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  • Fig Tree Preserve! aka Flat Top Greenhouse

    I'm trying to organize my trees so I can get them planted. All LSU figs together, all black figs, yellows, reds, gris and then leave spots for newly rooted ones and and and and and. I'm just putting them in rows
    Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

  • #2
    I think in a cottage setting it would be nice to have them mixed and have a variety close at hand regardless where you are.

    Yet, in a formal or commercial setting having them grouped and organised would be nice and more efficient when going for something specific.

    maybe plot it all out on paper first.
    Last edited by COGardener; 03-16-2015, 09:35 PM.
    Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

    “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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    • #3
      Surprise yourself and plant them unmarked ;^) then the fun of figuring out who is who. Haha! Tis shouldn't be problem to give up buddy. I am here to help! I lf you get frustrated just send me some trees to thin your collection out and then you won't be so overwhelmed! Ahah! You could also use colored ribbon
      Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
      1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
      2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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      • #4
        Hershell, greetings from WPB!

        Steinbeck once wrote, "the best laid plans of mice and men" ..."often go awry."
        I would not obsess over colors and regions etc. If anything, I would place the less hardy ones in the more protected areas of your property like your giant greenhouse, and let the rest fend for themselves.
        The other principle that I firmly believe in is the one named after Peter.
        Frank Tallahasee 8B
        North Florida Figs

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        • MichaelTucson
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          Figs rise to their level of incompetence?

        • FMD
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          My brain was thinking Murphy but my fingers were typing Peter. Thanks for redirecting my errand mind, Mike.

        • PasturedFigs
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          I thinking more like Tyson - "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

          Or Military Murphy's Law

          "No plan survives first contact intact"

      • #5
        There is two groups here and 23 that are in 15 gallon pots and around 75 in one gallon pots. I need help. Or something. I have cdo. That is ocd so bad that I Alphabetize it
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        Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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        • Hershell
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          I'm not sure what is less hardy or more hardy verses conditions or age.

      • #6
        I got the cdo, I have the same problem.

        I lay everything out on paper over, and over, and over again. Then I measure and plot and lay out all of the pots and measure and draw again. .. sometimes I pretty quick, sometimes it takes weeks or months. .. sometimes I tear it all out and do it again. ... and again and again.

        My front yard is now on version 4.1.... I drive my wife insane, which is odd because I don't need a chauffeur... I drive myself! !!
        Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

        “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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        • #7
          That's funny Scott. It's good to know that someone understands. The owner of the company that I contract through says that I am so picky that I can't please myself. I told him that if he hasn't had a complaint from a customer in 15 years that it must be working. He can't argue.
          Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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          • #8
            I understand. Sometime I can't move forward because I'm paralyzed by not being able to decide what order to plant things in.
            NC Zone 7a-b

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            • #9
              As long as they're in pots you can rearrange til your heart's content. Or you get tired of it.
              Last edited by Harborseal; 03-17-2015, 10:55 AM.
              Bob C. KC, MO Zone 6a. Wanted: Martineca Rimada, Galicia Negra, Fioroni Ruvo, De La Reina - Pons, Tauro, BFF, Sefrawi, Sbayi, Mavra Sika , Fillaciano Bianco, Corynth, Souadi, Acciano Purple, LSU Tiger, LSU Red, Cajun Gold, BB-10 any great tasting fig

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              • #10
                Steinbeck was correct as my plans went awry and Bob I got tired.
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                Last edited by Hershell; 03-17-2015, 12:33 PM.
                Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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                • Kelby
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                  Dang, I need an auger like that for this spring. I'm stuck with a beat up shovel and a pickaxe. And my back.

              • #11
                Originally posted by Hershell View Post
                That's funny Scott. It's good to know that someone understands. The owner of the company that I contract through says that I am so picky that I can't please myself. I told him that if he hasn't had a complaint from a customer in 15 years that it must be working. He can't argue.
                15 years and no complaints is for sure something to be proud of!! Don't worry Hershell, it will come to you and there is not sense in doing it until you are sure and happy with it. If your like me and your not happy you will just end up removing everything and doing over until it's right.
                Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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                • #12
                  Most of the planting if complete. There are 117 tress and 8 Capri figs. I have room for 3 more LSU varieties and I plan to put in one row of seedlings.
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                  Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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                  • #13
                    Hershell I think you maybe a little OCD? LOL I knew you would figure it out sooner or later
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                    • #14
                      Well Dave, when your employees are standing there any you know they will be on overtime by the weekend because of your fig ediction it tends to get you motivated to make decisions. I'm not exactly satisfied with the order they are in but I'll get used to it. I'm just glad that they are planted. Unless we have a late freeze. Shhhhhh!
                      Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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                      • #15
                        I think caprifigs need their own special space.
                        My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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                        • Hershell
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                          It is special. It's the first row from the other end.

