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Just wanted to share a few random pictures of some of my figs from last summer.

First up is a picture of a Brown Turkey I bought from Tractor Supply a couple seasons ago:

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This one is called Baskinta Purple. Flavor wasn't real memorable but this is its first year producing:

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This is Bakio. An unknown variety that originates from Spain. I had taken more pictures of this one but this is really the only picture that came out clear enough to tell anything about it:

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hope you don't mind if i put a pix on this thread. it's Black Madeira, only one that ripen properly last yr. i wasn't exactly impressed with the taste. 

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Here are some pics of Sicilian Black. Can't recall who I got this one from at the moment. I may have it recorded somewhere but not sure where. Would have to do some searching around to retrieve that bit of info. 

I do recall this be a very good fig though. Will have to give it some more attention this year so I can sample some more fruit :) .

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No problem at all Pete. It's all about sharing - especially the pictures ;) .
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Seem to be having trouble posting more than one pic per post. Any suggestions?

Here's another shot of my Sicilian Black:

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Got it. Here are the rest of the Sicilian Black pictures:


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Here are some of Mario's figs with MBVS on the plate for comparison:


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Dammit, Bill, now I have to revise my cutting list to Jon.
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Bill, any Haikel pictures from last season?
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Hey Dale. It's the least I can do for Jon ;) .

Andy. The only pics of Haikel that would be worth a darn would be of the larger parent trees that aren't growing on my property. I didn't get the chance to take any pics last summer though. Haikel seems to be a slow grower early on and my little tree gets chopped on so much I doubt it will ever get very big. I just can't resist sharing cuttings when I have them. So nothing new or special on it right now.

I'm hoping this summer I'll get the chance to go by the Doctor's office I know of that has a large Haikel behind their practice. I offered them some tips on care and that tree seems to have responded very well to a little fertilizer, lime, and mulch. If we weren't having such a cold winter this year, I would have expected that tree to have an exceptionally abundant Breba crop this spring. It was covered with so many small lateral branches this fall I'm sure the breba crop would have been nice. Just not so sure now because of the extra low temps we've had for so long this winter. Hopefully I'll get surprised. We'll see.

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That Paradiso Fig sure is Pretty. I am lookin to grow only the best, meaning flavor, but good looks helps...LOL   
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Armando. 
Just to clarify. That fig noted as Paradiso Nero is actually Acciano. Early on, Acciano was mislabeled as Paradiso Nero.

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bill, does that mean mario has Paradiso Nero and Acciano and mislabeled them? or he only has Acciano? 
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Thanks Bill,
My Haikel that I got from Jon last year isn't the fastest grower either, but I am looking forward to it as much as Salce and Acciano all the same.

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Pete,
Paradiso Nero IS Acciano. Mario mistakenly started out calling Acciano, "Paradiso Nero". When he visited his family in Italy last summer, apparently, they were quick to set him straight on this fact. Therefore the name Paradiso Nero doesn't apply to any fig Mario has. It was erroneous from the start.

Andy,
Even though it may be slow to get established, it should respond well to fert & lime. So, if you feel yours could take a little fertilizer this spring, then I'd say go for it. Just don't over-do it of course. 

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I think your first picture may be an English BT, or Eastern BT, good fig
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Thanks Danny. I've learned from most folks here that you can never be sure what you've got when you buy fig trees from the "big box" stores. I picked up two of them at the time just because they were such large tree for the price. Most were multi-trunk and about 3-5' for $20 each. Couldn't resist.

The BT above has the Sicilian Black grafted to one side. If it survives the winter I will air-layer it in May & get it going on it's own roots.

The Sicilian Black tasted far better than the BT by the way :). If BT was the only fig a person had and didn't know there were some out there that are so much better, then that would make BT the best fig they ever tasted! I'm so glad that I've seen the light :-))).

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Bill,
My Baskinta Purple is just a couple years older and was fantastic.

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Bill, which graft technique did you use? (Just curious about which might be most reliable method.) Thanks!
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Good to hear it Micheal. I need to give mine more attention this year. I'd like to see some better growth on mine & a few more figs would be nice ;) .

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90% or more of the grafts I've done have been the cleft graft. It seems to be one of the simplest grafts & I've had very good success with it. The one I've tried second most had been the T-bud. I've had far more failures with that one which, by default, has had me going back to my "old reliable" cleft graft more often than not.

I've also done some saddle grafting with good results. In fact, I like the saddle graft better and I feel it makes an even better union than the cleft. It just feels a little more cumbersome to perform for me so , again, I fall back on the cleft.

I've relied on grafting mostly where I have very limited material of something I view as rare or special to me. My most successful saddle graft would have to be, hands down, this graft I did of one of gorgi's GM #175.

Here's a pic of GM #175 producing for the first time this past Sept. I'm sure I took pics of the ripe fruit but I'm not finding them at the moment:

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Thanks for posting the 2013 pictures Bill its always nice to see others pictures.
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You're welcome Martin. It's nice looking at pictures this time of year from when the weather was warmer :) .

