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Bagging figs to protect against insects

Posted by creekweb 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 2, 11 at 21:55

Anyone here have experience enclosing growing figs in plastic bags to protect against insect damage. I am already seeing stinkbugs feeding on my maturing figs and am wondering whether this technique, which can be used on some other fruit such as apples and pears, might also be applied to figs. It does get rather warm inside the bags, but this usually does not damage the apples - I wonder whether figs would fare as well.


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RE: Bagging figs to protect against insects

  • Posted by fruitnut Z7_4500ft elev SW TX (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 2, 11 at 22:23

Figs grow well in hotter climates than apples. So I think they'd take anything that apples would in regard to bagging and heat.


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RE: Bagging figs to protect against insects

I know that figs do well in hot dry climates, but do they remain disease resistant in very hot humid ones that the environment in the bag would simulate? When looking at why certain fruits such as peaches fail bagging, I don't believe that it is the direct action of the heat on the fruit, but the increased virulence of fungi in the hot humid environment of the bag that destroys the peach.


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RE: Bagging figs to protect against insects

  • Posted by fruitnut Z7_4500ft elev SW TX (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 3, 11 at 15:30

creekweb:

You might be right. What I'd be concerned about is mold getting in an open eyed fig. Try a few and find out.


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RE: Bagging figs to protect against insects

Try using a small paper bag instead of plastic.
Put the bag over the fig and gently wrap the open end around the neck or stem and tie it with,,,,,ok, I can't think of it but you clip the laundry on the rope with it. Sorry LOL ( tip of my tongue )

Rafed


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RE: Bagging figs to protect against insects

Yes, I've seen references for using paper bags on figs for insect protection with good results, and I can see how the figs might do better in paper than plastic. Unfortunately though, the particular pest that I'm targeting - stinkbugs- are specialists at getting into tight enclosures and a clothes pinned paper bag wouldn't keep them out. Plastic ziplock bags can be fitted very snuggly around stems and would stand a better chance.


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RE: Bagging figs to protect against birds!

I live in the outskirts of Sacramento, CA and I have 4 fig trees being that one is the Kadota Greenish Yellow when ripe the others; 1 Mission (purple) the other two also purple large fruit and the birds start having fun already. I really have to be fast getting them off before completely ripe. The Kadota very seldom gets attacked by the birds! Take for whatever is worth but here are my 3 cents....LoL
Best of luck to everyone


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RE: Bagging figs to protect against insects

I live in South Florida and the hot humid climate (similar as in a plastic bag) makes figs spoil and crack, so a plastic bag is not advisable. Painting the trunk with some old latex paint helps protect from most of the climbing insects. The worst enemy to my figs are birds!


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RE: Bagging figs to protect against insects

I was thinking to bag some figs not to protect against insects but to make them ripen especially our temperature dropped to mid fifties, The only predators I have is a tiny birds. I bagged one fig as an experiment


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