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  • What's the difference?

    Is there a difference between Blue Ischia and Black Ischia? In many different literatures I read they are one and the same. A certain nursery was marketing a Blue Ischia a couple years back, but in all the articles I'm reading, Blue and Black are the same variety. Anyone?
    Faith, family, friends and figs. (Not necessarily in that order).

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    To my knowledge 1 person has had the tissue culture blue ischia fig fruit and it was definitely not black ischia.
    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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    • #3
      Yup, my Blue Ischia turned out to be Green Lemon and the Nursery that sold them did not give a crap.
      Frank Tallahasee 8B
      North Florida Figs

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      • #4
        It seems to me that one day Blue Ischia just appeared on Ebay and the grower did not answer any of my attempts to get info. I'm not sure there is a Blue Ischia.

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        • #5
          Michael hello glad you signed up. Frank what nursery was it?
          Cutting sales on willsfigs.com started Nov 1 and will continue till about March 1.

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          • #6
            The nursery I have seen selling 'Blue Ischia' on eBay was Hirt's. Not sure of any others
            Ed
            SW PA zone 6a

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            • #7
              Hirt's customer service sucks!! I purchased a blue ischia from them that was a 6 inch size ,arrived and the plant was about 1inch tall and half dead,when I called customer service they said that I had to ship the plant back so they can tell if it was really dead at my cost and if it wasn't dead I would be charged for shipping the same plant back. Still have the plant, it is now 3 years old and about 1 foot tall,only kept alive by feeding the hell out of it.Maybe this year it will finally start to really grow.

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              • #8
                Also it has never fruited or so signs of fruiting!!
                If it doesn't start,time for Martin's burn bucket!!

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                • #9
                  There is more than one Black Ischia being sold. UC Davis, Jon's faux BI, Richard Watt's renamed Black Provence, and others at various nurseries over time. I consider the one from UCD the 'real' one.

                  As for 'blue Ischia',.. since Black Ischia is a highly sought after fig, they would call their 'blue Ischia' a 'black ischia' if it really was one. Or close to one.
                  Last edited by Gina; 02-19-2015, 10:51 AM.
                  SoCal, zone 10.
                  www.ourfigs.com Invite your friends.

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                  • #10
                    I have a Black Ischia that I recieved from a friend(collector) in London. So far no FMV. Its only a few years old and hopefully will get a fig this year.

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                    • #11
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ID:	1735 Mahalo, everyone for all your input. From what I've been reading, Hirt's Blue Ischia sounded like they just wanted in on the market and make a quick buck. Hopefully after I get this to grow, I'll be able to share some valuable info. You guys rock my face off!
                      Faith, family, friends and figs. (Not necessarily in that order).

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                      • #12
                        I had a Hirts Blue Whatever for two seasons, sent to heaven last Fall. It was a complete waste of money, time, soil, and water. Had no hint of figs whatsoever , grew like weed
                        USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: De la Roca, Lampeira Prush, Raspberry Tart, Boysenberry Blush

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