Fig trees and cuttings / Re: June Giveaway - Enter by June 25« Last post by tridrama on Today at 01:57:26 PM »
My number is 2222. Thanks for offering this, Andrea. I love reading your posts.
Thank you Andrea for typing up the list. I just wrote them down by hand for typing later.
Even though this is a great loss, many people can benefit from this information. I do not have any trees in the ground because I have been afraid of losing them due to cold weather. As I reduce my collection, I can use cold hardiness as a top priority because I do not want to wrap my trees. I am too lazy. lol If any plant in my yard, except citrus, cannot handle the weather thrown at them, they won't be replaced if they perish.
Thanks for sharing Ben. I find it interesting that those Deep South figs performed so well this winter. I guess it can be attributed to the Celeste parentage. Tried and true.
Here is my list of figs that survived -3 degrees overnights in-ground for two nights in a row completely unprotected:
Dorothy's English Brown Turkey Unk.
Nero (Unk - from Baker Creek's rare fig collection several years ago)
Tena (sold as White Marseilles from Lowe's/Agri-Starts in their well-documented incorrectly labeled marketing issue)
Laurel Ave Unk. (label lost, purchased at Lowe's around 2016)
"A" Street Strawberry Unk.
Bogddy's Alfa Unk.
Madeira Island Black
Sister Madeline's Green Greek
Pan E Vino Dark
Blackjack-Watermelon Wine Sport
Unk. Sicilian Dark
Hopefully this will help us compile a list of varieties that are a bit more tolerant of cold weather. I should note that every single one of the trees on my list here died back to the ground completely and are coming back from the roots or from the very base of the trunk (maybe 1 inch abover ground). But I expect they'll still produce ripe fruit this year. In the future, I likely will not plant 1-year old trees in the ground and leave them unprotected through the winter.
Ben, is there any chance you can give us an estimate of the ages of the trees that survived? Or if it's easier, can you take a guess on the general age of the trees that did not come back?
QuoteThe fig tree nursery owners up north should take note of your video.Denise, I was absolutely taking notes during the video!
Here's the list of varieties that came back for Ben:
Pan E Vino Dark
Vern's Brown Turkey
Vilette de Bordeaux
Italian White (mislabeled)
LSU Improved Celeste
LSU Scott's Black
Marseilles Black VS
Little Miss Figgy
Black Madeira (mislabeled)
Eretabe Delight Unk. (big and delicious)
Unknown CDD Grise (maybe)
Colonel Littman's Black Cross
Sister Madeline's Yellow
Fort Mill Park
Lattarula Italian Honey
Ben, thank you for sharing this. I was really sad to see that Sweet Felicia, the one you named after your mother, did not come back. I hope it will and that it's just late getting started this year. Yesterday I went to the Fig Study site and started digging down to the roots (with my fingers, because I didn't plan to do that when I went) to get a look at the roots. We still had 8 out of 20 figs that were showing no signs of growth. On one of them I uncovered a leaf that was on its way up. On 5 of them I uncovered a few very healthy-looking roots (solid, orange, still connected to the main trunk). And on 2 of them I just found brown, squishy/rotted, and broken off roots.
I'm encouraged that some of the figs may still send up a new branch this year. But I'm also wondering if they might take the year off. Two people that I know locally have said that they thought their fig died one time in the past because it didn't come back one year but then the following year it sent up a new shoot. Has anyone heard stories like that or had any experience like that? These were both in-ground figs that the people were talking about.
I'll try to put together a list of my in-ground figs that survived the winter here for comparison.