Anne Pratt wrote:I really want to grow figs. There is a variety that's supposed to overwinter here (Vermont, Zone 5). That hardly seems possible to me, but it's tempting. I think I'm going to get better at growing what I have before buying more fruit trees. I haven't actually killed any, but a few arrived dead due to shipping delays. Still, I think I'll be a better gardener next year and the year after.
I love figs. Fresh. Delicious, and absurdly expensive the few days a year they are available here.
denny hall wrote:i could not find any of the brown turkey or celeste. i believe they are the recommended ones on the NC agri site.
I did get one called "biblical fig and another called "hunt". I may have lost one of them in the overgrowth, as one of my brothers planted the missing one and the jungle is coming back. It may still be alive out there somewhere
My brother has a well established fig tree but not sure of the variety. I have been watching YT videos on propagating from cuttings but still not clear on the best time to take them. I'm all ears for advice.
Hugo Morvan wrote: My fig propagation program is taking off.
I managed to get seven going.
Stanton de Riel wrote:I'm in zone 6b (Trenton NJ area), and figs are booming in our hot summer.
Chris Holcombe wrote:I grow quite a few figs. A few varieties are in the ground and the rest are in pots being trialed. Desert king, ronde de bordeaux, takoma violet and black spanish are in the ground. I’m trialing malta black, kadota, lsu purple, alma and violet de bordeaux. All of them are common type figs except for desert king. That’s a san pedro type that overwinters a breba crop on last years wood. The downside of this is every pruning cut reduces your next crop. The main crop on desert king needs the fig wasp to pollinate it or they fall off. The breba crop on it is really good though.
Characteristics I’m looking for are early fruit, common type so I can prune them any way I want and excellent taste. The bordeaux varieties supposedly have an interesting complex taste that I’m looking forward to trying. I generally go for the berry type figs but I haven’t had a fig I don’t like.
I’ll know more in a few weeks when the trial ones fruit and more next year when they’re a little stronger. I’m struggling to keep them watered though the heat wave and they’re dropping their fruit sometimes.
Varieties that might do well for you Steve are malta black and ronde/violet de bordeaux. They’re early and I think they have a closed eye. I don’t know for sure yet because I haven’t had any ripen so far. I just rooted them last year so they’re young. If you want more varieties to try I’d check out Ross in Philadelphia. He has a YouTube channel and a google spreadsheet where he details the characteristics of many varieties.
There’s a lot of varieties available. You can root them pretty easily by cuttings. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a variety that does well in your climate.
May Lotito wrote:From what I saw from permie, I am going to do the followings:
Pinch off tips by end of August to stop new growth
Apply calcium for fruit development
Put dark rocks around to increase soil temperature
Wind block in the north side
I probably won't cut the bush to the ground, it is only 2 ft tall and can be buried in deep leaves.
According to the analysis above, 1 ton (2000 lbs) of leaves has the following:
940 lbs of carbon
20 lbs of nitrogen
2 lbs phosphorus
2 lbs potassium
32.8 lbs calcium
4.8 lbs magnesium
2.2 lbs sulfur
Plus other nutrients and a great deal of organic matter (organic matter not calculated)