Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Announcing my new Global Warming Blog

Man caused global warming is utter nonsense and I CAN PROVE IT to any thinking person. My intent is to prove that the  "Man causes Global Warming  Theory" to be nonsense by using plain old common sense mixed in with a little bit of non complicated science. I am fed up with the lies, myths, and nonsense that is coming from our Politicians who want to blame mankind for what is nothing more than a normal cyclical climatic event that is driven by natural planetary evolution, chemical, and biological processes. 

Time to bring Real Science & reason to the table and stop this huge power grab by our Politicians who are using Global Warming as an excuse to Tax and regulate us even more......

To that end, I've started a new Blog called  "Global Warming....Lies, Myths, and Truth:" Here is a link to my new Blog on Global Warming. You will have to copy and paste it into your browser.

http://kingfig1.blogspot.com/


It will take me months to fully develop all of the arguments that I will use to prove to ANYONE that Global Warming is not caused by any of man's activities. In fact, it is impossible for man's carbon dioxide footprint to be the cause of any Global warming.  You my readers can watch as this happens right before your very eyes while I take a timeout from my fig Blog.

I will not be selling any fig cuttings this Fall......maybe in the Spring for a Charity (Children's International).

Dan
Semper Fi-cus

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fig Fever is bad for you......

Years ago when I first developed an interest in fig culture, I met an old man here in South Louisiana who had put together a collection of 50+ different varieties of figs.  He built his fig collection up over the course of his entire lifetime.  What really impressed me besides his knowledge was his ability to put together such a collection without the use of the internet, computers, emails, fig forums,  or Google searches. When I first met him.... his health was already failing and his collection was in complete disarray and would not let me see it. We just talked about it. I did eventually gain his trust and met with him on several occasions before he passed away. None of his family members had an appreciation for his collection.

Today as I was writing some things into another post on this fig blog, I thought about this old man. One of the things that he told me during one of our conversations was to "never trust a fig collector".  I had no figgin idea what the heck he was talking about back then. All I knew was that he had a distrust for fig collectors and would not let me see his trees for about a year. 

Here it is years later and I now know exactly what he was talking about.  I learned that lesson well through my past involvement on the fig forums dealing with those fig collectors. Below is what I think he was trying to tell me........

"Fig collectors are not normal people as they are usually afflicted with bad cases of Fig Fever which severely affects their behavior, brains, common sense, and sense of decency.  They will stab you in the back if you do not give them what they want."

As  a fig Researcher, I now know that I am completely incompatible with most fig Collectors. I am interested in developing and discussing fig related information with others of a similar mind set. Researches are interested in developing/sharing  new knowledge about fig culture.  Collectors, on the other hand, are just interested in getting more varieties into their own personal collections by any means necessary....lie, cheat, steal, defame, break the law, and stab others in the back.

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RIP Mr. Fig........I now fully understand what you meant. Thank you for sharing your insights with me and a few fig cultivars from your "private collection".  I kept my word and did not reveal your name to anyone. Your cultivars did not have FMV and I wish I could tell you today how important that was/is to fig culture. I wish I could tell you.....that I too do not allow any "fig collector into my yard"!!  Well let's just say I only allow a couple of people to visit my orchard.,.....those few who have earned my trust like I did yours.




Dan 
Semper Fi

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bridge City Black.....a new fig discovery

About 6 to 8 weeks ago while on a fig hunting expedition in South Louisiana, I found a fig tree growing in an old ethnic neighborhood in the New Orleans area.  At that time, this fig tree had two almost dried first crop figs on the tree.  I did not recognize this particular fig variety. They definitely were not a Celeste or Brown Turkey fig ....both of which are very common in my area. These figs were very dark in color, the pulp was purple in color, and they had a wine flavor to them.  Those two figs immediately told me that this tree was worth further study.  The tree was also loaded with newly formed second crop figs.  So, I made a mental note to go back to visit this tree when the figs would be ripening.  Well today I went back to visit this unknown fig tree and below are some pictures of what I found and a few notes I've made on its growing/fruiting characteristics.

The tree was full of ripe second main crop figs.  This fig has a deep purple color to it.  The almost dried ones were nearly jet black in color.  Boy were they good!!! The eye is tightly closed on this fig. They hang onto the tree real well and do not appear to drop. IMO, these figs would completely dry like a raisin and hang onto the tree in a dry climate. The skin quality is such that the skin shrinks and does not crack as the fig dries.....which is an excellent characteristic of this fig.  As it is, the dried ones that I ate from this tree were dried as much as can be had for any fig drying on the tree in my humid climate.

