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  • Nutrient Film Technology (NFT)

    Over the weekend I helped a friend pick up 3 whole house generators......those things are HEAVY at 560 pounds and I still have not recovered. Just because you can lift one end of one does not mean you SHOULD lift one end: especially in my old age As the universe seems to work for me the third one we picked up was in north Florida and as it turns out the gentleman was a professor at the University of Florida and teaches hydroponics and aquaponics. What are the odds? Have recently decided to raise Tilapia and who do I run in to? A guy who teaches about it and has Tilapia. My friend who wanted the generators is big in to hydroponics and I did not think I was ever going to get him out of there. The tour though was very interesting as he grows in a lot of different styles so he can trial them and show them to visitors.

    His wife runs a rose nursery and the professor had set up for her a NFT system for rooting rose cuttings. She said it knocks the rooting down from 6 weeks to 2 weeks and that impressed me and really caught my attention. He does not use a nutrient solution that is premade but instead diverts some of the water from his Koi pond to feed the NFT. I don't see why this could not be used for fig propagation. Has anyone tried it? Once my Tilapia are up and running I am going to give it a trial and see how it works but would love feedback from anyone who may use or has tried this technique.

    Cutting sales start Nov 1 at 9PM eastern time as always at willsfigs.com

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    Jimmy Chao did it with his koi pond, i think i saw some others use runoff from their ponds as well.

    http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox....pid=1282891492

    I was in the mall the other day and they have a koi pond, i was actually thinking if i could bucket out some water for some liquid nutes
    May the Figs be with you!
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    • #3
      That would have garnered you some strange looks.
      Cutting sales start Nov 1 at 9PM eastern time as always at willsfigs.com

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      • BrooklynMatty
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        If i dressed appropriately, i dont think anyone would look at a dude scooping water out of a fish pond. Haha

      • Jamie0507
        Jamie0507 commented
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        Lol! Crazy thing is I would have thought about doing the same thing! Haha!!! And I would have done it dressed in my Jersey girl best at that! Lol! For example, I have been seen climbing trees in my parents apple orchard in my black high boots with matching black leather jacket lol (definitely garnered some strange looks from the neighbors btw lol).. Who says I can't scoop poopy fish water in the middle of the mall donned in some stylish attire?? 😉 haha!!

    • #4
      Wills my husband and I tried to make an aquaponics system two summers ago in my parents sunroom using goldfish (boy do they poop A LOT!), however it turned out to be an epic fail unfortunately when we forgot they don't heat that room in the winter.. Dohhhh!!! The tank cracked & 40 gallons of poopy water spilled out all over the sunroom.. Needless to say we are now banned from doing projects at their house 😱.. Boy that was a big clean-up! Haha!

      I would still love to give it a shot again.. Next time being in my home lol and armed with a well thought out plan!
      My Plant Inventory: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...HZcBjcsxMwQ7iY

      Rooted Cuttings Available 2021:
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      • Hershell
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        At my house there is no such thing as a well thought out plan. Everything seems to be a learning experience. What did jimmy dean say. Lol

      • Jamie0507
        Jamie0507 commented
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        I'm glad I'm not the only one who works this way! Lol! I think probably wouldn't do many fun things at all (or have many silly memories come to think of it) if I waited for a well thought out plan to be developed first 😉 Sooo Jimmy Dean.. Are you thinking of the saying "Cant change the direction of the wind, but I sure can change my sails to get where I'm trying to go" or something like that! Lol I'm probably wayyyy off!

    • #5
      Am a big fan of NFT tech Wills good luck!
      Rafael
      Zone 10b, Miami, FL

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      • #6
        NFT rooting? I do NFT, but not sure how it would work with cuttings. True NFT has just a film of water - i would think cuttings would want more than that. I have a brown turkey fig in one of my aquaponic grow beds - and I wouldn't recommend grow beds for cuttings either. By the time it started leafing out the root system was massive... too massive to cleanly remove. Now it owns that grow bed.
        Fig & Blackberry Farmer in Sunol, CA.

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