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Getfiggywitit65

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Hey, it might be useful to have lists of where people are from. Different regions experience different climates, different obstacles, different challenges to overcome. This list might also be useful to organize a get-together some place, some time in the future. Who knows the possibilities? Please leave a comment with your name, location, and zone to get added to the list or private message me. Any additional information you wish to provide is welcome!

This list is for the hot and humid Southeastern United States, where summer rains are frequent and hurricanes abound!

  • Malcolm Heath (Shaft) | Greenville, NC | Zone 8a
  • Rebecca Yavner (reb.yavner) | Sherman, TX | Zone 8a
  • Larry (iamthefigman) | Frisco, TX | Zone 8a
  • Eric Busby (ClintonFigs) | Clinton, MS | Zone 8a
  • LeConte (tridrama) | SC | Zone 7b
  • Rigo Amador (Rigo007) | South FL | Zone 10b
  • Gus Mitchell (GusMitchell) | Memphis, TN | Zone 7b
  • Lamar (sheergenius) | South MS | Zone 8b
  • (figfin47) | Gautier, MS | Zone 9a
  • Ana (AnaFL) | Central Florida | Zone 9b
  • Brandon Kelly (Fig bandit) | Greenville, NC | Zone 8a
  • Cindy (Firefly) | Kernersville, NC | Zone 7a
  • Dennis (Newtofigs) | Collierville, Memphis, TN | Zone 7b
  • JJ (Gumbo2go)/ Geismar, LA / Zone 8b
  • Paul (LONESTAR) l Montgomery,Texas l Zone 8b
  • John Russell (JMRTSUS) | Ooltewah, TN | Zone 7b
  • Maria Westmoreland (Maria F) | Riegelwood, N.C | Zone 8a
  • (rksamon) | Central TN | Zone 6B
  • (backyardfigs) | Clinton, MS & Vicksburg, MS | Zones 8A & 8B, respectively
  • (ManyasFigsation) | Central Virginia | Zone 7a
  • (ErmeLinda) | Fountain, Fl | Zone 8B
  • Michael Atkins (mratkins6280) | Eupora, MS | Zone 8A
 

Getfiggywitit65

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Hey Shaft,

I have communicated with you in the pass thru the open forum. Please add me to the southeast U.S. list, as I am in the northwest Houston, Texas area, zone 9A. I may be open to some a trade, if mutually agreed upon between the interested parties. Here's to a fruitful season!
 

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Hey Shaft,

I have communicated with you in the pass thru the open forum. Please add me to the southeast U.S. list, as I am in the northwest Houston, Texas area, zone 9A. I may be open to some a trade, if mutually agreed upon between the interested parties. Here's to a fruitful season!
Sure thing. Include your name if you wish
I am in Myrtle Beach, SC please add me to your list. zone 8B

Gotcha. Include your name if you wish

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Getfiggywitit65

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Hey, it might be useful to have lists of where people are from. Different regions experience different climates, different obstacles, different challenges to overcome. This list might also be useful to organize a get-together some place, some time in the future. Who knows the possibilities? Please leave a comment with your name, location, and zone to get added to the list or private message me. Any additional information you wish to provide is welcome!

This list is for the hot and humid Southeastern United States, where summer rains are frequent and hurricanes abound!

  • Malcolm Heath (Shaft) | Greenville, NC | Zone 8a
  • Rebecca Yavner (reb.yavner) | Sherman, TX | Zone 8a
  • Larry (iamthefigman) | Frisco, TX | Zone 8a
  • Eric Busby (ClintonFigs) | Clinton, MS | Zone 8a
  • LeConte (tridrama) | SC | Zone 7b
  • Rigo Amador (Rigo007) | South FL | Zone 10b
  • Gus Mitchell (GusMitchell) | Memphis, TN | Zone 7b
  • Lamar (sheergenius) | South MS | Zone 8b
  • (figfin47) | Gautier, MS | Zone 9a
  • Ana (AnaFL) | Central Florida | Zone 9b
  • Brandon Kelly (Fig bandit) | Greenville, NC | Zone 8a
  • Cindy (Firefly) | Kernersville, NC | Zone 7a
  • Dennis (Newtofigs) | Collierville, Memphis, TN | Zone 7b
  • JJ (Gumbo2go)/ Geismar, LA / Zone 8b
  • Paul (LONESTAR) l Montgomery,Texas l Zone 8b
  • John Russell (JMRTSUS) | Ooltewah, TN | Zone 7b
  • Maria Westmoreland (Maria F) | Riegelwood, N.C | Zone 8a
  • (rksamon) | Central TN | Zone 6B
  • (backyardfigs) | Clinton, MS & Vicksburg, MS | Zones 8A & 8B, respectively
  • (ManyasFigsation) | Central Virginia | Zone 7a
  • (ErmeLinda) | Fountain, Fl | Zone 8B
  • Michael Atkins (mratkins6280) | Eupora, MS | Zone 8A
  • (Getfiggywitit65) | Northwest Houston, TX | Zone 9A
  • (Jerzeybob) | Myrtle Beach, SC | Zone 8B
 

