Cold hardy figs


#621

I agree about the sizes less than a gallon, they dry out too fast for me, an even width and height seems to work best for me as well, wider might be a little better for growth but takes more watering. I’ve been messing around with 80% compost 20% biochar, great results for up to 3 gallon containers last year, moved some of them up to 10s with the same mix to see how they do. Those look nice, thanks for the tip.

Biocharred all the dead fig tops today, got maybe half a yard from a pile the size of a minivan! It looks like nice stuff.


#622

Sweet! I’ve never used biochar. I should be composting too but I’m not.

I’ll bet that is an incredible medium.

Sounds like you had a great day.

Cheers,

Dax


#623

If you mean the Jon of the former figs 4 fun forum then he’s the owner of Encanto Farms, he is who gave KK his BM.


#624

The browned leaf tip above the one you are holding can be an indicator for fig bud mites, newest leaf looks like it will drop also, and pale spots look suspicious as well.


#625

I like these recycled grow bags, made with plastic bottles, they sell much bigger than what you got, and even much bigger than any air pots that I know of, I use the one I got for my lemon tree. the one that they say is 15 gallons https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fabric-Grow-Bags-1-2-1-2-3-5-Gallon-up-to-100-gallon-multi-packs-Fabric-Pot/190982902078?hash=item2c7777d13e:m:mJ2pqZxgDeVac-UB0dGz-2Q


#626

Yes I know that. My point was KK’s BM isn’t disease free. None of the BM nor Preto that I’ve seen are FMV free.

KK’s BM came out of the box with crinkled up FMV infected leaves.


#627

I like those and now I see that 5" x 5" is a 1/2 gallon which is what I just got.

Thanks for linking. I may use use some of those in the future.

Dax


#628

You are welcome, they have a website, yet I find it easier/less confusing to buy them through their ebay account.


#629

Groovy. I may look at their website if that helps them price-wise and removes ebay from the picture.

Thanks,

Dax


#630

Prices seem the same, yet you could bypass ebay http://ruthstrees.com/shop/


#631

Appreciate that. Bookmarked.

Dax


#632

I can see that they have more info than they used to have on their website before. I bought mine almost 2 years ago, and no roots have went through. I think that we will get another year out of it, it’s left out at least 6 months a year in full sun long hours of the day in North Carolina. Sun here is very damaging to anything plastic or rubber.


#633

That’s a good price. I realized that already. I’ll buy a few when I have some walking around money.

Dax


#634

Fertilizer question: In Zone 7 should I stop fertilizing first year figs end of July? Hoping the fertilizer beefs up the roots to better survive winter. Am using fish emulsion 5-1-1. Maybe I need higher phosphate for root growth?


#635

You should stop now. What helps young figs survive winter cold is wood that’s hardened off. That’s very hard to do. They want to keep growing right into fall. That green wood has no chance. Don’t water too much or too late either. Water is just as critical if not more so.

Think about all the pictures you’ve seen of mature trees. They don’t have all that green wood going into fall. They aren’t as vigorous and as a result are more winter hardy.


#636

Thanks. So should I stop all watering say Aug. 1?


#637

In MD with normal rain yes even on a tree planted this spring. On an older tree stop watering now. You want it to stop growing no later than August but not drop it’s leaves.


#638

Are your figs in pots? If so how are you overwintering them? How big are the pots?

For mine in pots, mainly 5g SIPs (and I am north of you with a shorter growing season), I fertilize till the end of July and water whenever needed based on dry potting media. Hot dry weather in August and Sept without adequate root moisture would not be ideal for younger figs in small pots. I have the advantage of a storage area that I can keep from getting too cold, however, and even if some of the later growth is a little green at dormancy it does not get damaged. If you have a storage area that freezes, then follow Steve’s advice regarding fertilizer.


#639

Mine are all in-ground.


#640

Man, this is really helpful. Thank you.