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Subject: Figs that are common type fall off Replies: 12
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 281
 
The older they get the less likely they are to drop. For example my Celeste that are in ground, are about four years old. Last year and the year before they dropped quite a bit of small fruit before ripening. This year I've had minimal fruit drop. No fertilizer even.

Zone 6 NJ

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Subject: Cutting losing leaves after transplant to soil Replies: 1
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 123
 
Hi there. I have routed successfully to Celeste cuttings via water bottle method. One cutting did not put out leaves but tip is green. The other had put out one small leaf. After transplanting them to potting soil, the one cutting with the leaf began to slowly droop and wilt. After a week I just pulled it off. Both cuttings are still in soil and have green tips. Am I going to lose this cuttings, or is it that time of the year where they're going dormant like the trees? The soil is moist.

I keep them inside with moderate light. The one cutting in the clear plastic pot showed some white fuzz on the stem at the base of the soil. I've sprayed with hydrogen peroxide to keep it in check. I've attached a picture of them. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Subject: Leaf on cutting drooping after transplant from water to soil Replies: 1
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 119
 


I finally potted the two cuttings from the water bottle. Lots of roots. I lightly added potting soil and then some Nestle Pure Life water to moisten since that's what they've rooted in. I do notice that today, after transplanting yesterday, that the one cutting that leafed out started to show a little bit of drooping of the leaves. Is this normal? The potting soil is moist.

Is this part of the transpant shock process from being in water for about 3 weeks? Thanks.

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Subject: Easy method for propagation. Opinions please! Replies: 18
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 519
 
UPDATE

I finally potted the two cuttings from the water bottle. Lots of roots. I lightly added potting soil and then some Nestle Pure Life water to moisten since that's what they've rooted in. Fingers crossed.

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Subject: Easy method for propagation. Opinions please! Replies: 18
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 519
 
Update

To my suprise I checked the cuttings and they rooted already. All I used was Nestle's Pure Life bottled water and put them on a counter near a window.

Odd thing is that I never changed the water. Also, they rooted quickly; only one week in water.

Highly recommend Nestle Pure Life!

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Subject: What is your FIRST main crop in ground to ripen in 2017 Replies: 35
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 725
 
Lots of Celeste!!!!

Subject: First Celeste Figs of the Season Replies: 4
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 169
 
Some more!

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Subject: Easy method for propagation. Opinions please! Replies: 18
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 519
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TorontoJoe
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/the-best-rooting-method-i-found-over-the-years-6717809?pid=1295824056

This is the method I have used most successfully indoors. The key is to not transfer to straight potting mix once rooted. Mix your mix 50-50 with perlite. 

Outdoors in summer I poke the cutting in a 1 gal pot full of slightly moist mix, cover with a clear plastic bag and leave in indirect light. Elastic band to keep the bag tight. Don't bother it for a month... When you see roots out the bottom... You have a tree. 


So you mix 50-50 perlite and garden soil to place the cutting once rooted?

Subject: Easy method for propagation. Opinions please! Replies: 18
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 519
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by fygmalion
I have rooted many types of cuttings in a water glass on a window sill, including figs... It works.... I can't say what the success / failure rate is as I have never done a formal set of test cases. I know a number of folks put their cuttings in water until they see the white root precursors popping up and then they throw the cuttings into rooting medium for the final rooting stage. I have a 8" fig twig in water right now from a piece that broke off another plant and it has already starting to form the precursors so i will likely put the branch into barely damp medium this weekend, cover it with a baggie to create a micro humidity bin and then see if it finishes rooting....


Thanks for your reply. How often should I change the water and how long until it begins to root? Do I wait until I see roots to plant it in soil? Thanks.

Subject: Easy method for propagation. Opinions please! Replies: 18
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 519
 
Right now I put a few cutting from my Celeste in water bottles with distilled water and near a window. That is all. Will this method lead to effective rooting, or should I use a other medium like perlite or soil? I can't help but think that the cuttings will eventually rot from being only in water after a few weeks.

I'm looking to avoid any complex rooting methods as I don't have means fir a humidity chamber, etc.

Simple is key.

Advice is welcomed!

Subject: First Celeste Figs of the Season Replies: 4
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 169
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldOneEye
MMMmmm.... Lovely. I hope I have some coming in soon.


Got another handful today!

