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  • Japanese Fig growing techniques - イチジクの栽培

    I’ve made several posts over the years (mostly on F4F) about Japanese fig growing methods including espellier (step over), hydroponic, greenhouse culture, etc. I did some more research last fall but got derailed due to elder care related issues. Things are looking better at the moment. Below, I have posted a collection of interesting videos, documents and photos that may be of interest. (I was unable to activate multiple links for some reason - so you may need to cut and paste...)

    Videos:
    1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWThGnq1DiE - very neatly trained figs growing outdoors in a field, harvesting, processing, off to market
    2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odku4Ey2e6s - Greenhouse fig growing operation, harvesting process, large figs.
    3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHqz5lujfn0 - interview with a greenhouse fig grower (in Japanese)
    4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKX3VjG90GM - Start at 2 min 38 sec for the beginning of the fig part. A bit goofy but interesting.
    5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC54E8HCJxg - An interview with a fig farmer with his orchard.

    Some documents:
    1) http://www.pref.aichi.jp/nososi/seik...ijiyutu104.pdf This is a document about grafting scion on “blight” resistant rootstock. I think this is nematode resistant rootstock. Training of the plant, etc., is discussed. There are some good directions if time is taken to work out the translation.
    2) http://www.ari.pref.niigata.jp/nouri...ktichimanu.pdf - cutting propagation, cultivation, pruning

    Some photos -
    1) http://emsaien.up.n.seesaa.net/emsai...PG?d=a84122842
    2) http://userdisk.webry.biglobe.ne.jp/...0416226443.jpg - a beautiful photo showing the espalier method, all ship shape!
    3) http://www.kannonyama.net/ichijiku/IMG_0327.JPG - another amazing photo of their meticulous arrangement.
    4) http://blog-imgs-36-origin.fc2.com/m...n/PICT0118.jpg This photo came from this blog http://manchounouen.blog83.fc2.com/category12-1.html This is an interesting photo showing figs growing in containers using a hydroponic soilless system.
    5) http://img01.hamazo.tv/usr/e/n/s/enshokupj/IMG_1718.JPG Another well manicured orchard.
    6) http://www.waa-bc.com/agri/shimane/いちじく.JPG - One last photo showing figs growing in containers using a hydroponic soilless system. It is just astounding.

    I think that some of this will be interesting, especially for those of you that have thought about the "step over" fig growing methods (espalier), and those that have had interests in greenhouse culture. I also find the images very satisfying to look at.

    Enjoy -
    Byron (Ingevald)
    Byron - Zone 6a - northeast KS

  • #2
    Thanks for taking the time to share the links.

    I'll be using google translate on the PDFs There's always lots of interesting info contained in those documents.
    Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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    • #3
      Pete - Thanks for your thoughts. I've appreciated your interest in this topic, and your shared analysis of the information that has been found.

      Byron
      Byron - Zone 6a - northeast KS

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      • #4
        Thanks for this post, Bryon. I thourghly enjoyed it.
        Jerry, Canyon Lake TX 8b

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        • #5
          For those of you who don't know Ingevald, he's a super nice guy who's been growing figs for just about ever. He got me started with a lot of great varieties and advice. He's probably the premier fig grower of the Midwest. When they asked me to do the fig workshop I said, "I can, but if you want a real fig guru, Byron's the man."
          Bob C.
          Kansas City, MO Z6

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          • #6
            Inspiring links. Thanks.
            Tony WV 6b
            https://mountainfigs.net/

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            • #7
              I found this topic by having a few google searches, thanks for all the work Ingevald Nice to know you're still on the forum also.
              Wishlist: Sweet Diana.
              Location: The Netherlands, Zone 8a, Maritime North.

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              • #8
                Thanks for resurrecting this old posting. Some of those links are probably out of date, but apparently some useful and interesting information was still available. I’ve not had time to currently research the topic but assume that there are even more resources that could be located - papers, photos and videos. I’ve been impressed by AscPete and others that have taken this information, digested it and have offered clear ways to proceed. I’ve also appreciated seeing reports and photos of the various experiments with the techniques.

