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noss

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Hi All,

I'm thinking of taking a Mary Lane fig tree to my sister, who lives in Florida, Ft. Walton Beach, if the assisted living center will allow me to do so.  They do have a garden for people to plant their favorite plants.  Of course, I would ask the place before mentioning it to my sister (She's 83 and very frail, but we've talked about figs a lot since I got all my little trees.).

What is the taste of the Mary Lane like?  Does it taste like a fig?  How does it do in Florida, in that area, does anyone know?

Thanks,

noss

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noss Lafayette, LA Zone 9a Wish List: Col de Dame Blanc, Col de Dame Noir, Col de Dame Gris, Scott's Yellow, Tony's Brown Italian, any other fig that is good in the rain/humidity and has a real figgy flavor.
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My variety comes from j robbin.  It didnt do much for me this summer in NY.  It split and was very bland tasting, but this was its first year fruiting so I hope it gets better.  May give it 1 or 2 more years tops.


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I have Mary Lane in North Central Fl. it is only in a three gal pot but has grown well no rust or anything and only put out a couple of figs but they were good for a little tree I expect it to be a keeper.


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It was only average in my climatic conditions,and I can tell you for sure ,It doesn't like rain when is getting ripe,so it is not a good choice for Florida.
Of course I bet it is excellent in central Ca lifornia.

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noss

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Thanks for your information, Everybody.  I will not be taking my sister a Mary Lane if it doesn't do well in rain, then.

noss

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noss Lafayette, LA Zone 9a Wish List: Col de Dame Blanc, Col de Dame Noir, Col de Dame Gris, Scott's Yellow, Tony's Brown Italian, any other fig that is good in the rain/humidity and has a real figgy flavor.
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Noss, I would recommend Gino. This variant produce at a young age, ripens early, productive and good in the rain. Good tasting too. Check with Herman2 for more details .
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Yes Vivian,if you want a cultivar to make happy a new Gardener in the second year without any problem from adverse conditions,then Paully said it all.
I got nothing more to say,only that Gino's,is easy to grow and can be grown by anyone that want to grow a plant.

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noss

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Thanks for all the input.  I wish I could get her an older tree, but that won't happen.  It was just a thought.

My concern is that the seeds in the figs would cause trouble for people with diverticulosis.   I'm truly afraid my sister wouldn't still be with us in the time it would take to grow a small tree up. 

Maybe I could take her my Smith tree.  It got quite large this past season and should bear this coming season.

If nothing else--When my Celestes start to produce, we could run over the Ft Walton Beach with some actual figs and I could enjoy them with her.

noss

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noss Lafayette, LA Zone 9a Wish List: Col de Dame Blanc, Col de Dame Noir, Col de Dame Gris, Scott's Yellow, Tony's Brown Italian, any other fig that is good in the rain/humidity and has a real figgy flavor.
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Noss,

I have a 6 to 7 ft. spare Marylane Seedless fig tree growing in a three gallon pot. It is yours. I will meet you at Best Stop on my next boudin run.  It should fruit this season.  The figs are completely seedless as advertised.

FYI, my in ground Flanders is also seedless. However, I will be sending it to fig heaven this spring. It did not pass my fig trials and will be replaced with another more promising cultivar.

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Originally Posted by noss
My concern is that the seeds in the figs would cause trouble for people with diverticulosis.   I'm truly afraid my sister wouldn't still be with us in the time it would take to grow a small tree up. 


This came up in another thread recently, and I shared some words from my neighbor's doctor - not passing medical advice, just sharing what was shared with me.  My neighbor has Diverticulitis.  His doctor has resected hundreds of feet of bowel and intestine and says he has yet in his decades of surgery to see any evidence whatsoever that anything with small seeds to be bad, and he doesn't think this precaution is warranted or valid.

Ever since that, 10 years ago, my neighbor has been eating pomegranites, figs, strawberries, blackberries.... you name it - no problems.  The irony I see with not eating figs due to small seeds is that doctors recommend a high fiber diet for those diagnosed with diverticulitis and diverticulosis... and figs are incredibly high in fiber.

