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Figs

Panache (aka Bordissot Blanca Rimada)

Diary of Fig Tree Bonsai


Never having figs before, we're jumping right in based on some recommendations and reviews received for the best tasting figs.  We picked three types of fig trees for the bonsai collection and hopefully these will be excellent producers in bonsai form.


The perfect pH for growing fig trees is a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.5, but we haven't amended our alkaline soil much and they are doing really well. When thinking about how to grow figs, you should know that they should be protected from cold winter winds and direct winter sunlight.


Check Out PHiGGY (Figgers International)


We're mapping global fig growers (figgers) to show where all the figgers are.
Get on the map!  Add your trees and generic info here:  https://www.phiggy.org/get-on-the-map
Check out who is growin figs here:  https://www.phiggy.org/

Figs Have Many Names:

Figs can have multiple names.  Save some money and check the Seattle Garden Fruit Thesarus to make sure you don't buy the same thing several times (unelss you really want to).

Our Fig Trees:  


Black Madeira UCD (JF&E Zones 8-10), Black Mission (Zones 8,9), Blanche, Italian Honey, Lattarula Honey, Lemon Fig, White Marsielles (Zones 6-9), Bourjassotte Grise (BayFlora Zones 6-10), Brunswick (FigTrees Zone 6-10 ), Celeste (Celestial, Zones 7-9), Chicago Hardy (Zones 5-10), Desert King (Zones 6-10), Ischa (Verte, Zones 6-10), La Goccia D'oro (FigTrees Zone 6-10), LSU Scotts Black (TreesOfJoy Zones 7-11), Olympian (Zones 6-9), Panache Tiger (FourWinds Zone 8-10), Peters Honey (FourWinds 6-10), Violette de Bordeaux (Zones 5-10), White Triana (FigTrees Zones 5-10).

Figs purchased as tissue cultures from WellSpringGardens.com, unless otherwise noted.

Our Cutting Grow Outs:


Alma (CliffH OurFigs Zones Pending), Altreano (ClifH OurFigs Zones Pending), Bari (Brooklyn Matty FigBid Zones 6b-9), Bekka Red Lebanese (DriftlessSacredGrove FigBid Zones Pending), Black Ishcia (Figaholics Zones Pending), Black Madeira KK (FigBid Segun Zones pending), Bordissot Blanca Negra (Hershell & Dave Zone 7-10), Bordissot Blanca Rimada (Hershell & Dave Zones 7-10), Bourjasotte Noire (Brooklyn Matty FigBid zones pending), Chicago Hardy (Zones 5-10), Coll De Dama Blanca (Hershell & Dave Zones 7-10), Coll De Dama Blanca Negra (Hershell & Dave Zones 7-10), Fig de Parfum (Hershell & Dave Zones 6-10), Figo Preto (FigBid Segun Zones 8-10), Flanders (Bifig Zones 7-10), Galicia Negra (FigBid Segun Zones pending), Golden Celeste (JerseyFarmer FigBid Zones pending), Golden Riverside (WillsC Zone 6-10), Ice Crystal  (Hershell & Dave Zones pending), Improved Celeste (RossRoddi FigBid Zones pending), Italian Honey (Hershell & Dave Zones 7-10), JH Adriatic (Hershell & Dave Zones 6-10), Lebanese Purple/Black (eBay NixGardens Zones pending), LSU Gold  (Hershell & Dave Zones pending), LSU Tiger (CliffH OurFigs Zones Pending), Malta Black (Brooklyn Matty FigBid zones pending), Napolitana Negra (Bifig Zones 6-12), Oro Bianca  (Hershell & Dave Zones 6-10), Ponte Tresa  (Hershell & Dave Zones pending), Porporato (FigBid Segun Zones pending), Raspberry Latte (Bifig Zones 6-12), Red Lebanese  (Hershell & Dave Zones pending), Robs Genovese Nero (Brooklyn Matty FigBid zones pending), Ronde de Bordeaux (eBay MountainFigs Zones 6-10), Seven Lakes (Yatama OurFigs Zones 3-10), Sister Madeline’s Green Greek (Brooklyn Matty FigBid zones pending), Texas Everbearing (CliffH OurFigs Zones Pending), Unknown Jefferson (Dorian Gray WTF Zone 6-10), Vasilika Sika  (Hershell & Dave Zones pending), Verte (Figaholics Zones Pending) 

Lets Get Growin


SUN: Minimum 7 hours day light daily.
WATER: Consistent watering.  Check the top 1-inch for moisture and water when slightly dry.
~FoodieGardener.com
SOIL PH: 4.0-7.0
FERTILIZER: Slow release tomato fertilizer applied during the beginning of growing season


2019-01-12 Received A Collectors Stash Today!


