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  • Fig Envy

    OK, I admit it, I'm a bit jealous seeing all of those awesome delicious photos of figs ripening in areas where you have a longer growing season. For me, I'm currently at about 1420 GDD (50) if I subtract off from when I put the potted plants outside, so I have 2-4 weeks before I have any hope of seeing main crop, although a few may ripen sooner because I woke them up early for grafting.

    All I can share at this point is my monster forest that I'm looking forward to tasting before too long, bring on the continued heat. 10 gallon potted figs are second year, everything in 5, 7 and smaller were grown from cuttings this winter. For reference, the fence is 6 ft. tall, the bottom of the pergola roof is about 7 ft. tall. In-grounds are in their third year:

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    I'm also finishing out airlayers, three left on the trees after this morning, but those will likely stay in place until the fruit ripens, I'll sever and uppot them afterwards. Today's layer, 32 oz. cup right into 5 gallon container:
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    And, I do deliver, locally, lol. A couple of airlayers leaving the nest today, oh how quickly they grow up:
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    Last edited by JoePAFig; 07-23-2021, 01:30 PM. Reason: typo
    Joe, Central Bucks, PA Zone 6b/7a

  • #2
    Great update and great pics. Thanks. And, wow! Massive roots on that air layer! Looks great! Just curious, how long did it take to get to that stage? I just set my very first air layer not too long ago, so it’s still a mystery to me.
    Northeastern TN. Zone 6b/7a. WL: Rigato de Salento, BNR, Hative D'Argenteuil, Zaffiro


    • JoePAFig
      JoePAFig commented
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      Thanks Randy. That airlayer was set on 6/16, but root formation can be very variable depending on temperature. They seem to do very well in temps over 75, just like the figs. My range is for airlayers is 4-8 weeks, although I overwintered 3 that I set very late last summer. Tree and layer went dormant and woke up fine in the spring.

    • RandyK
      RandyK commented
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      Thanks Joe. I appreciate the information. I hadn't even thought about overwintering an air layer. Seems pretty innovative to me.

      I think your title to this post is appropriate...I have fig envy over how great your fig forest looks!!!

  • #3
    My fig envy was so bad last year I moved to Texas, hahaha

    Your trees looks super healthy. Are you letting the trees root through the side Or bottom of the buried pots.

    Joe grows great trees anyone who trades with him is lucky!
    Round Rock, TX 8b
    WL: Delicious figs


    • JoePAFig
      JoePAFig commented
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      I bury the pots about 1/3 of the way into mulch and they root through the side. Some send roots, some don't, but this way, in addition to the drip watering if I'm not giving them enough at least they can get water, and some nutrients from soil. Once the season is over, the external roots get severed and in the garage they go.

    • Halligan-
      Halligan- commented
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      That’s genius!
      The effort shows in your trees👍🏻

  • #4
    Nice!! You’ll be inundated with fruit in no time! Looking really good n healthy.

    used to love your area & visits to peddlers village, GW crossing the Delaware on xmas, hew hope, isaac newtons, etc. Weyerbacher was always a fun trip too😁
    wnc Z7a Hominy Valley
    wish list: a world without Invasive Pests


    • JoePAFig
      JoePAFig commented
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      Lots of good breweries and wineries here to enjoy. I flyfished the Davidson and many little blue lines when I was in your neck of the woods a couple of years ago. Beautiful area.

  • #5
    Great looking trees and AL's the grow zone isn't holding you back at all.
    Tony; Pickens county, SC zone 7b

    Care for the Earth...there's no place like home


    • #6
      Yeah, my trees are being slackerzzz as well....
      Tom V
      San DiegoCa
      Wishlist: Them esoteric figs