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East Southern Fig Gathering

posted by: GRamaley on 02.01.2014 at 08:20 pm in Fig Forum

Greeting all fig lovers, I will be hosting the first annual East Southern Fig Gig. I live in Fort Mill SC. The planned date is August 23rd. We have a speaker coming to talk about soil, figs and container growing. There will be cuttings and tree swaps, fig tasting ( everyone is welcome to bring their favorite fig dish) games and door prizes. It should be a great day of figgy fun. For more info and to make suggestions on things you'd like to see happen please feel free to contact me.


clipped on: 03.11.2014 at 11:35 pm    last updated on: 03.11.2014 at 11:35 pm

fall winter - spray - disease treatment

posted by: mes111 on 10.17.2013 at 09:57 pm in Fruit & Orchards Forum

As winter preparations begin I would like to start a thread about what we can and should do now to fight the diseases we will have to deal with next spring.

A similar thread in the spring with contributions from Harvestman and others was really helpful to me this year.




This post was edited by mes111 on Fri, Oct 18, 13 at 7:21


clipped on: 10.20.2013 at 01:57 am    last updated on: 10.20.2013 at 01:57 am

How dry is too dry on hand watering various fruits and nuts?

posted by: meredith_e on 06.06.2013 at 07:02 pm in Fruit & Orchards Forum

At the moment, we are having too much rain, but it brought up a question. Before all the rain came, we were dry for a long while. I knew the rain was coming in 2 days, but I was afraid of letting my trees get too dry (like deadly dry) first. So I watered, but not deeply.

No foliage was wilting, but is that waiting too long if it does? Or is that just right before supplemental watering?

Then the specifics: The trees are all young, most as whips last year, with cherries and plums as new whips this year. The soil drains well only because it is sloped. Eventually the roots will hit red clay. The first couple of feet are amended for drainage and general texture.

I hate giving a big ol' list, but if anyone has tips on how dry is too dry for any of the following, please let me know :)

And if it's different for young trees versus trees meant to bear, please tell me:

Almond (All-in-One)
Native Filberts (not cultivars)
European pears
Japanese Plums
Duke Cherry (Sweet x Sour)
Sour Cherry
Canadian cherry 'Carmine Jewel'

We get some droughts in the summer where it's possible to be bone-dry for many days, so I have to get it right in my mind how dry they like it best. I don't want to hurt them either way! Thanks so much :)


clipped on: 06.07.2013 at 02:50 pm    last updated on: 06.07.2013 at 02:50 pm

Don't give up on that cutting!

posted by: snaglpus on 04.28.2010 at 12:31 pm in Fig Forum

Good day, I would like to know when do you finally give up on cuttings? And what are your sign the cutting is dead? As for me, it depends! On the 1st of March, I started a bunch of cuttings, Gold Celeste, Latturala, Parasido, Sal's, Atreano, White Marseilles, Unknown Yellow, Black Madeira, King, White Gem, Susser Georg and a few others. I carefully watched and cared for them daily. Well as you know, some cultivars just take root faster than others. Others are more sensitive, need more heat, less heat, less water, more water, etc. Well, one week ago I removed 3 Parasido cuttings and 3 Sal's cuttings from the bin. I did not see any roots and they looked liked they were dry and dead...I mean real dry.
Anyway, I watered them and placed them directly on my heating pad. I have an extra large heat pad with the metal bar keeping containers from touching it. I was so mad at these cutting and sure these 6 cutting were dead.

Well this week and after the remaining 30+ cuttings were showing some roots, I repotted them. There were 7 that did not show roots from what I could see but they were not dead (not leafed out yet). I decided to repot them anyway and it was a good thing I did! When I removed them from the bottle, they had roots but they had not reached the side of the bottle. I repotted them. One of the Celeste cuttings I got from Jon was 80% covered in my special superpot (I'll explain later) had hundreds of 2 inch roots sticking out all the way up the cutting but no leaves. I'm glad I checked them.

Well I forgot about the 6 sitting directly on my heat pad. I picked up one of them and noticed it had 3, 4 inch roots and half way down in the bottle it had a 3 inch branch growing and sticking out the side! I could not believe it! I checked the others and the same thing happened, roots and branches! From the top of the cutting down to the soil it looked dead and dry. So, how did this happen? Here is my theory. There was a temperature change over the past 4 weeks. We went from having 80 degree weather in March to having 70 and 60 degree weather by day and 40s at night in April. Plus my house temperature dropped from 77 degrees to 70 degrees. The heat pad kept them warm but the air temperature dropped. However I noticed something about those cuttings too.

When they arrived, I noticed some of the leaf nodes were half way down the cutting. I had an idea. I wasn't sure it would work but I tried it anyway. What if the cutting rooted and leafed out from the side at the leaf node? How would it survive without air? So, I made holes all over my plactic cup including the bottom...creating kinda a Superpot. I made sure my soil was light and airy using truface (perlite works too) and UPM and watered them every 3 or 4 days. I only watered the cuttings from the holes on the side until water dripped from the bottom. This gave the cutting more air and allowed it to breathe constantly and I watered it only when it was a little dry. Weeks later, I had roots coming out of the holes on the bottom and sides and sometimes straight from the top. I think this helped those dead cutting come back to life plus the extra heat.

