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Grey Pride

Post: #281119 ojay54
Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:30 am

If pride comes before a fall,I'm looking carefully for open manhole covers.

Amidst this summer of neglect and unwellness,my brown turkey,planted as a 2 yr old,18 months ago,has produced it's first ripe fig(there are 7 others which may ripen still to come).

It's funny the things that cheer you up '

I was going to put this in the 'what have you grown' thread',but the kids ate the evidence!

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Post: #281121 littlemissrose
Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:38 am

Congrats :iconbiggrin: hope this is the first of many
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Re: Grey Pride

Post: #281126 ina
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:21 am

ojay54 wrote:Amidst this summer of neglect and unwellness,my brown turkey,planted as a 2 yr old,18 months ago,has produced it's first ripe fig(there are 7 others which may ripen still to come).


This has got me puzzled. I've known turkeys produce eggs - but figs? :scratch:
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Re: Grey Pride

Post: #281131 Odsox
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:58 am

ina wrote:
ojay54 wrote:Amidst this summer of neglect and unwellness,my brown turkey,planted as a 2 yr old,18 months ago,has produced it's first ripe fig(there are 7 others which may ripen still to come).


This has got me puzzled. I've known turkeys produce eggs - but figs? :scratch:

Ah, but if you plant them they have nothing better to do. :iconbiggrin:

They're great aren't they OJ, I have one in an 8" pot, it's about 9 inches tall and produced half a dozen figs. I grew it from an "Irish" cutting from the tree that was taking over my greenhouse and had to go.
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Re: Grey Pride

Post: #281148 Green Aura
Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:24 am

Can someone tell me how to do it? (Grow figs that is :lol: )

I've killed more fig plants than I care to mention, have only had one that produced a vestigial fig (that didn't progress to the real deal). I've had different types - Brown Turkey, Sweet Marseilles, have grown them in different settings - in pots, in the house, in soil in the polytunnel, taken them outside on sunny days and still nothing. I can't tell if I'm over or under-watering them, not feeding enough or overfeeding. I'm obviously doing something wrong as although we've kept some for going two or three years we've never had a fig and they always die!

I feel cheated :banghead:

Oh, and well done OJ :angryfire:
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Post: #281150 Odsox
Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:39 am

Green Aura wrote:Can someone tell me how to do it? (Grow figs that is )

'Tis easy. Stick 'em in a pot. Pick overwintered ones in June and this year's from August to November.
What more do you need to know ? :lol:

Feed ones in pots, but don't feed when planted in the soil. Ones in pots need regular watering, but need to be almost bone dry before giving a good soak.
Oh, and remember they are Mediterranean plants not Arctic Ocean plants. :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Grey Pride

Post: #281154 Green Aura
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:11 pm

I think you mean the Atlantic, Tony :roll:

That's exactly what we've done, even down in Manchester we had no success. (I think my OH might be seeing them off - he doesn't like figs - except when he does. Boys :wink: )

I'll see how the two in the polytunnel do - they're currently buried under scrambling onion squash plants. That might not help, eh? :lol:
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Re: Grey Pride

Post: #281155 ojay54
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:16 pm

All good advice,but although they thrive in the Med,they will live outside in most of the UK .( I'm more proud of how happy it must be to be thriving so well).I've come to the conclusion that the Med conditions they REALLY need is in the growing medium.i.e. thin stoney soil.The best and biggest tree I've ever seen is not one of the many at the out-laws in Emeglia-Romagne but in a back garden in Balham,which backed on to a railway line.

They will fruit profusely if you can restrict their root run (as per Tony's pots),with our latest I used a drainage sink hole with a concrete liner that was in the patio already.If you plant one out side in say a concrete septic tank or similar,you can't go far wrong.

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Re: Grey Pride

Post: #281156 boboff
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:49 pm

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