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Subject: 10th Anniversary Replies: 40
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 1,125
 
It has been just a few weeks over 10 years since the Forum was started.

I thought it was a worthwhile endeavor. i learned from it and hopefully helped to educate others.

With that said, I am not inclined to play referee between a bunch of people who don't know how to control themselves, so it is time to say good-bye.


Subject: French amateur looking for real "Italian 258" cuttings. Replies: 33
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 706
 
I can make this short and sweet:  Current EU regs prevent any shipment of fig cuttings from the US. Legal shipment requires that you have an import permit, and after you have the permit, it must be submitted to the USDA or their representative and a Phytosanitary certificate issued by the USDA to accompany the shipment. Current EU requirements for such shipments cannot be met by growers or nurseries in the US. There are 8000 nurseries in San Diego County, and the only one able to comply with the requirements ships only Poinsettias.


Subject: UD Davis Golden Celeste Replies: 1
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 156
 
Looks about right for the USDA/UC Davis accession. Quite different from the LSU Golden Celeste that I hav had for a long time.

Subject: HEY, JON Replies: 5
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 420
 
Don't know at this point.

Subject: Leaves changing from fingered to spade Replies: 14
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 278
 
Totally normal for RL. It can change mid season, from season to season, branch to branch, etc.

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Subject: skardu fig? Replies: 6
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 162
 
see http://figs4fun.com/Thumbnail_Skardu_Black.html

Subject: Intervention required Replies: 15
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 219
 
I don't see a problem.

Subject: Intervention required Replies: 15
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 219
 
I don't see a problem.

Subject: Blue Celeste Replies: 1
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 118
 
I have no doubt it tasted as good as it looks. Excellent variety.

Subject: Re T Budding Replies: 11
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 224
 
T-budding needs to be done when the bark "is slipping". If you can't easily peel back the bark, you can't insert the bud in behind the bark. Usually the bark is "Slipping" when the plant is actively growing and the bark is loose to allow for the expansion/growth of the branch.

Subject: Shelf life of fresh figs Replies: 1
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 98
 
If fully ripe, they have very minimal shelf life. even if refrigerated. If picked a couple days before fully ripe, they have far less flavor and sugar, but will last perhjaps 2/3 days with refrigeration.

Subject: fig leaf deformities Replies: 6
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 120
 
FMV.

Subject: Clipping New Growth Replies: 4
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 172
 
Let it be and prune when dormant, if you so desire.

Subject: Do some figs have lighter colored leaves? Replies: 6
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 173
 
Yes, some have different and/or lighter and darker colors.

Subject: White Greek Replies: 24
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 552
 
There is White Greek #2505, which is a 10-1/2, and all the rest (RK, etc.) are something else.

Subject: How do you water your cuttings without killing them??? Replies: 24
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 665
 
If in a 1 gallon pot, I water around the edges and let it wick into the root zone, with just a little water applied right at the cuttings. The cutting was rooted in some for of moist environment, cup bag, etc.  So continued growth in a moist environment wth some access to nutrition is all that is needed. air in the root zone is just as important as water.

Subject: White Greek Replies: 24
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 552
 
A defibnite "10".

Subject: Help. Fading Leaf Color on Newly Planted Air Layers Replies: 3
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 79
 
The plant is probably just adjusting to the amount of roots it has, and shedding leaves it cannot support.  Air layers do not have the same plant/root ration that a tree has.

Subject: 2017 season is early Replies: 4
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 238
 
Last week had first Violette de Bordeaux and Celeste. Others will be ripe this weekend. Very unusual to have ripe fruit in July here in paradise.

Subject: Organza Bags - what is the Ideal Size Replies: 17
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 360
 
I found that 5 x 7 was easier to install.

Subject: Do you root-prune potted trees EVERY year? Replies: 5
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 208
 
See http://figs4fun.com/bills_figs.html

Subject: Planting two figs in the same hole in ground? Replies: 9
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 325
 
Haven't done it with figs, but it is widely practiced with stone fruits and apples. I wouldn't expect any negative affects. Issues in stone fruits are difference in vigor of the trees and trees with very different chill requirements which may cause one to shade out the other.

Subject: Is this normal? New fig development next to old fig Replies: 4
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 197
 
Some years seem to enhance this affect. Perhaps a weather issue. Have seen it in many varieties at one time or another but it has been several years since it last occurred on my trees.

Subject: Root damage to house foundation Replies: 8
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 241
 
I have a 30 year old Violette de Bordeaux about 18" from my house. Hasn't been a problem.

Subject: What's wrong with this fig??? Replies: 3
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 160
 
Add water.

Subject: ID these insects?? Replies: 4
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 137
 
Take a sample to you local County Ag office for ID.

Subject: 30ft + tall heirloom Celeste Replies: 37
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 973
 
I suppose that tree is to large to ship?

Subject: Selling fresh figs at a Farmers Market Replies: 23
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 856
 
Here is San Diego, restaurants are very tuff. You need to speak to the chef, who is the person that knows what they are, and what to do with them. The down side is that everyone else in the restaurant is there to keep you from talking to the chef. But if you can connect most will love to have them.

Subject: Vista fig Replies: 5
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 238
 
I rather doubt that it is.

Subject: Which fig has red eye from the beginning? Replies: 8
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 325
 
Yours looks like it might be Black Mission, judging only by leaves, which is iffy.

Subject: US Nursey with phytosanitary certificate Replies: 4
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 137
 
Cannot ship to any EU Countries. USDA will not issue Phyto-cert because of EU rules. I have reviewed this with them several times and it is not doable.

