[NAFEX] figs

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Sat Aug 2 20:54:28 EDT 2008


Bassem:  I have Sal's Fig, Brown Turkey, and Hardy Chicago.  Do you
recommend I cut them all down to 12 inches?

---- Original Message ----
From: bassem at gardener.com
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] figs
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 11:33:11 -0500

> I grow over 70 different varieties of figs in Pennsylvania for the
>past
>6 years. While I have many in the ground most of them are in pots. It
>might seems crazy that I have all these varieties, but i'm searching
>for
>the best fig in our climate.
>You might not know this but Celeste and Brown turkey are the most
>commonly mislabled figs. Everytime a beginner sees a brown skined
>fig, he
>would call it a brown turkey or Celeste. The original Brown Turkey
>came
>from England back in the mid 1800's, as well as Celeste which came
>from
>Sicily.
>Now you might see names such as California brown turkey, Blue
>Celeste,
>improved celeste, English Brown turkey, and so on.
>I get so much figs out of my trees that I make enough jam to last me
>through winter.
>The top on my list is:
>Dark portuguese ( a variety I obtained from a portuguese immigrant,
>small
>to medium, very sweet flavor, bears early)
>Brooklyn White ( I discovered it in a Brooklyn neighborhood where it
>survived for many years uncovered. 2 crops, main crop is large light
>skin
>fig with amber interior, bears heavy crops annually)
>Hardy Chicago ( a good fig, great for short season, and hardy, but
>tends
>not to bear well when it grows large. I recommend pruning it to 12"
>inches high)
>Naples white ( a man from Naples, Italy gave me this precious fig. I
>picked extra large figs in begining of July, and now it has a second
>crop
>about to ripen in about 2 weeks. Excellent flavor)
>
>There are a more promising figs for our area that I'm stil
>evaluating.
>
>Bassem Samaan
>zone 6, Bethlehem, pa
>
>  ----- Original Message -----
>  From: "Ernest Plutko"
>  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] figs
>  Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 10:55:55 -0500
>
>
>  What variety of figs do you grow?
>
>  ---- Original Message ----
>  From: loneroc at mwt.net
>  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] figs
>  Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 08:19:12 -0500
>
>  >
>  > Earnest,
>  >
>  > If you grow 'Celeste'I suspect that is one of your problems. I
>  never
>  > had a
>  > fruit that remained on the tree even after it reached 7 feet tall
>  in
>  > the
>  > pot. Discard it. I grow 10 potted figs now (in SW WI Zone 3-4)
>and
>  > they
>  > all fruit well.
>  >
>  > The Chicago hardy is the blandest on my figs.
>  >
>  > Steve Herje Lone Rock Wisconsin USA
>  >
>  >
>  > -----Original Message-----
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>  > [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Ernest
>Plutko
>  > Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 12:05 PM
>  > To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>  > Subject: [NAFEX] figs
>  >
>  >
>  > I have had three fig plants in big pots for seven years. Never
>had
>  a
>  > ripe fig Plenty of green figs which fell off unripe. Today I
>picked
>  > two ripe figs from the Chicago Hardy. Tasted good. I bring them
>in
>  > during the winter and the leaves promptly fall off. Last winter I
>  > kept them next to a window and a windowed door. Leaves did not
>fall
>  > off and new leaves grew. If you live where it is warm most of the
>  > year it probably sounds dumb to talk about two ripe figs but I am
>  > proud. Severe winter temps here. Not home of the fig.
>  >
>  > Minnesota zone 2-3
>  >
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