I had been eyeing these collector varieties, but haven't pulled the trigger on getting them.  These arrived as a surprise package and we are really excited about these varities!

The package contained between one and three each of: Ponte Tresa, Ice Crystal, LSU Gold, Bordissot Blanca Rimada, Red Lebanese, Oro Bianca, JH Adriatic and Vasilika Sika!


2019-01-03 Oro Bianco Reinforcements Arrived!
Oro Bianco Reinforcements


We accidentally rotted the previous two Oro Bianco received, and the reinforcements arrived today.  Very, very nice looking cuttings that really have no reason to fail.

Oro Bianco is a striped fig (and who doesn't like the striped ones?), looking very similar to Panache.  Oro Bianco is different from Panache because it has a light amber colored pulp rather than the bright red pulp exhibited in Panache.  I believe this ends up making it more of a honey flavor than a berry flavor.

The cuttings arrived with plump little buds, so we did the normal cleaning, wrapping and scraping process, then jamming them into some jiffy pods for getting started.

Now we just have to make sure we don't over water them!


Golden Celeste And Coll De Dama Blanca Negra

2018-12-24 Golden Celeste Arrived And Coll De Dama Blanca Negra


The Golden Celeste cuttings arrived today, all tip cuts.  Decided to try something different and wrap the tip cuttings with parafilm to see if this speeds up rooting at all.

The Golden Celeste fig is derived from a previous unofficial distribution of the Champagne fig, but is not necessarily the same as the Champagne fig.  We aren't sure yet if this particular cutting set is the pre-release Golden Celeste or the LSU Golden Celeste (Champagne) variety.  Time will tell when the tree bears fruit.

The Coll De Dama Blanca Negra sprouted some healthy sized roots and got cupped up with some aged garden soil and a little extra water to keep it going.  This one put roots on in about 30 days, as opposed to the previous 60 day period for the cuttings that were started outdoors.


2018-12-22 Black/Purple Lebanese And Ronde de Bordeaux Are In!
Black/Purple Lebanese and Ronde de Bordeaux Cuttings


Today we received the Black/Purple Lebanese cuttings ordered to replace the ones lost in the mail but returned by a nice neighbor, and an abundance of Ronde de Bordeaux cuttings. I love the look of the short internodes on the Lebanese cuttings.  The Lebanese cuttings promise to be a very good tasting fig, which was in the seller's family since 1975 and brought over/propagated from Lebanon.

Ronde de Bordeaux is a highly rated berry flavored fig, reported by the seller to be Berry with molasses and strawberry flavor.  Mountainfigs is the source of the cuttings and description.  Many people recommend this fig for colder climate.

Another site reports it as being a "baby" fig, which is bite size and great for snacking.


LSU Scotts Black From Trees Of Joy

2018-12-21 Scotts Black Arrived!


I've seen a few cuttings and this little tree arrive in the classic sign of the horns.  This one, however, arrived with something that resembles what a toothache feels like.

The empty pruning scar isn't a problem.  These types of scars will become grown over as the tree matures and the healthy branches continue to grow.  It is easy to see that the two branches are healthy and ready to bud.

Mountainfigs.net describes the Scotts Black as: "LSU Scott’s Black is a premier berry-molasses flavor fig, late ripening."  Others compare the flavor as more berry tasting than Black Mission figs.

It has also been described as: "I agree Scotts black is a great fig to have. Cold hardy, big producer, vigorous and great tasting figs.If I had to narrow my collection down to just 5 this one would make the cut."

Based on the above recommendations, we decided to get one and try it out.

2018-12-20 More New Arrivals
Black Madeira KK, Galicia Negra and
Improved Celeste Cuttings


The ordering frenzy is over, but the cuttings are still arriving.  Today we received the Black Madeira KK, two Galicia Negra and two Improved Celeste cuttings.