Subject: I dare you. Name this fig. Replies: 5
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 300
 
Looks like a caprifirg.  Maybe name it "Roadside Gold".

Subject: Christmas Ornament as Bird Deterrent? Replies: 7
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 177
 
Rubber snakes, plastic owls, mylar strips, CDs, etc. - almost anything works - for a few days and then they are ignored.  Ultimately you need a physical barrier that prevents birds from reaching the tree - otherwise known as birdnet.

Subject: Narragansett Unk. fig not fruiting Replies: 5
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 202
 
I don't think any except 5334 have ever been distributed.

Subject: Introduction and..Fig ID help Replies: 3
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 131
 
Might be a caprifig. Maybe immature Marseilles.

Subject: It took me several years to find out what a Blue Ischia looks like. Replies: 10
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 396
 
Welcome to the wonderful world of fig names.

Subject: How long does it take for seeded figs to fruit? Replies: 23
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 519
 
Have seen one that took 18 months, and many that never did. The rest were in between.

Subject: FMV revisited Replies: 27
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 401
 
Yes, that is FMV. All trees have it, even if they do not always show it. The speckling is common throughout the season, but affects some leaves and not others. The mis-shaped are more prominent in the Spring and Fall when the weather is usually cooler and damper. There are plenty of 50 foot tall trees around that are "infected" and grow fine and bears hundreds if not thousands of fruit each season.

Subject: Pollination of the Common Fig Replies: 18
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 301
 
Interestingly, some of the figs that I have tasted at USDA/UC Davis (where everything is or is presumed to caprified) agrees only in part. There are some varieties that definitely are inferior in taste to the their counterparts grown without caprification.  The first time this was noticed it could be blamed on a poor  or unusual season, but after several years, the disparity persists. One of the notable exceptions is Violette de Bordeaux.

Subject: Any idea what might be causing this? What should I do m Replies: 23
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 461
 
If it isn't a rust or insect problem, then it needs more water. That may mean adding water or it might mean figuring out why the plants can't use the available water - rootbound? Too fast draining soil? insect damage to roots ?

Subject: Peach tree just dropped a bunch of leaves????? Why? Replies: 7
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 156
 
Water stress? sudden weather change? high winds? did the leaves look healthy? pest issues?

Subject: Which Figs Will Die Back and Still Produce? Replies: 12
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 404
 
In theory any tree that produces a main crop should be able to do this because the fruit forms on the new growth. BUT, a severe shock (such as dieback) can redirect a plants priorities for a season. Also, shock can delay fruiting to later in the season, when they will not ripen well.

Subject: Stella leaf look-alikes? Replies: 5
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 151
 
That could actually be a Black Mission or a lot of other varieties. Leaves, with a few exceptions, tell you very little that will help ID.

Subject: $7 fig trees for spring/summer delivery, around 150+ varieties Replies: 1,421
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 53,174
 
No one is in favor of scams (well except for the scammer). I know I don't like getting ripped off,. but, if I am supposed to make sure that no one gets ripped off, to make sure that all offers of plants or cuttings are only from vetted and trustworthy "vendors", etc., to make sure that all people purchasing said plants and cuttings are adults who understand the risks of plants (any body never had a plant die just because), then it is time to kiss the forum good-bye. All of life is about evaluating information and the sources of that information to determine their accuracy, suitability, or usefulness to our own situation. The role of a forum is to provide for the exchange of information, not to guarantee it. Does anyone here believe everything that read in the newspaper (all three of you who still read one)? Does anyone here believe everything they hear on TV? Radio? Internet? Thank you for making my point.

I frequently have people that want to order plants that I don't have yet. They want to pay for them now, and receive them later. I have always refused all of those orders and all of those dollars. I don't ever want to be in the situation where I can't deliver something that I have sold. I don't know what the motivation of this seller was. Maybe it was a scam. Maybe he got in over his head and doesn't see any other way out of it.

I don't think that anyone reading this thread at this date will be induced to order plants. But it is clear that anyone who has ordered plants, and not received them, is not likely to receive them at this late date either, and that adding further posts to the thread will not benefit either group of people. Everything that needs to said has been said. If you are one of the people who hasn't received your plants from this individual, that makes me sad. I am not fond of being taken advantage of, either.

To those who want the thread locked; you have continued to post on a thread that you don't think needs any further posts. You might want to practice some self-restraint and stop posting on threads that you think should be locked. You should also resist the temptation to start another thread on the same subject because this one is locked.











Subject: 55gal drain holes Replies: 3
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 197
 
I make mine about an inch above the bottom, on the side.

Subject: Citrus fertiliser on figs Replies: 11
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 343
 
Vigoro Citrus and Avocado works great in our soils because it have micro-nutrients which we often lack.  Bottom line is figs will eat almost anything.

Subject: Beware folks Replies: 18
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 534
 
Same thing in CA - now that weather is warm.

Subject: Newbie Chula Vista Zone 10a Replies: 12
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 260
 
Way to go, neighbor!!

Subject: Espalier Figs In Phoenix, Arizona Replies: 9
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 280
 
Don't really think your figs will profit from added heat from the hardscape. Also do not think the espalier will be beneficial. Espalier will likely lead to more direct sun on the fruit, which will lead to sunburn on the fruit. The trees need sufficient sun and heat, but the fruit does not. Phoenix has more than enough of both, without trying to "maximize" them.

Subject: Unknown Fig...any guesses? Replies: 4
Posted By: pitangadiego Views: 238
 
Definitely Ficus carica. Hard to say more without ripe fruit.

 

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