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  • UC Davis has begun shipping!

    Oh happy day! A sure sign spring is coming. I just received notice that my UC Davis cuttings will be arriving on Wednesday!
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    Wishlist: Galicia Negra, Paritjal Rimada, Black Ischia UCD

  • #2
    I hear a lot about this uc davis. Will they send anyone fig or you have to be a special person? I would like to get some from them as well. Is there a long wait time?
    Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
    1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
    2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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    • #3
      Yes, there is a long wait. They only ship once per year and it's too late for this year.
      SoCal, zone 10.
      www.ourfigs.com Invite your friends.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gina View Post
        Yes, there is a long wait. They only ship once per year and it's too late for this year.
        Ah ok I look on line is very confusing to order. Is ok Grazie
        Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
        1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
        2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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        • #5
          I believe the deadline for ordering is Sept/Oct/Nov? I've never ordered from them and don't remember. But as it gets later in the year, perhaps those who have ordered from them can help with the process.
          SoCal, zone 10.
          www.ourfigs.com Invite your friends.

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          • #6
            UC Davis doesn't ship cuttings. USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository does and they happen to lease land from UC Davis. Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine.

            Taverna, check out the accessions at http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs...ext+Query&si=0 The ordering deadline last year was November 1. For several years it had been December 1.
            My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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            • #7
              Harvey, what school did you go to that makes you hate UCD so much? I can't remember.
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by Harborseal View Post
                Harvey, what school did you go to that makes you hate UCD so much? I can't remember.
                I don't hate UC Davis at all, I like the school and took my son on a tour there two weeks ago. But they don't have anything to do with figs and the research direct at USDA had made it very clear that they are USDA and not part of UC Davis.

                I went to Cal Poly SLO which I like even more than UC Davis.
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                • #9
                  UC Davis is much easier to remember and I can't spell germyplasm or repostory
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by HarveyC View Post

                    I don't hate UC Davis at all, I like the school and took my son on a tour there two weeks ago. But they don't have anything to do with figs and the research direct at USDA had made it very clear that they are USDA and not part of UC Davis.

                    I went to Cal Poly SLO which I like even more than UC Davis.
                    Harvey,
                    What does your son want to do? Being like his daddy?
                    Just curious… I see many kids that don’t think about a career connected with food production in any way
                    USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: De la Roca, Lampeira Prush, Raspberry Tart, Boysenberry Blush

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                    • #11
                      The USDA employees that send us material would appreciate being recognized for who they are. Sort of like giving a Ford employee credit for your nice new Z06. Davis is easier to remember than UC Davis or, alternatively, Wolfskill.

                      Originally posted by greenfig View Post

                      Harvey,
                      What does your son want to do? Being like his daddy?
                      Just curious… I see many kids that don’t think about a career connected with food production in any way
                      My son is currently finishing an English research paper on a possible career as an agricultural scientist. A good friend of mine provided some very good connections including a research program director at UC Davis. He's a junior in high school and is still undecided and struggles in some subjects so he may start at a junior college while he sorts out his goals and abilities. Personally, I can't imagine ever sitting through a lecture with 700-900 students at UC Davis. Our state universities typically have classroom sizes of 35 students.
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                      • #12
                        If I ordered in early December of 2013, after that year's order taking closed, does that mean I might be in on the 2014 delivery and should get ready?
                        RI Zone 6a
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                        • PA Figs
                          PA Figs commented
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                          Yes you should receive them this year as long as you put a valid UPS shipping account in your order comments.

                        • PasturedFigs
                          PasturedFigs commented
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                          I put a valid FedEx account. Same difference? I thought I had read that as acceptable.

                        • PA Figs
                          PA Figs commented
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                          yes I believe FedEx is ok as well, although I have never tried it.

                      • #13
                        Based on last year's shipping, don't get your rooting area ready quite yet. USDA took maybe 3 months between when they started and when they finished shipping last year. Many people did not get cuttings until June. John Preece, the top dog, said they were going to change their ordering system because with the current system that are getting too many people who order multiple times, often ordering the same thing for the same shipping season.
                        My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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                        • #14
                          So how does this work anyways? They send you a shipping notice and a few days later you get your choices? Is it first come first serve? Or do they try to divvy up the rare cuttings? Or is it basically magic, and you get what you get and appreciate it because they're doing it as a massive favor?

