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  • Anticipa-a-tion: Grosse Monstrueuse de Lipari

    SO excited about this Grosse Monstrueuse de Lipari. Only a first year tree that I began rooting on 12/27/20 but it's holding its figs and the top one recently began to swell. This will be my first Adriatic Berry fig.

    Words of wisdom are always welcome!


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    Salvatore - my students call me SC
    Zone 6a, SW Cleveland

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    Patience, hope for very little rain, bag it in organza to protect from bees, birds. Reverse tape on the trunk to stop ants. When you think it's ready to pick, wait at least 2 more days unless you are getting a half inch or more rain. If it drizzles with a bag on it, make sure it dries out or you can get mold.

    Oh, and share photos and a critique as you enjoy it!
    Joe, Central Bucks, PA Zone 6b/7a

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    • schampag
      schampag commented
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      Wow, really appreciated. Thanks!

    • cvarcher
      cvarcher commented
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      Excellent advice. I second that notion to include that when it drips honey from the eye its still NOT ready!!!

  • #3
    Pitch a tent and sleep outside because the squirrels are as eager as you are...
    Tony, Toronto Canada USDA 4B now 5B apparently!!
    Wishlist:
    Yellow Neches, St Martain, Texas Peach.

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    • #4
      Hope this works. Never would have thought of the reverse tape. Great idea!

      So far the attack poodles have kept the squirrels at bay. I usually don't have a problem with critters. Hope they keep it up.

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      Salvatore - my students call me SC
      Zone 6a, SW Cleveland

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      • #5
        Nice, just be aware that the ants can take any path up, so up the stakes if they are touching a leaf further on up. Also, I use packing tape which is not flexible, which needs changing later in the season because it can girdle the tree, so just keep an eye on it as the trunk thickens.
        Joe, Central Bucks, PA Zone 6b/7a

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        • #6
          I have tried duct tape and it doesn’t deter my ants. Idk about other types of tape
          CJ in Memphis 7b/8a….tight eyes, nonsplitters...Pons figs, French figs, Mario figs & tasty Cali seedlings!

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          • #7
            Sugar spots and dripping honey. What do you say? cvarcher ?

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            Salvatore - my students call me SC
            Zone 6a, SW Cleveland

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            • blaze
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              One of my favorite varieties. Looks good may sour if you let it too long. Depends on your heat and humidity. I would pick it. Plus there is a “one more day” syndrome where your figs get ruined or eaten by the critters on that last day.
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