If we can get cutting success, we will have a collection of Black Madeira (UCD, KK, Figo Preto) but will be missing the Madeira Island Black.  I'm not sure if that is something different from the ones we have or not.

We will also have the Malta Black (supposed to be grand-tree to the Celeste variants), Celeste, Improved Celeste and are waiting for the Golden Celeste.  We are thinking about a Celeste fig grafted tree from these four.

The pending figs deliveries include a Scotts Black tree, and cuttings for Black/Purple Lebanese, Ronde de Bordeaux, Golden Celeste and Golden Riverside.  All are in the mail except for the Golden Riverside, which seem to be snowed in for now.


Lebanese Purple/Black

2018-12-19 Faith Restored, A Lesson In Patience


It is the holiday season and the packages are probably flying all over the place.  Odds are with the possibility a mail piece will be misplaced somewhere.  The day we were notified our Lebanese Purple/Black cuttings were delivered, yet not in our mailbox, we notified USPS and tried to get them tracked.

No response from USPS following an automated notification that an inquiry was received.  Being an impatient person, I ordered a second set, believing the original order would never be seen.  This evening, an honest and kind neighbor dropped the package off at the door.  Hooray!

I like these cuttings.  Short internodes and the bark is pretty thick.  Took a good scraping to expose the green underneath.  Popped them in the jiffy pellets and off to the races!

2018-12-17 The Addiction Is Real, People!
Multiple cuttings


We received a nice package deal of cuttings today which included Sister Madeline’s Green Greek, Robs Genovese Nero, Bourjasotte Noir, Bari, Malta Black and Sister Madeline's Yellow Italian (bonus fig) from Brooklyn Matty, along with the Bekka Red Lebonese from DriftlessSacredGrove.  USPS misplaced my Black/Purple Lebanese bought from NixGardens on eBay.  Hopefully some random person didn't get them and keep them.

While waiting, we also bought a LSU Scotts Black from Trees Of Joy, then cuttings for Black Madeira KK and Galicia Negra from Segun on FigBid (sends excellent cuttings).  Also ordered Improved Celeste on FigBid.

Not sure why I can't stop...


Rooted Cuttings; BBN x 2, BBR, Fig de Parfum, Italian Honey

2018-12-16 5 Rooters Graduate To Clear Cups!


We have some decent leaf and root growth on five of the cuttings.  So far the Italian Honey was the lead, followed closely by the Bordissot Blanca Negra x 2, Fig de Parfum and Bordissot Blanca Rimada.

This took approximately 60 days from starting the cuttings to now.  We deviated from what many others do by not using a humidity cover or bottom heat. Only the non-tip cuttings were wrapped in parafilm to prevent dehydration.   The wooded, exposed part of the cuttings received spray bottle misting at least 2 x daily following being inserted into a fully expanded jiffy pellet.  
Rooted fig cuttings cupped up
Once the rooters are moved to the clear cups, with perlite drainage and back-filled with damp, aged garden soil, there will be no transplanting until they are obviously root bound inside the clear cups. 

On the next 'cupping up', maybe we will have some Azos to use with the mykos and add azomite as well.  We need to give these little plants the absolute best environment and nutrition to thrive.

Despite no losses so far, as most people in the fig community do, someone said something to me about a red fig, so I had to get cuttings of the Bekka Red Lebonese. Then also saw a set of 12 cuttings with a surprise bonus and had to get that!  Then saw some Lebonese Purple/Black fig cuttings and had to get those too!  But it's okay. I can stop any time...  

Napolitana Negra Cuttings

2018-12-08 Napolitana Negra, Mongibello Cuttings Arrived And A Peters Honey Fig


We received some very nice Napolitana Negra cuttings yesterday and got them all set up in their jiffy pods. This one sounds very promising as does most of the dark figs.  People tend to like the berry flavored figs. 

A person described them in the Figs For Fun forum:  The first Napolitana Negra of the season. Very prolific and very similar to De La Reina in productivity and taste. This one is a little smaller than DLR but it is the first one. It has a rich fig/berry mix taste that has a little tartness to it that makes it really delicious. The red color of the pulp near the eye is intense compared to the rest of the pulp. I am impressed by this fig. It is another keeper. It is also listed in the 100 gram per fig club!