The Mayo clinic apparently confirms there is no scientific evidence that small seeds are bad.  Here is that:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticulitis-diet/AN01255

I respect and appreciate the concern and love, I just want to share this, in case it may have any influence on your choice of fig. 

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Reading this thread, I am reminded why I love to visit this Forum: There is an exceptional, knoweledgable, helpful, and caring group of people here who consistently go out of their way to help others they often don't even know.  I am very happy to call so many of you friends and thank you for your kindness to all.

On the diverticulitus though, I'm a lawyer, not a doctor, so I'm not giving anyone medical advice.  My personal opinion though is that Jason is absolutely correct: A high fiber diet, including small seeds, is far better than elminating essential fiber because it may have small seeds. 

Further, those suffering with diverticulitus and similar ailments may wish to explore the benefits of anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric.  Turmeric is a main ingrediant in curry powder and call be found in capsules if you don't like the taste.  And the good news is that it's simply an herb and food product that has been safely used for thousands of years.  So like chicken soup, even if it doesn't help it can't hurt. 

You can easily find more about helpful herbs for diverticulitis, etc., with a simple Internet search.  I would also recommend reading Dr. Andrew Weils books (Dr. Weil has an M.D. from Harvard and is the head of Integrated Medicine at a major research university; so he's not just selling snake-oil; though some are).

I would think that the joy, nutrition, and beneficial fibers of eating figs are good for everyone though.  There may be no more perfect food, which is one of the reasons I started growing them for our family.

Best wishes to all.

John
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p.s. I have  Mary Lane in ground now, so I will let everyone know how it does here in this climate (Zone 7 Southern Piedmont) this summer.

noss

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Hi Jason,

I've read this also, but didn't know what to think.  I have an upcoming "roto-rooter session" coming up soon and I will also ask my GI man about it and see what he has to say.

Wouldn't it be grand if the people at the assisted living home started eating figs and their health improved greatly?  That probably wouldn't happen, but it would be nice if it did.

Hi Dan,

You're a love to be so generous, but if the Mary Lane doesn't like rain, then I wouldn't want to get one of those.  I want, for my sister, the strongest, easy keeper fig tree possible.  That's such a sweet thing to offer and I thank you, my friend.  :)

If you would have time, next visit to the area, I would hope we could meet up with you at the Best Stop to say hi and have a short visit.  I need to get me some more of that boudin and try the smoked variety this time, as well.  (Oh, yum!)

Can you recommend a fig that tastes like the Atreano (rich and figgy), is yellow, or green, grows strongly, quickly, is a good producer and loves the rain, heat and humidity of the coast of FL?  (I don't want much, do I?  But it's my sister and she doesn't ask much of anyone.)

Hi John,

Thanks for the input on the diverticulosis.  I'm feeling very hopeful now.  I've heard of Dr. Weil.  He seems pretty sane in his works.  Do you have a source for the turmeric that isn't crazy expensive and is still good?  It will be interesting to hear how your Mary Lane does with you.  I was thinking it would be neat because my sister's name is Mary Lou, so she'd have a Mary Lane.  (I know--I'm inane in many ways.....  I like to play--it beats crying all the time--LOL!)

If the fig seeds are not a problem, then I have a lot more types of figs to choose from.

Thank you all so much for your thoughtful replies,

noss

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Hi Noss.  You can find turmeric in the spices at most groceries, but for many people (if they are not crazy about Eastern flavors) they may prefer capsules.  I would check Walmart, etc., for a good price, but you can also get good quality and low prices from Vitacost:

http://www.vitacost.com/Natures-Way-Turmeric-Standardized

Take care friend and very best wishes to your sister as well.

John

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And here is Dr. Weil's website:

http://www.drweil.com/

Best wishes to all.

John
noss

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Thanks so much, John.


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