Ken W Wilson wrote:My Hardy Chicago is dying back each year. Last year, it got 8 feet tall and produced about 30 before freezing. It’s got about 8 trunks. I broke the tips off most of them to hopefully help more ripen before frost.
Ken W Wilson wrote:How about updates on the chi trees?
Ken W Wilson wrote:What variety of figs, Dan?
Tj Jefferson wrote:PM me in maybe December, I will be out of the country and won't be able to get them prior. My super scientific method is to stick them into a hugel with relatively old chips covering- at least a year old. I root most of my hardwood cuttings that way, anytime after they are dormant, preferably early. I have modestly better success with rooting hormone but I believe Stalin may have had it right- "Quantity has a quality all its own." I just stick a whole bunch in there. I suspect grafting will be highly successful. Let me know your results.
Ken W Wilson wrote:Dan Boone, I can send cuttings of my Hardy Chicago fig if you want to try it? Not sure when is the best time to cut them.
Ken W Wilson wrote:Dan, if you’ll send a message with your address, I’ll send them in about a month.
Tj Jefferson wrote:Ken there is a Che that is sold here that is thornless and reportedly does not require a pollinator. I have one I bought from a crappy online source that has huge spikes and hasn’t fruited, which suggests it’s a male or needs a male. I’m guessing is a male because I’ve seen no vestigial fruit dropped.
Jeanne Wallace. How does the Che Fruit taste? I just propagated 6 small ones onto osage orange and would like to know details on growth, taste hardiness if possible.
Jeanne Wallace wrote:In mid-October 2016, we had our FIRST CHE FRUITS after a 6 yr wait. ...Only two of the 4 fruits colored up well enough (pre-deep freeze) to be a fair sample of flavor. A bit chewy and fig like. Not very sweet. Reminiscent of watermelon or melon. No seeds (instead of male and female trees, I have only the one grafted tree). Verdict? Four thumbs up (two tasters).
I'll report back with harvest yield next fall.
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