Mongibello Cuttings
The Mongibello figs are a group of figs also referred to as Mt Etna Figs. They all look similar and have similar, but differing tastes. Chicago Hardy would be one example in this group.

This photo was taken after spraying them down with peroxide, scraping the bottom portions to expose green (encourages root growth), and wrapping the tops with parafilm.  I ended up using parafilm on fig cuttings when they have been cut across tops and bottoms in order to prevent drying out.

There is an OurFigs member that compiled a list of potential Mongibello figs (here).  This same member provides detailed information about the Mongibello originations and flavor profiles are on the same members website mountainfigs.net along with many great photos.

We have one pending delivery left; Golden Riverside.

Peters Honey Fig
This morning, we found a Peters Honey fig that may be a day or two before prime - not sure still when the best time to pick figs are.

This Peters Honey was pretty good this morning. I think the banana taste I describe is what others may call unripe bitterness. This one had less of that and more of the honey strawberry flavor I remember from last year.


Porporato Cuttings

2018-12-06 - Porporato Cuttings Arrived


This is a fig we're looking forward to (not to say we aren't looking forward to other figs), and we received a couple of really nice cuttings.

There is not a lot of information out about these figs yet, but the fruits look gorgeous! The originator says they are very soft and sweet figs.

Also: Beauty, quality, size, taste and sweetness. All features are concentrated in this variety. It is available by FigsArt ByNikky.





2018-12-04 - FigTrees.Net Delivered
New Fig Trees


Today we see our new 'adults'. No worrying about trying to make these guys grow roots. They arrived almost full size! So, we now have White Triana, Black Triana and La Goccia D'oro in the house.  We lucked into a gifted delivery of Mongibello cuttings today too!

To get a flavor idea, I'm including descriptions from others who have eaten them here.

White Triana: This is a very good white fig for the South. It is rain tolerant, bug resistant, and very productive. I left too many figs on my tree last fall and the tree was top killed this past winter. It has come back and will produce a crop of figs this year......so this one will produce figs from new growth from the roots.

Black Triana:   While not the best fig I've eaten they are far from the worst. The flavor is very sweet, complex and with a hint of perhaps pear. This is one fig with many names. Check the link to see it is actually a Brunswick along with any number of other labels.

La Goccia D'oro: LGdO has a reddish pulp and is probably best classified as a honey fig. I find it much better than Lattarula (Italian Honey). It's quite sweet, some seed crunch and a hint of brown sugar.


New Cuttings Bowl

2018-12-03 Unknown Jefferson, Figo Preto and Chicago Hardy Arrived and Finally A Juicy Fig!


A second bowl of cuttings has been started with the new cuttings that arrived.  We are still expecting the arrival of Porporato, Golden Riverside and Napolitana negra.  Those should fill up the remaining available space in this bowl and hopefully I can resist any new fig sales.  

In the larger cutting bowl, at least one has given up the ghost, as there is a strong scent of coconut.  I don't know which one of them, but there are two that looked like they had no translucence or green sheen.  That's okay, we have backup cuttings that are definitely growing and all we need is one of each!

Panache Tiger Fig
We plucked a fig off the Panache this morning before it was completely droopy and wrinkled.  Finally got a juicy fig!  I suspected we were waiting too long to open these up and here's the proof.  

Part of learning about these figs is knowing when to pick them and when the flavor is best for a particular fig variant.



Assorted Cuttings

2018-11-30 - Raspberry Latte and Flanders Arrived


The bowl is jam packed with cuttings now.  All the cuttings outside were brought inside for first winter and grow outs.

All is still going well.  Oro has some roots, but no leaves.  A few have sprouted leaves (previously reported), Rimada and Bordisott Blanca Negras developed leaf buds along with a couple of others that are getting some green lumpy nodes.  Perlite was added to the bottom of the bowl, the cuttings are now getting bottle sprayed a few times a day to keep the uncovered woody portions moist and to refresh the jiffy pods a tad.

More ants were found living in the pods, so cotton ball soaked with a powdered sugar and borax was set in there to kill them off.

