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Lets Talk Figs / Re: My New Varieties for 2022
« Last post by tridrama on Today at 05:30:42 PM »
I guess I must be a sucker. I have a Texas Everbearing that produced 1 fig last year for the first time since we purchased it about four years ago. And I didnít even get to taste it because the frost came in. I guess I need to let it go.

Ana, you have some nice varieties. Hoping to get an I258 rooted this year.
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Lets Talk Figs / Re: My New Varieties for 2022
« Last post by AnaFL on Today at 09:03:42 AM »
AnaFL, are 2 years really enough to determine if a tree is a keeper or not? I thought it was recommended to keep it for 3.
2 years is enough for me. I found plenty of figs that fruit during their first year from cutting. Florea for example was producing non-stop, and had 20+ figs. I have many different fruit trees and got to the point where i keep only the best. I gave my first fig celeste 4 years. It still has issues of dropping tons of figs when rains start.
With other fruits and vegetables i do the same, i find what grows best. No need struggle to grow spinach in Florida when totsoi grows like weeds, taste like spinach, very easy and very productive
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Lets Talk Figs / Re: Rooting Gel versus No Rooting Gel
« Last post by opiem10 on February 02, 2023, 10:49:09 PM »
LeConte, I buy Clonex on line, at the cheapest place I can find.  I think I paid about $35 for an 8 ounce jar. 
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Lets Talk Figs / Re: Rooting Gel versus No Rooting Gel
« Last post by opiem10 on February 02, 2023, 10:47:21 PM »
John, do you plan to soak the entire cutting in water until you see lenticels swell, or just the bottom part that you expect to put in the soil media? 

And have you seen any roots yet on the cuttings that were not treated with rooting hormone?

Sure appreciate the updates on this.

Andrea, I am soaking each cutting so about half is sitting in the water.

As for my cuttings, one with Clonex is growing well while another looks like it failed up potting.  I will be potting additional cuttings that were both treated and untreated in the near future.  While the Clonex does seem to stimulate faster root development, death after potting remains an issue.  The non-treated have grown more slowly, but the cuttings look good.  My cuttings were on the thinner side and this might impact results.  Or, Red Lebanese Bekka Valley might be a tougher variety to root.
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Lets Talk Figs / Re: My New Varieties for 2022
« Last post by opiem10 on February 02, 2023, 10:39:44 PM »
Janet, the I-258 is a very tasty fig.   The challenge we have is that it is relatively late and is a notorious splitter.   So just as the figs get ready to swell, we get our cooler, wetter weather and the figs explode. 
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Lets Talk Figs / Re: My New Varieties for 2022
« Last post by FigMamaJanet on February 02, 2023, 12:46:39 PM »
I have an I-258 in a 5 gallon pot, which did not produce any figs this past year (2022 season), which made it 3 years old.  Still hopeful that season 2023 will show some production of figs.  From what I hear and have read, I-258 is a great tasting fig.  The fig babies are all asleep in the garage for the winter in pots.  Don't have any planted in the ground.
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Lets Talk Figs / Re: My New Varieties for 2022
« Last post by opiem10 on February 02, 2023, 08:24:13 AM »
Jerry, you are a very patient man.  After 4 years of inconsistent production, it might be time to replace your Texas Everbearing.  If it canít live up to its name, itís time to replace it with one of the very nice varieties from your wish list.  Maybe a ďRobertísĒ Golden Rainbow would be appropriate.  It grows quickly and is highly productive.   I had at least 50 tennis ball sized figs on my two year old tree last season. 
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Lets Talk Figs / Re: My New Varieties for 2022
« Last post by GJRoberts on February 01, 2023, 09:52:54 PM »
What the heck, if it isn't a burden, keep it for 4 years.  I have a Texas Neverbearing that has faithfully never produced in four years.  Maybe 5 is the charm. 
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Lets Talk Figs / Re: My New Varieties for 2022
« Last post by Rudy on February 01, 2023, 07:01:34 PM »
AnaFL, are 2 years really enough to determine if a tree is a keeper or not? I thought it was recommended to keep it for 3.
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Lets Talk Figs / Re: My New Varieties for 2022
« Last post by opiem10 on February 01, 2023, 03:49:12 PM »
I go the same! I buy a few new per year and cull a few. I give them 2 years. If the don't produce or produce very little no matter what i do, they have to go. Some just don't like florida...
I am definitely keeping zaffiro, white madeira#1, MIB, lsu purple, strawberry verte

Ana,  I think you have more issues to contend with due to humidity and rain levels.   All my trees are in pots and my biggest issue is ensuring I can get later varieties to ripen.   I will be using a portable greenhouse this year to get an earlier start and to see if this impacts the overall quantity of my crop that ripens. 
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