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  • Have you ever done something stupid?

    Well I just did! I recently read a thread where a member was training his branches with a stick. I noticed a new branch that I thought could use a better angle so I got a clothes pin to use as a spreader and started. In the process of installing the spacer I said wow this branch is moving easily. When I stopped to see the results i separated half the branch off the trunk. I was so mad at myself I rushed to get tape and garden tie to make the repairs.

    Now the best part, would you like to guess what the variety was...it was one of my Thermalito's. Of all the figs tree's I go and mess around with its Thermalito...stupid me!!

    I know the branch will heal itself which is a good thing but here is the repair.

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    Tony, Toronto Canada USDA 4B now 5B apparently!!
    Wishlist:
    Yellow Neches, St Martain, Texas Peach.

  • #2
    A month or so ago, I dropped a cutting during up-potting. Wrecked the central leader.
    Joe, Z6B, RI.

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    • tinyfish
      tinyfish commented
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      Of all the branches it the center one, I hope you didn't get set back too far

    • jrdewhirst
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      A new CL is growing. Probably cost me at least 3 weeks.

  • #3
    Well, that’s a loaded question, lol! Short answer: YES.

    I’m glad your tree will heal! I hate that feeling of your heart dropping when realization kicks in. 😬
    ░░░SoCal░ ░ ͡ i ͡ ░ ░Zone░ ░9A░░░

    W/L: La Joya, Ondata, Belvedere, Bebera Branca, Fico Giallo, Vernino, Asunta 5 Paco (DF)

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    • #4
      I feel ya.
      I snapped a 2’ scaffold off my martineca rimada trying to train it this spring. The next day I did the same thing to my CddB. Needless to say I took a break from branch training for a bit
      Round Rock, TX 8b
      WL: Delicious figs

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      • tinyfish
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        Ouch!!

    • #5
      Snapped a beautiful scaffold off my Zaffiro earlier in the season trying to train it. Now it’s got three cardinal branches and a big empty space. Every time I look at the tree now I shake my head.
      Mike, MA Zone 6a
      wishlist: Angelito!
      A good tree clearing service for central Massachusetts...

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      • tinyfish
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        That sucks...and now you have that constant reminder.

      • Halligan-
        Halligan- commented
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        Yes! I spun the flat side against the fence....😂

    • #6
      I was starting cuttings at the same time I was starting a fire for the grill. I use sticks as part of my kindling in the charcoal chimney….I’ll let you fill in the gaps. 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐
      CJ in Memphis 7b/8a….tight eyes, nonsplitters...Pons figs, French figs, Mario figs & tasty Cali seedlings!

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      • FloraFig
        FloraFig commented
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        Aww my God.

      • tinyfish
        tinyfish commented
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        Is that fig I smell from the fire.

      • Sparky
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        That's some expensive kindling!

    • #7
      I was rubbing off new growth on my grafts and accidently rubbed off a chip bud graft...
      Travis - Zone 5a, Central WI
      Wish list - Verdolino

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      • arachyd
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        Ouch!

      • tinyfish
        tinyfish commented
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        Some of the things that we do.

    • #8
      We'd had a rare big snowfall. I stood on top of the snow at my brush pile and started cutting all the twigs from the branches poking up through the snow for some quick kindling. I had a nice big armful and was walking away when I remembered the peach tree I had planted near the brush pile. I'll let you imagine the rest.
      7B Southern NJ

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      • #9
        That must have been a bad feeling.
        Tony, Toronto Canada USDA 4B now 5B apparently!!
        Wishlist:
        Yellow Neches, St Martain, Texas Peach.

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        • arachyd
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          It was. I can laugh at it now because it survived that drastic pruning but back then I thought I'd killed it.

      • #10
        I was doing an air layer clipping the bark. Oops severed the brach.
        Ike
        bergen county NJ 6b
        Wish list: oh lets face it Ill take any variety I dont have!!

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        • tinyfish
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          Air layer to cutting in a split second

      • #11
        I figured that since the borax sugar water solution was so effective on getting rid of ants why not just sprinkle the powdered borax around the base of my trees...which included newly rooted family heirlooms...which I don't have any longer.
        NNJ 6B
        Wishlist: Colar d'Albatera, Mary Magdalene's and the Virgin Mary's Fig, Red Lebanese BV

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        • tinyfish
          tinyfish commented
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          Sounded like a good idea.

        • FloraFig
          FloraFig commented
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          Oh no!

          That's something I would do.

      • #12
        yupe. used lawn lime instead of other type and killed two trees.
        Pete
        USDA Zone 7b
        Piedmont NC

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        • tinyfish
          tinyfish commented
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          Was it a slow death or did they go quick.

        • bullet08
          bullet08 commented
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          if i remember correctly, reaction was rather quick. i flushed it out, but didn't help much.

      • #13
        No, I've never done anything stupid...for the last hour or so anyway. When I was sinking pots in the ground earlier this year, I decided a Figo Preto should be transferred to a different pot 1st, not remembering I'd only up potted it a few weeks earlier until I turned it over and most of the soil fell away from the root ball.
        Tony; Pickens county, SC zone 7b

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

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        • tinyfish
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          I guess you remembered quick once the pot was turned over.

        • Otis
          Otis commented
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          I did. If only I remembered a little quicker or maybe looked at the tag. Set it back but she's coming.

      • #14
        I had a complete list of " stupid things I did throughout my life" ,but then I realized it has to be fig related.

