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Old August 6, 2016   #16
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Here are my Black Jacks
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Old August 15, 2016   #17
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I prune the roots every 2 years. At the least, you should prune every 3 years. Any of you on Figs4fun?
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Old August 16, 2016   #18
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I am not currently on Figs4fun, but it sounds familiar.

Here are some Figsnotforfun.
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Old August 16, 2016   #19
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At least it kept them away from the tomatoes! That rat is gone now, RIP.
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Old August 20, 2016   #20
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I have a very dumb question... why after only 1 day after harvest, my figs shrink to half their size? Does it matter that I have them sitting on my counter?
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Old August 20, 2016   #21
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I don't notice any shrinkage on mine, even after overnight on the counter. Could it be your variety?
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Here are 3 Chicago Hardy figs that I overwintered from last year (bought at Lowes on sale) I picked up another fig variety very early in the season and it is finally leafing out after living outdoors in the garden center thru our cold spring.

Since we went from cold to late summer weather, I didn't know when to jump in and acclimate them to outdoors. Do you think it is worth taking them outside this late in the season. They seem to be happy and producing in a south high-e glass window.
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I've read that it's best to get the plants outside once any danger of frost is past and before they break dormancy. If yours never went dormant, then I'm not sure if they would need acclimating or not. Maybe someone else with more experience will chime in.

As to whether or not you take them out at all, I think it depends on whether or not you want them to go dormant in the winter or if you want to try to keep them going year round. Although I've read many articles that have said they will not produce a good crop if kept indoors.

Once mine dropped all its leaves last fall, it spent the winter wrapped up in a cocoon of row cover fabric topped with a couple of old shirts out in our unheated shed. I think I pulled it out at the start of May and it broke dormancy about the middle of the month. It's been growing like crazy since then. As it's a little lopsided, I pinched the tips out on the taller branches yesterday to let the branches on the shorter side catch up.

And last weekend my dad gifted me rooted cuttings from both his fig tree varieties, so now I have three. These two are descendants from cuttings brought over from Italy over 50 years ago and he has no idea what varieties they are, but one produces black figs and the other green ones.
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I would put them out now. Start off with a week in full shade, a week in partial shade, then on to sun. Potted figs produce best with a period of dormancy, especially in the NE.

I pinched all my figs about 3 weeks ago and they're pushing a lot of figs right now. I have about 50 potted figs that are about 2-3 years old, so hopefully they keep it up - good weather, no pests/birds, whatever.
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I've read that it's best to get the plants outside once any danger of frost is past and before they break dormancy. If yours never went dormant, then I'm not sure if they would need acclimating or not. Maybe someone else with more experience will chime in.

As to whether or not you take them out at all, I think it depends on whether or not you want them to go dormant in the winter or if you want to try to keep them going year round. Although I've read many articles that have said they will not produce a good crop if kept indoors.

Once mine dropped all its leaves last fall, it spent the winter wrapped up in a cocoon of row cover fabric topped with a couple of old shirts out in our unheated shed. I think I pulled it out at the start of May and it broke dormancy about the middle of the month. It's been growing like crazy since then. As it's a little lopsided, I pinched the tips out on the taller branches yesterday to let the branches on the shorter side catch up.

And last weekend my dad gifted me rooted cuttings from both his fig tree varieties, so now I have three. These two are descendants from cuttings brought over from Italy over 50 years ago and he has no idea what varieties they are, but one produces black figs and the other green ones.
Cool - figs with family history!
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Cool - figs with family history!


I know! Both excited and nervous as dad does not readily gift things he's passionate about. He has several potted and a couple of in-ground trees and I guess he's decided someone needs to be trained to eventually take over their care as he is now in his mid-80's.

The Hardy Chicago tree is my practice run and so far I guess I'm doing okay as it's showing signs of fruiting. The two cuttings are also growing like weeds.
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