Subject: First Celeste Figs of the Season Replies: 4
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 169
 
Found just a handful, but a week earlier than last year.

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Subject: Pictures of your inground trees NOW from New England and Mid-Atlantic Members Replies: 21
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 632
 
Here is my first Kadota in pot. Not many but first time I overwintered indoors. It started budding in early March. Kadota doesn't do well inground here even with winter protection.

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Subject: Pictures of your inground trees NOW from New England and Mid-Atlantic Members Replies: 21
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 632
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave
Heres a local unknown that my son found on his job and brought me home a couple of cuttings it was in the ground  all last winter here in CT with no die back what so ever ??? I'll cover it this year because I don't know if I will be that lucky again I'm hoping the figs will ripen so I could get an idea of what it is 

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Nice tree! Looks like a brown turkey. Eye is pink before ripening

Subject: Pictures of your inground trees NOW from New England and Mid-Atlantic Members Replies: 21
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 632
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by fidgeater
  Beautiful



Thank you.

Subject: Pictures of your inground trees NOW from New England and Mid-Atlantic Members Replies: 21
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 632
 
How about others?

Subject: Pictures of your inground trees NOW from New England and Mid-Atlantic Members Replies: 21
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 632
 
Here's the latest of my two Celeste. No fruit drop this year either!

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Subject: Miracle Gro Fruit and Citrus tree fertilizer spikes Replies: 4
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 178
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by fisherman2
Milorganite is fine for your lawn, but it contains high levels of heavy metals from the sewage sludge from which it is made. I would keep it away from a vegetable garden or fruit trees. You don't want to be injesting this stuff via edible plants like your fig tree.


Thank you!

Subject: Miracle Gro Fruit and Citrus tree fertilizer spikes Replies: 4
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 178
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by fignutty
Your trees look great. They don't need the spikes. They don't need any other fertilizer either.

The spikes aren't a good way to fertilize anything. I don't know of a single experienced grower that uses them or recommends the spikes on any kind of fruit tree.


Great, thanks!

Subject: Miracle Gro Fruit and Citrus tree fertilizer spikes Replies: 4
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 178
 
Hi there. I'm in New Jersey and have two fairly large inground Celeste. I have not fertilized them this year. They do get fertilized with the lawn indirectly with Milorganite. Anyway, I have a huge Peach tree that I put a couple of spikes around the drip line just for the heck of it. Is it worthwhile to use them on the fig trees or should I just let them be? They have a bunch of small fruits that started to emerge. Thanks!

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Subject: 30ft + tall heirloom Celeste Replies: 37
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 973
 
Gorgeous. I'm in NJ and mine aren't nearly as big!

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Subject: Inground Celeste in North Central NJ Replies: 4
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 157
 
Thanks for the reply. My potted Kadota is already putting on main figs so my guess is that everything is on schedule.

Subject: Inground Celeste in North Central NJ Replies: 4
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 157
 
I found pictures from last year and it seemed to start putting out fruit at the end of June. Fingers crossed.

Subject: Inground Celeste in North Central NJ Replies: 4
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 157
 
Hello all. I have two large inground Celeste. I don't see any new figs on the trees yet even though there are quite a bit of leaves. I'm not sure if last year the trees put out flags yet but I'm thinking it was towards the end of this month. Anybody else have Celeste in the area? Thanks.

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Subject: When do inground trees start to put out fruit in zone 6? Replies: 3
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 159
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by figpig_66
Depends on where your located Mine have lots of hard green figs. One of the trees has one fig on it that is swelling but on the whole they are loaded with unripe figs. Trees are your size. One has a few breba which I never seen before


What type of Fig?

Subject: When do inground trees start to put out fruit in zone 6? Replies: 3
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 159
 
I have two large inground Celeste. I can't remember but I think last year they started to put out tiny fruits at the end of this month. Can anyone else concur?

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Subject: Anyone growing peach trees in Midatlantic region! Replies: 3
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 71
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by eboone
I thin mine when they are pea - to - marble size so those remaining have the best chance to reach ideal size.. There are always some that drop off later. If those you see dropping look healthy I would think they are dropping for reasons related to tree health, tree size, crop size, climate factors or just because.


I understand the manual thinning, but healthy peach trees are supposed to shed themselves naturally. It called "June drop" for that reason. Your tree should drop chickpea sized fruits anywhere from end of May to June. I'm just thinking this year seems like a lot. Then again, the tree is about 21 feet high and almost as wide so maybe it's normal.

