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    A little about myself. I have gardened most of my 72 years in Texas, in south central Texas for the past 36 yrs. Tomatoes is my hobby. l grow a 100 tomato plants just for fun, some in pots, some in raised beds and some in open ground. What tomatoes I don't eat, can or share with neighbors I feed to the chickens.

    In my garden there is a very large mature Texas White Everbearing fig tree. Last year my neighbor and I made fig perservers like mama used to make. I guess that is why this spring I got bit by the fig collectors bug in a big way.

    Fig cuttings/trees acquiried this spring: Celeste, Kadota, Mission, Texas Blue Giant, Alma, Petite Negra, and LSU Purple.

    I like this forum because there dosen't seem to be any high levels of arguing and bickering.

    There is a lot of useful info here. I've enjoyed my time spent here.
    Jerry, Canyon Lake TX 8b

  • #2
    Welcome! You are on your way to full fig mania, we are good at enabling!

    It took some work and events to get to this forum, but it's a good place to be. Hope to see you posting!

    Also, consider adding your zone and location to your signature so we know where you're at.
    SE PA
    Zone 6


    • #3
      Welcome No bickering here, just watch out for that Hershell.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Kelby View Post
        Also, consider adding your zone and location to your signature so we know where you're at.
        Might need help on this. I haven't found signature in my profile. I must be over looking something.
        Jerry, Canyon Lake TX 8b


      • #5
        Welcome to the forum.
        New Bern NC Zone 8a ,Wish list : Col de Dame Rimada ,Galica Negra


        • #6
          Welcome !!!
          newnandawg 7b Newnan, GA


          • #7
            Welcome! I have have some very rare tomato seeds, 10 years old in a ziploc. They are not responding to my attempts to sprout them. Is there any hope for me? If they can germinate a 2000 year old date in Israel, how about a 10 year old tomato seed?
            Zone 10b, Miami, FL


            • ako1974
              ako1974 commented
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              Rafa - the range of seed viability I've read ranges from 2 to 5 years, but it all depends on the conditions in which they were kept. I've definitely germinated tomato seeds I've collected after 5 years. Not sure if I've tried after longer...

            • Rafaelissimmo
              Rafaelissimmo commented
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              Thx Arne. Is there anything special I could do to try to germinate? I soaked the seeds for a day in shallow water, then put them in seed starter mix in the chamber.

            • jmaler
              jmaler commented
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              I have germinated 7 yr old seeds before with low germination rate. The seedlings were weak. As ako noted how the saved and stored matters. The days of my growing 20-30 varieties of heirlooms are past.

              This year l grew only Tycoon F1, Indian Stripe OP, Cherokee Purple OP and a large red cherry tomato.

              I see in my future fig trees in taking the space where some of the tomatoes are growing.

          • #8
            Welcome! How are the figs from your Texas White Everbearing?
            SW PA zone 6a


            • jmaler
              jmaler commented
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              Mild fig taste and medium sweet. They make good preserves but that is mostly sugar, right?

              It will be nice to have different varieties to compare with the TWE.

            • jmaler
              jmaler commented
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              TWE did not taste the way I remembered the little dark brown to purple figs I ate many years ago as a youngster. They were sweet as sugar with a strong fig taste.

          • #9
            Welcome! Let's take bets on how many months it takes jmaler to have over 50 varieties.
            Bob C.
            Kansas City, MO Z6


            • Hershell
              Hershell commented
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              It won't take long. It sounds like he's already hooked.

          • #10
            Welcome to the forum jmaler we are a friendly group for the most part but watch out for those trouble making mods and that admin, he's the worst. Lol. You will like it here.
            Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.


            • #11
              Welcome! Man, 100 tomatoes....I have all I can handle with the 15-20 I grow each year. Good luck with the figs!
              Arne - Northern NJ - Zone 6A


              • jmaler
                jmaler commented
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                We have plenty of canned tomato juice, spaghette and chili sauce for the year. The neighbors eat lots of tomatoes and most of all chickens never get enough tomatoes.

