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Hi, thanks for having me on the group.  I'm about as much of a newbie as one could possibly be.  I recently ordered Ronde de Bordeaux cuttings from a member of the group and am looking forward to learning all things fig related!  My family is from Italy though I was born stateside.  We always had fig trees in the yard growing up.  Now that my father is older, it is hard for him to keep up with the fig care and maintenance and so consequently the trees he had have now died.  I am hoping to start a new tradition in my garden.  I am an avid vegetable gardener but have a lot to learn about figs so I thank you in advance for all the tips and info I'm sure I will find here.  

Happy growing!!

Cristina

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Welcome Cristina
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Welcome Cristina, good luck with your Ronde, great choice of variety to start with.
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Welcome aboard Cristina.

I joined here in July and have been in awe of the countless gracious and helpful people on this Forum.

Enjoy your new Fig journey !!!





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I got into figs for the same reasons, now I'm completely obsessed. Welcome to the group, lots of helpful people on here.
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Welcome, Cristina.

You are in for a great adventure.  I highly recommend researching what does well in your area and try to keep your collection to the best most productive varieties, as it always starts with just one or two figs, and then they take over your life.  LOL.  True!

Also please add your zone to your signature.  This is helpful to know when you have questions.

I would also suggest if you haven't already discovered the search feature next to the logout as well as topics pinned to the top, which provides a wealth of information for new members.



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Cristina glad to have you here!
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Welcome, Cristina.... The addiction is REAL.... be careful you don't end up trying to root 200 cuttings a season from 75 different varieties like some of us that have caught the affliction have tried to do...   :-)
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Welcome to the forum !
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Welcome to this forum Cristina
I'm from Italy myself, do you know where in Italy your family is from?

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Wallingford CT, USA zone 6a would be happy to meet and get together with other members near me.
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Welcome Cristina!!


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Welcome to the group, lot of help here for you just ask
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Welcome!  Z7 is a great place to grow figs and RdB is a great fig to start out with.  You'll want more figs of different flavors and ripening times and eventually 40 acres and 2 large greenhouses.  Best of luck!
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Welcome Cristina.  Wishing you lots of success with your RDB. Pretty sure it will be the first of your figs.  Lots of varieties and different flavors. So much fun to grow and try different things.
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Welcome to the forum! Excellent choice with rdb for our area...but it won't stop there.
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Thanks all for the warm welcome!!  I can tell this is going to be a lot of fun!  

From the sounds of it, I'd be wise to make some extra space in the garden for more than a few fig adventures! I seemed to have developed a similar "problem" with tomatoes after joining the Tomatoville forum some time ago...hmmm....

 
Mario- our family is from Campania.  Where are you from?
Shirley- thank you for the tip- I updated my signature to include zone.

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Welcome to the forum! Glad you are here.
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Welcome, from one to to the other.. They all help you Cristina here in the forum, It's wonderful. .
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Welcome, Christina!
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Welcome!  Be careful not to get carried away (well not too much).  Are you planning to grow in containers or in ground or both?

If you are planning to grow any inground, then searching the forum for info on the Mt Etna varieties should be useful - all of us northern gardeners with inground figs should have at least one - Chicago Hardy, Takoma Violet, Sal's (Gene or EL), etc.  One of those should certainly be an early choice as well.

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Welcome Cristina !!!
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Welcome Cristina to this great forum!  Since joining last fall, I have found forum members to be very generous with their knowledge, expertise, time, cuttings, etc. Growing figs is very addictive.
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Welcome to the forum, lots of great info and good people!
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Great to see you here!

Personally, I find growing figs more rewarding than growing most anything else.  It won't be long before your in your backyard picking your homegrown fruit and sharing it with your family and friends.  Nothing says love like a bowl of tree ripened figs.



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Welcome Cristina!  I love that name!

The RDB should do OK for you.  For Zone 7a I strongly suggest you get a mt. etna type fig asap to ensure you have lots of delicious black figs to eat fast.

Happy fig growing! 