Raspberry Latte
We received a great holiday gift pack; Raspberry Latte and Flanders cuttings to get started.  The cuttings look great and they have been added to the vacant areas of the bowl pictured after prepping.  However, there are more cuttings to come and our bowl runneth over :/

Flanders
We won a couple of bids on Figbid.com.  Some Figo Pretos and Porporatos (2 each) are on the way.  We are also expecting some gifted Napolitana Negras and traded Chicago Hardy cuttings channeled through OurFigs.com connections and then some unknown Jefferson fig through a What The Figs connection and a Golden Riverside won in a What The Figs contest.

Starting to feel like a junkie with an addiction.  Keep saying I need to stop, yet I don't stop because there is this other really gorgeous and well rated rich tasting fig to have.

To compensate and save space while giving the much needed indirect
Modified Glass Hanging Vases
light to my collection obsession, we have some really nice looking hanging vases that are tall enough to help keep humidity in with the fig cutting and wide enough to accommodate the 50mm jiffy pods we use to get them started.  Adorned using one of my other hobbies (jewelry making), some copper wires, copper chain and hammered copper rings are used to make a lovely single cutting natural light saturated space saving hammock of sorts that can patina along with the copper tags.  We also have several glass tube wall vases similarly adorned for beautification of a very practical process.  Perhaps if we have some not so expensive cuttings we can try water rooting in lovely tube vases.  Yep...  so practical (not).



Bourjasotte Grise

2018-11-21  Bourjasotte Grise Arrived And A Legit Cutting Graduate


Bourjasotte Grise arrived from Bayflora today.  It looks great - very healthy. The description is: "Bourjassotte Grise is adaptable, producing intensely flavorful figs in cool summer areas and hotter climes. Dense red flesh mimics strawberry aspic. Occasional immature fruit drop doesn't seem to affect overall productivity."

Another description is:  "Large fruits – pale green with purplish flush. Flesh dense red. Rich syrupy juice with excellent flavour. Profuse cropper."

This one sounds like a really good choice for a fig tree...

Italian Honey
On the cutting edge, the Italian Honey not only sprouted leaves, but made some nice looking roots as well.

Italian Honey is described as: With honey sweet amber flesh and a lightly tart yellow green outer skin the Blanche Fig (its original name according to Dr. Ira Condit) has long been a favorite for fresh eating or drying. A vigorous fig that produces even in areas with short growing seasons it is known to produce two good crops where summers are longer. In the Southern US it is known as the Lemon Fig and is popular in the Northwest and California for home orchards where it is known as White Marseille or Lattarula. A compact tree which can be adapted for container production.


These both will be getting the hand stamped permanent copper labels.


Fig Cuttings

2018-11-20 New Cuttings And A Little Over My Skis


Things were promising until the weather started cooling and the air became much drier.  The new buds shrank up and an ant nest was built in an Oro pod.  Nine cuttings were brought inside, cleaned off, wrapped in parafilm and treated for ants.  The cuttings are still green, so there is still hope.

The new cuttings were also treated similarly; wrapped in parafilm, stuck in a pod and grouped together in this glass bowl.

The three that popped their buds and sprung a few leaves included an Italian Honey, Bordisotte Blanca Rimada and the name favorite, Fig De Parfum.  We still have at least one of each of the priors brought in; Oro, Col De Dama Blanca and Bordisotte Blanca Negra.

Bordisotte Blanca Rimada, Italian Honey, Fig De Parfum
The new additions are JH Adriatic and Borjasotte Blanca Negra. Received three each, so hoping for
at least 50/50 odds on these as well.

Along with the cuttings, some new fig tree orders are on the way Bourjasotte Grise, Black Triana, White Triana, and La Goccia D'oro aka Drop of Gold. These were purchases from BayFlora and FigTrees.net.



Bordissot Blanca Negra, Italian Honey,
Coll de Dama Blanca

2018-10-28 At Least 50/50 Cutting Survival Predicted


Following the 'new method' of starting the fig cuttings,  we got some friendly advise to cover the top cut part of the cuttings so they don't get dried out.  I don't really like the look of the parafilm, but did follow the advise.  Following that, the cuttings seem to be retaining more moisture and looking green and growing some small buds.
Oro, Fig de Parfum
Alternatively, some people use beeswax (although may not be as breathable as parafilm) to cover the entire exposed (above soil) cutting - mixed results.  Other creative choices are liquid electrical tape, wound care cover for trees, wood glue, or even just paint.  

