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Socorro Black Information
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Socorro Black was named for a tree growing in Socorro, New Mexico. Said and believed to be similar to Bourjasotte Grise. Please have a look at the links provided in the "external links" section for details of past posts on these two varieties.
Dan Foster believes and proves otherwise here.
Leaf changes of Socorro Black: https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-home/33193-socorro-black-leaves-re-visited
LosLunasFarms said 12 years ago (2009):
" I found this in Socorro NM, huge tree. I cannot seem to id it so I figure that maybe some of the fig hot shots might be able to ID it. The fig was tasty and mother tree was HUGE!"
"This tree is at least 30 years old and so it its mother tree. The owner is 80 years old and told me where it came from, an old abandoned school located in the town. He recollected that the momma of the momma tree might still there. I asked him about dropping figs and he didn't recall that it dropped figs and in Socorro it can get up to 105F in the summer. Very hot and dry with slight monsoons in June-July.
Some of the mini-logs that I have from the branch that was going to be cut off had so many rings that I could not count them all. These I will bury in potting soil as they should root pretty easily.
The owner did mention that the very old branches when pruned back seemed to die entirely."
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eboone From Zone 6 On Dec 04 2020Socorro Black is an excellent fig, one of the best in quality I have grown. It has the advantage over some other excellent quite similar figs such as I-258 or Genovese Nero (AF) in being somewhat earlier and able to ripen the whole crop in my climate.
In my experience, grown side by side in 5g SIPs, Socorro Black and Bourjassotte Grise have been identical in leaf, fruit, ripening times.