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Subject: Zone 5b/6a only (Top 5 please) Replies: 5
Posted By: Richardk Views: 295
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zone5figger
RdB
Improved Celeste
Florea
RdB
Smith

I guess you really like RDB since you listed it twice lol. It actually seems to be on everyone's top 5 list. Even people in the much warmer zones seem to have it on their top lists. I just got mine so I can't wait for it to start producing, so I can taste one.

Subject: Zone 5b/6a only (Top 5 please) Replies: 5
Posted By: Richardk Views: 295
 
Hi guys

Please list for me your top varieties. I'm just in my 2nd year and I think I have many of the popular varieties (about 30 different varieties). Please let me know your favorites as far as taste and ripening in our environment. From what I gather most people say.... 

Ronde De Bordeaux
Smith
Lattarula
VDB
Verte
Malta Black





Subject: Sucrette (Baud) Replies: 46
Posted By: Richardk Views: 567
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vinny2210


Hello,

Yes they turn light with sugar spots all over (not the prettiest) when ripe and hang like any other Fig. It's very sweet and one of Bauds favourite. All the best.

Vinny


Do you ever get honey (fig syroup) coming out of the eye?

Subject: Sucrette (Baud) Replies: 46
Posted By: Richardk Views: 567
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vinny2210
Excellent taste, one of my favorite.

Hi Vinny

I have a sucrette Baud and I'm new to figs how can you tell when it's ripe? One of mine has swelled and is lighter in color than the rest on the tree, it also feels softer, should I wait longer?

Subject: Thanks and Black Madera Replies: 6
Posted By: Richardk Views: 321
 
I'm still looking for Black Madeira if anybody has one for sale.

Subject: More Ripe Black Madeira's Replies: 13
Posted By: Richardk Views: 299
 


The pictures look amazing!!! What part of the world are you in

Subject: Planting in zone 6a - fall or spring? Replies: 14
Posted By: Richardk Views: 314
 
Definitely in the spring. I'm actually looking to do the same thing as you. I bought 2 HC last fall and kept them in pots all year this year. The plan is to put one in the ground next spring and hope it takes off. I was under the impression that HC is one of the most cold hardy figs out there.


It's real interesting what zone5figger is saying about Malta Black and Florea, since geographically Malta is located so far south in the Mediterranean



Subject: Seeking Nordland Replies: 33
Posted By: Richardk Views: 2,020
 
Hi

I'm looking for a Northland (Nordland)
 fig tree if anybdy has one to sell me.

Even cuttings in the fall would be ok if nobody has or wants to sell a plant.

Thank You
Richard
 

Subject: My first Verte of the year Replies: 9
Posted By: Richardk Views: 229
 
So can somebody tell me is Verte and Strawberry Verte the same? I have a Verte that I haven't gotten fruit from yet so I'm curious to know how it's gonna taste like and  look like on the inside.

Thank You
Richard

Subject: Thanks and Black Madera Replies: 6
Posted By: Richardk Views: 321
 
Yes I called Adriano yesterday. I've read so much about his figs, I've always wanted to visit and check out his collection. I was hoping to pick up a black madera and do that at the same time. Unfortunately he said Black Madera is sold out and doesn't know when it will become available again. He said it's a very popular fig!

Subject: Thanks and Black Madera Replies: 6
Posted By: Richardk Views: 321
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by deerhunter16b
You should take a look at Brugmansia Quebec,


Thanks for the great recommendation. They have a lot of different varieties unfortunately they are sold out of Black Madera.


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Subject: Thanks and Black Madera Replies: 6
Posted By: Richardk Views: 321
 

Hi Guys

First of all I would like to thank all the very nice people on the forum for your advice and suggestions, I'm new here and everyone has been so good at giving me tips and advice not to mention all that I've learned from reading past posts.

I started My Fig adventures last year in May and I can't get enough

I live in Toronto Canada and I'm now looking for a Black Madera tree hopefully from someone in Canada to avoid all the border crossing crap.

I'll am willing to pay of course.

My rooting skills are average to below average (about 15% success) so I wouldn't risk a Black Madera cutting because I have learned they are very hard to root

Thanks in advance
Richard


Subject: Luturulla tree help! I'm Puzzled. Replies: 4
Posted By: Richardk Views: 122
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bamafig
Fertilizer burn perhaps? Maybe flush the soil?

So just water it really heavy?

Subject: Luturulla tree help! I'm Puzzled. Replies: 4
Posted By: Richardk Views: 122
 
Hi Guys

Can somebody help and tell me what's wrong with my Laturulla fig tree. It started the season great then the leaves turned yellow and brown. Then it seemed to get better but it's growing very slowly compared to my other figs and the leaves look almost burnt. Can anybody recommend what I should do. I'm just a rookie at the fig world but I'm addicted!!!

