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Postby Hans » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:59 pm

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First off, I am new to this forum and new to figs. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains and am a chestnut grower here ( http://www.skylinechestnuts.com ) so I do have experience growing fruit/nut trees, grafting, growing from seed, etc., and I also grow Christmas trees.

I am looking into setting up a container fig tree for my mother who just moved to Santa Cruz just a about 200 yards from Pleasure Point and the Monterey Bay. The tree would be growing on a second floor deck with southern full sun exposure.

Her favorite variety (or at least the one she is most familiar with) is Mission, so she would like a fruit that is similar to that.

I have read over Bill Muzychko's tips on container growing and that looks pretty straightforward, I will be finding a suitable container that is appealing to look at which I will plant in- most likely a ceramic pot (this will be on the small deck that Mom likes to sit out on and look out onto the bay so I want it to look nice).

What I need advice on is what variety should I choose for this location given Mom's preference for Mission, the fact it will be container grown and kept dwarfed and that it has direct coastal exposure (though the southern exposure to the bay means that the wind is not as strong as it is on the West side of Santa Cruz)?

Thanks all for your help!

Re: New Here!

Postby Axel » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:46 pm

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Taste wise, desert king is the best one for around Pleasure Point, it's delicious. It's not the same as Mission, but it's quite good. If your mom can live with a fig that looks slightly different from mission, then desert king is the way to go.
Tropical gardening in both Kaua'i windward Sunset H2/USDA 12b and Fallbrook Sunset 23/USDA 10b.

Re: New Here!

Postby Hans » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:54 pm

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Thanks Axel. Any idea where I can get one? Do they have Desert King at Pro-Build?

And I know low acidity- 6.0-6.5- for figs in general, other tips on soil for a container grown tree?

Re: New Here!

Postby sanjosefool » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:40 pm

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Dave Wilson Nursery (wholesaler) propagates Desert King (sometimes just called/sold as King). I've seen DK @ OSH here in San Jose, and DWN figs at all the big box stores, Summer Winds, Yamigami's, Wegmens in Redwood City...everywhere!

Re: New Here!

Postby sanjosefool » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:42 pm

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I don't have anything in containers (too much maintenance for me!) but many people swear by AL's 5-1-1- mix in this forum:

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/contain/

Re: New Here!

Postby Axel » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:02 pm

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Pro build should carry dessert king. If not, you can order it online. Try Raintree.
Tropical gardening in both Kaua'i windward Sunset H2/USDA 12b and Fallbrook Sunset 23/USDA 10b.

Re: New Here!

Postby Hans » Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:43 pm

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I picked one up the other day at Mountain Farm and Feed in Ben Lomond (awesome store by the way). 5 gallon potted, great condition. Planted it yesterday. If you like I can post some pics of the way I did it. It is sort of a modification of the way that Bill Muzychko recommends. I think it will work out well. I am planning on trying to espalier it over the next couple of years (never done that before and wanted to try!)

Re: New Here!

Postby RodneyS » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:08 am

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Welcome, Hans & good luck with your new Desert King fig


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