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  • Norella 2021

    First fig of the year. It is one of just three plants I am keeping in am keeping in pots. There would have been two ripe a week ago but a female cardinal got to them first. This plant had a greenhouse head start by about 3 weeks

    The fig was melting soft, extremely sweet, mild fruity flavor. Weight 32g

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    Ed
    SW PA zone 6a

  • #2
    Very nice, do you keep it potted due to lack of cold tolerance?
    Kevin, N. Ga 7b Cheers!

    Wishing all of you a bountiful harvest!

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    • #3
      No, to have earlier figs than if I just had plants in the ground
      Ed
      SW PA zone 6a

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      • Ktrain
        Ktrain commented
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        I see, good idea.

    • #4
      Looks awesome!

      So glad my cuttings of Norela survived me this spring. I have dbl bumps now, we’ll see what happens
      Round Rock, TX 8b
      WL: Delicious figs

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      • #5
        That looks to be ripened perfectly, Ed.
        Joe, Central Bucks, PA Zone 6b/7a

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        • #6
          Looks amazing, thank you for sharing with us
          SW TN 7B Wish list: Boysenberry Blush, Coll de Dama Mutante, Madeira Island Black, Cravens Craving, Malibu Greek and Fico Giallo. Any fig I can grow and Happy Days

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          • #7
            Great looking fig Ed and I hope you get more than that cardinal 😁
            Joe - Rhode Island Zone 7a

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            • #8
              Looks nicely ripened! Norella just returned to my collection by way of a gifted second year air layer from a generous fellow New Englander, and I was very happy to see it came sporting a handful of figs!
              “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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              • #9
                I'm really looking forward to this one. Mine grew crazy this year, 7+ feet tall with figs at every node. As long as they can ripen now.
                Travis - Zone 5a, Central WI
                Wish list - Verdolino

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                • #10
                  I haven’t grown this one. Anything that sets it apart from other Mt Etnas?
                  Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Verdolino, Black Celeste

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                  • WIFigger
                    WIFigger commented
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                    Don, I have a couple that I practiced doing some cutting grafting to. If you want to try one and don't mind it's grafted you're welcome to one of them.

                  • don_sanders
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                    ginamcd WIFigger Thank you both. I think I’ll pass for now. Still trying to downsize, lol. And I have Malta Black and Sao Miguel Roxo along with several Mt Etnas. So far, I like the Salem Dark (better flavor), Sal’s GS (different flavor), and Fort Mill Park (excellent flavor last year). I have yet to taste Roxo, Kesariani, and Red Lebanese Bekaa. Takoma Violet has been my earliest so far ripening with RDB this year ion 08/01. Which Mt Etna fruits first seems to vary for me each year. Everything seems really early this year. Every Mt Etna sets a fruit on every node for me.
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                  • ginamcd
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                    don_sanders it's easy to get over run by Mt Etnas! I too have Malta Black and Sao Miguel Roxo, but the fact that Norella was from Calabria made me want it. I have MBvs which is a bit less intense than the others, but still very good. And then there is HC which was grown from a cutting off my very first fig tree (RIP), so it will always have a spot in my collection. Unknown Abington is limping along in it's second year and has only set about a dozen figs, but I'll at least get to find out how it stacks up against the others. While I don't currently have Salem Dark, it's on the list given reports of it being among the earliest of the Mt Etnas. And this year I may actually get to find out what all the fuss is over RLBV!

                • #11
                  don_sanders
                  It has been my earliest Mt Etna past two years. Flavor like others in the class, texture has generally been denser, though this one was not. It may have to do with watering…might need to cut back a bit
                  Ed
                  SW PA zone 6a

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                  • #12
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ID:	1029712 I grafted a cutting of Norella onto my in ground Celeste in April. Got a few big marble size figs on it that I hope will mature so I can try it this year. Looks like a good one!
                    Hilliard Lawler, DVM, Indianola, Mississippi Zone 8A
                    My website: https//bloomsonthebayou.com
                    wish list: Nerucciolo d'Elba

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                    • #13
                      You gave that a lot of hang time. I'm glad you got it before the critters.
                      Guildwood Village - Toronto, Canada - Zone 6

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