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  • Main Crop coming soon

    Finally, I have a fig swelling, so it shouldn't be too long now for that first main. Looks like Improved Celeste will win the race this season. This one is 57 days in from fruit set so far.

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    Joe, Central Bucks, PA Zone 6b/7a

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    IC is usually my first maincrop too, another few weeks here.......
    Jesse in western Maine, zone 4/5
    Wishlist- earliest maincrop varieties

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    • #3
      Since I am in the same region as you...I picked 4 Mt. Etna's yesterday. I was surprised, especially that it was from the in-ground tree.

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      NNJ 6B
      Wishlist: Colar d'Albatera, Mary Magdalene's and the Virgin Mary's Fig, Red Lebanese BV

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      • JoePAFig
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        Wow, that's early, which Mt. Etna? My main Etna is probably Dark Portugese, and it set figs 6/2. I won't see a ripe one before 8/15 for sure, probably same for RDB. A couple of others (Black Bethlehem, Dark Greek) all set within a week later of DP. Florea may sneak in there.

      • don_sanders
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        Every once in a while I get some early Mt Etnas. Which variety seems to vary. This year it’s Takoma Violet which already ripened a couple at the same time as RDB. Just slightly after Florea, Improved Celeste, Iranian Candy. Previous years other varieties were noticeably early but didn’t repeat like Nyack Purple, Black Greek.

      • JoePAFig
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        don_sanders that's interesting and keep an eye out for anything earlier. I noticed on some of my trees that they would set a few figs and then stop for a week or two, so I expect lone outliers to start and then a big rush of ripening.

    • #4
      Unk Mt. Etna. I don't think that they were breba but will look again. I was definitely surprised especially that the tree came out of dormancy as late as it did - late April if I recall correctly. Only some top leaves in late May but it did start to set fruit early June. It has been in the ground for about 7 years if that means anything.
      NNJ 6B
      Wishlist: Colar d'Albatera, Mary Magdalene's and the Virgin Mary's Fig, Red Lebanese BV

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      • JoePAFig
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        Even better, you have the capacity for both breba and main when our springs aren't too cold. That's a good tree.

      • key88sf
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        KDAD Is this from the cuttings I gave away last year? Or a different Unk Mt Etna?

      • KDAD
        KDAD commented
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        key88sf, no a different Unk. I received this as a rooted start about 10 years ago and took it along with me as I moved. It was from an area where immigrants would have brought it from Italy many years ago but it does not have any known provenance.

    • #5
      Florea and Iranian Candy were first here on the same day. Improved Celeste is up next in a couple days. Maybe DTE too but it looks like a deformed fig so may just be aborting.
      Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Verdolino, Black Celeste

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      • #6
        JoePAFig I just noticed a fig ripening on a first year Antonio's Black tree. Should be able to pick in a day or two. I rooted it in December 2020 from a cutting that I got from some guy named Tony up north.

        My Bordeaux types are all first year and will take another few weeks for those to ripen.

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        NNJ 6B
        Wishlist: Colar d'Albatera, Mary Magdalene's and the Virgin Mary's Fig, Red Lebanese BV

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        • JoePAFig
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          Looking great!

      • #7
        My first main crop is gonna be a Smyrna, Inchário Preto!
        Tom V
        San DiegoCa

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        • mwhight34
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          Nice! That one is supposed to be the best tasting in Portugal right?

        • ZomVee
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          mwhight34 Yeah, that's what Lampo on figs4fun claimed.

        • mwhight34
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          I never knew him but he always posted the most beautiful fig pictures on the f4f forum. I’ve spent the last year trying to acquire the figs he listed as his favorite

      • #8
        Improved Celeste is in the home stretch, probable one or 2 more days of heat. Looks like RDB is getting ready to be a distant second.
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        • #9
          And we have a winner. Or winners. It was going to rain today and so I went to pick the Improved Celeste. While out, I noticed that a Kirilovo snuck in as well. The Improved Celeste is an in-ground. The Kirilovo was one of 2 cuttings I acquired this winter and rooted. It's supposed to be a Florea synonym, and I can see why, the fig is virtually identical in size and taste.

          Kirilovo was sweet, figgy with moderate seed crunch, pretty much the same to me as Florea. Improved Celeste was definitely sweeter, with a nice little kick in the middle, less crunch. Kirilovo ripened in 60 days, Improved Celeste in 62.


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          Joe, Central Bucks, PA Zone 6b/7a

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          • Forbiddenfruit.garden
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            I like how you recorded how many days for maturity. Very nice

          • JoePAFig
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            Forbiddenfruit.garden it's very helpful in future years to gauge when fruit will ripen, and even in the current year to figure out which figs will have no chance to ripen. I do it for all of my varieties.
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