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  • Pretty bummed - grew a mislabeled tree for 3 years

    Well, it’s time to admit I’ve been growing a Negronne-NOT since 2019 (acquired) from One Green World and sold as Negronne. It’s been a shy bearer, the colors were off but I figured it was just the cool 2019 / 2020 summers, and flavors were bland.

    I gave its one breba a squeeze this morning and it fell right off. It seemed ripe, but the pulp, outside colors, flavors, everything were just lackluster. I’ve seen the less exciting sugar figs described on here as tasting like sweet lettuce, that’s pretty much what this tasted like. Even my dog, who loves fruit, wasn’t sure she wanted a second bite.

    Sigh. It’s bad enough to waste years on a tree, worse when you know you won’t have a similarly mature and productive replacement for another few years.
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    Eric - Seattle / Sunset Zone 5 - W/L: Granato - Now offering fig-pops, my rooting mix, and gritty potting mix! https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Brows...er=pacnorwreck

  • #2
    I hear you. 3 years in my “CdDB” produced this fig. So I call it CdD BS

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    It later made figs like this, which are actually quite good. It’s the only fig I’ve had that I think has a caramel flavor. I’m actually pretty excited for this years harvest of BS

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    Napa, CA 9B

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    • #3
      That sucks. Hopefully you can use it as a rootstock for some better varieties since it is already acclimatized to Seattle weather.

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      • #4
        Brunswick
        leaves similar to the vdb varieties like negronne. Probably source of mix up.
        Soccer playing, whiskey drinking, cigar smoking, dark fig eating woman
        married to my best friend, the same uber tolerant man, for 29 years
        Zone 7a

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        • Realtorbyday
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          Brunswick was the variety people thought my unknown Pottsmore BM NOT was actually going to end up being. I'm still waiting for fruit to find out for sure what it is.

        • PacNorWreck
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          I agree, from what I’ve seen so far at least

      • #5
        Man, that stinks! Sorry for the wasted time and hope you get a great replacement!
        ░░░SoCal░ ░ ͡ i ͡ ░ ░Zone░ ░9A░░░

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

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        • #6
          Similar in Brunswick, good grade for dry climates.
          Андрей. N.-W. Кавказ, пень Абрау, 7б-8а

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          • #7
            Whip and tongue some VdB scions to your branches and you’ll be eating the right figs next year.

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            • #8
              That's stinks. Sorry that happened to you. I have a feeling of impending doom after seeing your picture. I have 2 unknowns- 1 is the classic Pottsmore fake- BM NOT and 1 was thought to be an I-258 but is not. They both look pretty similar to your picture but we haven't had the fruit yet. I hope these turn out to be something good and I hope yours starts to make better fruit as it matures. Maybe the main crop will be good.
              South Jersey, zone 7a- 20 mins from Philly, 30 mins from AC

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              • #9
                This happens to a lot of people, just to be honest. I personally trial quite some unknown fig varieties. With some, even the original owner has no idea what kind of fig it produces.
                Princeton, New Jersey, 6B
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                • PacNorWreck
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                  Totally, I just finally won (lost?) the lottery. Still, it was my very first container fig tree so it smarts a bit.

              • #10
                Dealing with unknowns and mislabeled trees seems to be part of the game. I guess after enough years you finally get used to it and develop a system.
                [Figs] -- Eastern Missouri -- Zone 6

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                • #11
                  Yeah, that sucks!
                  i found 2 miss labels and 3 duplicates under different names, lol
                  Round Rock, TX 8b
                  WL: Delicious figs

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                  • #12
                    If you have room to keep it you should give it another year or two. Some trees put out really mediocre fruit until they mature. One of my favorites put out figs that tasted like styrofoam for a few years then suddenly they were delicious.
                    7B Southern NJ

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                    • #13
                      If you have the receipt, complain to the company with a photo attached. I did that with a Panche and the Hirts nursery. Got a refund no questions asked.
                      8A GA Wishlist: Black Socorro,Ponte Tresa,Stella,White Adriatic #1, Cavaliere, Colonel Littman's Black Cross, heirloom figs that have been passed down from generation to generation

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                      • PacNorWreck
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                        I did reach out, we’ll see what they say!

                    • #14
                      Eric it could also be Stella. I know the feeling on the “that’s not what I bought” story though. I’ve been waiting for 3 years for my DK to ripen its Brebas and it turns out it’s probably something called Norman’s yellow by the looks of it. At least it tastes the same but it’s a big established in ground tree. It’s frustrating.

                      Hit me up in a pm. We’ll talk more
                      Z8+ Oregon, willamette valley. WL: More land, cool citrus
                      Ok fine, I made a channel but it’s not all figs: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC2vAVzLns27I5JUiwpiPMUw

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                      • #15
                        your fig tree look like Stella, LDA, Dalmatie, Brunswick, It might not be a bad tree than Negronne, I have Negronne in ground for 6 years and tree is getting big, It is shy bearer with few breba. much less breba than Desert king, Olympia/EBT. Lattarula. Etc.
                        Surrey BC canada

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                        • #16
                          Did these on all four main scaffolds of a tree this spring. Place them close to the main trunk. They began pushing figlets pretty quickly.
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                          • Red_Sun
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                            Did you do by hand with knife, or with graft tool?

                          • Citicodays
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                            Just a whip and tongue with a grafting knife.

                        • #17
                          Eric I’ve got a baby Negronne AL if you still want one. ‘‘Twas a gift to me, would be a gift to you. Fruited in year 2.
                          CJ in Memphis 7b/8a….tight eyes, nonsplitters...Pons figs, French figs, Mario figs & tasty Cali seedlings!

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                          • #18
                            It's all a part of the fun of growing figs, better to get used to it.

                            That's a Brunswick for sure..breba aren't very special but the main crop can be decent once the tree matures. It's one of the old standbys for the PNW, all over town here.

                            I've also have several extra Negronnes from cuttings off my big tree. Let me know if you want one.
                            Eugene OR 8b

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                            • #19
                              Thanks everyone for the thoughts and especially the super kind offers of cuttings and plants!

                              Just to document the resolution, One Green World offered me my choice of replacement trees free of charges. They’re out of Negronne, so I took them up on a Juda / Negretta.

                              Figwasp - because he is an all around awesome guy, has kindly offered to give me a spare rooted VdB, Petite Aubique, or Negronne.

                              All’s well that ends well! I’ll let the Brunswick live until the season is over, maybe it’ll ripen some of the 20-odd main crop it’s carrying. Next season it’s a goner - it’s in one of my best / biggest SIPs and I would rather have my RdB in there.
                              Eric - Seattle / Sunset Zone 5 - W/L: Granato - Now offering fig-pops, my rooting mix, and gritty potting mix! https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Brows...er=pacnorwreck

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                              • #20
                                Could have been like 15 or so varieties like me
                                Actively seeking any and all varieties
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                                Courtenay, BC 🇨🇦 zone 8a

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