                I’ve been busy with the relatively new small farm project and am hoping to try my own experiments in the coming years.

                I have attached a pdf document that may or may not have been posted in the past. It was one of the best documents that I found about the technique. It is in Japanese, but is filled with excellent illustrations.

                Byron
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                Last edited by Ingevald; 02-22-2022, 02:03 PM.
                Byron - Zone 6a - northeast KS

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                • #9
                  Paste some useful technical information, including broken links.
                  There are few images, but the paper may be useful to read just the table and the summary at the end.

                  Basic research on fig breeding
                  http://farc.pref.fukuoka.jp/farc/ken...np/tokuho9.pdf
                  Recently, a new variety of figs has been developed, and the data on the basis of this is provided.

                  Large-Scale Seedling Raising by Rock Wool Cutting Method of Fig Masui Dauphin
                  https://www.pref.shiga.lg.jp/file/at...nt/2009641.pdf
                  labor-saving method of making large numbers of seedlings from cuttings

                  Effects of Sampling Sites and Traits on the Activity and Growth of Fig Cuttings in Annual Dormant Branches
                  https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/lab-nou...nts/p75-80.pdf
                  Data for cutting ears

                  Effects of Cutting-bed and Cutting-bed Temperature and Moisture on the Activation and Growth of Fig Cuttings
                  https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/lab-nou...frc5-19-26.pdf
                  Information on conditions of scion and soil for cutting

                  Method for growing fig Seedling
                  https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/ninaite...ents/h2304.pdf
                  In the middle of the file is how to grow a first-year sapling.

                  Lightweight pot cultivation technique for fig
                  https://agriknowledge.affrc.go.jp/RN/2010900700.pdf
                  https://www.pref.shiga.lg.jp/file/at...nt/2010139.pdf
                  Data on soil and fertilizer used for cultivation at 20 L = 4.4 gal

                  Container cultivation of figs using paddy rice nursery house
                  http://npdas.pref.niigata.lg.jp/noso...bb61dc8c27.pdf
                  My prefecture is a rice production area, and rice husks are used as basic soil.

                  Measures against frozen frost damage of figs
                  https://www.pref.aichi.jp/nogyo-keie...kaju131101.pdf
                  Aluminum vapor deposition film seems to be effective because it doesn't get cold at night and doesn't get too warm during the day.

                  Finally, the explanation by the fig nursery
                  https://www.la-fruta.jp/fs/sanyonursery/c/ichijiku-farm

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                  • #10
                    Container cultivation of figs using paddy rice nursery house
                    http://npdas.pref.niigata.lg.jp/noso...bb61dc8c27.pdf
                    My prefecture is a rice production area, and rice husks are used as basic soil.
                    I wish I could read Japanese, this is really interesting from the photos!
                    SW Mich - 6b/7a

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by zachs91 View Post

                      I wish I could read Japanese, this is really interesting from the photos!

                      After you download the file, you can use Google Translate to translate it into English. The accuracy may not be good. I'm sorry.
                      You may only view thumbnails in this gallery. This gallery has 1 photos.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by longcake View Post


                        After you download the file, you can use Google Translate to translate it into English. The accuracy may not be good. I'm sorry.
                        The translation is much better than I would have thought - thank you very much for pointing that out!

                        I'm looking at "Measures against frozen frost damage of figs", and I found some great data demonstrating the effectiveness of insulation and film covering for overwintering...



                        SW Mich - 6b/7a

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                        • #13
                          You're welcome Ingevald / Byron, I'm glad this topic and post are revived. I found another one from you and AscPete from the F4F times in 2014, also an informational read. http://figs4funforum.arghchive.com/p...4805__trail_50

                          longcake awesome tip! Thanks!
                          Wishlist: Sweet Diana.
                          Location: The Netherlands, Zone 8a, Maritime North.

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