Even with early misstep, the cuttings seem quite resilient and are determined to at least pop a bud, and hopefully eventually sprout a leaf.  We are hopeful :D
Bordissot Blanca Rimada
I think next time we are going to try the wood glue - so we don't have to worry about the parafilm untying or getting blown off by a storm.  It also should look much tidier.  These plastic wraps really grate on me for some reason.

Kind of funny to look at the difference from when they arrived to how they are doing now, it looks like they lost quite a bit of moisture and a bit of growth setback.




2018-10-16 New Cuttings Arrived
Oro, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Bordissot Blanca Rimada,
Fig De Parfum Cuttings


The first time we tried cuttings, we got some 'Black Madeira' cuttings from a known eBay scammer (see list of scammers here).  Two of the three molded, and one is hanging out still. Nothing new on it.

We tried a second set of cuttings that were generously gifted for a newbie to learn on, which are the Colle de Dama Blanca and Italian Honey.  These were set up differently and are starting to bud up.  This is a good sign, but too bad it is close to fall.

The process we used here in the low desert during late monsoon is wiping down the cuttings and spraying them with hydrogen peroxide to remove anything that may cause problems.  While we are cleaning up the cuttings, we soak some large jiffy pods in water and get them fully expanded.

Coll de Dama Blanca Cutting
We scrape the bottoms of the cuttings to show some green only about the length of the jiffy pods.  We then jam the cuttings into the jiffy pods and put them in a large planter that is on an automatic watering system.  The planter is tented with mosquito netting to allow light in, but prevent direct sun on the cuttings.

The large planter allows for regular moisture, but great drainage.  The pods can retain some necessary moisture but allows the unnecessary moisture to drain away and prevent rot or mold.

Cuttings get temporary tags with taped labels until they are proven growers.  Then the tape is removed from the tag and stamped permanently.



Black Madeira Fig Tree, With Figlet

2018-10-12 Black Madeira Arrived, With Figlet!


The Black Madeira arrived today.  It is surprisingly large.  I wasn't expecting a tree this big, or to have a little figlet to boot!

This tree was purchased from Just Fruits and Exotics.  Back and forth emails with them about the pedigree of the tree and we were assured it is a UCDavis Black Madeira fig tree.

UC Davis BM

For curious people, there is a lot of controversy over what is or is not a black madeira fig tree, and what can or cannot be legitimately sold under a black madeira label.  Some people like to create uncertainty to maintain claims of having their own one and only black madeira.  Here is one post showing the difference between closely related varieties: Figs4Fun

As with all fig trees, the leaves don't help with a complete identification until mature and the final determination is based on the fig.   Hopefully this figlet hangs on and we can verify the pedigree soon! :)  And too bad it is so close to fall...

The listing was for a 1 - 3 foot tree, and this one is probably taller than three feet if the planter pot is counted.  It is a little taller than the light switches.  Being on the fig high, we ordered a few cuttings of some Oro, Borgisette Blanca Negra and Borgisette Blanca Rimada from Hershell & Dave on the FB What The Fig Group.  Something about the striped or unusual figs,  I guess.  I'm beginning to have a collection problem.

In any case, we'll be able to try this one out next spring or summer for sure!  Really looking forward to trying one in this flavor profile : intense dark berry.


2018-10-05 More Fig Trees
Tiger Panache Fig


Seems we have neglected updating the fig trees and I need to get something nice and original, like MountainFigs to show the varieties and flavor profiles.  Fig growing and cultivation has become much more interesting after learning about the flavor varieties.  For now, we have a list and one not so great tasting fig this season.

A general lack of experience and knowledge about figs makes it a bit difficult to get organized to start with.  What does and doesn't taste good is palette subjective and environmentally dependent.

Peter's Honey Figs

2017-05-13 A Tree Full Of Figs


Peters Honey is hanging on to gobs of figs.  Panache ditched all of it's figs.  All the other fig trees are so tiny, we won't expect anything for a few years.

We won't bore anyone with pictures of tiny fig cuttings in large pots.  Not much to see here.

These figs should be ready 70 days after starting, so maybe we can try our first figs around the end of June.  That would make this timed like a breba crop, if they mature that quickly, but they all look like they started on new growth.


