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  • Here they come again. 2020 edition.

    Picked my first fig of the year today. Raasti Northern Persian UNK aka Iranian Candy breba.

    Early, productive, and good flavor. It’s a keeper.


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    I know the initials are in the wrong order.

    As a side note, I’ve just started seeing fruit fly larvae in raspberries. No positive ID but I’m guessing SWD. I guess I’ll be spraying for them from here on out.
    Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

  • #2
    My Smith tree seems confused. I don’t think anyone told it that it is not supposed to have breba. Hope some stick. The breba were really good last year.

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    • TorontoJoe
      TorontoJoe commented
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      My Smith is also confused... Perhaps they require some counselling?

    • don_sanders
      don_sanders commented
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      Btw - Most if not all of those breba ripened and were great.

  • #3
    Just ate the one and only Smith breba on my trees this year. It was quite good, certainly better than a typical breba, but not up to main crop standards.

    There were several other breba on Smith that all dropped. Not sure why the occasional one ripens.
    Last edited by venturabananas; 07-02-2020, 06:35 AM.
    Mark -- living in the CA banana belt, growing bananas, figs, and most any fruit I can fit in my small, crowded yard.
    Wish List: Roeding #3 caprifig, Angelito

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    • #4
      First brebas from Lattarula and De Tres Esplets this evening. Lattarula was very good and very sweet honey fig. DTE was milder in flavor and sweetness today. I’m told it had a guava like flavor. Lattarula wins in my book today.

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      • Iowafig
        Iowafig commented
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        Looks great 👍🏻 I just ate my first main DTE last night. The ants got after it but still had good flavor.

    • #5
      Santa Cruz White and Florea (I think) breba. The monsoon that came through knocked the Florea off a few days early. Even though it could have used more time, the Florea was better than Santa Cruz White which is probably going to the compost this year. There are a ton more breba and the main crop to possibly charge my mind but I don’t have high hopes. Lattarula above was much better as well.

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      • #6
        This is awesome and especially for your location. What setup you have.
        MJ
        Chicago Zone 5

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        • don_sanders
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          My setup? Mostly 5 gallon bucket SIPs or partially buried with keepers going into 30 or 50 gallon barrel SIPs. Drip irrigation to most. No greenhouse or head start. Attached garage for winter storage. Organic mostly granular and liquid fertilizer in April. Additional liquid fertilizer around June to maybe August.

      • #7
        Don, I'm glad I just saw your post. My in-ground Iranian Candy had one breba on it that I had forgotten about. I went out in the dark to check and sure enough it was ripe! It was very sweet but had a subtle bitter flavor that I had never detected in this variety before, either breba or main. I guess it was an anomaly but a refreshing fig nonetheless.
        Steve
        D-i-c-k-e-r-s-o-n, MD; zone 7a
        WL: Nantes Maroc

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        • don_sanders
          don_sanders commented
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          Bellefleurs. I wish I could comment on VDS but mine didn’t have time to ripen last year before frost. It set fruit by 06/21 this year so if it doesn’t ripen any this year it’s out.

          My CDDN lost the bitter flavor the second year it fruited though so don’t lose hope even if it has a bitter flavor the first time.

        • Bellefleurs
          Bellefleurs commented
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          don_sanders, thank you for sharing.
          I’m also growing CdDN. I am new to trueing these figs so was unaware of the potential for bitterness.
          I appreciate knowing about this trait.

        • venturabananas
          venturabananas commented
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          A few comments: (1) I think I taste bitterness more than most people. I bet many people would not perceive what I taste as bitterness in VdS as a negative trait, or at least it would only be a slight knock on it. (2) I didn't give it very long to grow out of it. I grafted over it after only 2 or 3 years. (3) I did that not just because of the bitterness, but also because it was very unproductive for me. It was one of those varieties that seemed perpetually stuck in vegetative growth mode in my yard and only made a limited number of fruit in two years (just a handful). (4) Given that many folks seem to really like this fig, I suspect it will work out better for most people than it did for me.

      • #8
        Beall UCD breba today. Very good. Golden Celeste will probably be next.

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        • #9
          Those fig are looking good indeed.

          Maybe your Santa Cruz could become root stock for somthing else and take advantage of that rootball.
          Tony, Toronto Canada USDA 4B
          Wishlist:
          Figue Janue, Yellow Neches, St Martain, Texas Peach.

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          • #10
            don_sanders -- Wow, that all looks great. Does your RNP produce many brebas? I've got one in its 2nd year, loaded with main crop. I'm just wondering if I'm missing breba potential. Thx.
            Joe, Z6B, RI.

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            • don_sanders
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              Only 2 breba and 44 main crop formed in a 5 gallon container. Rooted early 2018 I believe.

          • #11
            Golden Celeste this evening. I think this one needs a better location with more sunlight. Looks pretty but it can taste better.


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            • #12
              First Brogiotto Bianco and an Unknown Yellow fig brebas today. Brogiotto Bianco was dripping honey and was very good.

              A bonus pic of Beall dripping honey as well.

              Brogiotto Bianco was the best of the three today but I think the Beall could have used another day and rivals Bianco in flavor.


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              Last edited by don_sanders; 07-19-2020, 12:03 AM.
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              • minth
                minth commented
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                Curious about what your Red Lebanese there in the background are doing, setting fruit yet?

              • don_sanders
                don_sanders commented
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                minth The Red Lebanese in the background is the unknown yellow fig. It was mislabeled somewhere along the way.

                My young RLBV which is only about 1ft tall has set a few figs already though. I hear it should be a productive variety.

                Most of my mature figs have set fruit at just about every node at this point.

              • minth
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                Thanks!

