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Postby 3waycross » Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:20 am

ga.prime wrote:Jo, do you have any figs that turn yellow when they get ripe? My grandparents had two fig trees like that way back when. The trees were in their chicken yard and had a fence around them to keep the chickens from getting up in them and eating the figs. Those yellow figs would get twice as big as the brown ones. The trees are long gone now. Sure wish I'd gotten some cuttings off those. I've never seen another one like them anywhere.


Those are my favorite fig. When they are ripe they split and the honey runs out of them.
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ga.prime wrote:Jo, do you have any figs that turn yellow when they get ripe? My grandparents had two fig trees like that way back when. The trees were in their chicken yard and had a fence around them to keep the chickens from getting up in them and eating the figs. Those yellow figs would get twice as big as the brown ones. The trees are long gone now. Sure wish I'd gotten some cuttings off those. I've never seen another one like them anywhere.


Those are my favorite fig. When they are ripe they split and the honey runs out of them.


I have one of the trees can send you some cuttings let me know how and when to take the cuttings. They are getting ripe now. Wife made some preserves for me after ruining some trying to make her mothers recipe. We used this recipe and they turned out very well http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emer ... ecipe.html
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Postby hurleyjd » Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:47 am

ga.prime wrote:Jo, do you have any figs that turn yellow when they get ripe? My grandparents had two fig trees like that way back when. The trees were in their chicken yard and had a fence around them to keep the chickens from getting up in them and eating the figs. Those yellow figs would get twice as big as the brown ones. The trees are long gone now. Sure wish I'd gotten some cuttings off those. I've never seen another one like them anywhere.



I have one of the trees can send you some cuttings let me know how and when to take the cuttings. They are getting ripe now. Wife made some preserves for me after ruining some trying to make her mothers recipe. We used this recipe and they turned out very well http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emer ... ecipe.html
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Postby hurleyjd » Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:49 am

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Jogeephus wrote:We just made a fig jelly. Its awesome stuff.

Canadian winter will surely kill it I would think. Though best done in the spring you can take a cutting from it, cut the leaf in half, stick it in some good soil and cover the cutting with a clear plastic coke bottle you've cut the bottom out of and it will root right away. Have six cuttings going right now. Yes, I love figs.

Explain that procedure a little further please.
What's the purpose of cutting "the leaf in half"? and do you have to use a cutting that has just one leaf?
Plant the stem end in the soil I assume?

Is this like some cuttings, in that there isn't a very big chance the cutting will produce fruit true to the parent tree?


All you need do is cut the stem of a fig and stick it in some good dirt. You want to cut off all but one or two of the leaves depending on their size. If you are left with a large shade type leaf you'll want to cut this leaf in half with scissors because you have to slow down the evapo-transporation from the cutting since the cutting has
no roots to sustain the leaves. Basically you balance things out. You then want to stick these in good dirt and create a greenhouse around them by either using a 2 liter coke bottle with the bottom cut out or some clear plastic. You then put the "greenhouse" in a partially protected place out of direct sunlight and let it sit for a few weeks - say three. After three weeks has passed and if they are looking healthy you cut the plastic some or open the top of the bottle so it can begin to acclimate to the unprotected world. After another couple of weeks you can pull the greenhouse off the plants and you have new potted figs to set out where you want.

All cuttings are that of the plant it was taken from so it will be true to the variety of the cutting. I think what you are referring to is the root stock. Many plants are grafted to various plants within the same family. If the top dies and is replaced by the root stock then your fruit will be that of the root stock and this is rarely if ever a desirable fruit.

The good thing about doing it this way is you can insure yourself of getting figs that are suited for your environment which you cannot do when you buy from a nursery. All you need do is go around to old home places and find figs that are good bearers and have thrived at these home places and get your cuttings. I've bought three fig plants from various nurseries in my area and all but one has died during our winter. They were beautiful plants when I bought them and filled with figs but they sure weren't any variety I can grow here.

Here are some I have going now to give you an idea of how I do it. I'll be taking the plastic off shortly and will probably transplant them this fall.

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When and what time of the year early spring or is now a good time
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Postby 3waycross » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:35 am

hurleyjd wrote:
ga.prime wrote:Jo, do you have any figs that turn yellow when they get ripe? My grandparents had two fig trees like that way back when. The trees were in their chicken yard and had a fence around them to keep the chickens from getting up in them and eating the figs. Those yellow figs would get twice as big as the brown ones. The trees are long gone now. Sure wish I'd gotten some cuttings off those. I've never seen another one like them anywhere.



