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RE: Re: was time question/now figs

they like it cool enough to go completely dormant. that does not, necessarily, mean a cold period. they are most at home in the us&a in the central valley of california, although they thrive in lots of other locations. check out the low temps-durations of chowchilla, california [city made more famous by a buried school bus than by its fig trees], and you've probably got an ideal low. at the same time, i've seen them produce fruit in washington, dc, which is hardly a "sunbelt" neighborhood.

remember, figs are flowers and they are produced along wood [no stems] that is at least a year old.

and the other shoe--they are victimized by nematodes.

so after all that blather, chris, your pyrenees mountain cultivar will likely do well on the sound.

At 07:30 PM 1/23/03 -0500, you wrote:
Do figs like to have a cold period?   I am now the proud owner of a fig
tree and I was worried about our frigid weather.  This tree's ancestor
was collected in the Pyrenees Mountain area.  I hope I'll get fruit next

Long Island, NY
Zone 7

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Island Jim
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 4:47 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: tropical temps/was time question

looks like the citrus industry is going to get zinged again, melody. at
least that's what the weatherreaders are saying on tampa tv. as you no
doubt know, the "florida fruit belt" is due east of tampa, south and
slightly west of orlando.

here at the plantation, we will mostly cross our fingers. there's just
much stuff to try to cover it [it's times like this when goodwill and
ann sell out of used sheets]. i'm worried most about my sugar apples,
it would be a fool's errand to try to cover them. i can't worry about
mangoes, starfruit, guavas, litchis, pineapples, bananas, etc-etc;
too big to cover. for the second year in a row, however, we will
lose any chance that the loquats [now in full bloom] will set
the flowers will freeze or the pollinators will.

i did move my relatively expensive licuala palm into the lathhouse in
faint hope that would be sufficient protection and i've moved some of
moveable plants [ming aralias and such] back under the eaves. also of
interest--one of david's fantastic hybrid hibiscus, which is in a pot
big to move without a forklift, is loaded with buds, one of which is
half open. beautiful flower [looks like the same one that's on his web
site--name i forget]. we'll see what the cold does to it, the other
and the plant itself.

on the up side, this chill will likely encourage our two fig trees to
us a sensational crop next may. and it should traumatize the mulberry
enough to really prune the hell out of it; back to a fruiting nub.

bet you're sorry you asked, huh.

At 06:10 AM 1/23/03 -0500, you wrote:
>Jim: So with temps. dropping that far in Florida, what do you have to
>to protect your tropical plants/fruits? When my husband and I decided
>move back to Iowa from our year vacation in Florida, the day we left it
>was 30 degrees in Miami and the entire fruit industry suffered huge
>losses that year...it was sad...
>Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
>"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
>--Albert Einstein
>  --- On Thu 01/23, Island Jim < jsinger@igc.org > wrote:
>From: Island Jim [mailto: jsinger@igc.org]
>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 05:15:38 -0500
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: time question
>i personally think it's great that we get all these messages out of
>it makes me realize how much virtual life mimics real life.
>it's warm [60 degrees or so] right now [5:30 am] but slated to drop to
>50s by noon and low 30s by tonight.
>At 01:41 AM 1/23/03 -0500, you wrote:
> >Ceres,
> >
> >A great deal depends on the connection between your ISP and the ISP
> >of the sender as well as the ISP of the server on which the email
> >list resides.  All messages are broken into packets and sent on the
> >internet via the best available bit of bandwidth to be reassembled at
> >their various destinations...and if some backbone, line or server is
> >having a hiccup then you, the receiver, won't get the message as fast
> >as someone else or even get the original message before someone else
> >has gotten it and replied and their reply gets to you.  Strange, I
> >know, but it happens all the time.  Sometimes, messages simply get
> >lost in the ether and never get to their destination...so don't
> >assume just because you sent an email, the recipient ever got it:-)
> >
> >When all is working on all eights, email can appear to be sent and
> >received in real time, but that's not usually the case.
> >
> >Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> >mtalt@hort.net
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> > > From: Cersgarden@aol.com
> > >
> > > I rcd this message from Jim which had been sent at 7:10 and
> >questioned why I
> > > had not rcd the message from Rich.  I then rcd the message from
> >Rich at which
> > > said it was sent at 7:27.  Why the difference?  Doesn't go to all
> >members at
> > > the same time?
> > >     Ceres
> >
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