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  • Best figs for a beginer near New Orleans?

    I plan to rope a friend that lives just north of N.O. into fig keeping in the up coming season. He does not have a green thumb and travels for work so anything he gets needs to be very forgiving and well suited to his area. The obvious choices are LSU varieties and I'm planning an IC and Champagne for him, what would be some other easy beginner cultivars that will do well in the area?
    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

  • #2
    Have you thought about looking at the lsu fig day posts?

    In addition to the lsu figs, I think there were a few others that most people liked.
    Kevin (Eastern MA - Zone 5b/6a)

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    • #3
      That's not a bad idea Kevin. I know we have members in the area and I'm curios about first hand experiences as well.
      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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      • #4
        You could spend some time on Dan's Cajun Fig Blog. I'm sure he has lots of helpful info you could glean pertaining to reliable varieties in Louisiana.
        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!

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        • pppldj
          pppldj commented
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          Can you access his blog? I haven't been able to for a long time.

        • cis4elk
          cis4elk commented
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          I haven't been there in awhile, I just tried but was denied access. My wife's Google account is active and I don't use mine on my own computer. Sounds strange, but I only use my Gmail account on my phone, I can't ever remember the password! I'll try access it with my phone or at work and see what happens, last time I accessed Dan's blog was at work 2-3 months ago.

      • #5
        I attended the LSU fig day and there are many to choose from that will do great without much attention at all. I believe I would consider LSU Tiger and Hunt.
        newnandawg 7b Newnan, GA

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        • #6
          The L S U Purple would be my 1 pick champagne Hollier Hunt Smith Hardy Chicago need more pm me

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          • #7
            Excellent, thank you all. This will definitely get him started.
            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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            • #8
              If your friend grew up eating fig preserves at his Grandparents house, as many around here did, he probably was eating Celeste figs. It is widely grown here and does well.
              Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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              • #9
                Oddly enough, he said he has never had a fig, wasn't even 100% sure he knew what one was outside of the cookie.
                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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                • #10
                  I would believe that Malta Black would do very well. It was one of two figs that I had that did not split for me during the extreme rains that we had here recently. In fact, that is when this fig tasted the best all year.
                  PPP
                  Eatonton, GA zone 7b/8a

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                  • #11
                    Interesting! Thank you PPP I will ad it to the list.
                    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
                      Alma is a great growing fig that produces heavy and doesn't split or get bland in the rainy weather we have here in La. You might also advise him to have the soil tested as a lot of the soil in that area of the state is too acidic for figs. I had a friend plant a 400 tree farm only to find out a year later that the soil wasn't suited for figs. He now is experimenting with container trees.
                      "gene"
                      Zone 9 Houma LA in the bayou land.

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                      • COGardener
                        COGardener commented
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                        That is quite interesting, will do.

                    • #13
                      Where exactly is your friend located?

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                      • #14
                        I can't recall what he sais the towns name is, maybe Madisonville.
                        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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                        • MSfiglake
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                          that is not to far from me. it is a real nice area.

                        • MSfiglake
                          MSfiglake commented
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                          i have some extra's that i can sell to him.
                          improved celeste, Scotts Black, Hunt, Green Ischia, texas everbearing, Hollier
                          and some free unknown types
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