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  • Flea Market Fig Find - Guesses at Variety?

    On the way back from buying a few chicks today, my girlfriend and I stopped at a local mom & pop hot dog shop. Its at the corner of a couple bigger roads so they always have almost like a flea market setup in the parking lot. (think back woods, and you are pretty close to what it would look like) There was a couple people selling junk it looked like they pulled out of an abandoned building and a 77 year old guy selling plants. My gf saw me walking that way and said she hoped he didnt have any figs... well he had (2) figs in 3 gallon pots. I asked him what kind of figs he had and how much he wanted. He said they were both Brown Turkey and they were $10 each. Now 1 had tri-lobe leaves which looked like all the other Brown Turkeys ive seen and the one next to it had 4 distinct leave parts very much like fingers. I asked how old they were and he said they were at least 2 years old from a tree on his property. Said they were from the same tree.. when I started questioning him about why the leaves looked so different and was he sure it was a BT he said well I had a white fig once that was near that tree but it died so maybe it grew back? Anyhow. No fruit, to go by, just his story and leaves but I was willing to be $10 that it wasnt a Brown Turkey. Was I wrong? Thoughts on what it could be based on the leaves? Its growing in zone 8A. Im also shocked at its slow growth rate if its 2 years old but then again it has 5" of growth in the last month or so, so who knows if he just had it root bound?

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  • #2
    I'm far from the fig ID expert, but the center lobe with that little frill reminds me of Desert King.

    Looks like it's just in dirt, wouldn't be surprised it he just dug up sprouts/suckers last summer. If so, that could explain the relatively small size.
    https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
    SE PA
    Zone 6

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    • #3
      My plan is to bare root it and put it in some mix that ive been using for all my other figs. Will also let me see how healthy the roots are. He definitely didnt know what he was doing or talking about. 77 years old just had a triple bypass and grows plants to just keep moving. He also mentioned how he was having a hard time getting his brown turkey to root.. I gave him my number and told him to let me know when he had time and id pop in to help him figure out how to get better success rooting. I may bring him a couple other varieties in the future as well. Im going to start selling locally at markets so he may be a competitor but its nice to help out some local folks I will go check out some Desert King leaves. Am I wrong to assume that after 2 years or so the leaves should be what they will be?
      2021: The year of figs and a new love of Citrus thanks to http://www.madisoncitrusnursery.com

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      • #4
        After two years in a pot they should have the right leaves. You will need fruit to id it.

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        • #5
          It looks a lot like my Paradiso/Genova which is a green(white) fig.

          Mine came from here, it's the first one.

          http://www.figtrees.net/

          Let us know what you find out.
          Kevin (Eastern MA - Zone 5b/6a)

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          • #6
            The is a very rare fig and botanists have been looking for this for years. It was thought to be extinct. It goes by the name of Ficus pleasehelpmei
            It might put your kids through college.

            Last edited by The Figster; 04-06-2016, 05:02 PM.
            Ian

            Really happy with what I have.

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            • #7
              Sounds like I should go plant it next to a spring fed mountain stream with a view and then rediscover it next year? Would be coold it it was Paradiso I dont have much of that growing yet. Im happy for $10 spent anyhow.
              2021: The year of figs and a new love of Citrus thanks to http://www.madisoncitrusnursery.com

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              • #8
                What a cool mystery!
                Zone 7a in Virginia

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                • #9
                  Hi Lou
                  My favorite part of our crazy hobby is finding and discovering figs. This is a great story and wouldn't it be fantastic if this one turns into a real winner. Well worth a $10,00 investment
                  Last edited by Coop; 04-06-2016, 07:07 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Coop for $10 as long as its not BT I am happy. With that said the other side of this is for $10 I was able to make a new semi local friend that I can share some of the experience ive gained from this forum with. I will show him so new rooting techniques and get him a little more successful with what he is doing. Id also really like to be able to identify this fig for him later in the year. Winners all around. The big issue is I think this forum has ruined me because when I look at the plant all I can think about is how I could get 6 cuttings from it and still have the rootstock to graft something on to.
                    2021: The year of figs and a new love of Citrus thanks to http://www.madisoncitrusnursery.com

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