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  • Best varieties for my brother in Florida

    My brother signed up at F4F forum and hopefully soon here as well.
    Signed up as Bugmagnet and is looking for info on varieties for his area of Bartow ,Florida
    Already has RDB ,Atreano ,and a few others that I can't recall right now.
    Any advise on what varieties I can send him from my collection or to recommend he look for , from all of the Southeastern fig growers, would be greatly appreciated.
    Kerry - NH zone 5

  • #2
    Everyone in the South grows Brown Turkey, Celeste, the LSU figs, Smith, Hollier. Alma.
    Ray in Columbia, SC Zone 8

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    • #3
      Might want to take a look at the thread "Need recommendations for a southern commercial fig planting."
      Have a friend near me who is a commercial blueberry farmer and he will be joining the forum shortly. He also has a nursery where he raises a few other fruit
      Tony WV 6b
      https://mountainfigs.net/

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      • #4
        Kerry, I have these in ground is West Central Georgia with only pine straw mulch as protection. We had some single
        digit temps most of them died back to the ground but are now up and should produce some figs later this summer.
        I would think in Bartow, Fla he could grow most any varities in ground. Looking at these annual temps, he shouldnt
        have any problems.

        Bethlehem Black, Sals Corleone, Ginos Black, Smith, Nero600M, Lyndhurst White, Ronde de Bordeaux, Alma,
        LSU Scotts Black, Col de Dame Noir, and Malta Black



        Bartow, Fla avg temps
        Average high in °F: 73 76 80 84 89 91
        Average low in °F: 51 53 57 61 67 72
        Average high in °F: 92 92 90 85 79 74
        Average low in °F: 74 74 73 67 59 53
        newnandawg 7b Newnan, GA

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        • #5
          Unfortunately there aren't any competent fig growers in FL or S. GA ...
          Bob C.
          Kansas City, MO Z6

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          • #6
            Hi Kerry
            I hope he realizes how lucky he is to have a brother who grows such amazing plants in pots on his driveway.
            I say you can send him anything that you have

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            • #7
              I agree with Mike, he can grow anything but will have splitting issues of course. Late season figs work well as by then our rainy season has passed. Sao Miguel Roxo and Zingarella would be two I would recommend but not the Zingerella / Gypsy that Watts sells.
              Cutting sales start Nov 1 at 9PM eastern time as always at willsfigs.com

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              • Fruitaddict
                Fruitaddict commented
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                I have been wondering what the late season varieties are for Florida. Thanks for the heads up WillsC. Do you or anyone have info on the 'Shtawi' variety, for a late season Florida fig?

              • WillsC
                WillsC commented
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                Black Madeira would be late.....Natalino (Pasquale) there are a few.

            • #8
              What if he grows under cover to protect from rain.
              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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              • #9
                Thanks everyone for the ideas and recommendations.
                I can send him the CDDN and Black Madeira and LSU Scott's Black if that is late enough.
                I think that is all I have of late varieties at this point.
                Kerry - NH zone 5

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