The pulp is amber in color and the meat is stained a deep purple in areas contacting the skin. Note and BIG HINT: meat staining is always a sign of a good tasting fig irregardless of the color of the fig.  Remember this big hint when you are evaluating potential fig cultivars for their TASTE level. The more intense the meat staining.....the more intense will be the fig's flavor. And this is true irregardless of the color of the fig.  Don't pass up white figs which color stain their meat.  Note: the meat is the part of the fig that lies between the outer skin of the fig and its interior pulp.

LEARN LEARN LEARN the above type of unique fig culture information that I freely give to you. You will not find this type of fig information on the fig forums until after those fig collectors have read it here. And of course once those fig forum collectors start discussing this fruiting characteristic they will not give me credit for revealing such pertinent information about fig culture in the first place. Those fig collectors are only interested in obtaining free fig cuttings and are not interested in this type of information. See the first comment written below and you will see what I mean. They could care less that I give them free and pertinent information about fig culture.

The skin itself has a good flavor. The interior pulp has a juicy texture with a melon like flavor which reminds me of my Robin's Sicilian Black cultivar and my Black Triana (aka Quantico fig and aka St. Jerome figs).  However, Bridge City Black is smaller in size and definitely more rain tolerant and split resistant than those other named varieties. IMO, the taste and flavor profile of this fig is very similar to that of LSU Purple strain #1.

The Bridge City black figs I ate were very sweet. There were no signs of any fig cracking, splitting or souring whatsoever.....so no bugs.  This mother tree has no signs of FMV (as is expected and as is normal for 99+% of  the fig trees growing here in Louisiana). This particular fig is definitely a perfect variety for growing in my hot, humid, zone 9 climate.

Without a doubt,  this Bridge City Black will become a top performing fig in my yard. The late season figs from this new variety are expected to extend my fig season by another 4 weeks after regular Celeste has finished fruiting. It will be real nice to have such a productive fig variety bearing great tasting figs this late into the fall. I already have given this fig a 10 rating for its overall taste, superior rain tolerance, and excellent productivity.

I am very happy to have discovered this new fig.  It has already proven to my satisfaction that it is a real winner variety no matter what its true name turns out to be.  Next year I intend to return to the mother tree often and document its entire growing season.  Perhaps then someone will help me identify this unknown variety.

Forgive the poor quality of these pictures. These were taken very quickly using my cell phone because two bull dogs were yapping at me all the while.




Bridge City Black fig

Bridge City Black fig


Bridge City Black fig

Bridge City Black fig

Bridge City Black fig

Bridge City Black fig

Bridge City Black fig

Bridge City Black fig

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fig Mosaic Virus is very bad for fig trees.......

More facts about fig mosaic virus (FMV) ............ that certain loud mouthed fig forum members (like Jon Verdic and Gorgi Micallef)  do not want YOU to know. Their fig forum mafia "tag team" harassed and ran me off of their fig forums for revealing truthful information. They tried to shut me up so that I could not reveal this important information to YOU.  Read on and learn what they absolutely do not want you to know.

They erased what I had written about FMV on their figs4fun forum so that you would never read this revelation. However, those mafia jerks will NEVER shut me up on this Cajun Fig Blog. And Jon Verdic (the figs4fun administrator from California) cannot selectively "edit" or "delete" anything that I now write on my own personal fig blog.  Jon Verdic did in fact selectively delete some of the things that I wrote on his figs4fun forum in order to change the context of what I had written and to protect his friend Gorgi from my verbal wrath for his harassing me for 6 long years.   Jon Verdic also abused his fig forum administrative duties when he intentionally deleted certain information that I had written about FMV that he did not want YOU to see or read.  Time for others to learn some more truth about Jon Verdic.

Fig culture "truths" will be revealed here on this Cajun Fig Blog. The hell with all of those fig forum fig collectors who wanted to silence me!!  Here's some real truth about fig culture that you will not find on any fig forum.  If you cannot handle the truth that I reveal on this Cajun fig Blog.........don't come back here anymore.