                          For future reference, does anyone know their plans for next year? Rumor had it they were shortening the window for ordering significantly, I thought.
                          Brett in Athens, GA zone 7b/8a

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                          • #15
                            Hi Brett
                            If you go to the F4F forum and do a search on this, you will find all the information you will need. Its been well discussed.
                            Cheers
                            Coop

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                            • #16
                              To answer my own questions for anyone who is curious...it seems as though it is first come first serve (after bona-fide researchers, who get priority, and for good reason). You get confirmation of shipment followed by a package, and it could take anywhere between a few days and a few months after they start distributing. As for next year, the most their website states is orders must be in by Nov 1st, so I assume they're technically taking orders now for next year, if you have the patience. Someone call me out if I'm wrong. I'm guessing they know in advance which varieties are most popular (maybe their system tallies the requests?), which explains why some (e.g. ischia black) cuttings come as solo cuttings, while others they send three of.
                              Brett in Athens, GA zone 7b/8a

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                              • #17
                                I would just like to remark, before people develop an overgrowth of enthusiasm over Davis cuttings, they aren't that easy to root. I think I had a success rate of ... zero. If you want to be sure, buy it from a reputable grower. Just saying.

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                                • #18
                                  Ive had decent rooting results with the cuttings but if FMV means anything to you, I found these plants heavily infected.
                                  It is overall a fun fig experience

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                                  • #19
                                    Hey Harvey....Howard at UCD told me last year when we were there that he cuts each cutting by hand. His hands are HUGE! Looks like a catcher's mit!
                                    Dennis
                                    Charlotte, NC /Zone 8a

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                                    • #20
                                      Anyway...last year I tried and failed to place an order by emailing the wrong way, etc., and learned through trial and error how to do it right. Today I got the notification that my shipment is in the mail, so that it exciting, we shall see what the package contains around March 9!
                                      Rafael
                                      Zone 7b, Queens, New York

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                                      • #21
                                        Excellent Rafael, make sure to share what you received! I got Panachee x3 and Col de Dame (Blanco) x1.
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                                        Wishlist: Galicia Negra, Paritjal Rimada, Black Ischia UCD

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                                        • Kelby
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                                          Good luck rooting!

                                          Ps. Bring your snowshoes Sunday.

                                      • #22
                                        My rooting success of the UCD cuttings is about 100%, they send many and large enough wood that you still have a room for a failure .
                                        USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: De la Roca, Lampeira Prush, Raspberry Tart, Boysenberry Blush

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                                        • #23
                                          Johnnyq I believe that is exactly what I will receive! I had also requested Black Ischia, I don't know if they have any since the tree is in bad shape, but in any event I already rooted one this spring. I will definitely share what I am not using, if that is ok.
                                          Rafael
                                          Zone 7b, Queens, New York

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                                          • PA Figs
                                            PA Figs commented
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                                            Sorry, I meant share your results, not cuttings.... although I am sure everyone would be happy if you share cuttings also haha.

                                        • #24
                                          Rafael, Black Ischia and Black Madeira were the two I requested and did not get. I hope you get it!
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                                          Wishlist: Galicia Negra, Paritjal Rimada, Black Ischia UCD

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                                          • #25
                                            My Black Madeira story is very complicated. I managed to root one that I bought from Encanto last year, only to realize it was not BM. A generous man who is larger than life sent me cuttings, and now I have one leafed out in humidity chamber. Still waiting for more robust roots before I transplant. If I get BM from UCD I will give them to members here, but it doesn't sound like I will get them based on your package, Johnny.
                                            Rafael
                                            Zone 7b, Queens, New York

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                                            • PA Figs
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                                              What did yours end up being?

                                            • Rafaelissimmo
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                                              Nick

                                              No idea, but it was a yellow fig, which is my least favorite kind, I will get rid of it or compost it. I see you have Neri 2 from Bill, I used to have one, a good fig, strong grower, gave it away.

                                            • PA Figs
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                                              Neri2 is a strong grower for me, but does not set many figs. The ones I have had have been very good though.
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