Subject: Anyone growing peach trees in Midatlantic region! Replies: 3
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 71
 
Hey there. I have this big beautiful peach tree that was growing from seed. It's about eight years old. I don't even know what variety it is. Anyway, I noticed that the tree has been dropping quite a bit of fruit. I know all about June drop and that the tree is thinning itself out naturally, but it seems that there's an excessive amount of little fruits on the ground this year. So much so that I whipped out the wet dry vac to suck them all up off the grass. I usually have to do additional manual thinning, but I'm wondering if that's even going to be necessary this year because of all the drop.

I must say, that the tree was loaded with fruit this year prior to drop - more so than ever. I'm wondering if that's perhaps the reason why the shedding seems awfully high this year. The only other thing I can think of is perhaps the fact that it's been quite rainy and wet the past month. At any rate, it seems like within the past week the tree has been dropping a lot of fruit. I'm talking a couple hundred. The dropped fruits seem healthy so there's no justification for any pests or worms.

Ever since 2015 I've been getting great yields from the tree. Last year was a bit less because of the early freeze that we had an April after early bloom in late March.

Just wondering if any other members that have peach trees are seeing the same thing. There still a lot of peaches on the tree it seems. I was just taken aback by how much I found on the ground already.

Below is a picture of the Peach tree.

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Subject: Peach tree just dropped a bunch of leaves????? Why? Replies: 7
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 156
 
Peach trees are usually very heat tolerant. I'm in the same boat as you but my peach tree has fared well with the extreme heat the past few days. Figs are another story!

Did you rule out peach leaf curl?

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Subject: Inground trees taking a beating during Mid-Atlantic heat wave! Replies: 5
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 193
 
Here's a picture of where the leaves have a wilted quite a bit. I don't know if they'll come back.

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Subject: Inground trees taking a beating during Mid-Atlantic heat wave! Replies: 5
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 193
 
Hi all. Reporting from Northern New Jersey. With yesterday and today being above 90°, it's hitting my ingrounds pretty hard. The leaves have the typical wilt appearance during hot temperatures like they always do - until the evening time, but I noticed that a couple of branches have very wilted (small) leaves despite watering. I'm wondering if I should just cut them off.

Is this because it just got too hot to quickly and the leaves aren't ready for the extreme heat? Again, both have been thoroughly watered yesterday and today.

Also some of the small figs have fallen off I guess due to the heat as well.

Anyone else in the area having similar issues?

Subject: Pictures of your inground trees NOW from New England and Mid-Atlantic Members Replies: 21
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 632
 
Here are mine today. The third picture is the same tree from last year on May 25. This year still about 10 days ahead.

The last picture is my peach tree.

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Subject: Help with a Celeste cutting Replies: 2
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 138
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bamafig
I would say skip the water and go with slightly damp coir, do a site search. Celeste is a willing rooter. Good luck.


Well the second leaf went dry so I just threw out the cutting. Still no roots. Maybe better luck next time. 🙁

Subject: Pictures of your inground trees NOW from New England and Mid-Atlantic Members Replies: 21
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 632
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrdewhirst
LOL!  Evidently Z6 in NJ is a lot different than Z6 in RI!  

Historically, May 1 has been a typical date for bud break here, but this year the plants seem to be roughly a week ahead.  Even so, there are hardly any leaves.  I'll post pictures if you really want, but there's not much to see.


Yes. About 7-10 ahead of last year although the next 10 days forecasted only to be in 60s so we shall see! Bud break this year was Apr 12.

Subject: Pictures of your inground trees NOW from New England and Mid-Atlantic Members Replies: 21
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 632
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by figpig_66
I have 52 in ground fig trees. So after the rain storm i will post my top 5 or so favorite trees


Great! Where at?

Subject: Looking for true Hardy Chicago ship to NJ Replies: 0
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 77
 
Hi there. Anyone have an established Chicago Hardy (no bareroot) that you can ship to NJ? Will consider multiple container sizes. Thanks!

Subject: Pictures of your inground trees NOW from New England and Mid-Atlantic Members Replies: 21
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 632
 
Please list your zone, location, and variety.

Here are my 2 Celeste. Zone 6. North Jersey.

