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  • What We Can Do In Dry Weather

    Growing figs on the southeastern NC coast is brutal. In the 4 years that I've lived here:

    2018 we had over 102 inches of rain.
    2019 we had over 50 inches of rain.
    2020 we had over 90 inches of rain.
    And this year, we're almost up to 45 inches of rain, and we haven't gotten into the meat of hurricane season yet.

    These are terrible fig growing conditions, since figs and rain do not mix during ripening. I just had a very rare 5-day reprieve (that ended today with a deluge!). However, during those 5 rainless days, I was able to crank out some pretty spectacular figs.


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    Blava (Campanera):
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    Caprified Meteorito:
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    Caprified Meteorito and White Madiera #1:
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    I can't imagine figs tasting much better than these did, but my best conditions are still terrible compared to what some of you can grow out in Texas, Arizona, and California. I can't imagine what your figs taste like. It's tough to imagine them better than this, but I bet they're way, way better. You folks out west don't know how good you have it come fig-time!

    On a side-note, it seems even hand-pollination increases fig quality. I have a whole glass full of sunken Saleeb X WM#1 seeds that will be planted today.
    Zone 8A Southeast NC Coast
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  • #2
    Those are very nice looking figs. I'm sure they taste good as well. Nice going.

    I do realize how good it is here compared to further east.
    Alpine, Texas 4500ft elevation Zone 7
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    • TheMillennialGardener
      TheMillennialGardener commented
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      Have you ever lived on the east coast? If you've spent your whole life further west, I think it's like being born wealthy where you know you're fortunate, but you don't know the magnitude of it until you've time living in the trenches 😂 I've looked into the climate in Alpine/Marfa, and it looks really ideal for figs during the summers, but those winters are just too aggressively cold for me. Texas has such a tough climate, since it's so cold in the places with manageable summers and so hot in the places with manageable winters.

    • fruitnut
      fruitnut commented
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      I think Alpine is the best climate east of the Rockies. Winters can be cold at times but most days are 50s to 70s with sun. It's great weather for working outside. Summers are way better than lower elevations east of here. It's never really hot and humid, maybe hot and maybe humid but not both. Highest in 16 yrs 103F and humidity when it does that is about 10%.

      This is a great climate for a greenhouse, 75% sun all yr long.

  • #3
    Excellent looking figs! That WM1 looks delish
    Wish list. White Baca, 5 Terre A UNK, Kafe Te Jiate, Crozes, Angelito, TD Yellow Crinkle, Brown Sugar Crunch, Fig Jaune/Jaune d`Escoussans

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    • #4
      Originally posted by Dtownfigs View Post
      Excellent looking figs! That WM1 looks delish
      It was one of the best figs I've ever tasted in my life. It honestly tasted like strawberry shortcake. Just amazing.
      Zone 8A Southeast NC Coast
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