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  • Smith 2021

    Finally. Waited a long year for this one, last year this tree set no figs. In this second year, the tree is loaded. 87 days to ripen from fruit set for this nice, chunky 44 gram fruit. The flavor was sweet with a nice berry taste. No vanilla for us, but we will see as there will be many more to come. Very happy to have finally ripened one.

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

  • #2
    Congrats on that beautiful Smith . My first year Smith still no signs of fruiting. Glad to see theres hope.
    Joe - Rhode Island Zone 7a

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    • BlueEagle1967
      BlueEagle1967 commented
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      From what I've seen, it takes a couple of years to get the tree to reliably fruit. But it's worth the wait.

  • #3
    Gorgeous fig! Love that skin!
    Round Rock, TX 8b
    WL: Delicious figs

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    • #4
      Congrats. This is an amazing fig
      MJ
      Chicago Zone 5
      Figbid Listings Varieties List

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      • #5
        Congrats! I had my first Smith this year after starting from a cutting last season and after tasting it I wish I had rooted more of them. I overwatered the other cuttings I had I may just buy a few small trees since I don’t want to wait!

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        • blaze
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          I have 5 smith if you count my Texas BA-1. They are great

      • #6
        Nice job Joe. I've been eating Smith for about 10 days now...maybe more. Top quality fig for our zone and it doesn't lose too much taste with heavy rains and humidity which I've noticed with pretty much every other variety that has been fruiting for me.
        Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania / Zone 6b

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        • JoePAFig
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          Thanks. I like that because of all the rain and humidity we get can be rough on some varieties. We'll see what happens in the next few days here, looks like a couple of inches of rain due here.

        • BlueEagle1967
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          It seems like we get heavy rains this time of year for the last couple of years. The figs get watered down and any ripe fruit attracts ants, bees and wasps. I'm picking everything ripe today.

        • JoePAFig
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          Me too, and I'm putting down borax/sugar solution in cottonballs wrapped in aluminum foil. I've very recently discovered that it works wonders on the ants.

      • #7
        Is your smith in ground? I have 4 Smith trees in containers. All 4 are 2nd year, and although they all set fruit, they only set a few figs each.
        Catonsville MD Zone 7A
        Wishlist: Crozes

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        • JoePAFig
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          No, both are second year in 10 gallon pots. I was going to put it in ground but decided 14 created enough work for winter protection, so it's going to stay in this pot.

      • #8
        Picture perfect! Two years to fruit is not bad I would say. 87 ripening days isn’t too shabby neither! Congrats and cheers!
        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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        • #9
          They look great, is the tree in ground or in pot.
          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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          • JoePAFig
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            It's in a 10 gallon pot.

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

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          • jrdewhirst
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            Great looking tree. FWIW, I picked my 1st of the season today. Awesome.

          • JoePAFig
            JoePAFig commented
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            Thanks, Joe. I am impressed with this one so far.

        • #11
          My third year Smith has one fig. This latest (final) flush of growth is setting a few double bumps. For two years in a row now this tree has stalled hard from July through August. The air layer I took off last year has out grown my mother tree this year, but set no figs. I know mine traces back and is the Becnel version, and I think I’ve heard from others that it takes time. Are there really two versions of Smith out there?
          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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          • JoePAFig
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            Not sure if there are two versions, but here's my experience, I received this tree as a rooted cutting in May 2020. It grew well, set no fruit last year and I airlayered a daughter off in August 2020, so both are in their second leaf. This one is loaded and the daughter has 4 figs on it. I also took two cuttings from the mother tree while dormant and rooted them over the winter. Both are growing well, over 6 ft tall, but not a single fig set.

          • Sod
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            Huh. Maybe my mother tree needs a rejuvenation prune. I’ll give it one more year and then it may get a buzz cut

        • #12
          Mine started setting figs immediately after I pruned it in early july. I don’t think it was a coincidence
          Travis - Cincinnati OH. Zone 6
          wishlist- ondata, Verdolino, rosselino, lsu Scott’s black, crozes, brown sugar crunch https://youtube.com/channel/UCYp6pIa2-WlnommArTGKlpQ

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          • #13
            those leaves look different to the smith trees i have. I wonder if 2 different smith varities are in circulation
            Independence Louisiana Zone 8B

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            • JoePAFig
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              It has quite a few different leaves on it, maybe that one is not representative. More below.

          • #14
            All from the same Smith, I guess one of the takeaways for sure is you can't necessarily ID a tree from it's leaves, maybe you can eliminate what it's not. They seem to throw out lots of variations.

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

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            • JoePAFig
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              jessup42, It's actually known from an impeccable source 😉

            • Nick Costanza
              Nick Costanza commented
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              the third photo looks more like the leaves on my smith tree

            • jessup42
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              @JoePAFig
              Just saw a TX-BA1 listing. You were leaves looked exactly like that listing from peaceful heritage. I wonder if somehow there is a mixup somewhere because that FIG is supposed to be a synonym for a Smith. Or Smith can throw odd leaves & variations like many others

          • #15
            My smith from just fruits and exotics has zero spade leaves. They are mostly 5 long fingered leaves.
            Travis - Cincinnati OH. Zone 6
            wishlist- ondata, Verdolino, rosselino, lsu Scott’s black, crozes, brown sugar crunch https://youtube.com/channel/UCYp6pIa2-WlnommArTGKlpQ

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            • #16
              I sent in some pictures when ross wanted photos of productive smiths.
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              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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