Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tasting the Green Greek fig & Smith Fig

I love this time of year. I get to eat all sorts of figs.

I tried a new one from my brothers collection called the Green Greek fig and it was spectacular!

Black Portugal Unknown and Red Sicilian

A quick tasting video on 2 new figs for me.

Black Portugal Unknown and Red Sicilian

Monday, September 19, 2016

Unknown Brandon Fig - 2016 Tasting

I finally got a properly ripe Brandon St. Unknown fig recently and it's a real winner. Better tasting than VDB or RDB. The taste ranks up there.  It produces 2 crops here successfully here in Seattle. Judging from the looks of this fig. My guess is that it is a sport from the Celeste Family. A sugar fig of some sort.

What makes it stand out in this area is that it holds it's brebas unlike most Celeste and it ripens the main crop as well which is extremely rich and sweet!

The Breba crop is super early and probably will be the first ripe breba you'll pick from your collection.

I have a few cuttings available from the main tree and is for sale on Ebay.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Peruvian Apple Cactus: The American alternative to the dragon fruit

Peruvian Apple Cactus: The American alternative to the dragon fruit

It's no secret I love tropical fruit. Especially dragon fruit. The problem is it grows as a viney cactus and can be unsightly and mangy.

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The Peruvian Apple cactus has the same taste and consistency as the Dragon fruit but it grows as a column and can be grown indoors or in a green house in the colder areas. It's also more ideal in smaller spaces and doesn't look as scraggly as the dragon fruit plant.

Update on Grafted Fig Plants

Back February I grafted a bunch of Black Madeira cuttings from various sources onto Desert King and Gillette roots stock. About 40% of them took.

This was the original Video.

Here's an update on them 7 months later.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How to reinvigorate a stagnant fig plant

Sometimes when we purchase a new fig plant, it's hard to know how long it's been stuck in that same pot. The tale tell sign would be if it doesn't push out any new growth for months and it reminds you of Charlie Browns Christmas tree.

This was the case with my Hardy Hartford from Sky Nursery. It did little to no growth since I purchased it. Watch the video to see the process.

Friday, September 9, 2016

September fig tasting: Smith fig, Black Madeira, Cordi Stell and VBD

I love September.  It's when most of my figs ripen. This week I got to eat my very first Black Madeira! And boy was it amazing! Now I want even more of them.

Cordi Stella

Smith Fig

Black Madeira 

Unfortunately, I have a fig bandit and they've been stealing my ripe figs. Which caused me to pick them a bit early for fear of losing my figs.
 Check out the video below.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

How to get some major growth on your figs

I've tried many various methods of pots, from regular black pots, air pruning pots, home made pots, self watering pots, etc.

Here are some results from my experiment this year below.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Beni Shogun Apple - The early Fuji that you can grow well here in Washington

Living in Washington State we have the luxury of growing some of the best apple varieties.

I love fujis but from most of what I've read they don't ripen will here in Washington. So I found the Beni Shogun apple which is an early Fuji variety and boy it does not disappoint. This is a very tasty apple. Even off of a very small tree it has produced a very large flavorful fruit. Extremely crispy and sweet with floral aromatics.

Beni Shogun

It's also disease and bug resistant. A real winner to grow here in Seattle.

I purchased mine from Raintree Nursery.