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  • I-258 growth

    I have a 3 yr old in ground I-258. Had figs the first two years that, as I recall, nearly all split. This year the tree has grown into a beautiful specimen, but it seems like all branches grew for at least 3-4 ft before settling down and starting to put on figs at every node. Is this the Norm for I-258? The tree should continue to put on lots of figs and depending on frost date and rain amounts, I hope to really have an ample supply of these figs to try. The daily hard big rains have ruined my Celeste figs- they are big, soft, and watery with no flavor. The robins, however, think they are great!
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    Hilliard Lawler, DVM, Indianola, Mississippi Zone 8A
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    I'd say your tree looks normal, but I can't explain the growth spurt before forming figs. I'm guessing figs may still form on the "growth spurt" wood. My I-258 really started producing figs in its second year. Its in the ground and is my most prolific fig. Its also a beautiful plant. You will like the figs a lot. Very high quality and delicious.
    Last edited by American Infigdel; 07-20-2021, 10:55 PM.
    Phoenix, Arizona 9B

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    • #3
      That's a beautiful tree! It's on my wish list. Your tree looks very happy and healthy. You should have a great harvest coming your way.
      South Jersey, zone 7a- 20 mins from Philly, 30 mins from AC

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      • #4
        That tree looks almost identical to my in-ground I-258, which is on its 2nd year in-ground and 3rd year overall (first year was in a 5 gallon bucket). The tree is radical with its fruit set. It is extremely prolific.

        I have almost an identical climate to yours, and it has been a ROUGH year so far. I've recorded 19 inches of rain since June 2, and I wouldn't be surprised if the real value is a little higher since I've recorded some 5 inch/hour rainfall rates, which can overwhelm the rain sensor. Legend has it the next 7 days are all either partly cloudy or mostly sunny here, but even "mostly sunny" here means a 20% chance of a random thunderstorm, so even the sunniest summer days here are never safe.
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        • #5
          Those limbs are all this year’s growth. I cut back the tree to a single 4 ft trunk in Feb right before the polar vortex arrived (still have a sack of cuttings in the refrigerator!). We had hard rains the last 4 days, but none today and forecast is none for a while. I picked Celeste figs from about 4 big trees today and they were tasteless so just letting the birds have at it, but glad nothing else is even close to being ready. I expect we’ll be praying for rain, though, in a couple of weeks.
          Hilliard Lawler, DVM, Indianola, Mississippi Zone 8A
          My website: https//bloomsonthebayou.com
          wish list: Nerucciolo d'Elba

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            key88sf commented
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            Want to part with one of those cuttings? 🙂 My i258 didn't survive past the first few months this year.

        • #6
          You are going to love I-258 Dr. Bud! It will become one of your best. Just picked this one 5 minutes ago.
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          Phoenix, Arizona 9B

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          • #7
            Oh, that looks wonderful!
            Hilliard Lawler, DVM, Indianola, Mississippi Zone 8A
            My website: https//bloomsonthebayou.com
            wish list: Nerucciolo d'Elba

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