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Elruge

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Picked my first Ronde De Bordeaux today. Maybe not early for southern Texas but a month early for me in coastal southern Hampshire. Pot grown in a greenhouse with no extra heat.
Last year I used heat to start them early and the earliest fruit was lattarula a month later.
The RdB was small but ripe with the true berry taste, so I am one happy bunny and I even tempted my other half to a small nibble (that's the last picture after the nibble).

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Hardiness zone 9, Heat zone  2 or 3 in a good summer (greenhouse makes all the difference to varieties I can ripen)
Growing white marseilles, col de dame blanc, noire de caromb, madeleine des deux saisons, pingo de mel, brown turkey, ronde de bordeaux, rouge de bordeaux, petite negri, sucre vert and sultane.

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First figs in the U.K.!,I have some that haven't even leafed out yet,LOL,mine are all outside so there is the problem.Congrats John,RdB is early but this is EARLY.That greenhouse has made all the difference,I wish I had room for one of those,I'm guessing the warm April has helped as well.What other figs do you grow?
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Loads on my BT and some other in the greenhouse but nowhere near ready lol. Congrats!
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Hi Haroon and Kelo

I think I was fortunate here on the south coast that we had an early, practically frost free and sunny Spring which meant that even though they started into growth later because I didn't supply any extra heat, my figs soon caught up and went ahead of last year.
Kelo my brown turkey has a decent number of breba for a pot tree, but they're still green.
Haroon my varieties are white marseilles (lattarula) a cutting from an original in ground tree that I had over 20 years ago, col de dame blanc, noire de caromb, madeleine des deux saisons, pingo de mel (bought as sucre vert, but definitely not), brown turkey, ronde de bordeaux, rouge de bordeaux (pastilliere), petite negri, verte (green ischia), and sultane. That's going to be it as far as varieties go as I've got no more room in the greenhouse, mind you I thought the same before my last autumn buys of sultane and col de dame. Perhaps there's a PhD dissertation in the making there for someone on the compulsion of fignuts to get as many different varieties as possible.
Best of luck to both of you with your own figs this year.

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South coast UK
Hardiness zone 9, Heat zone  2 or 3 in a good summer (greenhouse makes all the difference to varieties I can ripen)
Growing white marseilles, col de dame blanc, noire de caromb, madeleine des deux saisons, pingo de mel, brown turkey, ronde de bordeaux, rouge de bordeaux, petite negri, sucre vert and sultane.
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You have some really good figs for U.K.,a very carefully selected collection(W.Marsailles,BT,MdDS,RdB,Sultane are on my short list for an in-ground half dozen) and some real quality figs for the rest. For some of the others I don't think I could get them to ripen up here without a lot of help,the south coast seems to be almost a Zone warmer than here in the West Midlands
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Haroon,Birmingham U.K,Europe,zone 8

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Wish List:Improved Celeste, Alma, Smith, Sultane, MBVS, Mission, Brooklyn White, Becane,LdA,Negronne,Petite Negri,LSU Champaign ,Lampeira Preta

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I need a bigger garden, say, Aberdeenshire..... On my 78th fig variety now. I can't locate two of them because there are fields of pots with sticks in 'em. I'll find them yet or it will be an excuse to buy them again. :)

My BT's are green but growing fast; this time next year they might be ready lol

Haroon, did you get Wuhan and Mei Li Ya in Europe? Are they any good?

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I got both this winter as cuttings,Wuhan is growing nicely and should be outside when the weather improves,Mei Li Ya is languising ATM,managed to save 1 bud,now rooted on its side so we will see,had a few more but they didn't make it.No fruit obviously as plants are very young,I got mine from a fellow U.K. forum member Pieman,I believe he got his from China
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Growing:40+ varieties
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Ah ok, cheers.

I bought a small Jerusalem but I doubt if it'll make it, not one bud in sight, but it was only 6.99 so no great loss. Not one of my Kadotas has taken so might have to buy a tree. Most of everything else is doing fine but it's when you have only one of something, the expensive one, that keeps your nerves keen!

