What is new at Figs 4 Fun


It is my hope to be able to make periodic contributions here which reflect my ongoing experiences and experiments with figs. I have scaled down nursery operations and I am more focused on meeting the plant needs of local customers and putting more emphasis on education and demonstration for those people. This will get me closer to my roots and passion.

June 2020

Here is a NEW LINK to The Fig by Ira Condit. The old online book has disappeared.

I didn't have enough wood to make a wedge graft, so did a modified chip bud graft by cutting the bud off the scion and then cutting a matching notch in the root stock, and wrapping it with green nursery tape for about 6 weeks until it was healed together. I then removed the nursery tape and retied it only above and below the graft, leaving the bud exposed and free to sprout.
The bud is beginning to sprout. This is a weaker joint than the wedge graft because it is only connected a few cells thick at the union. The new growth will need to be supported for the first year until the graft union forms more and thicker wood. It is an alternative way to graft when there is limited amount of scion, but, unlike a T-bud, it does not require the the bark be "slipping".
The new buds and growth will easily penetrate through the parafilm, so there is no need to remove it.
After the graft has healed together, the new growth will progress as if it was from a bud on an established plant.
There is no need to remove the green nursery tape. The graft union is very thin and tender at this stage. the nursery tape will help provide more strength through the first growing season. It will stretch enough to allow the plant to continue to expand.

Another example of bud break.
The stumping experiment is progressing quite well. You can see how the branching has formed from the three buds at the top of the stump.
In late May, the shoots are between 18" and 30". I had to tie them up because they were growing so quickly that they were too soft to support their own weight.
A couple weeks later they are growing exponentially.
The tops of the shoots have reached about 7-1/2' from the ground. The stump was a little less that 4' to begin with.
Large cutting experiment. This has been progressing well with some amazing results. Not all cuttings have progressed at the same rate, but some are growing so fast you can almost watch them do it.
Also intersesting is the size of the growth. Some of the growth is 3/8" or larger and appears to be more like growth on an established tree, rather than the lighter growth that often forms on small cuttings. Perhaps the large cuttings "think" they are part of a larger tree, or maybe just have more stored energy. This pix is about three weeks after the one above.
This third picture is the most agressive example (which happens to be a Paradiso).
The extra large cuttings I experimented with this season were stored upside down. This is a bundle of Panache cuttings which rooted like crazy. Most of the rest of the cuttings showed little or no root growth. However, as in the example of the Paradiso cutting above, many of the cuttings have exploded in growth.
The accidental espalier experiment continues. Growth from each node is now about 12" long. Those closest to the roots are somewhat longer, and those further from the roots are a bit shorter.
And finally, my entrant in the large leaf contest this season. More than 12" across.
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