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Name: Paul Anguiano
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psa
Aug 3, 2011 5:11 AM CST
I didn't see Fruits, or Trees, or another appropriate forum for this, so thought I'd share it here.

I'm not the most accomplished propagator of fig trees and consider myself pretty lucky to have recently managed these two. This is Jolly Tiger, a very rare variegated form of edible fig (and quite tasty) that I picked up from Asiatica just before it shut down. The last one of these I saw for sale went for an astronomical sum, so I don't know what would be a fair and proper use for these 18" rooted cuttings, but it's nice to have insurance in case something happens to the main tree, anyway.

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Horseshoe
Aug 3, 2011 7:46 AM CST
Pretty, Paul!

I've never seen a variegated fig. Glad you have extras, that variety is a winner. Have you tried the fruit yet?

I propagate quite a few varieties of figs. They're one of the funnest to grow.
Congrats on your success. I hope you do more; perhaps we can make a trade one day, eh?

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kareoke
Aug 3, 2011 9:15 AM CST
Horseshoe those look pretty healthy, I have often thought of growing one that is edible in a pot, would they do good that way
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Aug 4, 2011 3:35 PM CST
Wow...it would be so cool to grow your own figs...I've never tasted a fresh fig...never see them up here, just the dehydrated, wrinkly ones.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Aug 4, 2011 3:50 PM CST
"Horseshoe those look pretty healthy, I have often thought of growing one that is edible in a pot, would they do good that way"

kareoke, yep, some varieties do well in pots. I'd recommend Kadota as it will produce well on a small plants.

Lee Anne, wonder if I can smuggle fresh figs past customs, I'd send you some.

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Name: Paul Anguiano
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Aug 4, 2011 6:21 PM CST
I grow my figs in pots so that I can protect them in the winter. I get more fruit that way, since less wood is damaged. Kadota did well for me at me previous house, but I didn't bring it with me since they tend to get winter killed to the ground here. I've missed my collection ever since I moved, and started acquiring new varieties last year.

Shoe, Jolly Tiger has dark, sweet figs and seems to produce two crops a year. It throws reversions occasionally, with branches that have no variegation. I've been using these to practice propagation, but I've only been successful with layering so far. Care to share your secrets? I'm all ears!

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Aug 5, 2011 3:55 PM CST

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I moved to a bigger property 4 months ago and finally have room for a fig. (I bought a semi-dwarf one, Black Jack)
I love huge tropical looking leaves and have always been drawn to figs because of their cool leaves, the fruit is an added bonus! Thumbs up Now tropical leaves and variegated, that is just plain awesome!!
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 5, 2011 7:51 PM CST
I am interested in figs. My first tree ever came last fall from a trade . It spent the winter in the house(zone 5) and has been outside all summer. no signs of fruit yet.
My second tree I found on the clearance rack at Lowe's, in June, and rescued it . It has figs but they do not seem to be growing.
I have no idea what type either are.
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Aug 5, 2011 9:57 PM CST
I have so many, each day, I'm having to pick, make compote as I don't know how to make preserves, then I freeze them. More to pick tomorrow. Lee

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LindaTX8
Aug 5, 2011 11:07 PM CST
My GD, who lives in Houston, has never eaten a fresh fig. She tasted dried figs, didn't like them, so she couldn't understand why anyone would like figs. I love figs! We have one fig tree...had two decent crops this year. Yum!
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Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Aug 6, 2011 6:25 AM CST
Where is the best place to purchase one to keep in a pot.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Aug 6, 2011 1:52 PM CST
>>"I've been using these to practice propagation, but I've only been successful with layering so far. Care to share your secrets? Ears perked up! "

Paul, no big secret. I tend to take cuttings in mid-to-late August and up into September. Cut them where the new growth meets the older growth (green wood meets brown) with tip cuttings usually being from 6-12" long. I also take longer cuttings from some branches showing new growth and cut them into 6 or 8" pieces. The rooting end should be cut again just before dipping in rooting hormone (if you choose to use it) just below a node.

Some cuttings I use rooting hormone, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I just use cinnamon. If you want to go with a rooting hormone your best bang for your buck is one of the liquid ones. Those allow you to use the same bottle and mix at different strengths for difference types of cuttings; the powders are all one strength. (For example, hardwood cuttings will need one strength while softwood cuttings can get by on a lesser strength.)

Put your cuttings in moist potting mix. If you use a powder make a hole first with a pencil before inserting the cuttings so you don't rub off the powder. If using a liquid hormone no need to make a hole unless your cuttings are very tender/pliable.

Sometimes I put them in a nursery pot like above, 6 or so to a pot, then put the pot in a plastic grocery bag. This is much easier than putting a bag OVER the pot because it lets you tie the handles closed to hold in moisture as well as easily untie them to allow gas/air exchange when needed (usually every couple of days but it depends on the dampness and temperature.

I also prefer to use plastic storage boxes with drainage holes drilled in the bottom and air holes drilled around the sides. This way you can put loads of cutting in them and use the lid to hold in moisture.

Since I don't heat my greenhouse in the winter I have "heat cabinets" I put the cuttings/containers on. (Heat cabinet is a fancy term I use for some shelves I've wrapped in greenhouse plastic where the heat mats are; this tends to hold in the heat and keeps me from having to heat a 1500 sq foot greenhouse. Having bottom heat really helps to get your cuttings rooted ASAP. It's not really necessary if someone has no heat mats, a warm room with a bit of light will work just fine.

And now, I see I'm getting long winded again so will hush up.

Here's a pic of some rooted hydrangea cuttings in one of the storage boxes I mentioned:

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Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
Aug 6, 2011 2:32 PM CST
We have a 50+ year old fig tree all my dad did was take a cutting off the old tree my Grandmother had and stuck it in the grown. It was almost up to the powerlines when I shortened it last year.
Oh we do not eat figs.
Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Aug 6, 2011 3:17 PM CST
any chance you would sell me a start?
Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
Aug 6, 2011 3:23 PM CST
I would be glad to send you some cuttings for free. No problem you want it sent now or wait till spring. I do not know if they would survive the heat if I mailed them now.
Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Aug 7, 2011 7:32 AM CST
Whenever you can send them would be great, I will send you my addres in Tree Mail Big Grin
Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
Aug 7, 2011 7:49 AM CST
Get the Tee Mail and sent reply, will try to get them out in the mail first thing tomorrow morning
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 22, 2011 7:09 PM CST
Hurray! I picked my very first home grown figs ever Big Grin
Good not quite as sweet as I expected .
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Question do different verities have different tastes?
example : apples ...tart, sweet etc...
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AlohaHoya
Aug 24, 2011 12:56 AM CST
Try this with fresh figs: put them in an ovenproof dish. Pour some Port over them to just the top of their 'belly' to where it starts to narrow. Bake, uncovered, in a moderate (250 to 350deg/) oven until the Port has been reduced to a thick gloppy honey.... serve with Sour Cream....or just plop the Sour Cream over the whole dish and enjoy. You can't eat just one!!!!! Big Grin
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Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
Aug 24, 2011 5:46 PM CST
Cinda they are not ripe. You can tell if they are good and ripe if the skin is starting to split. The one on the is close to being ripe.

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