to jump start the growth of young fig trees.  Last Oct I transplanted 4 more first-year trees to ground, same as above.  I hope these babies will respond as generously as the others.

Subject: Will a shower cap fit over the top of a 5 gallon bucket? Replies: 12
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I think these are what you're looking for.  They're large and should work for 5 gal buckets.

Good luck!

EDIT:   WHOOPS! I just read the reviews of that product and it looks like you should be cautious.  Some buyers report that they got smaller covers than advertised.  Sorry!

Subject: Only one thing I enjoy more than figs... Replies: 14
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Frank, thanks again for sharing your tiramisu recipe--and for inspiring me to try my hand at it.  I made it for our Christmas Eve dinner and it got rave reviews.  Because of late work schedules we only had 4 fishes this year, but this dessert more than made up for it!  :)

Your steps were easy to follow and the preparation was easier than I could have imagined.  I always wanted to try zabaglione--the egg mixture--since I saw someone make it on TV, but I was timid.  Other than the whisking being labor-intensive, the custard was easy to make and super-delicious!  I'll definitely make it again to serve with fresh peaches or berries.  Yum!  (Gosh, it's hard to wait till summer!)

Subject: Hard Head Replies: 10
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 755
Just be sure to check the soil moisture once in awhile.  The fridge has a tendency to dry out my foods pretty quickly unless I keep them well wrapped.  Good luck! 

Subject: Mountain Figs - cold hardy early ripening Replies: 85
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 9,451
I'm curious about Lyndhurst White.  I've read several posts indicating it's very cold resistant, but it's not on the list above.  Does that mean it ripens too late? I'm interested since I'm in 6a/b and I just bought cuttings of it.  Thanks!

Subject: Only one thing I enjoy more than figs... Replies: 14
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Frank, thanks for the recipe.  It looks straightforward enough that I'm going to give it a try on Christmas eve.  I'm betting the family will love it! 


Subject: Easy to make embossed plant tags. Replies: 29
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 1,589
Foam egg carton tops could be used for the center material.  Family/friends could supply plenty of material to work with pretty quickly for no cost.

Subject: One more time/last time good Ebay sellers/members Replies: 84
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I got beautiful cuttings from ebay seller bidbid73 (F4F member c2meang), and I'd definitely recommend him as a source. 

Subject: anyone buy from ebay seller: bidbid73? Replies: 22
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I want to add my 2 cents about ebay seller bidbid73 since I just received cuttings from him today.  Peter (c2meang) ships lovely cuttings--and they are prepared beautifully.  Ends are sealed with wax, then cuttings are wrapped in plastic and sealed in a plastic bag.  They were placed inside 2 bubble envelopes for shipping and a bonus cutting (different variety) was also enclosed.  I am thrilled with my purchase and I'd definitely buy from Peter again. 

Subject: Fig tree on TV -- 15 seconds of fame Replies: 14
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No fig tree, but I did see figs used in a Kerrygold commercial.  They featured their Dubliner cheese in a fig pizza with walnuts.  It looked yummy, so I went to the website for more info on the cheese, and found a couple of recipes for fig pizza; there is also a pasta dish with figs and arugula that looks interesting.  I can't wait to have enough figs to try actual recipes. :)

Subject: Anyone in WV? Replies: 8
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I'm in Follansbee, Brooke County.  I'd guess that'd be at least 3 hours away.  It doesn't look so far, but everyone knows WV would be the same size as Texas if it was flattened out. ;)

Subject: Anyone in WV? Replies: 8
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 662
Hi Chris, any chance you're in/near the northern panhandle?

Subject: Clam shell airlayer pots Replies: 9
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 1,558
I just ordered these from Lee Valley, 5 for $14.95:,47236

Subject: Vanilla fig Replies: 8
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 748
I also think that leaves of Grasa's Adriatic smell heavenly!  And yes, the fragrance is coconut.  I was surprised to find that the green leaves smelled so good--last year the leaves of my Hardy Chicago had a less intense but similar fragrance, but not until they had almost dried.  I even saved some of them to make tea, but someone trashed them before I got the chance.  I'm looking forward to trying the Adriatic leaves later this season. 

Subject: Massive fig cutting give away! Replies: 55
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I hope you can find a way to keep growing things.  May God bless you and restore you to health.

Subject: Available Cuttings from the family tree Replies: 26
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 1,823
JoAnn, I received my package of cuttings yesterday.  Thanks again!!

Subject: Adriatic - Cuttings all gone, but Jon (encantofarm) has potted trees!!! Replies: 78
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 4,715

The cuttings you sent have sprouted roots after only 10 days in the moss!  The largest/thickest one (about 1 inch in diameter) showed roots of almost an inch yesterday, and today the next largest two also have them.  I’ve never had cuttings with such a willingness to grow--I hope it’s a sign that they'll be vigorous enough to do well in my climate here in northern WV.  :)

Thanks again for undertaking this project.  I appreciate your kindness.