              • Darkman
                Darkman commented
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                Chilli sauce! That's something else I can can with my tomatoes. Send me a recipe please! I grow Celebrity and this year I had four ninety foot rows but two of them are not looking good. They were planted two weeks apart to try and spread the season. I think they drowned. We had about ten inches of rain in the last month. The first ones are looking great.

            • #12

              Welcome to Our Figs forum community.

              Good Luck with your cuttings. I will be growing only 8 varieties of tomatoes this year. The fig trees will be taking most of my Gardening time
              Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b


              • #13
                Welcome Jmaler!
                I grow 8-9 tomato plants a year. Since I got my tomato attachment for my grinder I've been thinking of doing juice, but then I would have to grow more plants and give up space in the garden for other veggies. Plus I don't have time for it at this point in my life anyway, heck it's a struggle to find time to make sauce. Someday .
                Calvin, Wish list is to finish working on the new house, someday.
                Bored? Grab a rake, paint roller, or a cordless drill and come over!


                • #14
                  Welcome! Figs and tomatoes are both nice hobbies. Do you also make sauce every fall?
                  USDA Zone 9b Wish list: Abruzzi, Pasquale, Filacciano, Tagliacozzo, Zingarella, Godfather. Any, including unknowns, from Abruzzo, Italy.


                  • jmaler
                    jmaler commented
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                    My tomato endevor is usually over somtime in late July early August as is the sauce making.

                  • jmaler
                    jmaler commented
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                    I might add that my fall and winter months are reserved for making sausage and jerky.

                • #15
                  Welcome to the forum.
                  Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a


                  • #16
                    Enjoy yourself here and welcome to the forum
                    North Georgia Zone 7


                    • #17
                      Welcome to the forum and hope your fig and tomatoes do well
                      Panhandle of Fl
                      love growing blueberries,figs and olives


                      • #18
                        Welcome to the fig frenzy

                        Karnack see's a thread on Jam and preserves forming....

                        big here on both accounts....and tomatoes as well...
                        Ross B. Santa Rosa Calif zone 9b, wish list: CdD Blanc, Igo, Palmata, Sucrette, Morroco, Galicia Negra


                        • #19
                          Im late to the welcome parade but I'm glad you are here. You will likely develop figaphoria later in the year. There is no cure but it can be controlled with consumption of Celeste figs or LSU Purple. There have not been any reported fatalities YET!
                          Darkman AKA Charles in Pensacola South of I-10 zone 8b/9a


                          • #20
                            Update - this all started 3/23/15 with the purchase 3 Texas Blue Giant fig cuttings on ebay:

                            WANT LIST

                            Louisiana Honey
                            LSU Tiger
                            St. Jerome fig (Black Triana)
                            WHITE and Black TRIANA http://www.figtrees.net

                            MY FIG LIST(29var)(76cnt)

                            Adriatic, JH cuttings(6)
                            Alma - Hill Country African Violets
                            Alma cuttings(11)
                            Black Madeira
                            Black Mission cuttings(4)
                            Brown Turkey
                            Flanders cuttings(2)
                            Live Col de Dame Gris
                            Italian Black - Louisiana Heirloom
                            LSU Champagne
                            LSU Gold cuttings(6)
                            LSU Hollier cuttings(5)
                            LSU Jack Lily
                            LSU O'Rourke(five finger leaf)
                            LSU Purple(TC)(2)
                            LSU Scott's Yellow
                            Marseilles Black VS cuttings(5)
                            Noire de Caromb - Rare Black French Fig
                            Peters Honey cuttings(3)
                            Petit Negra(TC)(2)
                            Smith cuttings(6)
                            Texas Blue Giant(4)
                            Texas White Everbearing(3)
                            Violette De Bordeaux

                            This has been great fun!

                            Thanks to all of you here on the forum.
                            Jerry, Canyon Lake TX 8b


                            • #21
                              You have only one last plant to grow and you're set. BASIL!!

                              1 generously think slice tomato
                              1 same size slice fresh mozzarella cheese
                              1 large leaf of basil in middle of both
                              And drizzle fresh home made sweet fig balsamic vinegarette
                              Caprise salad
                              Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
                              1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
                              2) This weeks ebay auctions.


                              • #22
                                Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

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