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Welcome to all things Fig Christina. I am mostly a lurker and read the digest from top to bottom. I have as many figs as I have room for in my little half acre yard. But my eight  fig varieties,nine trees, are a large portion of my 25 tree orchard. Glad to have you here. Travis in South Louisiana
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Welcome and happy figging!
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Welcome to the most helpful and friendly fig forum.
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Welcome from me as well, Cristina!
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Welcome Cristina. Lot of good people and great info here.
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Welcome, Christina. I have learned so much here. There are so many knowledgeable people here. Have fun fig gardening!!
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Welcome to the forum and your new "family".
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Thanks all for the very warm welcome!!  I had hoped to be able to post some good news about my cuttings but sadly I seem to have killed them all off ((hangs head in shame)).  However I'm going to keep reading, order more, and try again.  Hopefully better luck next go-around.
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Yup, there's a little bit of a learning curve with rooting cuttings.  Try practicing on less expensive cuttings until you get the hang of it.  Occassionally members will offer cuttings at a reduced price.  One of our members, Charles (a/k/a TahomaGuy2), is offering very low priced cuttings.  Good varieties too.  He's actually the first forum member I got cuttings from.  You won't go wrong dealing with him.
https://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/newbies-1-00-cuttings-8380185

Good luck to you!


Another member offering inexpensive cuttings now is Greenfig.  Good varieties too.
https://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/have-some-2-cuttings-8437074?pid=1295088001

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Brunswick, Kadota, Ischia Green, Desert King, Osborne Prolific (slow but steady), Malta Black, Violette de Bordeaux, Texas Everbearing, Beall, White Adriatic, Nolo Pink Eyed Lady.
Rooting: Ronde de Bordeaux, Celeste, Nero 600 m, Violetta Bayernfeing, Marseilles Black VS, Celeste.
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Thank you so much!!  I'm glad it's not just me..lol!  Though I feel badly to have let those cuttings go to waste.  I do hope my next trial will be more successful.  Thanks and happy growing!!
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Cuttings are tough as a newbie, but actual plants are a lot more reliable. I know I used to buy plants from Bass at trees of joy ( highly recommended) and was much more successful air layering them ( for propagation) than rooting cuttings at first. I still ( after 7 years of rooting) prefer plants because they usually produce fruit in the first or second year. It is always a risk vs reward kind of thing. For me, I like instant results. Sometimes I think it's "cheating", but I love reaping the rewards earlier. Then again, I am one of those guys that buys tomato plant starts rather than growing them from seeds. I guess it comes down to preference. Good luck!
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Thank you, those are great tips.  If I continue to be unsuccessful with the cuttings, I may just get a few trees as well to start.  Lucky for me, both your nursery and Trees of Joy are not so far from me.  I had no idea there were so many fig enthusiasts and nurseries in the general area.
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Welcome. Glad you found us and have joined the family. Sorry to hear about your cuttings failure. If I could give you personal advice, do yourself a big big favor and read up on the 3 cup method of starting cuttings by a great member SCfigFanatic. I've killed over a hundred cuttings over 2+ years by experimentation, even though I'd heard that the 3 cup method was a proven technique.
The following is what works for me 'and there are other successful methods out there as well' but the following is what I do now for success.
1.I soak overnight any cuttings sent to me in the mail in water.
2.Before I start cuttings I now carefully wash them with a mild soapy sponge (you wouldn't believe how much dirt and possible spores they collect growing on a tree) then rinse and dry.
3.Next I disinfect them with a careful wipe down of generic mouth wash, wipe or allow them to dry.
4.Next I dip any and all 'cut ends' in soft wax (scented or tea candles work great). The buds easily break through the wax and this helps keeping the cuttings from drying.

I also plant them in cups using a damp, very light potting mix and stay away from garden soil (which can clump and hold too much water). And keep in a dark or shady place until leaves appear.   I know this sounds like alot of work, but my success rate has skyrocketed.  Also of course, as you may have discovered, don't over water- even a little too much water is your cuttings worse enemy.  Blessings on your fig adventure. Noel

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Update: I tried some of the new cuttings in grow mix in treepots with tips covered with parafilm as per the YouTube video from Correia Farms and the other half using the baggie method.  Many of the ones in the treepots have sprouted what appears to be tiny figs.  I don't see much (if anything) yet in the way of leaves or other growth on these.  I assume I should remove these tiny figs to preserve energy but am unsure how this should be done.  For example, where should the cut be applied, what should I avoid when cutting and do I need to treat the exposed area after the cut?  Thanks so much for all of your helpful advice!!  At this point, if I can just get one to root I would be a happy camper!

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Others may remove them differently but if you are right-handed, clamp the cutting in your left hand so the cutting won't shift/move and then simply twist the tiny figs off between your forefinger and thumb with the other hand. Easy peezy.


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