                        • HarveyC
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                          Excess caprification can result in split fruits. In commercial smyrna fig production the caprifigs are not grown near the smyrna figs but controlled (i.e., maybe hanging 10 caprifig fruits per tree). You might want to screen the caprifigs off if/once you get wasps established.

                      • #16
                        That looks like a great layout, Hershell.
                        So, if there is a freeze, you will roll plastic sheeting over the entire works? What dimensions we talking about?
                        Frank Tallahasee 8B
                        North Florida Figs

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                        • Hershell
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                          Frang I didn't get the frame finished. It will be 48'x 96' the sides and roof will be plasticky or bird netting depending on the time of year. I let my employees help me when work is slow so they get a full week of pay so that's why I try to leave a little extra to do. I do the easy and Fun stuff. Lol if I can figure out what it is. I'm hoping we don't have any more cold or taking a chance.

                      • #17
                        Originally posted by Hershell View Post
                        Most of the planting if complete. There are 117 tress and 8 Capri figs. I have room for 3 more LSU varieties and I plan to put in one row of seedlings.


                        You were busy.
                        Cutting sales on willsfigs.com started Nov 1 and will continue till about March 1.

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                        • #18
                          That is a lot of work!

                          Keep the photos coming.
                          SoCal, zone 10.
                          www.ourfigs.com Invite your friends.

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                          • #19
                            No, no! That's not right...
                            Bob C. KC, MO Zone 6a. Wanted: Martineca Rimada, Galicia Negra, Fioroni Ruvo, De La Reina - Pons, Tauro, BFF, Sefrawi, Sbayi, Mavra Sika , Fillaciano Bianco, Corynth, Souadi, Acciano Purple, LSU Tiger, LSU Red, Cajun Gold, BB-10 any great tasting fig

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                            • Hershell
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                              Ok Bob. I need some leadership and organization, when are you coming to help rearrange?

                          • #20
                            After some extensive thinking I have decided that the only way to logically arrange figs with all the overlapping categories is three dimensional planting.

                            I've come up with the solution I'll leave it to you to decide how to implement it!
                            Darkman AKA Charles in Pensacola South of I-10 zone 8b/9a

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                            • #21
                              I'd love to come there and hang out on a chaise lounge and supervise. As long as I can sip on that cane syrup for inspiration I'll have lots of ideas. For now just move every third plant 1.5" to the left and turn the next plant 1/4 turn counterclockwise. I'll come back to quality check the harvest, too!!
                              Bob C. KC, MO Zone 6a. Wanted: Martineca Rimada, Galicia Negra, Fioroni Ruvo, De La Reina - Pons, Tauro, BFF, Sefrawi, Sbayi, Mavra Sika , Fillaciano Bianco, Corynth, Souadi, Acciano Purple, LSU Tiger, LSU Red, Cajun Gold, BB-10 any great tasting fig

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                              • #22
                                Hershell,
                                Just planted about 20 trees and use a diagram showing the name and location of each tree. Some are unknowns. I might group my next planting (perhaps next year) by country of origin.


                                Sas North Austin, TX Zone 8B

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                                • #23
                                  Oh Sas, I never thought of that. I have the LSU figs , the unknowns, the Capri figs but I never thought of what language they spoke. Back to the drawing board!
                                  Last edited by Hershell; 03-21-2015, 12:35 PM.
                                  Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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                                  • #24
                                    I organized mine but height, but that didn't last a season. Then I tried by color, but the exposure changed that. So now I am doing it by flavor, but will have to wait until they bear. Maybe by acquisition date . . . .
                                    Dale

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                                    • #25
                                      Looks awesome Hershell.very well done! Don't listen to Bob please! It is the fourth of every row that needs to be moved!!!!!c ya in August buddy!

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