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Subject: Identification Please Replies: 3
Posted By: Richardk Views: 85
 
No i have Hardy Chicago. What i need is Ronde de Bordeaux

Subject: Identification Please Replies: 3
Posted By: Richardk Views: 85
 
Can somebody try to identify this variety. They are selling them at a local supermarket (Loblaws). I would love to get one of its a variety that i don't have.

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Subject: New kid on the block-Introduction Replies: 21
Posted By: Richardk Views: 303
 
Hi Steve

I actually saw some fig trees at Loblaws this year and was tempted to buy one but there is no variety name on the label and with my limited space backyard I'm targeting only the varieties i need. Anyways I'm in the GTA and would love to trade cuttings with you and trade stories. This summer has sucked with all the rain. I can't wait for some figs to ripen. Maybe even get a GTA fig Gathering started like they do in some other areas..

Quote:
Originally Posted by gofiger
Hello all. Very happy to have discovered this forum and have been enjoying it a great deal so I figured it was high time to introduce myself and jump in the pond with the rest of you rather then sitting on the sidelines.

I started "figging"  4 years ago with a tree I got at a local Loblaws superstore. They had no name just called a Hardy fig. I have been advised that they are likely the variety Hardy Chicago. This tree died my first winter....storing it unprotected in my attached garage just wasn't good enough up here in the great white north...lol. I got another tree late....mid june...the next year and got 3 brebas off it before it died back in the fall. I stored it in my cold cellar and last spring it hit the ground running and gave my about a dozen brebas...but they all dropped before ripening. I was getting discouraged and  was just about ready to throw in the towel on this fig experiment when my main crop figs started to form. I was in heaven. On October 19 last fall I harvested my last fig and that gave me a total of 76 ripe figs off this great little tree. I started cuttings off this tree in March and now have 3 other young trees on the go as well as a Desert King tree I got this spring.  My 3 year old tree now has over 170....yes I counted...main crop figs on it. 

I have always had a big veggie garden and have grown many many vegetables and herbs in the last 32 years but so far nothing else has matched the enjoyment I'm getting out of playing this fig game.

I am looking forward to learning more as I putter along with this. I have also noticed some  other Canadian/GTA members on here. I'd be very happy to swap stories with you "close to me" folks. 

Thats all for now. Thanks all for making this a great little place to enjoy my morning coffee.  I hope to be able to contribute and help out myself as time goes on.

Regards,
Steve





Subject: grow bags vs Plastic Containers Replies: 5
Posted By: Richardk Views: 157
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 11eleven
My limited experience with grow bags that i sewed myself from some landscape cloth i bought at costco...



Thanks for the detailed opinion. I think I will try one and see. I guess overwintering in the grow bags should be fine as well? I feel like it might be colder for the roots.

Subject: grow bags vs Plastic Containers Replies: 5
Posted By: Richardk Views: 157
 
Who can tell me what's better. I don't want to go bigger than 14" - 16" pots for my fig trees (I'm tight on space). Currently I'm in plastic pots. I've seen and read a lot of good things about fabric grow bags but I don't think many in the fig community use them. I don't know why. Can you guys share your experiences positive and negative. Keep in mind I have to root prune my fig trees every couple of years I guess (never done it before), for some reason my roots seem to grow like crazy!

Thank you

Subject: Peter's Honey? Replies: 9
Posted By: Richardk Views: 201
 
So is Kadota and Peters honey the same or are they different?

Subject: Fig Trade RdB Replies: 4
Posted By: Richardk Views: 274
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by KyFig
Eric,

I'm guessing with your zone being 6b or 7 you are talking about Louisville Ky. If that is so, I am air layering a couple RbBs that should be ready in about a month if I did it right, and I am about an hour from you. I may have a few extra cold hardy varieties in 1 gal. if you are looking for more than 1 tree.

Got a bit carried away with cuttings and eBay trees last fall and winter and now have about 100 trees of about 60 different varieties. Never expected so many of the cuttings to take and flourish since it was my first time rooting. But it's a good problem to have!

PM me if that is your location as it would be easy to get you some trees.


What method did you use for rooting that worked so well? I struggle with rooting for some reason, i have about a 50% success rate. I need to make it better because this fall i plan to add some new varieties to my collection.

Subject: Looking Ronde de Bordeaux Toronto Area Replies: 0
Posted By: Richardk Views: 66
 
Hi

I'm looking for a Ronde de Bordeaux to add to my collection.

Anybody in the Toronto area have a Rode De Bordeaux they want to trade. 

Subject: Looking for Paradiso Nero. Replies: 7
Posted By: Richardk Views: 809
 
Can you post pictures of a paradiso Nero. I'm mainly looking for an inside picture but I'll take whatever you got.

Thank You

Subject: Brown Turkey Breba 1st and only Replies: 2
Posted By: Richardk Views: 110
 
Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely use it next time.