        1. Killed numerous cuttings, some might have been easily prevented.
        2. Broke several potential ground layers by pushing to hard in to the ground.
        C.Florida 9B WL: I-258 , Black Ischia, Ham Rham, Ghoudane , Moro de Caneva

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        • FloraFig
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          tinyfish, if I have the option I choose airlayering. It doesn't involve to much work or babying.

        • Otis
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          Flora, if I kept s list like that, I'd be a regular caller to suicide prevention hotline ☺️

        • FloraFig
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          Otis, I always use it to show my kids what not to do 😆
          Not sure if it worked though.

      • #15
        The dumbest fig - related mistake:
        several years ago I had some spider mites on some trees in my ‘nursery area’. I grabbed the bottle of brand name neem oil spray, moved them to the shade and sprayed away. The leaves all looked markedly oily and a few hours later I didn’t like how they looked and tried to rinse it off; but within several days all defoliated. I found that my wife had poured neem oil concentrate into the spray bottle to use on a rose bush, not realizing the difference.

        A big healthy Bourjasotte Gris fortunately leafed out and recovered as did 2 of the three younger rooted cuttings, can’t recall what was lost but I was unhappy for a while
        Last edited by eboone; 08-07-2021, 06:36 PM. Reason: Stupid iPhone autocorrect
        Ed
        SW PA zone 6a

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        • tinyfish
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          That must have been a big surprise.

      • #16
        Dumbest thing so far was to try and root 200 cuttings at once. Not the best idea when your doing it in a bed room and have a day job.
        Louisiana Zone 8/9. W/L Whatever fig I don't have.

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        • tinyfish
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          Thats a lot of cuttings. I hope you had great success.

      • #17
        I have or had a DSJG cutting. I don't know where it is. Perhaps I somehow mislabeled it? Perhaps it rolled off the table and bounced into a good hiding place? I have no idea.
        [Figs] -- Eastern Missouri -- Zone 6

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        • tinyfish
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          Something always happens to the good ones.

      • #18
        I've accidentally rubbed off buds that I wanted to keep to grow scaffold branches. After the first season of making the same mistake too many times, I started using a paint pen to mark the nodes I wanted to keep branch buds from.
        “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
        – Source Unknown
        MA 5b/6a

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        • tinyfish
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          That is a good idea that we can all use.

      • #19
        Spent $400 on two cuttings only to never root them

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        • tinyfish
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          Wow. At that price were you not able to get a rooted cutting.

          We have a lot of generous members that hopefully can help you get what you were after if we know what the cuttings were.

      • #20
        I have cats, and I let them near my figs despite the fact that they chew leaves, break branches and bite branch tips.
        Meys - Round Rock, TX. Zone 8b
        Wishlist: Cherry Cordial, Cosme Manyo, Texas Peach, Black Celeste, Little Ruby, any persistent caprifig.

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        • tinyfish
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          Do you ever wonder if the cats just do it to show their the boss.

      • #21
        I set my new Meteorito rooted cutting down to let my dog have a sniff. He liked it. Too much. Fortunately I was able to re-root the remaining bit.

        I love this thread.
        Zone 10b, Long Beach CA
        Creator of The Original Wasp In Fly Out (WIFO) Bags
        Wish list: Bebera Branca

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        • tinyfish
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          Hopefully he won't acquire the taste for ripe figs.

      • #22
        I don’t know, the question is difficult. In general, making mistakes is my inner urge.
        Андрей. N.-W. Кавказ, пень Абрау, 7б-8а

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        • tinyfish
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          Mistakes are ok as long as we don't make the same ones over and over.

      • #23
        I'm too embarrassed to be entirely open and honest on this thread. Here's what I can tell you....

        I own several amazing Smith trees....and a very powerful weed trimmer....
        Guildwood Village - Toronto, Canada - Zone 6

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        • tinyfish
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          Say it ain't so Joe.

        • TorontoJoe
          TorontoJoe commented
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          Oh... It's so!

          I was so rushed trying to keep up during a busy week... my head was elsewhere. Thank goodness I have several of them...

        • Sparky
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          Yeah, just this summer I weed-whacked my 2 year old apple tree AND my new grape vine. Both took heavy damage but will survive. You can imagine the forehead slapping that took place after especially the second incident.
          Last edited by Sparky; 08-07-2021, 09:42 AM.

      • #24
        I was watching the video Lou Monti put out about pinching, I pinched off half of the figs on my white Madeira because they "wouldn't ripen" but he's in a totally different zone.
        NC Sandhills zone 8A. Wishlist- BNR, CDDG, and split resistant figs.

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        • arachyd
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          Oh, my that's horrible!

        • tinyfish
          tinyfish commented
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          Another good tip you mention is when your watching videos or reading posts is be aware of that persons growing zone.

      • #25
        Well I do something stupid quite often but I’ll use yesterday’s blunder here. So I’ve seen a few spotted lantern flys around...not many but here and there. I usually hunt them down with a racket ball racket when I see one. So I see one land in a little patch of hedgerow where I grow beneficials and I take a large swing and a miss with the racket. Those little buggers are fast. Well I see where he lands so I stalk up to him and take an even bigger swing and make contact. Well I got him good but I also made good contact on a young Rainer cherry tree I mixed in and smacked a good size branch off. The young tree had perfect shape and now not so much as about a third of the tree was hanging by a shred of bark. You know what they say.. it happens.

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        • Realtorbyday
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          Oh that is so awful. I feel your pain.

        • davej
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          I'd like to try one of those salt guns.

        • tinyfish
          tinyfish commented
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          That is such a shame no chance to make a branch repair.
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