I have a bunch more pictures somewhere but I'm having a hard time tracking them down. Too many pics on file. Need to weed through & delete a bunch :-}.



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Good job Bill!
If all goes well, here is how your GM175 fruit should look like:
(not sure why them duplicate pics?!?)

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DSC03304_175.jpg DSC03334.JPG DSC03320.JPG DSC03320.JPG DSC03336.JPG 


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George - Jon does not have that fig GM#175 listed on his database, and I have tried searching the forum using google, and am not finding any relavent info on that fig.  Can you give some history and info on it?  I can imagine how good those must taste!
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Hey Gorgi, thanks for posting the pictures of GM175- it looks like a great fig, how does it taste? I like the longer appearance to the neck
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Here are a few photos of an unknown that I got at the fig festival at Bass's house last spring that was pretty good
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George,
Thank you for posting those beautiful pictures. Nice to see what it might have in store for me. Those pics are just what we all need to see right now considering the cold winter we've had :-) ! Not to be greedy, but do you have any shots of the parent tree? 

I hope I get to see some more fruits on this one this summer. I know it's a bit early to say yet, but it seems to hint at being a very productive variety (hoping anyway). On my small tree, the fruit seemed to take a long time to ripen though. Could be due to it being a young tree or could be that it's going to be a late variety - or both - or neither (just too young to say right now). I'm hoping a little TLC will help it to get an earlier start this year. It's buried under a thick layer of mulch right now. 

Ed,
Aside from what you see in the pictures above and what I've just said about it, you may not find much more on this one yet. Guess it depends on whether George sent cuttings to other folks of this one. Also depends on if they succeeded at growing it or not. If I recall correctly, I didn't even get this one directly from George. Someone else had rec'd some of George's GM varieties and we ended up doing some swaps for varieties we each hadn't gotten yet = equitable trade ;) . All said & done I still only succeeded with 3 varieties out of all of them :( . Hopefully I'll have more to report later this year on the other two.

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Sorry Bill,

I do not have a (digital) pic of the mother tree, but I have a clear one still in my (getting older) memory.
It lives on a tiny island in the Med Sea.
Very close to sea-water on public land and a sloping arid/rocky end.
Ground (wind pruned?) hugging (~10-12' wide dome and not more than ~zero-6' high) loaded&loaded with figs.
Fruit was rather small/medium size  (ref coin is ~1" diameter); possibly b/c of the growing conditions and/or amount of fruit.
A sole/lone fig tree growing within far-eyesight.
Not sure how it got there - was it planted there, or was it a result of some bird-poop?
I tend to 'lump' it with what is locally known as the (Black) 'Farkizzan' type-of-fig;
(yes, there are also White and Red variants).
If so, no caprification is required. Note the ribbed fruit skin.

I distributed twigs to quite a few fig-people.
I do not remember who - and I do not know which/what succeeded...
I do have a small one growing in a pot - and you are way ahead of me!

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No problem George. It's interesting that you mention that the mother tree seemed to be "ground-hugging". I wonder if this is going to be a characteristic of the variety? I ask this because my little tree seems to be growing out in two directions sort of parallel to the ground (so far anyway). Made me think of how it might make a nice espalier growing like that.

It's also good to know that the momma tree is productive. I hope this proves true in our orchards as well. As you can see from the picture, mine did have quite a few fruit on it for its first year producing. Too bad most of them didn't have time to ripen though. Obviously caprification is not required though because a couple of them did get ripe enough to sample. Can't say the flavor stood out to me though. It is still a young tree.....

I'm glad to hear you have one still going too George. Maybe you should move it up the priority ladder a little. She seems like she may turn out to be a special one - I have high hopes for her anyway ;) .

Hopefully some of those other folks have secured this one in their collection also. Maybe I could start a separate thread just to ask who has it growing?  

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I thought it was GM #175.  Milena? I don't follow  - ??  Otherwise, I think it's a popular Slavic name :) .
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Bill-see the thread about his twin granddaughters. He wants to name the fig after one :)
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G, please do not name your GM 175 after a 2nd rate coffee outfit (Melita aka Melitta).

I vote for MILENA!

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Ooooohhh....  Now I follow :-) .

Why not George. Both are sweet and beautiful, right?   But only one of them has the ability to grow up and break hearts - lol!

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George, I think that is a great move!
I do not see GM-175 in Jon's database. Possibly he has it but not recorded(he's not that busy,is he?), but someone should be sure he gets that into his collection.
And I am putting in a request for cuttings when someone gets a tree big enough to share some :)

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I also think Milena is a great name for this fig
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As of Feb 2017 GM#175 has been named "Gozo Gem".
https://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/gm175-8413645?pid=1294821656

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Gorgi, 

 Many thanks for these wonderful introductions!

The 175 looks awesome and the 172 is, thank you.

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