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Jen Chin from Ft. Lauderdale, FL (10b), new to figs and looking forward to interacting with the community and learning more about the best varieties for this climate
 

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Hey Jellybean,
I don't know about 10B but here in 9A, Houston, Tx, I have had great success this year with figs I started in January of this year, namely LSU Gold, Ronde de Bordeaux, Violette de Bordeaux, Black Bethlehem, Vasilika Sika, LSU Champagne, Marseilles Black AF, Black Jack, Lattarula and I'm currently, wait on some later varieties to ripen. I hope helps you, here is the latest video of my figs.
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Thanks, that’s very helpful. Wow, you have a lot of stuff!
Thank you! I must warn you of the addictive nature of growing the fig tree, you'll start with 1 or 2 next thing you find another variety which appeals your now fully formed fig addiction, my advice is to you if you want success is to start with some of the LSU varieties and expand from there. Good Luck!
 

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Ha! That is a very real possibility. I have already gone down the Annona rabbit hole and I already see another addiction coming
Could you tell us more about annona?
 

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September fig update! Hey fig family, just a few words about the figs that are ripening for me here in the Houston area, so far this month, I have had a variety of figs ripening such as: Improved Celeste, Black Greek, Genovese Nero AF, Bourjassotte Blanca Negra, GM-300, Black Madeira, Madeira Island Black, Black Jack, Olympian, Black Bethlehem and LSU Gold. We had a break in the weather last month and got nearly 2-wee;s of rain, now were back to near triple digits. Below is a GM-300.
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September fig update! Hey fig family, just a few words about the figs that are ripening for me here in the Houston area, so far this month, I have had a variety of figs ripening such as: Improved Celeste, Black Greek, Genovese Nero AF, Bourjassotte Blanca Negra, GM-300, Black Madeira, Madeira Island Black, Black Jack, Olympian, Black Bethlehem and LSU Gold. We had a break in the weather last month and got nearly 2-wee;s of rain, now were back to near triple digits. Below is a GM-300.
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A couple of thoughts on your bird issues

#1- get a birdbath. Birds aren't eating fruit cuz they're hungry, but because they're thirsty. Some birdbaths are better than others, the size of ledge can be important depending on the type of bird
#2- organza bags will protect from birds
 

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Just subbed!

A couple of thoughts on your bird issues

#1- get a birdbath. Birds aren't eating fruit cuz they're hungry, but because they're thirsty. Some birdbaths are better than others, the size of ledge can be important depending on the type of bird
#2- organza bags will protect from birds
Hey Shaft,
I'll try the bird bath, any recommendations, I guess I can Google them? I have tried the organza bags, I'd find them on the ground all pecked-up. Thanks for subbing I'll try to be more consistent with updates and fig content, right now I'm in the process of prepping my property in the country, where I hope to move soon with plans to expand my fruit growing interests.
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Hey Shaft,
I'll try the bird bath, any recommendations, I guess I can Google them? I have tried the organza bags, I'd find them on the ground all pecked-up. Thanks for subbing I'll try to be more consistent with updates and fig content, right now I'm in the process of prepping my property in the country, where I hope to move soon with plans to expand my fruit growing interests.
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It definitely depends on the birds. What birds in your area are doing the damage?

Use a larger size organza bag in that case. Smaller ones seem to get pecked
 

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It definitely depends on the birds. What birds in your area are doing the damage?

Use a larger size organza bag in that case. Smaller ones seem to get pecked
Shaft,
The dreaded "Mocking bird". Here is a picture of a recently picked Black Madeira.
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Shaft,
The dreaded "Mocking bird". Here is a picture of a recently picked Black Madeira.
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Shallow birdbath. The best birdbaths mimic nature's birdbaths—puddles and shallow pools of water in slow streams; they're shallow with a gentle slope so birds can wade into the water. Look for one that won't break and is easily cleaned.

It needs to have shallow sloping sides with a shallow approach to water. To allow different species to bathe, provide a sloping bath, so the water is between 2.5cm and 10cm (1-4 inches) deep. Make sure the surface of the bath is rough so birds can grip it with their claws, and not slip. If you happen to have a deeper bird bath, you can make it more appealing by adding in a few rocks in the middle or along the edges. This will give birds a place to land so they can splash and preen themselves in the water.

Birds like cover—it makes them feel protected and secure. So if you can place your bird bath near shrubs, trees, or other cover, there’s a greater chance they will use it. In addition, it’s best to keep your bird bath out of direct sunlight so the water doesn’t get too hot and undesirable. Placing a bird bath in a sheltered, shady spot can dramatically reduce the evaporation rate of the water so it will not dry out as quickly. Furthermore, when the water is cooler, algae will not grow as quickly and insects are not as likely to lay eggs in the water. If putting the bath in full shade is not possible, position it so it is shaded during the mid to late afternoon—the hottest part of the summer day.
 

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