2017-05-07 More Figs
Cordon Espalier Fig Trees


Feeling pretty confident about having fig trees, but not yet really knowing what fresh figs taste like, we went ahead and purchased several other varieties of fig trees to help bolster our espalier plan.  Thinking about growing them low to the ground like this espalier style in the photo to shade the ground in the warmer summer months.

The added varieties include:  Lattarula Honey (dwarf) x 2, Violette de Bordeaux (dwarf), White Marseilles (dwarf), Desert King and Black Mission fig.  These are all tiny starter plants and will be producing in two years minimum.

Panache Tiger Fig Fruit


2017-04-12 Lots Of Fruit Starts


Peters Honey Fig Fruit
Exciting!!  We have some little fruit buds on both the Peter's Honey Fig and the Panache Tiger Fig.  We bought some store figs last year and they were pretty bland. My son tells me these figs are super sweet varieties that are sure to please.

Hopefully this flush of fruit will ripen on the tree and we can eat them. All the earlier fruits before dormancy fell of and we had none.  :(

Peters Honey Fig
2017-03-05 New Growth


So, it is really distressing when you don't know that your plants are not evergreen and the leaves turn colors and drop off.  I was kind of sweating it over our mild short winter here when that exact scenario happened to all of the fig trees.  I'm not sure why I didn't know they would go dormant.

I am now happy that the fig trees are getting new growth and the Peters honey fig is again, growing a new fig.  I haven't had an opportunity to eat one yet.  The previous figs dropped off, maybe because they were never pollinated.

I'm really looking forward to trying these out and some of the other figs out when they get some mature fruits.

Ischia Verte II

2016-10-01 Replacement II Arrived


We received the second replacement for Ischia Verte.  It looks really good!  Third time is the charm, I guess.  This one has three trunks, pretty thick and adult formed leaves. 

Peter's Honey Fig
Honey is doing well and the fig is hanging in there.  I'm not sure what happens to a fig if it is not pollinated, but we may find out.  One lonely fig in the backyard may not garner much attention from the fig wasp population.

Panache is doing really well too.  New growth showing up and
Panache Tiger Fig
the leaves look to have a really nice color.

The acclimation location is south-facing, and gets the morning sun.  The figs hang out with the other tropicals in a small grouping on the patio for grow out and training.


Ischia Fig No 2

2016-09-22 Replacement Arrived


Good news and bad news. The Ischia fig replacement arrived... broken :(

These are normally packed really well but this time the stick that keeps the tiny trees from bouncing around broke through the box top and the tree got mashed anyway.



2016-09-17 Growth Buds
Peter's Honey Fig Bud


Today, after checking out Peter's Honey, I noticed two different types of buds.  One is certainly a leaf bud. Having never seen a fig bud, I'm guessing because it looks different that it is a fig bud.

Peter's Honey Leaf Bud
Posting pictures of both to help see how these are different. These are small buds, the details captured with a macro lens on my phone.

What looks to be the fig bud has a stout little stem that props it up and away from the branch terminals.  The leaf bud is right between the branch terminals, and located one segment up from the fig bud.

I know nothing about this - just making educated guesses at the moment.  It would be nice to get some immediate gratification with a breba fig.  The normal fruting time for Peter's Honey is summer, but the breba crops are reported to be very sweet tasting as well.

2016-09-16 Arrival Day

Green Ischia (verte) fig seedling

We received the Green Ischia (Verte) fig tree today. It seems very unhappy as a young seedling.  Perhaps it was too wet, or too dark, or too hot when it was shipped. I really don't know.  I'll be keeping an eye on it and see if it improves at all without watering.

Panache and Peter's Honey figs
We received Panache and Honey yesterday, and they are quite big. Almost as big as I need for an imperial size tree.  These two are approximately 18 months old.  Safe to say we have about 920 days to fresh figs.

These were shipped from Four Winds Growers and were packed really well.  Hopefully they don't get finicky over transplanting and die off.  Again, we need to find some pots for these guys to live in for grow out.

If Ischia doesn't make it, I'll probably just stick with the remaining two.  Based on photos, Ischia is probably grown from seed, may be a month or two old. It is a safe bet that if Ischia does produce fruit, it will be about 1400 days off.

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