I have one of the trees can send you some cuttings let me know how and when to take the cuttings. They are getting ripe now. Wife made some preserves for me after ruining some trying to make her mothers recipe. We used this recipe and they turned out very well http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emer ... ecipe.html


We are at 7000' there ain't a fig in the world that can stand our winters. Thanks for the offer though. If I can get someone with a greenhouse to plant them I might take you up on the offer.
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Postby Jogeephus » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:34 pm

ga.prime wrote:Jo, do you have any figs that turn yellow when they get ripe? My grandparents had two fig trees like that way back when. The trees were in their chicken yard and had a fence around them to keep the chickens from getting up in them and eating the figs. Those yellow figs would get twice as big as the brown ones. The trees are long gone now. Sure wish I'd gotten some cuttings off those. I've never seen another one like them anywhere.


I don't. It sounds like a calimryna or possibly an adriatic fig? I'm rooting Hunts and Violette de Bordeaux. The hunts are large and greenish yellow with rose tint and the Violette de Bordeaux is large but dark.

hurleyjd wrote:When and what time of the year early spring or is now a good time


The best time is in the spring after the mother plant has set its leaves. You have to give them time to root and stabilize. They are fast rooters so you might still have time to do it if you took some smaller cuttings that could balance themselves out before they shed their leaves. Cuttings I used were about half again the size of a pencil and I think they have now rooted enough where I can take the plastic off and let them get used to the weather.
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Postby hurleyjd » Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:23 pm

ga.prime wrote:Jo, do you have any figs that turn yellow when they get ripe? My grandparents had two fig trees like that way back when. The trees were in their chicken yard and had a fence around them to keep the chickens from getting up in them and eating the figs. Those yellow figs would get twice as big as the brown ones. The trees are long gone now. Sure wish I'd gotten some cuttings off those. I've never seen another one like them anywhere.


Try this website: https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/ ... y+fig+tree

Also in this area nearly everyone had a pear tree that they called a sugar pear. I have looked for one of these on the internet and the sugar pears that show up do not look like the pears that I remember.
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Postby ga.prime » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:57 am

hurleyjd wrote:
ga.prime wrote:Jo, do you have any figs that turn yellow when they get ripe? My grandparents had two fig trees like that way back when. The trees were in their chicken yard and had a fence around them to keep the chickens from getting up in them and eating the figs. Those yellow figs would get twice as big as the brown ones. The trees are long gone now. Sure wish I'd gotten some cuttings off those. I've never seen another one like them anywhere.



I have one of the trees can send you some cuttings let me know how and when to take the cuttings. They are getting ripe now. Wife made some preserves for me after ruining some trying to make her mothers recipe. We used this recipe and they turned out very well http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emer ... ecipe.html

Thanks, I'd sure take you up on that offer if I thought the cuttings could survive the trip. Glad to know the yellow figs are still around anyway. Maybe I can find some a little closer to home.
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Postby hurleyjd » Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:25 am

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ga.prime wrote:Jo, do you have any figs that turn yellow when they get ripe? My grandparents had two fig trees like that way back when. The trees were in their chicken yard and had a fence around them to keep the chickens from getting up in them and eating the figs. Those yellow figs would get twice as big as the brown ones. The trees are long gone now. Sure wish I'd gotten some cuttings off those. I've never seen another one like them anywhere.



I have one of the trees can send you some cuttings let me know how and when to take the cuttings. They are getting ripe now. Wife made some preserves for me after ruining some trying to make her mothers recipe. We used this recipe and they turned out very well http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emer ... ecipe.html

Thanks, I'd sure take you up on that offer if I thought the cuttings could survive the trip. Glad to know the yellow figs are still around anyway. Maybe I can find some a little closer to home.


https://www.willisorchards.com/ peters honey fig is the one I have, you might check them out they are in GA
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Postby ga.prime » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:50 am

Great info, hurley! That looks like the real deal there. There's a guy in my hunting lease that lives in Cartersville can probably pick those up at the nursery and bring them down here when he comes hunting.
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Postby Fred » Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:23 pm

I mainly grow Celeste figs from an old family tree. I take my cuttings when the trees are dormant and store the cuttings in a ziplock in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator. They recommend pencil size cuttings, 6 or 8 inches long. I set the cuttings in potting soil in the spring . I have also started growing some of the LSU varieties. These are some of my young trees started from cuttings this spring.

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Postby jedstivers » Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:52 pm

We had one in a pasture by the catch pen years ago. It had figs about half the size of the ones I see now. They were so much better too. It finally froze out. Wish I could have one now.
My grandmother made fig preserves with lemon rind in them.
What I wouldn't give to be able to set at her table with a jar of those.
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Postby Jogeephus » Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:10 am

Nice job Fred. You should have a bumper crop in no time. Have you ever taken dormant cuttings and just put them in a jar of water in the windowsill?
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Postby TexasBred » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:07 am

jedstivers wrote:We had one in a pasture by the catch pen years ago. It had figs about half the size of the ones I see now. They were so much better too. It finally froze out. Wish I could have one now.
My grandmother made fig preserves with lemon rind in them.
What I wouldn't give to be able to set at her table with a jar of those.

As a kid we had one fig tree that had the small figs. They were great...had another tree that had huge figs but they never would ripen. Only get a little pink right through the middle and that was it.
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