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FMV in the United States is a California born problem in case you haven't noticed it yet!! And it is a problem that California sources are spreading to other parts of the country. Did you know that there are not many FMV infected fig trees anywhere else in the US other than in California!!!  Yes, that is true. Why......because FMV infected trees growing in other states will die at an early age from that disease. Don't waste your time growing any fig tree which has FMV if you live anywhere but in Southern California. It does indeed matter a great deal whether or not your fig trees have FMV. If your intention is to grow heavy crops of delicious figs like most normal people do, you certainly do not want your fig trees to have FMV!!!

Anyone who claims that FMV disease does not matter is either lying to you or is just plain ignorant to the facts. Anyone can prove this to themselves. Fig trees that do not have FMV are much more cold tolerant, grow much faster, and they are more productive than same cultivar fig trees that do have FMV.

As I've stated many times before, this is an provable FACT. This is reason enough why one should avoid planting fig trees which have FMV. Those who tell you that FMV in fig trees does not matter are either full of crap or they are just plain ignorant about fig culture. Study figs long enough and anyone can witness that FMV infected trees are problematic. FMV matters and it matters most to those of us who actually grow fig trees for maximum fig production....like normal people do. Fig collectors are not normal people as they are usually afflicted with bad cases of Fig Fever which severely affects their behavior, brains, common sense, and sense of decency. FMV does not matter to most of those fig collectors who live on the fig forums. Those fig collectors just want to sell you and others their FMV infected fig cuttings and young starts to make money. And it is those very same people (fig collectors) who will lie and tell you that FMV does not matter.

And let's not forget that the fig4fun fig forum is owned and administered by Jon Verdic from California. It is important for you to note that Jon Verdic lives in  San Diego, California which is a hot bed of FMV in the United States.   It is this same Jon Verdic who has brainwashed many of his fig forum members into "believing" that FMV does not matter. Jon Verdic sees FMV infected trees everyday in California and chooses to believe that most fig trees in the world have FMV.......which is contrary to provable facts. It is factual that California is the hot bed of Fig Mosaic Virus in the United States.

I can guarantee this FACT............. if you do choose to grow FMV infected fig trees outside of southern California.....your infected fig tree will die at an early age. It may take years for you to see this proof with your own eyes and on your own fig trees. Your FMV infected tree MIGHT produce a few figs for you for a few years. However, your FMV infected tree WILL DIE (not might die) at an early age. And you will be extremely disappointed when your tree has died knowing that you have wasted time and years in caring for that fig tree. Not to mention the YEARS of poor fig production due to the puny size fig crops that your sick tree can barely support.

When that happens to you (and it will happen to you), just remember that I have told you this fact many times before. Save yourself some valuable time and avoid FMV infected fig trees and cuttings like it was the plague!!

There are many sources of fig trees and cuttings "outside of California" that do not have FMV. Do not continue to believe the hog wash and the FMV ignorance that Jon Verdic has perpetuated for years on his figs4fun fig forum. Jon Verdic could care less that the fig starts or fig cuttings that he sells to you has FMV.......that is because Jon Verdic is only into fig culture to make money. He could care less if the FMV infected fig tree that he will gladly sell to you dies at an early age. Jon Verdic will gladly sell you yet another infected one to replace your dead tree. Don't waste your time and money with those who could give a crap about you. Here's a good rule........don't buy fig trees or fig cuttings from anyone who tells you that FMV is not a problem.

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Here is an interesting FACT for you to contemplate......

FMV does not exist to any great extent anywhere else in the country but in California. Look around at the fig trees in your neighborhood and you can verify this fact in your particular area. Did anyone else ever tell you this fact? You definitely will not see that fact discussed on any of the fig forums because the fig collectors on those fig forum do not want you to know this fact.

Any FMV infected trees grown anywhere in the US can usually be traced right back to an original California source. Don't believe me? Well you too can verify this for yourself if you do a little investigative work on your own.

 For example.......Ask Joe Morle http://www.figtrees.net/ how FMV was introduced into his nursery up in Massachusetts. Give him a call and talk to a man who has been growing fig trees most of his life. Ask him about those California sources of fig cuttings!!! Ask others that you know too how FMV got into their fig orchard, their collection, or their retail nursery. I know for a FACT that James Robin (of KT Nursery in Louisiana) never had FMV in any of his fig trees until he had dealings with several fig forum members who obtained their original cuttings from a California source. I bought fig trees years ago from James Robin  and LONG BEFORE anyone on any fig forum even heard of James Robin and his little nursery. I could name more people and nurseries......but, you get the point. You can prove this fact for yourself.