Well I wasn't planning on keeping those 7 undead cuttings. I did not have have any more pots. So I went to the farmer's market and bought 50 of those tall clear 32 oz plastic containers you put dry goods in. I made holes all around the container and bottom, added my 60/40 soil, added the cuttings and place them in my greenhouse. I know they will grow well.

So, the moral of the story is don't give up on those cuttings! Cheers, Dennis


clipped on: 06.06.2013 at 08:26 pm    last updated on: 06.06.2013 at 08:26 pm

'Clementina Carbonieri' Please tell me about..

posted by: luxrosa on 11.27.2007 at 06:27 pm in Antique Roses Forum

Please tell me about "C.C."s health, and how tall a plant it will grow to be, and what hues I can expect from it.

Health is an issue, because where I live powdery mildew is a big problem in spring, and blackspot is a moderate problem in autumn.

I already grow, and love, "Mme. Berkeley" "Comtesse Emmeline de Guigne" and "Duchess Brabant" and am looking for a richer hued Tea to add to my garden.

Thank you,



clipped on: 03.21.2013 at 12:55 am    last updated on: 03.21.2013 at 12:56 am

Modern Green Roses?

posted by: butterflylion on 02.02.2011 at 11:16 pm in Roses Forum

At the grocery store today I saw bouquets of green roses. They had lots of petals and were green. Does anyone know what variety they were? Where can I buy a plant?

Here is a link that might be useful: Green Roses Bouquet


clipped on: 02.03.2011 at 10:44 pm    last updated on: 02.03.2011 at 10:44 pm

Hate to ask. Can you tell me how to prune?

posted by: sherryocala on 01.17.2011 at 05:44 pm in Antique Roses Forum

One of my rose friends pruned over the weekend (for some reason I thought we did it on Valentine's Day, but I guess not), so I guess I need to prune some of my roses. I don't think I'm actually going to prune the teas and SdlM's, just clean them up, but polyanthas and climbers I'm unsure about. Here's my list. Fill in the blanks, please.

Clotilde Soupert -
Louis Philippe -
White Pet -
Gruss an Aachens (won't be much left after a prune) -
Sally Holmes (1-1/2 yo) -
Etoile de Mai (only 1 yr old) -
Cornelia -
Blush Noisette (almost 2 yo) -
Red Cascade -

Le Vesuve is the most densely caned rose I've ever seen. It looks like a problem to me. Should he be thinned or will that just make matters worse when (if) he responds with umbrella growth. I'm afraid that's what Louis Philippe will do, too. LP is 4 yrs old and about 6', but I really don't want him that big to start the year.

Lauren -
Cal Poly -
Sweet Chariot -
Anda -
Softee -

Duchesse d'Auerstadt
Reve d'Or
Climbing Pinkie (just planted in Sept, has frozen tips) -
Aloha (thinking of using Malcolm's technique of stair-stepping. It's just a 5' tall totem pole with maybe 4 canes.) -

Thanks all!!


Here is a link that might be useful: If only sweat were irrigation...


clipped on: 01.17.2011 at 06:01 pm    last updated on: 01.17.2011 at 06:01 pm

Is this Reve d'Or?

posted by: rosefolly on 01.17.2011 at 12:05 pm in Antique Roses Forum

On my recent trip I took pictures of a magnificent tea-noisette. It vaguely resembles the Reve d'Or I grow in my own garden, and I suspect it may be that. If it is, then I have something to aspire to. If it is something else, then I have a rose to track down and acquire. Unfortunately, identifying roses is not a particularly strong skill with me. Second opinions, please?

Two of these pictures repeat from the other thread, but I'm adding some closeups of leaves and stipules.

Tea-Noisette in Tea Anau



Finally, the entire plant, as people frequently request.

Tea Noisette in Te Anau



clipped on: 01.17.2011 at 05:58 pm    last updated on: 01.17.2011 at 05:58 pm

Pruning and Training Ramblers

posted by: hartwood on 01.01.2011 at 09:26 pm in Antique Roses Forum

The weather here in Virginia has been unseasonably mild for the past two days ... high 50's both days with sun yesterday, and clouds today. It was perfect weather to shake off some cabin fever and go outside and prune the Ramblers.

I took photos as I was working with Albertine, since I figured this rose would show best what I do when I prune her. Francois Juranville and Aviateur Bleriot were a tangled mess, and my photos of these don't show anything useful. I put up a post on my blog a little while ago, with instructions to help demystify what I do to keep my Ramblers in bounds.

It felt so good to get outside for a couple of days and accomplish so much!

Here is a link that might be useful: How I Prune and Train Ramblers


clipped on: 01.08.2011 at 02:22 am    last updated on: 01.08.2011 at 02:22 am