Subject: Elmers Glue and salvaging a cutting - please advise Replies: 14
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I've been sealing the ends of my cuttings with Gorilla Glue.  It's isocyanate-based and reacts with moisture, so you may see a little foam after it cures.  The products that are formed are waterproof. 

Subject: Adriatic - Cuttings all gone, but Jon (encantofarm) has potted trees!!! Replies: 78
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Grasa, I just found your note.  email sent.

Subject: Available Cuttings from the family tree Replies: 26
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 1,823
I love the suspense of trying the unknown figs.  PM sent.  Thank you!

Subject: Coconut fiber potting mix Replies: 2
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Martin, how would you use the Burpee's mix?  I used it out of the bag for my cuttings, but now I'm wondering if I should have mixed it with my normal potting mix.  Any advice?

Subject: Coconut fiber potting mix Replies: 2
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If you have been wanting to try rooting your cuttings in coconut coir, you might want to get some Burpee's Eco-Friendly Seed Starting Mix.  It's 95% coconut fiber and 5% Perlite with a small amount of organic fertilizer.  I bought a couple of 10-qt bags today (for $3.59 each) at K-Mart.  The color and coarseness of the mix reminds me of coffee grounds--except it's really light and airy--and I can see why it would promote aeration of the roots.  I used the mix to cup up a few cuttings tonight and I'm hoping to be able to post a positive review in a few weeks.

Subject: One more time/last time good Ebay sellers/members Replies: 84
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Make sure to set up a PayPal account, too.  Most sellers take payment through PayPal, and some specify it as the only way you can pay for your items.  The benefit to the buyer is that a PayPal payment is quick and guaranteed, so no problem if you don't have feedback.  You only need a credit card to set it up.  Good luck!

Subject: Article on FMV and Stress Replies: 6
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thanks for covering my back and posting a good link to the article.  I also appreciate the additional information.  Wow!  Seeing all the viruses involved in fig mosaic disease makes me think we're really fortunate not to see more of it than we do...

The interesting thing for me was that the Saudi study found less FMD at high temperatures while the Israeli study found more.  I guess that just shows that one should choose their variants wisely--or suffer the consequences.  Since FMV appears to be present in all variants, your plant is just telling you it needs a better home when you see those yellow-spotted leaves.  


Subject: Article on FMV and Stress Replies: 6
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 1,544
I found an abstract of a journal article that seems to support a theory proposed by Herman2 and robertharper in an old thread--stress influences the development of fig mosaic virus (FMV) in cultured trees.  “Stress-related expression of virus symptoms in fig (Ficus carica L.)" was reported in Israel Journal of Plant Science.  It documents a study in which scientists exposed Ficus carica to the environmental stresses of trellising and high temperatures in order to force expression of latent (dormant) FMV. 

Full disclosure: I didn't actually purchase/read the entire article, but starting this thread will give the information exposure in case others are interested in obtaining it.  I also posted a link to the information in an old forum thread where I had read a thoughtful discussion of why FMV expression seems to wax or wane depending on the environment in which the tree is grown. 

Here’s the link to the abstract:,4,13;journal,26,45;linkingpublicationresults,1:300170,1  

Also the link to the old thread where the topic was discussed:

I hope that the information is the scholarly confirmation that Herman2 wanted when he posted this (#17) in the old thread:
Sooo:All fig tree cultivars have the virus inside them ,in dormant stage.
When exposed to stress,all of a sudden the virus waKES UP AND START HURTING THE PLANT.
This is very "Possible" in my opinion but we need a doctor of science of medicine,to agree with us

I am continually impressed by the scholarship of members who unselfishly make this forum such a resource.  It's truly a treasure-trove of quality information on fig culture--without the cost of even a single journal article--thanks a bunch!  Also, thanks to Jon for his vision in constructing the Figs 4 Fun Forum and his continuing support to keep it alive.  You rock!

Subject: Zingarella Replies: 35
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I thought of this old thread when I read an abstract (link below) of an article in Israel Journal of Plant Science.  Scientists conducted an experiment that subjected ficus carica to the environmental stresses of trellising and high temperatures in order to cause the expression of latent FMV.  This is exactly the theory that Herman2 and robertharper propose in posts #10, 16, and 17, and it seems to be the scholarly confirmation that Herman2 is seeking.

Subject: Rice Hulls as alternative to Perlite Replies: 15
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Rice hulls are used in brewing beer, so you might want to try the home brewer's supply shops.  That's where I found them when I needed them for a project at work.

Subject: Cutting/plants are dying Replies: 24
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Hi Frank,

It looks to me like the soil in the far right cup is very light in color.  Is there a chance it could be too dry?  A wood stove and fan seem likely to make the environment really dry for such young cuttings.  I'd first check that the soil moisture (below the surface) is okay.  Having them in such a warm environment may be causing more water loss than the young roots are able to replace.  In any case, I agree with Brent--tent the cuttings to minimize water loss from the leaves and hope for the best.  Good luck!

