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  • Should I buy an Adriatic JH? Current figs listed in post.

    Hi folks!

    I'm currently located in zone 8a near Dallas, Texas. I now have the following plants:

    Celeste
    LSU Gold
    LSU Purple(Is this thing slow to grow?)
    Corky's Honey (Bought at a big box store. Worth keeping?)
    Black Italian from Greenleaf Nursery(Worth keeping?)
    Marseilles Black VS
    Ronde de Bordeaux

    I have room for maybe...one more fig. I'm growing in pots. Would love a recommendation or a thumbs up to Adriatic JH.

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    You're definitely short a green fig or two. I cannot comment on taste personally, but I would definitely consider it. Smith would be a close 2nd...but again...that's based on hype, not actual experience. Both of mine are doing very well in pots though.

    Adriatic JH seems to show up over and over and over again in top 10 lists, which is amazing with all the new and highly sought after figs that come in. It's moderately hardy, produces young (my 1st year plant tried to make figs, but I knew they wouldn't ripen, so I pulled them), it was found in TX, so it should do well for you, and mine has been a pretty good grower.

    To address the LSU purple...I might get rid of mine sooner or later. I've got it in a big old pot (seriously...its massive...150lbs with dirt!). LSU purple is supposed to be outstanding when done right, but takes a long time to come into its own. Those who seem to love it have it in ground, and at least 4-5 years old. My potted one has been lackluster, but I'm giving it this year, and maybe next year.

    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by brettjm; 04-07-2016, 10:36 PM.
    Brett in Athens, GA zone 7b/8a

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    • chadspur
      chadspur commented
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      Great post.Very helpful! Thank you!

  • #3
    adriatic jh is one of the best green figs in my collection, and mother tree is in Texas so it will do great there for you. Superb, large fruit. Two crops. Strong, healthy grower. No downside.
    Rafael
    Zone 10b, Miami, FL

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    • chadspur
      chadspur commented
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      Sounds good! Do you have a recommended source for a tree? I'm having trouble locating a merchant online that has it. I'd rather not start from a cutting.

    • Rafaelissimmo
      Rafaelissimmo commented
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      I am happy to run an airlayer for you if you want. PM me

  • #4
    Adriatic JH. Yes. Do it.

    It has the virtue of tasting great even if not picked in that extremely narrow time zone of being perfectly ripe. Not all figs have this gift.
    Sarah
    Bay Area, CA (zone: 9B)

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    • chadspur
      chadspur commented
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      Do you happen to know an online merchant selling one?

    • Sarahkt
      Sarahkt commented
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      No, sorry. But someone might have an extra rooted cutting after the rooting season.

  • #5
    My Adriatic JH is a slow grower but the couple that I got to try was really good and like stated above, Adriatic JH is always in people's top 10.
    As far as Lsu purple, it was THE fastest growing tree in my yard, there are two different starins, one with a super tight eye and one with a not so tight eye, I would say it's open but it's not quite closed all the way. I gave away the one I had from Saxon be nelson and kept the one for edible landscape. Even though it showed a little fmv it grew to about 15' tall and almost as wide in just a couple years. They say it takes about 4-5 years before the fruit is excellent and I can say every year they get better and better. My tree is 4 or 5 yrs old now so this year should tell all. In my avatar is a Lsu gold and and Lsu purple both with honey dripping from the eye, last season was the first season I've seen Lsu purples with honey coming out the eye.
    Last edited by quackmaster; 04-08-2016, 07:29 AM.
    Ryan- CenLa, zone 8a/b

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    • #6
      Originally posted by brettjm View Post
      To address the LSU purple...I might get rid of mine sooner or later. I've got it in a big old pot (seriously...its massive...150lbs with dirt!). LSU purple is supposed to be outstanding when done right, but takes a long time to come into its own. Those who seem to love it have it in ground, and at least 4-5 years old. My potted one has been lackluster, but I'm giving it this year, and maybe next year.
      There are probably many trees mis-labeled LSU Purple out there like mine was from Starks Nursery. Mine was labeled LSU Gold and, in a pot, produced one dark fig the first year that was so caramel-like sweet it was a keeper. The tree Starks sent labeled LSU Purple had fruit that wasn't very good and wasn't LSU Purple. If any fruit tree, what ever the tag says, after a few years produces fruit so bad only the birds will eat it, then it needs to be replaced. There are too many good trees to choose from.
      Last edited by Altadena Mara; 04-08-2016, 08:13 AM.
      Mara, Southern California,
      Climate Zone: 1990=9b 2012= 10a 2020=?

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      • #7
        Adriatic JH is a great fig, hardy, taste great and easy to grow and propagate. I sold some last year and I believe I have some to sell this year but I won't know until the weather breaks and I can get them out of the greenhouse.
        Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana
        Buffalo WV Z6

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        • #8
          You won't regret it. It would be the best tasting fig in your current collection.
          Art
          Western Pa -6a

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          • #9
            Yupppppp!

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            • #10
              Yes get it. Because your goina have a hundred different figs in a year anyway. It's to late for you to run you already have more then one. Lol
              Kentucky Zone 6b

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