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Nice, I'm hoping to get some decent brebas in 3-4 weeks time as usual. My greenhouse is packed with main crop varieties and I saw few mains forming on Bourjasotte Grise, Col de dame blanc and gris, Madeira Black, Black Madeira, Grigio and sucrette. There must be few more but it's so nice to experience global warming lol. The only disappointment is that after 7 years of none to very little leaf curl, this season my peach trees all 9 got badly infected by the leaf curl, I took off like 400 little peachelets to let them recover .
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Kelo,I also have the same Jerusalem(must be,it was just as cheap),it survived the winter with frost damage to the tip,effectively pinched it for me.It did form a couple of embryonic figs but I think the squirrels had a nibble so no fruit this year which is fine,it needs to establish anyway and has now branched.

Vinny,it sounds like the varieties you expect to ripen mains are a similar mix to last season,it's good to hear some of those varieties ripen mains consistently here. I have all sorts of curl going on,I think this weird weather must be a factor,Apricot,some pear and some apple-just great LOL

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Wish List:Improved Celeste, Alma, Smith, Sultane, MBVS, Mission, Brooklyn White, Becane,LdA,Negronne,Petite Negri,LSU Champaign ,Lampeira Preta

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Kelo,you can get Kadota plants in the U.K.Ive ordered from GB-online,good size well branched healthy tree,all these are proper plantsmen who grow their own stock-not like where the Jerusalem fig trees come from

http://www.gb-online.co.uk/prestashop/category.php?id_category=118

http://www.talatonplants.co.uk/kadota%2D%2D%2Dfig%2Dtree%7E570

http://www.rvroger.co.uk/index.php?linksource=stockitem&listgroupfile=%&parentpagefile=opengroundfruit&season=MAIN&webfilename=fig_kadota

http://www.blackmoor.co.uk/m/products/15410

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Haroon,Birmingham U.K,Europe,zone 8

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Wish List:Improved Celeste, Alma, Smith, Sultane, MBVS, Mission, Brooklyn White, Becane,LdA,Negronne,Petite Negri,LSU Champaign ,Lampeira Preta

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Thank you, Haroon. Yes, it was just a cheapy. There is cambium on the bottom half of the stem so I'll give it every chance. There are two or three other cuttings that look like they have died but I'll keep them, too, and see what happens in a few months.

I wonder where all of these company's get their delivery rate from. Some are £4.99 while others are over £20.00. Apparently, the Royal Mail in one of its options has me in the Highlands, I'm not, other Royal Mail users don't have me in the Highlands. The 4.99 usually arrives 2 - 3 days later while the 20.00 can take 5!?


Thank you for the links, I've had a look around them before. Have you tried https://www.agroforestry.co.uk/product-category/plants/top-fruit/figs/ ?  I haven't heard of the Tayip, spelled Tayyip, also, when I Googled them.



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They never have any stock,I guess it's best to reserve but I'm impatient.Tayip 1&2 are probably unknowns from Turkey,Tayip isn't a place it's a mans name,as in Racep tayyap Erdogan(Turkish president),its the Turkish version of the Arabic name Tayyab which means 'pure'
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Aha! Thank you. I hadn't taken into account that it could be a name of a person rather than an area.

I had to order mine, too, but since I need to extend my greenhouse, by several hundred yards, I have time to wait lol.

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Vinny, thanks for the PM.
Sorry to hear about the leaf curl, that's the reason I don't grow any peaches in my fruit cage. That plus the fact that it's already full with 25 gooseberries, 9 blueberries and 2 cherries. Yes I know 25 gooseberries is a bit overkill, but I wanted to see whether the old varieties actually have a better flavour than modern ones. I'm waiting for a first crop from most of them in the next couple of months and will weed out the taste test failures, that's if the dreaded gooseberry sawfly doesn't finish the leaf stripping job it half managed in march/April.
Anyway I do have 3 pot grown peaches in the greenhouse, one of which "springtime" should be ready in the next couple of weeks. I also have an potted apricot grown from a stone which after a good few years finally has 2 fruits on it. It was in last chance saloon dumped if it produced nothing this year. You don't get leaf curl under glass but spider mite and scale can be a problem. There's always something out to spoil the party. Couple of images of peach and apricot below.

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South coast UK
Hardiness zone 9, Heat zone  2 or 3 in a good summer (greenhouse makes all the difference to varieties I can ripen)
Growing white marseilles, col de dame blanc, noire de caromb, madeleine des deux saisons, pingo de mel, brown turkey, ronde de bordeaux, rouge de bordeaux, petite negri, sucre vert and sultane.

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"Tayip" is the fig donated by Tayip Demir who used to live in London. He got few early Turkish figs growing in his garden. 
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OK, thank you, Vinny.
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