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Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati, OH

Posted by poncirusguy come in for winter (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 25, 14 at 23:16

My fig tree is coming out nicely. So are my cuttings.
Hardy chicago fig coming out of dormancy February 2014 photo IMG_5123_zpscdecf1f8.jpg
buds just opening on main tree.. Three branches have containers with holes in the side fitted over a limb to air layer new trees.
I have pepper plants hanging under the lights used for the fig tree.
plastic cups with pepper plants hanging from nails under fig lights photo IMG_5122_zpsfa606552.jpg
Hardy chicago fig cutting in citrus grow box rooting photo IMG_5116_zps82396a65.jpg
5 of 11 cutting in a heated rooting chamber. The branch with leaves is my seed grown sweetlee tangerine tree.


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

I have just received some hardy chicago fig cuttings and I plan to try to root them in pots this weekend. I will use a six-inch pot and potting soil. I will make three vertical cuts about an inch long on the bottom of the cutting, coat that end with rooting harmone and place in a hole in the soil in the pot; firm the soil around it; water it until moist; cover with a plastic soda bottle with the bottom cut off, creating a mini-greenhouse. Place the pots under my shop lights where I am germinating onions in mini-greenhouses, leaf brocolli, and strawberries. I am also trying to germinate paw paw seeds under lights in mini-greenhouses and trying to root nero nobili and fico nero fig cuttings in mini-greenhouses. The onions and leaf brocolli are starting to sprout, but no other action. Will this rooting technique for figs work?


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

very high probability it will work as long as the soil temp is above 80 F. They tend to rot at lower temperature.

Cutting #1 is the first picture on this thread.

Hardy chicago fig cutting #2 photo IMG_5151_zps81264e9e.jpg
Cutting #2 has rooted successfully.

This post was edited by poncirusguy on Sun, Jul 6, 14 at 12:39


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

My fig tree picture above now has 70 figs as counted. I may have missed a few. Two branches getting air-layer in hanging cups have been cut from the main trunk and planted. There are 2 more about a week from clipping and one just fitted and waiting for soil.

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hardy chicago fig under grow light waiting for safe passage to outside frost free.

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2 containers with dirt fited to the trunk and branch being roote. The cup in the middle was press fitted over a small limb. I will fill it with dirt tomorrow and press fit another limb tomorrow with its own rooting cup.

 photo IMG_5318_zpsc2d8ed65.jpgbranch rooted in container then cut from tree trunk photo a6c74a02-72f7-454d-aefa-3854a4331d97_zps536d29c6.jpgnewly rooted cutting planted in 5 gallon bucket photo IMG_5403_zpsffb64caa.jpg
The above 3 pics show the air-layer'ed branch still attached. A view just after cutting it from the tree and then planting it in it new 5 gallon bucket.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://s1094.photobucket.com/user/wreristhechimney/slideshow/Hardy chicago fig 6-14-13


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

2 more successful possible starts from my hardy chicago fig tree.

side cup just started top cup to remove photo IMG_5514_zpsc1def8ac.jpg
Hardy chicago from cutting producing new cuttings.

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Top hanging rooted cutting has been cut off.

side cut removed and planted photo IMG_5512_zps08f6df60.jpg
Lower side cup with cutting removed and planted.


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

Very nice. I have a Hardy Chicago that is tiny from last year. I'm in central Ohio. Do you ever plan to try any of these in-ground? Have you posted details about your light set up? I'm intrigued.

Jeff


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

Jeff I missed your posting or I would have answered with in a day or 2.

I have 3 figs in 55 gallon drum that have rooted as planed in the ground. The Hardy chicago does very well. The 2 brown turkeys grow well but do not fruit.

I have a variety of lighting setups and they really work wonders. Check the link below

Here is a link that might be useful: http://s1094.photobucket.com/user/wreristhechimney/library/GROW BOX 4 BY 4 BY X?sort=4&page=1


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

These are pics of all my fig trees. The 3 figs planted outside against the house from left to right are Brown turkey, brown turkey, hardy chicago.

Click on the link below then click on any thumbnail to enlarge.

Feel free to brows around throughout my Photobucket albums. They are all public and for other mto see

Here is a link that might be useful: http://s1094.photobucket.com/user/wreristhechimney/library/Hardy chicago fig 6-14-13?sort=4&page=1


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

The cutting above in a 5 gallon bucket with a small side branch getting air layered on the tree


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

Another cutting now outside in 5 gallon bucket.


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

these 2 cutting from air layered branches are the last of the ones that survived spider mites and damp off ( rot around the collar)


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

Hardy Chicago fig was removed from 5 gallon bucket and placed in a 30 gallon half+ barrel. The hardy chicago air-layer ed cutting in the small container will go into the 5 gallon bucket and both will be topped off in a mix of garden dirt with equal volume of totally rotted compost. This has worked very well for me and all the components are free. One drum halved, garden topsoil, black gold compost.

Steve

This post was edited by poncirusguy on Tue, Aug 26, 14 at 16:52


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

Here they are topped off in there buckets. notice I build a rim of soil around the edge of the larger tree so I can water and not have the water and soil run off the side of the container. I also use cardboard to line the edge to hold the extra soil that will fill in as the rest settles down into the pot.

Steve


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

The cuttings started in spring are now in their new 55 gallon half drum.


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

The other two cutting successfully started this spring to be up-potted to half drums


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

newest batch of cuttings that survived the rooting process in their 5 gallon bucket.


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

After 10 days in bucket light for 2 out of 4, they have taken off and left the other 2 behind.

Steve


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

Thanks for sharing your photo's.
Hope to one day see pictures of your harvest when ever that occurs in the future.
Hardy Chicago a great tasting fig in my opinion.
Martin


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RE: Hardy chicago fig tree bursting out for spring in Cincinnati,

Hi Martin

It never recurred to me to photograph the fruit. I eat it to fast. However I did find one picture. I also have a link to photos of the figs life story over the last 3.5 years. They are out of order

Steve

Here is a link that might be useful: http://s1094.photobucket.com/user/wreristhechimney/slideshow/Hardy chicago fig 6-14-13


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