[NAFEX] Figs - Oiling - It Works!
northernlights2n at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 7 09:14:04 EDT 2007
A year ago I was given a potted fig, variety unknown. it is about 3' tall, and now has 3
figs about small cherry size. Our first frost is due any day now so I presume I should be
bringing it in? What size fig do you add a drop of oil to its tip? Any hints about how to
care for such a fig in a short-season cold climate such as watering over winter, temp and
--- John Barbowski <jbarbowski at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello All,
> In spite of a hot dry sunny summer, only 4 of my Turkish Brown Figs ripened
> to their normal potential. Two weeks ago, I got impatient and oiled* about
> 30 of the larger ones. The figs commenced to gradually turn colour and
> ripened. I was disappointed with the taste and the size; the figs were
> neither as big nor as sweet as those that matured naturally. They were still
> a nice treat! Does anyone know of another process to coax the natural
> ripening? (They did get at least 4 litres of water daily and 20-20-20 once
> per month)
> I also tried the peanut butter x plaster paris treats for my local tree
> rats. To my surprise and within 5 minutes, a feral cat made short work of
> two of my strategically placed bon-bons. The cat survived. I have since seen
> the feline prancing on branches looking for addition sources. I assume the
> cat was too large to be affected by the concoction. I would also imagine
> that raccoons would fall into the same dis-affected category - they get
> about half of my placings. (I am tempted to make snowballs for them!)
> As for the tree rats, I assume there has been a decrease; I have'nt noticed
> as many. (Does any one unequivocally know if the process works?)
> * Oiling - with a Q-Tip, spread extra virgin olive oil on the tip of the
> small green fig (I don't know if the 'extra virgin' matters)
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