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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #91
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Hey Drew, pass these pics around to the fig community and try to help identify this type of fig tree.

Here's a few pics of my uncles tree and figs, He said the Spring crop of figs is bigger and I can attest to that. They weren't breba figs either, this was a full crop of figs with the tree loaded. If I'm correct the breba crop is less than main crop. ??

The last two pics are from the tree I started last fall and planted this Spring.

Any idea what this tree could be?
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I don't know what it is, but I will ask around. Yes breba is a smaller crop.
So did your Uncle bring it here? Anything you know about the tree could help. Where is it growing? And so that small tree is your clone of the tree?
LA has a long history with figs. I have only been in LA once. Had a great time. Another grower from LA sent me some cuttings of some of the LSU figs and yet another sent me Louisiana Green Honey. A found fig, many exist in that state. Also LSU left a lot of test trees that never made it to being named. many of those going around too.
Your fig looks unique, good shots of the fruit and leaves. I will get back to you if any of the experts know what it is. They may not? I'll trade cuttings for it any time. Anyway see what I can find out....
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Default Two boys from Tennessee

Two boys from Tennessee were with me next to a fig tree loaded with ripe and unripe figs.
"What are these?" 'one proclaimed.
They are figs.
What are figs?
They are a fruit.
I picked a ripe one and ate it.
The others said they are soft and rotten and picked the firm ones to eat.
I wouldn't do that, I said.
But not listening to me they ate the ones that still had the white latex in them.

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All I know is what he told me about the tree. About 25 years ago he was working at a sheet metal fab shop in Lafayette La and an old guy came in asking for sheet metal to plug holes in his barn and my uncle gave him a bunch of scraps. A few days later the old guy came back and brought him the tree for the metal. He said he breed the tree in Lafayette. He's never seen the guy again.

Yes that small tree is a clone, I grew it through winter in the greenhouse and planted it in Spring. One thing I noticed about transplanting fig trees is they grow fast if I use dried kelp in the planting hole. I used Maxi-Crop kelp meal.


I was on Fig4Fun a while before it got taken down. I know Gene from Houma from another site. I also bought cutting from Tohomaguy2 on ourfigs. I can't remember what he sent and the tags have worn off. I know it was Black Mission, Desert King and 3 others. Maybe I'll shoot him an email and see if he remembers.

I'm up for a trade, I took cuttings yesterday from his tree. If possible I'd like to find a dark fig with a closed eye when ripe. We always have rains right at harvest time and Celeste isn't great at that.
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One that fits that bill is Red Lebanese Bekaa Valley. It is a very good dark fig. Eye is tight, resists rain, humidity and dew very well. Top 5 fig here. I probably have other good ones, but they are too new to me to observe all characteristics. I have had the Bekaa 4 years now.
Mt Etna types resist splitting too, such as the common Hardy Chicago. I have many others Sal's EL, MBVS, and Malta Black are my favorite Mt Etna types. I will send PM.

We also have the black figs but most split easy, still testing about 4 of them to see what works best here.
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Default I feel like singing about figs!

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding
Oh, bring us some figgy pudding
Oh, bring us some figgy pudding
And bring it right here.

Etc., etc., etc.

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