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Title: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: swmofigger on December 21, 2019, 06:46:36 PM
I just watched this fascinating video about a fig farm.

Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: GJRoberts on January 02, 2020, 02:17:56 PM
Steve, did you call the ones you gave out "Large Brown Turkey".  I got some cuttings a while back that were identified as Large Brown Turkey" and "Small Brown Turkey".

Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: WillowBottomFarms on January 02, 2020, 02:54:54 PM
I thought I saw somewhere the Japanese called the way they prune/train their trees the step over method.  I think it might be a useful way of growing in colder climates because it would be easier to protect the main trunk if growing horizontal and low to the ground.
Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: FigHearted on January 07, 2020, 01:16:21 AM
That is a HUGE difference in size!  I gather, since you still have it, that it is also tasty.
Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: swmofigger on January 07, 2020, 05:40:07 PM
Being in zone 6b a fast grower is what I look for. If it sets figs early and ripens large fruit before frost it is a winner for me. I was disappointed with my Celeste this year because it was loaded with fruit when the first frost hit. A tree full of fruit is no good to me if it ends up frozen before it ripens.
Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: WillowBottomFarms on January 07, 2020, 07:44:35 PM
Being in zone 6b a fast grower is what I look for. If it sets figs early and ripens large fruit before frost it is a winner for me. I was disappointed with my Celeste this year because it was loaded with fruit when the first frost hit. A tree full of fruit is no good to me if it ends up frozen before it ripens.

Yes, that 10 degree weather we had in October was a bummer.  Very atypical and I can only imagine how you felt as the anticipation of ripe figs was gone in one fluke early cold snap.  I'm not sure what to do about the crazy weather in the 417 SoMo,  but if I figure it out, i'll let you know.  I'm trying to save for a hoophouse for such events.
Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: swmofigger on January 07, 2020, 08:52:16 PM
Yes, we have had some erratic weather. The worst were the late frosts that destroy peach crops etc. One year a late frost actually killed off almost all of my iris flowers and even froze some oak leaves. I have considered a greenhouse or just growing above ground and doing the fig shuffle.
Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: WillowBottomFarms on January 07, 2020, 09:27:59 PM
I'll probably be doing the fig shuffle the first couple years myself.  Might see how some do planted on a south facing wall. 

Although, I like your post about the Japanese fig farm. I might try training some horizontal and low to the ground so I can just cover heavily with mulch or do a makeshift low tunnel.  It's better than them dying back each year and starting over with just roots.
Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: AtlantaFig on January 31, 2020, 08:45:44 PM
That is a variety to have in my collection.
Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: stealthmayhem on January 31, 2020, 09:22:13 PM
I'll probably be doing the fig shuffle the first couple years myself.  Might see how some do planted on a south facing wall. 

Although, I like your post about the Japanese fig farm. I might try training some horizontal and low to the ground so I can just cover heavily with mulch or do a makeshift low tunnel.  It's better than them dying back each year and starting over with just roots.

I might have to look into this when I get my new house.  Currently I am limited to growing in containers, so when I get some land I will be able to experiment some more.
Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: swmofigger on February 16, 2020, 08:40:35 PM
I agree that starting with just roots is discouraging. I want to see if my well protected Celeste and Chicago Hardy adapt somewhat to my climate. Since it was so vigorous this year the Celeste may surprise me. Time will tell and I will continue adding varieties and experimenting.
Title: Re: A Japanese Fig Farm
Post by: TXFIG on February 16, 2020, 09:48:18 PM
Thanks for the video nice info

I will have to add this to my list as a must have also

thanks again