Subject: Brown Turkey Breba 1st and only Replies: 2
Posted By: Richardk Views: 110
 
So yesterday I picked my 1st and only breba (A brown Turkey fig) . I guess it needed another day or so. Last year when the main crop ones would hang 90 degrees that meant they were perfect for the picking. Maybe the breba crop is different. Rookie mistake. I keep learning. Here are some pics anyways and it still tasted pretty good.







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Subject: Pot size? Replies: 15
Posted By: Richardk Views: 433
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jtj0026
Richard,
The pot size measures, are they outer diameters or inner?

The inner diameter

Subject: Pot size? Replies: 15
Posted By: Richardk Views: 433
 
Here's some clarification on pot sizes that might be useful for some people.

10-Gallon 14 1/2 X 14 1/2
10-Gallon, squat 17 1/4 X 12
15-Gallon 17 1/4 X 15 1/4
15-Gallon, squat 19 1/2 X 12
20-Gallon 19 1/2 X 17
20-Gallon, squat 22 1/4 X 13 1/8
25-Gallon 22 1/4 X 18

Subject: how do you know when a green fig is ready to be picked? Replies: 14
Posted By: Richardk Views: 311
 
When it's hanging a full 90 degrees is the only time I pick my figs. 

Subject: Paradiso Nero weird colour change Replies: 2
Posted By: Richardk Views: 74
 
Can anybody tell me why this is happening. One of my Paradiso Nero figs has changed colours even though it is smaller than most of the other figs that are still green. Does this mean it's a bad fig? or that it will ripen sooner? Very curious.....

This will be my 1st year to get a rip fig from this tree. Last year it produced its 1st fig in late August but of course it didn't ripen in time.

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Subject: Italian Honey Brebas Replies: 6
Posted By: Richardk Views: 191
 
Wow amazing!! Thanks for posting. I have one that has about 8 main crop figs on it that I can't wait to try. Around when do the main crop figs ripen on your Italian honey?

Subject: Petite Negri 2017 Replies: 9
Posted By: Richardk Views: 332
 
Thanks for posting this. I've always wondered if Negronne and petite Negra are the same, now I know. I guess VDB is also similar but not exactly the same?

The other one that has me wondering if they are the same is Italian Honey and Latturula?

Subject: Italian Honey Brebas Replies: 6
Posted By: Richardk Views: 191
 
Wow those look amazing! It's probably too late but please post pics of the inside.

Subject: TORONTO / SOUTHERN ONTARIO FIGFEST Replies: 9
Posted By: Richardk Views: 869
 
Here's a video of The 2016 Staten Island Fig Festival


Subject: TORONTO / SOUTHERN ONTARIO FIGFEST Replies: 9
Posted By: Richardk Views: 869
 
Did this ever work out? I would be interested

Subject: Toronto fig gathering Replies: 0
Posted By: Richardk Views: 44
 
So is there any annual fig people gathering in the Greater Toronto area where a newbie like me can meet up with some of the more experienced people to learn and trade etc... I know they have them in the U.S.i just wanted to see if there's anything like that here.

Even for trades of cuttings and fig plants

Subject: my Paradiso collection almost finished. Replies: 10
Posted By: Richardk Views: 982
 
I'm looking for a picture of a Paradiso Nero. I actually have one that will ripen this year but I can't wait to see what it looks like on the inside and out. If anybody can send or post some pictures I would really appreciate that.

Subject: Brown spots Replies: 3
Posted By: Richardk Views: 78
 
So they would still be good to eat?

Subject: Brown spots Replies: 3
Posted By: Richardk Views: 78
 
Some of my figs have Brown spots on them. I'm wondering if anyone had this or knows why this is happening.

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Subject: Best Fig variety for Toronto area Replies: 25
Posted By: Richardk Views: 420
 
Thanks for the responses guys. It's great to see this community!! Here are the varieties i have.

Brown Turkey
Paradiso Nero
Verte
Atreano
Lattarula
Italian Honey
Hardy Chicago
Bolzano
Sucrett
Lebanese Bekka
Desert King
Cypress
Osbourne Prolific
Negrone

I would love to get Ronde de Bordeaux (RdB) and i hear Kadota is a good fig to have because it's very prolific

Subject: Best Fig variety for Toronto area Replies: 25
Posted By: Richardk Views: 420
 
Currently they're all in pots. I would like to try one in the ground though and I was told Hardy Chicago would be the best choice please let me know your opinion on this.

Thank you
Richard

Subject: Best Fig variety for Toronto area Replies: 25
Posted By: Richardk Views: 420
 
Hi Everyone 

I'm new to growing Figs. Being originally from the Mediterranean, I've always loved figs since I was a child, but I never thought it would be possible to grow my own in the Toronto area until last year. I started off with a Brown turkey and after tasting one of the figs I fell in love. I now have 16 different varieties, 7 of which I will get to taste this year.

My question is... What would be the Best Fig variety for Toronto area?



 

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