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Re: infor, now figs


Good to remember when pruning...like other trees, I imagine the best time
is when they are dormant and take out some of the laterals to open the
inner part of the tree to light?

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN




> [Original Message]
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 06/21/2004 7:32:23 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] infor, now figs
>
> In a message dated 06/21/2004 7:16:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> jsinger@igc.org writes:
> Most likely a Brown Turkey or Mission. Wonderful figs! Not much  
> difference between them [Mission is a tad larger; Brown Turkey a tad  
> tastier]. Things to remember about figs are, one, the "fruit" are  
> really flowers; two, they bloom directly on new wood stems, not spikes,  
> When I was growing up in the Florida panhandle many, many years ago, we
had a 
> large
> fig tree in the side yard. I have no idea what kind. I earned my first
money 
> by picking the figs                         and making fig preserves for
a 
> neighbor.  This was during WWII sugar rationing.  I provided the         

>  sugar by buying coupons from the woman who mowed our lawn (she had 7 or
8 
> children and                   couldn't afford to buy all the sugar she
had 
> coupons for), and sold the preserves to the neighbor                    
for 50 
> cents a quart.  I wish I had some of them now!
>
> The downside of this was that I developed an allergy to the fig tree. The
sap 
> caused a rash similar
> to poison ivy.  I remember a miserable summer with rash all over my arms
and 
> backside.  My 
> grandmother treated it with iodine, which just made it much worse.  
> Auralie
>
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