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Subject: Any nj fig growers out there Replies: 9
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 230
 
I have two but both are inground 😛

Subject: Help with a Celeste cutting Replies: 2
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 138
 
Hello all. About three weeks ago I took a 12 inch cutting from my inground Celeste. I am attempting to root a cutting for the first time. I read that you can put the cutting in a water bottle and it will start to root in about a month. So I put it in a water bottle filled about one third with lukewarm water and change it every once in a while. I'm not sure that I see any routes left but the actual cutting is alive and well. It put out a leaf bout a week ago on the top which wilted on the edges and fell eventually. Now the second leaf is appearing to follow. I cut a little bit off of the bottom of the cutting just to make sure it doesn't seal up. I also put in a few drops if SUPERTHRIVE every other time I change the water. I noticed some white dots in the stem in water (maybe roots) starting to appear. The cutting is near the kitchen window but not in direct sunlight.

Am I doing this correctly? When should I expect to put it in potting soil?

There are so many ways to root that I'm not sure what to do. Some say you can put the cutting right in soil; some say keep it in the water bottle until it roots. I'd like to be successful with it.

The cutting is doing well despite the small leaf
having curled up that it put out. I figured it was a sign that the cutting was headed south but it's perfectly fine, and in fact ready to push out the leaf under it.

Attached are some pictures. Any advice is appreciated.

Is the water bottle method a good way to root in the future? I like to keep the process simple. 🙂

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Subject: Safe to uncover trees in NJ? Replies: 40
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 734
 
Here are my two inground trees

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Subject: Safe to uncover trees in NJ? Replies: 40
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 734
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Luigi6809
hey Figi what do you winterize your trees with? I see the insulation, Do you then follow up with the tarp??

        Chris R 
        Zone 7A Toms River NJ


First I tie all branches together to make it suitable for covering. Then I take weed cloth and wrap it around 4-5 times. After I use 6" pink insulation and wrap once around the width once, cut and tape, starting from bottom in pieces. Last I use a tarp wrapped around 10 times. Always works. Never moisture or rot.

Subject: Bud on separation of old wood and new wood Replies: 2
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 80
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdsfrance
Hi,
It doesn't look like a leaf nor like a fruit, but like a new branch ... Sometimes those buds do dry before opening...


I figured it is a new branch. Some of these buds look kind of yellow. Thanks!

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Subject: Notching to promote branching Replies: 13
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 927
 
Would notching induce bud growth above s node where there isn't currently a bud? In other words, can you use notching to produce buds or is it only effective on an existing bud? 😛

Subject: Bud on separation of old wood and new wood Replies: 2
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 80
 
Hi there. I have a Kadota that started leading indoors in early March. You can see that it has quite a few brebas. I just noticed that right on the line between the old wood a new wood on the branches there's a little bud forming. Just wondering if it's another leaf / branch or a fruit bud.

Thanks.


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Subject: Safe to uncover trees in NJ? Replies: 40
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 734
 
It got down to 37.5 here last night so no worries 😉

Subject: 35 degrees overnight low Replies: 9
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 182
 
😩

Subject: 35 degrees overnight low Replies: 9
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 182
 
Anyone else nervous that have trees with green tips but NOT leafed out yet? I thought that so long as the buds are dormant, the trees could sustain slightly colder temps overnight without dieback.

Subject: 35 degrees overnight low Replies: 9
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 182
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveL
I would cover with an old sheet or something that will keep any possible frost off the buds. A light frost will set you back. Better safe than sorry. Definitely if leafed out.


Okay thanks!

Subject: 35 degrees overnight low Replies: 9
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 182
 
Tonight may dip down to 35. Is this a problem for inground fig trees that haven't leafed yet? Thanks!

Subject: Safe to uncover trees in NJ? Replies: 40
Posted By: figgi11 Views: 734
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tonynap
love the forum.  first post.

frost is my only worry for unwrapping

use 'last frost date' and your zip code in a search engine and look for a result that says you can look it up, should be toward the top results.  

nice cause it gives percentages, so for me by april 22 i have only 10% chance of getting frost.  Lets you eval the risk.

if you want to open them early just do it and if you get frost just put a bag over the top.


The forecast is saying 35 tomorrow night. I hope that's absolute minimum! 😳 Trees haven't leafed out yet but those temps makes me nervous.

 

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