Fig Trees

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  1. Fig Diseases
  2. fig tree leaves turning brown
  3. Fig Tree Fruit Production
  4. What Is a Sucker
  5. Do You Prune Dead Branch on Fig Tree
  6. Fig Tree Branch Decay
  7. Fig Tree Fruit Not Maturing
Asked by Anonymous on June 23, 2011
Fig Diseases

Potted fig tree has blotchy leaves that are black. There is a bug attached to one leaf, white egg case and spider web, and brown circles with large eaten holes. Can’t decide how many things are wrong and how to treat it.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This could be mealybugs or spider mites, both of which can be treated with neem oil. The following articles may help as well: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/figs/common-fig-tree-diseases.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by bumchin1 on June 26, 2011
Fig Tree Leaves Turning Brown

Why are my fig tree leaves turning brown?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is normally a sign that the plant is underwatered. Try increasing water to the plant.

It may also be a fungus. Treat the plant with a fungicide, just to be on the safe side.

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Asked by Anonymous on June 29, 2011
Fig Tree Fruit Production

I had fruit on my fig tree last year but none this year.

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Nikki
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Asked by illuzzi on June 29, 2011
What Is a Sucker

It said to prune away suckers for a fig tree. But what is a sucker?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

A sucker on a fig tree is a growth that will come out of the ground near the roots, rather than from a branch on the tree.

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Asked by illuzzi on June 29, 2011
Do You Prune Dead Branch on Fig Tree

The tree is only a foot tall. It looked dead. It had one brown branch, then green leaves sprung out from the bottom of plant, but there is one branch that is brown in the middle. Do you prune it or leave it?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You need to determine if it is really dead. Scratch the bark on it and if you see green beneath the bark, it is still alive and you can leave it. If it is not green and the branch is brittle, it is dead and can be removed.

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Asked by Anonymous on June 30, 2011
Fig Tree Branch Decay

My mature fig tree (10′ wide x 8′ tall) looks fantastic with plenty of almost ripe fruit and green leaves this season. However, just recently I noticed several branches that have died (from healthy green leaves and growing fruit to brown shriveled, dead leaves and fruit). On the branch itself is a pinkish beige color that looks painted on the bark. It is not a powder substance and does not come off on my hands. At the moment this fungus appears to be killing sections of the branches rather than the entire limb. Please advise as to what disease my fig tree has and how I might stop the fungus from destroying the whole tree.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The closest thing I could speculate as to the cause would be anthracnose, which is a common fungal disease that can attack all plant parts during any growth stage. This fig tree disease can lead to cankers on branches, resulting in severe defoliation and root rot. Infected areas might emit pink-looking spores. Copper based fungicides are used to control anthracnose.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 3, 2011
Fig Tree Fruit Not Maturing

We live one block from the ocean in North Carolina. We have had our fig tree for about 15 years and have had bumper crops until last year. The fruit matures to approximately three-quarter size and does not ripen. We fertilize and water the tree.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The only thing I can think of is poor pollination. If there is a lack of pollination, the fig fruit will remain very small and may also drop. You could try adding some bright-colored flowers close by to entice bees, but make sure they are tolerant of your seaside location.

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