Subject: level of moisture Replies: 30
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I improved my success rate with cuttings when I started putting a layer of pea gravel (max 1/2") in the bottom of the cup.  I usually do this with all my potted plants to help with drainage, but somewhere along the line I saw posts that recommended against it.  This year I decided to test it for myself and I believe it has helped me avoid overwatering.   Good luck!

Subject: charity case Replies: 15
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Ouch!  Overwatering is easy to do, and it was my biggest problem last year.  Anyway, I have some LSU Purple that I can send.  PM me if you're interested.

Subject: Tasty description of figs Replies: 37
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BTW...I love the scale, Dennis!

Subject: Tasty description of figs Replies: 37
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 2,853
I hope to taste enough fresh figs this year that I can begin discriminating.  The few I've tasted were category "awesome", so I'm eagerly waiting for more experience this summer. :)

Subject: clear plastic 16 oz cups Replies: 11
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I've gotten the 18 oz size at Dollar General and several drug stores.  I use a drill press with a 5/16" bit to make the holes.  Turn them upside down and drill a stack of 4 or 5 at a time to keep them from collapsing.  No fumes for me--I work in the chemical industry and my lungs have already had to filter more than their share. :) 

Subject: DRAFT page for Jon on Forum Etiquette Replies: 37
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 1,552
Hi Suzi,

I also hate rules, so I understand your reluctance to see formalized behavior guidelines.  I believe, though, that guidelines could help alleviate some of the drama that causes you and other long-time members so much irritation.  New members can choose to read the etiquette section (or not) and to adopt (or not) the standards of acceptable behavior.  It’s just a way for responsible members to learn quickly what is expected, not rigid rules that would change the free-flow of the site.  The upside of this is that you won’t feel obligated to respond (or bite your tongue) when someone steps out of line--you’ll already know that the newbie isn’t interested in behaving responsibly. 

I hope you’ll reconsider going into lurking mode—I know I’d miss your posts. :’(


Subject: Member Intro (finally) Replies: 15
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 1,432
Thanks to all who extended such warm greetings.  I'm glad to have come out of the shadows! 

Suzi:  Pennsylginia is what folks from PA call the northern panhandle of WV.  It's the part of WV above the Mason-Dixon Line that looks like it should belong in PA.  Back in the 60's there was a half-hearted underground movement that wanted to secede from WV and become a separate state entirely.  That was when the steel mills in northern WV were the biggest employers in the state and they kept the rest of the state in $$.  Now the steel mills are pretty just about gone.  We had 2 mills locally that each employed about 14K workers up until the late 70's, but one is in Chapter 7 bankruptcy (dissolution) now and the other is mainly a distribution center rather than the heavy manufacturing site of the past.  So sad!

Art:  I'm south of Weirton, so I'm closer to Washington County.  I work in Robinson, and my drive time is only about 30 minutes.

Danny K:  Yes, I could walk from PA--through Weirton WV--to OH in about 1 1/2 hours.  The opposite direction would take 2 hours or more, though, since it's uphill all the way!

Subject: Member Intro (finally) Replies: 15
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It all started with a tiny Celeste I bought on ebay.  I lovingly cared for it for 2 summers and buried it underground for two winters.  Finally, in 2011, it produced one (1!) fig ripe fig.  Actually, it also produced 3 others--but as Celestes are known to do, it dropped the rest before giving me a shot at them.  I split the lone droopy little packet of goodness with DH, and from that moment I was hooked on fresh figs.  

Last winter I added a Hardy Chicago to my collection and bought a few ebay cuttings.  Luckily most came from well-regarded members of this forum, but I also purchased cuttings from one of the less reputable members (you know who you are!) before I found this website.  I also managed to over-fertilize the Celeste, so this year I got lush green vegetation but no fruit.

Since joining the forum, I have educated myself through reading old posts and following new topics, but all the information has fueled a burgeoning fig addiction.  I bought additional cold-hardy plants and cuttings since joining and I now have 12 varieties in all.  Just recently, a few trees were planted in the yard--with protection--after racking up vigorous growth last summer in 5-gal SIPS.  Although I initially thought I’d only grow my figs in containers, I’m now working toward getting all of them into the garden when their size is right.  One of my most important lessons this year was that hauling trees and containers into (and out of) the garage is not part of my long-term development plan.  Cuttings of each of variety are rooting in cups as insurance, along with several new varieties I’ve been lucky to acquire from generous forum members (many thanks!) and a friend at work. 

With your assistance, my first "serious" season was a successful start toward my goal of having a bountiful crop of fresh figs in season.  I’m now eagerly looking forward to the 2013 growing season.

Subject: One more time/last time good Ebay sellers/members Replies: 84
Posted By: 1FigMama Views: 7,731
I believe his GW id is kkfromnj, and on ebay he's kk.

I can vouch for the quality of plants he sells, since I bought MVSB and VdB from him this spring. The plants are very vigorous and appear to be true to type--I was able to taste a couple of figs from each already. :) His packaging was really professional, and the plants arrived quickly and in great shape.


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