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  • A treasure trove of fig trees from Italy

    I visited with a local urban garden guy today. He bought a medium sized nursery from an elderly Italian man. The man speaks little English. There were several fig trees in the greenhouses that he brought from Italy. They all look about like these. Are you all salivating yet? There will be cuttings in the fall and photos for ID in mid summer. These cuttings wont be free as he has to make $$ off of these things.

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    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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    Uh oh, I see a lot of cuttings there . . . .
    Dale

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    • #3
      Bob

      Who speaks little English, the Italian guy who sold it to the current owner? I guess that would mean that he can't tell you much about the figs. Do we know if they are green, dark, bifera, etc.? Do we know what part of Italy they are from? Let me know if I can help as an interpreter if necessary, my Italian is at your disposal.
      Rafael
      Zone 7b, Queens, New York

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      • #4
        ...and my property is at your disposal of you need someone to evaluate these varieties...
        Last edited by Rui; 03-07-2015, 10:25 PM. Reason: Punctuation...

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        • #5
          Good find Bob......you the man
          Brian
          Chackbay LA Zone 9A

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          • #6
            Bob, great find. I can't wait to see pictures of the figs.
            Shailesh, Pennsylvania, ZONE 6B

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            • #7
              Very nice, Bob!
              Mike -- central NY state, zone 5a -- pauca sed matura

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              • #8
                Those look like some old trees, at least 10 years old maybe? Fabulous find, Bob! Can't wait 'til spring to see what variety they are.
                Faith, family, friends and figs. (Not necessarily in that order).

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                • #9
                  Looking forward to what it has to offer!
                  Frank ~ zone 7a VA

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                  • #10
                    Wow. So is that you with the trees or the new owner of the greenhouse?
                    Calvin, Wish list is to finish working on the new house, someday.
                    Bored? Grab a rake, paint roller, or a cordless drill and come over!

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                    • #11
                      It will be interesting to see how many of the trees are known in the US versus being known in Europe and wishing we had them in the US. Hopefully, they do prove to be mostly or at least in part something we have not seen before.

                      Thank you for sharing Bob, I do look forward to seeing how this develops.

                      Scott
                      Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                      “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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                      • #12
                        That's the owner of the greenhouse - the urban farmer guy. Next weekend I'm going to scrape the bark of the big, tangled one to see what's alive and what's not. His potted figs are already starting to break bud. I'm planning on giving him as many great figs as he'll take under the greenhouse. Especially late earing ones like CdD, JH Adriatic, etc. He'll also get a Ronde de Bordeau and whatever else I have to give him. I'm already working on a letter of introduction and fig questions. Any unknowns will be provisionally named after him.
                        Last edited by Harborseal; 03-08-2015, 06:27 PM.
                        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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                        • #13
                          Bob, is this greenhouse in the Kansas City area? Who knew that a bunch of old gnarled fig trees existed in Kansas City! Was the green house heated during the winter?
                          Steve
                          D-i-c-k-e-r-s-o-n, MD; zone 7a
                          WL: Verdolino, Figue Jaune, Nantes Maroc, Lussheim

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                          • #14
                            Nice!
                            Sorry, I would have replied earlier, but I had to mop up all the drool from the keyboard....
                            Jim
                            Jim -- Central NJ, Zone 6b

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                            • #15
                              Great find Bob! If one of those trees is a Dall Osso you'll be a millionaire soon lol.
                              Rotterdam / the Netherlands.
                              Zone 8B

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                              • #16
                                That is very cool
                                Cutting sales on willsfigs.com started Nov 1 and will continue till about March 1.

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                                • #17
                                  It's in the KC metro area and the green house was not only unheated but the plastic was missing from the side for the last few years. Unfortunately it's not I who would be the millionaire, but I'm hoping they're amazing, previously unknown varieties and I get free cuttings.
                                  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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                                  • #18
                                    Bob, did you receive my IM re translation?
                                    Frank Tallahasee 8B
                                    North Florida Figs

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                                    • #19
                                      Well, bad news. I met the former owner of the greenhouse. He speaks English about as well as I do. All of the figs came from California nurseries. What a disappointment. We'll still try to ID them in mid summer. Some of the plants may have come from smaller nurseries and may yet be exotics the nurserymen brought from home. There's only 1 from Monrovia which sounds like it may be a Janice Seedless Kadota.

                                      Not only that, but all of the large trunks are dead. Hopefully some of the smaller trunks will sprout soon. I will deliver some of my longer season figs to the greenhouse to start their season there.
                                      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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                                      • #20
                                        Sorry Bob, hopefully some of them will pull through and speak Italian.
                                        Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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