Whether or not your fig tree has FMV or not does indeed matter contrary to what many fig forum members will tell you. It is time to educate people on the real bad effects that FMV has on a fig tree's growth, its cold tolerance, and its total fig fruit production. It is time to teach all fig growers what they can do to prevent the FMV virus in their yard.

And yes indeed "fig tree mites" which live in California and are responsible for transmitting  the FMV virus to other healthy trees,  can in fact hitch a ride on ANY contaminated fig tree plant material (i.e. fig cuttings, fig trees, or fig starts) that you import from California. Remember when you choose to buy from those Californian sources.....you just might be bringing those tree mites into your orchard.  And those fig mites that hitched a ride from California into your yard can most definitely live and overwinter in other areas of the country......especially in your micro climate, hot house, or green house. This information is yet again contrary to what some vocal fig forum members......WANT you to believe.  Those fig tree mites that hitched a ride from California and made it into your yard can indeed infect your other healthy fig trees (especially in a green house environment) !!  Common sense should tell you folks this. Look for an ulterior motive for anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.

Bottom line.....

It actually is very simple to avoid FMV in your fruit orchard. Do not buy anything (cuttings, fig trees, or fig starts) from any California source or any fig forum member who still chooses to "believe" that FMV is not a problem. By your not buying anything from those biased sources YOU will be well on your way to staying away from FMV and its bad effects in your yard.

Much more on this matter coming in future posts.

Stay tuned.....and LEARN LEARN LEARN some new fig related information of a kind that you will not find anywhere else. And most definitely not from any "biased" fig forum where most of its members who suffer from Fig Fever still choose to "believe" that FMV does not matter. Those who still make that silly claim are utterly ignorant to these provable FACTS, want your money, or want to trade their contaminated cuttings for YOUR better healthy ones.  Be smart and don't play into their game.

Special message to fig forum members...........

And don't try to argue that it is OK for YOU to distribute FMV infected plant material because UC Davis does so. How stupid is that???

 UC Davis makes it perfectly clear to ALL WHO ASK FOR CUTTINGS that their distribution of cuttings is meant only for responsible FIG RESEARCHERS and not for money hungry greedy fig COLLECTORS.

That is right.....read the requisition form that you submitted to UC Davis in order for you to get fig cuttings from the. Those cuttings were meant solely for fig research purposes and you know it. True fig researchers (like me) are very responsible people and will not distribute FMV infected plant material all over the country like YOU irresponsible fig forum fig collectors have been doing for several years now. Remember when you do that.....you have LIED on your requisition form.

IMO, the free distribution of fig cuttings by UC Davis should be stopped (banned) because of the current nation wide distribution of FMV infected plant material problem created by many irresponsible fig forum members.   Have you been doing that??  If yes, then stop it.  It is time for responsible fig forum members to wake up to these FACTs around the root cause of the FMV problem in this country.

IMO, there should be a Ban on the exportation of all fig plant material (cuttings and trees) that is coming out of California. Were that to ever happen, FMV contaminated fig trees in the other States would likely disappear in a just a few years.  California is real good at protecting all plant material IMPORTED into their state; however, they don't give a damn what crap they EXPORT to all other states.

Jon Verdic......shame on you for not being more responsible regarding FMV. Shame on you too for selling fig trees from you Encanto Farms Nursery to me and to others that had RKN (root knot nematodes).  FYI....those problem sales of diseased fig trees are still documented in threads on the Garden Web fig forum. For that reason too, you Jon Verdic are a supreme asshole. You charged us big money ($35 each) for both a phytosanitary inspection and a snail inspection. Anyone inspecting those plants at your Nursery should have seen the enormous RKN galls on the roots of the plants that you shipped to us.

IMO, those plant inspections DID NOT take place and you Jon Verdic just pocketed the money we paid for those Plant Inspections that did not take place.  Shame Shame Shame on you........you hippie creep. What else have you done lately to piss off so many other fig forum members?? hmmmm!!  Why did they feel the need to leave your figs4fun fig forum to start yet another fig forum?

Those interested in the new breakaway fig forum can read about it here:

http://cajunfigs.blogspot.com/2014/09/new-fig-forum-called-figs.html

Dan
Semper Fi-cus