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  • Early Violet

    Looking for Early Violet, anyone growing it?

  • #2
    I got one worthless here,made 6 foot growth some years ago did not fruit, since then gets killed to ground EVERY year and makes maybe a foot growth which then gets frozen over and over.

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    • #3
      So strange, 8a should be warm enough for main trunk to survive with minimum care. Early Violet must be one odd fig. It would be good to hear from others that grow it.

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      • #4
        I think Hermansur has cuttings on eBay

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        • #5
          Could be Tacoma violet though

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          • #6
            Dennis/Snaglepuss has Early Violet...at least he did on past Fig4Fun threads. He is a member.

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            • #7
              Takoma Violet roots easily and is a Mt. Etna. I rooted this winter 4 of 5 cuttings of Takoma Violet. Early Violet would be a stretch. Got my curiosity up.

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              • #8
                Early Violet is one of those figs that has very little info. The large majority of the few photos I've seen and that are clear and ripe comes from wasp land. From those photos it looks a lot like a hardy chicago type, but recently I've seen new photos of it with an amber interior. I'm thinking that the wasp may be turning the interior red. Maybe the amber fig was just underripe. In any case.. I've decided to trial it myself because of a lack of info.
                Ross - Zone 7A - Philadelphia
                My Figs! / Facebook / YouTube

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the responses, info, and interest. There isn't a lot of info on Early Violet. It supposedly was common in the south a hundred years ago. Many good reports from trials in Louisiana at the turn of the century, which is why I'm looking for it. But it is strange that it is hard to find now, even in the south where it was heavily trialed, with it being so common and successful in the past. Anyway my search will continue.

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                  • #10
                    I got word from a friend that grew it. Saying that it's similar to HC, but 3 weeks earlier. Only time will tell. My graft took. Won't be long now.
                    Ross - Zone 7A - Philadelphia
                    My Figs! / Facebook / YouTube

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ortegojeffrey View Post
                      Thanks for the responses, info, and interest. There isn't a lot of info on Early Violet. It supposedly was common in the south a hundred years ago. Many good reports from trials in Louisiana at the turn of the century, which is why I'm looking for it. But it is strange that it is hard to find now, even in the south where it was heavily trialed, with it being so common and successful in the past. Anyway my search will continue.
                      In the world of heirloom tomatoes, it's generally accepted that when an old-time popular variety disappears, there's usually a reason.

                      I know now nothing about Early Violet, but based on your info it's possible that once (possibly better?) figs became more widely available, it fell out of favor and people abandoned it.

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                      • Ortegojeffrey
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                        I also share the belief in preserving the older and more meaningful varieties of fruit trees. Many trees I grow just because I respect the nurseryman who found it to be meaningful.

                      • ginamcd
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                        I agree with both of you on growing the old varieties to keep them "alive," but I go into it with a historic preservation mindset. Sometimes I'll be pleasantly surprised by something that produces an exceptionally tasty tomato, but often times it's just passable which is likely why the variety fell out of favor. Doesn't necessarily mean I'll stop growing it.

                      • Ortegojeffrey
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                        I agree Gina. It probably wasn't too great.

                    • #12
                      Found this on Facebook:


                      Amazing cultivar EARLY VIOLET. Producing big size of fruits,with dark red to black colour skin and white to honey colour texture, when its rippening the fruits produce honey drop.The texture is soft,juicy and amazingly sweet !!

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                      • Ortegojeffrey
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                        I saw that one, def different from almost all the characteristics ever described as Early Violet.

                    • #13
                      Why is it that just when I think I have all the figs I need, I see another one I want.

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                      • CliffH
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                        Haven't you heard? Fig addiction is a nationally recognized disease....... At least by members of this forum..... maybe that makes it internationally recognized.....

                      • Foodforest
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                        Hey Cliff, Thanks again for the goodies. I guess I have it bad, I see more I want. The VDB, and BMKK are super interesting.

                      • CliffH
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                        There you have it! You're fully infected with disease now. It only gets worse......
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