            • #13
              First VDB, Kathleen Black, Black Beauty 10, Negronne, and UNK Negretta breba figs this year. All very good to excellent. Black Beauty is living up to its name this year with flavor and productivity if this continues. The tiny misshapen Negretta was a little disappointing being so small and over ripe but I expect future figs to be better like last year.

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              • Rewton
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                Don what is the backstory on the Unk. Negretta? I have the Jason's Unk. Black Ischia which is thought to be a Negretta. It's not that one is it? By the way, this is the 2nd post in the past week or so that is making me regret my decision to cull BB10!

              • don_sanders
                don_sanders commented
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                Rewton Marius’ UNK Negretta or Piccola Negretta. Not an actual Negretta. Supposedly a tree that Marius acquired around 2010 that was mislabeled Negretta. I believe that Marius’ source, Martino Vanoli in Benevento, Italy, called it Piccola Negretta (“me-mia piccola negretta“). Martino passed and Marius wanted to keep the UNK Negretta name in honor of his friend. Figs can be on the small side at times so far. I’m hoping that improves with age.
                Last edited by don_sanders; 12-24-2020, 01:29 PM.

              • don_sanders
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                And don’t worry too much about BB-10 It probably won’t make the final cut here either. I should probably say moderately productive. About 30-35 main crop formed on a 5 gallon. Maybe roughly half of the nodes.

            • #14
              Osbourne Prolific breba ripened today. Not so good. Most likely the last year here.

              Interior pictured with a Brogiotto Bianco breba which is excellent. Almost too rich. I hope the main crop turns out as good and ripens early enough.


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              • #15
                Olympian and Laradek’s EBT. Neither was really very good this time with Laradek’s slightly better of these two. Olympian was oddly dry inside. I’ll have to see what the follow breba are like.

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                • #16
                  Desert king and a properly developed Olympian which tasted much better than yesterday. Desert king was a little bit better of the two but I’ll be getting rid of Desert king after this crop ripens. No room for San Pedro here.

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                  • Thorntorn
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                    My Olympian is very temperamental in all regards: some fruit drop, bad interior quality, serious splitting, fig dropsy....probably getting composted.

                    Thorntorn

                  • don_sanders
                    don_sanders commented
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                    Thorntorn It had been performing better for me than Laradek’s and I was thinking of swapping Olympian for Laradek. Maybe English Brown Turkeys just aren’t well suited for here?

                  • Thorntorn
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                    My Magnolia and California Brown Turkey grew and thrived, making huge fairly tasty figs, with no issues other than splitting for the 4 years I grew them from TC starts. They both are gifted to friends now. I am pretty much steering away from Brown Turkey types in favor of Mt. Etnas and Bordeauxs.

                    Thorntorn

                • #17
                  Genovese Nero breba yesterday. Excellent as usual. I just wish it were a bit earlier ripening.
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                  • venturabananas
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                    I've gotten a handful of brebas from I-258 and GNAF every one of the few years I've had them. Not a lot. And for me, they are very underwhelming. Maybe due to my cool, coastal conditions. Who knows?

                  • leon_edmond
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                    Don is that Genovese Nero (AF) or Genovese Nero (Rob)?

                  • don_sanders
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                    leon_edmond It’s AF. Rob’s wasn’t worth growing for me.

                • #18
                  Leon Sheenz Honey. Not good. Lacked any flavor. I don’t believe this is a common fig either. All of the main crop are dropping again. Rootstock.

                  If anyone has ripened any mains without the wasp, please comment below.

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                  • #19
                    Florea main crop ripening. This one was extra small. It tasted good but not as good tasting as Florea can be.

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                    • #20
                      Raasti (Iranian Candy) ripened it’s first 5 figs here yesterday 8/1. They were very sweet and juicy.
                      Ed
                      SW PA zone 6a

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                      • VicD NJ7A
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                        Looking forward to this one Ed as i have a copy of yours...

                      • don_sanders
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                        Do you have Florea too Ed? My Raasti hasn’t ripened main crop yet but I think it’s close.

                      • eboone
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                        My Florea is in ground. It died back to near ground level and is not near ripening yet. Different weather - last year it beat Raasti even as an in ground

                    • #21
                      Don, for Genoese Nero:
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                      • don_sanders
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                        I could add that to my truck pretty easy.

                    • #22
                      DTE started ripening Friday with a tiny fig. More reasonably sized Florea and DTE pics included as well.

                      Looks like Improved Celeste, Iranian Candy, RDB, and Pastiliere are all competing for 3rd place. A few Pastiliere dropped but now it looks like several are going to ripen properly.

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                      • #23
                        RNPU Iranian Candy today. Good sweet honey melon flavor.

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                        • #24
                          Pastiliere picked itself today. Not good at all but looks like there are more ripening. Hopefully some of them live up to their potential.

                          RDB, Improved Celeste, Celeste, Smith Breba, GDSJ NOT all swelling and should be ready in the next few days.

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                          • eboone
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                            How old is your Pastiliere, Don? My third year tree has started dropping its crop in the past 10 days, like it did last year. Trying to be patient with this one...

                          • don_sanders
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                            eboone Rooted from cutting that I received January 2017. Last year, it set a good crop in 5 gal sip but was at the end of my sip chain and dried out. Almost all of those figs dropped.

                            This year I up potted it to a 50 gal sip. Next year, it should be fully settled into the pot and be 4 years old. If it keeps dropping figs then I don’t know what I’ll do.

                            The fig I did have off of it last year was worth the effort of trying to get this one worked out.

                        • #25
                          More Pastiliere and a couple RDB today. Pastiliere still really isn’t good yet but getting better. RDB were good. Sweet and pretty with good texture but on the milder side.

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                          • don_sanders
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                            Lattarula and Fort Mill Park starting to swell.
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