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  • Cessac 2021

    This is our first, from a graft on Cherry Cordial. Four figs set in late May, all are in various ripening stages now. Not quite as colorful as I've seen from others, but delicious, coating the mouth with rich thick figginess, very much looking forward to more as this one matures. 83 days to ripen from fig set for me.

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    Joe, Central Bucks, PA Zone 6b/7a

  • #2
    Boom!

    nice
    Tom V
    San DiegoCa

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    • #3
      Welcome to the club 😁
      MJ
      Chicago Zone 5
      Figbid Listings Varieties List

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      • #4
        At 83 days to ripen from fruit set would make Cessac good for short season growers too.
        Tony, Toronto Canada USDA 4B now 5B apparently!!
        Wishlist:
        Yellow Neches, St Martain, Texas Peach.

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        • #5
          Nice man. Good for you! Do the other three look similar? I’m curious to see how they ripen here in the north east under different conditions. A humid week and a dry week make for such differences in exterior coloration.

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          • JoePAFig
            JoePAFig commented
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            Yes, the others look similar so far, and it's the end of my dry heat wave. I'm going to have a bit of rain every day for the next week, so I fear that they will bloat.

        • #6
          This fig is sounding and looking better and better!
          Zone 7a Westchester County, NY
          Wish List:Boysenberry Blush, De La Roca. Vincenzo, The One, Calderona de miner, Verdolino, Blanche De Deu’s Saisons

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          • #7
            Hey it’s nice to see the ripening begin with this fig, nice job 👍
            figandolivetreegrowers.com
            Florida, Zone 9a/b
            Cosme Manyo

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            • #8
              Yours is a lot prettier than mine was but I don’t judge a tree by it’s first ripened fig.
              Very pleased to have this one.
              Piney Point Village, Zone 8b
              W/L- Allix, Cateto

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              • #9
                Very nice, if it looks that good in PA I can only imagine this figs potential!

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                • #10
                  Alright…that’s an impressive looking fig. Well done.
                  Evan. Wish list - Any Mario variety
                  SoCal - Zone 10a & CO zone 5b

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                  • JoePAFig
                    JoePAFig commented
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                    It's far short of CA pretty, but I'm trying.

                • #11
                  Thanks for the update!! I recently added this one. It’s cool the FDM figs are turning out to be winners. Mine is growing well. Any reports on Labritja? I know someone who traded with me needed a Labritja I have an air layer unclaimed. Pm me if you see this. I don’t remember who it was?
                  Last edited by drew51; 08-16-2021, 08:43 PM.

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                  • #12
                    That’s starting to temp me!!
                    Now I gotta call my sponsor....
                    Round Rock, TX 8b
                    WL: Delicious figs

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                    • Halligan-
                      Halligan- commented
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                      Sod talk me off the ledge. It looks so good🤣

                    • Sod
                      Sod commented
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                      You might need it. Steve is only 6 hours away. Take your wife. Show her your new home. Lol

                  • #13
                    Sebastopol, California. Zone 9a
                    The best time to plant a fig tree was 80 years ago. The second best time was 50 years ago. Oh well.

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                    • #14
                      Was this given any kind of head start?

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                      • JoePAFig
                        JoePAFig commented
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                        Yes. The rootstock was pulled from my garage and warmed in my office/grow room under grow lights in the late few days of February. The buds were swelling when I cleft grafted the Cessac cutting on 3/11. It leafed out by 3/28. It stayed in the grow room until 5/15 when all of my potted figs were transitioned outdoors. This one set it's first fig on 5/25, the same day as my in ground Ronde de Bordeaux and a few days before my in ground Improved Celeste.

                      • MyDogMike
                        MyDogMike commented
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                        Awesome. Glad you took the time to make notes of all that. Well done.

                      • JoePAFig
                        JoePAFig commented
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                        MyDogMike, thanks, it definitely helps when you try to replicate something down the line.

                    • #15
                      I'll take a dozen please. Lol
                      Kevin, N. Ga 7b Cheers!

                      Wishing all of you a bountiful harvest!

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                      • #16
                        Joe, do you think the variety would have ripened in our zone without a head start or some help?
                        Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania / Zone 6b

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                        • JoePAFig
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                          I suspect it would. If it had set fruit without a head start, it would still be for me an 80-90 day fig (given a single data point) which would put it early/mid season for me, probably within a couple of weeks. It would ripen along with Black Greek, Dark Portugese, Green Michurinska, Holy Smokes and Peter's Honey. Some of these are swelling now. But they all set earlier than last year as it was a consistently warmer spring with no late May cold snap.
                          Last edited by JoePAFig; 08-17-2021, 04:21 PM. Reason: typo

                        • drew51
                          drew51 commented
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                          If you can do the fig shuffle during cold nights you can get a good jump. I try and get them out as soon as we have warmer days. Often having to protect at night. A hassle, for sure. So I have a south facing garage so instead of putting them out I just open the garage during the day. For best results I need to rotate them in the garage. So they all get an even exposure. Last year someone asked how I ripened Martinenca Rima in my zone? This is how I did it. Looks good this year too. Great tasting fig too. Top shelf all the way.
                          Last edited by drew51; 08-17-2021, 08:09 PM.

                      • #17
                        Gorgeous figs. Congratulations! How much do they weigh?
                        Alan. Los Angeles area. Zone 10b (Sunset zone 24).
                        Looking for: Boysenberry Blush, Dolce Calderai, Hative D'Argenteuil, Ondata.

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                        • JoePAFig
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                          I'm guessing in the 20 g range, I was a little too excited to eat that one. It's comparable in size to Ronde de Bordeaux, maybe a hair smaller.

                      • #18
                        Cessac is very good fruit. Similar in size and shape to Smith with more color.
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                        Alpine, Texas 4500ft elevation Zone 7
                        http://growingfruit.org/

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                        • claret
                          claret commented
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                          Thanks, Steve! So they can get larger than Ronde de Bordeaux, given the right growing conditions? That's encouraging! It takes QQ to get my interest (Quality AND Quantity)! If they average less than mid-20 grams, they don't make the cut.

                        • JoePAFig
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                          Glad to hear that they get a bit larger. My first few are on the smaller size, but being this was a cutting 5 months ago, not too surprising. Thanks for the beautiful photos, Steve.

                      • #19
                        Ooooweee!
                        Forest Hill, Texas: Zone 8a

                        No wish list but open to trades and offers

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