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Hello

10 months ago I moved my fig collection that had been in pots for over 15 years from Maryland to south west Florida.

I brought in 20 yards of triple screened top soil to create raised bed/rows as the sandy soil here is deficient in required nutrients and microorganisms.

I have a 5 acre property so established an orchard of (4) 100 foot long rows.

Everything is NOW on drip irrigation which is a huge timesaver and the trees no longer get heat stressed if I miss a pot.

Each tree was removed from the pot, root pruned and the roots that had been bound for years were teased out so that they could take advantage of the new environment.

I also planted over 500 French marigolds between the trees to assist in repelling root knot nematodes which are notorious here. As they die or go to seed I just turn them into the soil and they regrow.

We had a vary mild winter here but the figs all appeared stunted and most dropped their leaves and I saw no new growth for months. I was beginning to really worry and then I realized what was happening. Each tree was expending its energy establishing a new extensive root system to support the top growth.

Now in the 11 month all of the tress are aggressively putting out new growth and a huge amount of figs.

An example is the Kadota in the picture attached has 23 figs on one branch!

Looking forward to a long flavorful summer!

Thanks to all the forum members for sharing all of their knowledge and experience which have helped Kadota Fig (23) on one branch 03-15-2017.jpg  me immeasurably.

Will




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Congratulations, Will! Looks great!
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MD to FL. Pots to Ground. Major fig happiness upgrades,
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Are those nearly ripe figs on the bottom of that branch in mid March?
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Yes, slightly soft to the touch........about 5-7 days away from perfect!
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Oh wow your trees look great. I have just started having leaves push out and I'm in SoCal. Granted, I bought the plants dormant just 2 weeks ago. 
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Congratulations! Very nice.
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We're more than 3 months away from that here in NJ. Happy Figging.
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Congrats your trees look happy to their new location.
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Hello Will 20170321_084622.jpg 
I saw your picture with 23 figs and noted that the figs seemed to have same length . So they all started growing at same time, except of those of the bottom slightly earlier. That's possible with brebas appearing from the last year's wood. I 've seen same fact on a fig tree in my town (south of France) this morning, with 15 brebas on same branch. Do you confirm that your picture shows brebas ?
The point difficult to understand : how to explain why all your 23 figs stayed at latent stage last season ?

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Hi Bernard

You are correct the 4 at the bottom are brebas, all of the rest are on the branch that recently grew VERY fast.

I ate the 4 yesterday, VERY sweet honey flavored.

Yours look great also!

Happy Figging,

Will
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