Fig Tree

Brown spots on the fig leaves

Zone New Port Richey, Florida 34654 | maggiedonson added on March 27, 2017 | Answered

I bought a fig tree from the local garden centre, and it has looked healthy from the very beginning. It had a couple of leaves that had brown spots on them, which I gently removed. New growth came, and it was looking wonderful. Now, brown spots are coming again. Any suggestions? It is in a very sunny position in my Lanai It is in a 10-12 " pot at the moment. Am I over watering? Does it need a bigger pot? Would appreciate your response. Thanks, Maggie Donson.

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Liz Baessler
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on March 27, 2017

It sounds like it might be fig rust. Does it look like the picture in this article?
If it's fig rust, the best thing you can do is prune for better air circulation and try not to get the leaves wet when watering. Applying a copper sulfate and lime fungicide might help, too. You'll find a lot more information in that article.

If your leaves really don't look like the one in that picture, take a look at this article and see if your symptoms match any of these other diseases:

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Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on March 27, 2017

The most common culprit is fig rust, a fungal disease:

Fortunately, it is not serious, and the best way to control it is to remove the affected leaves as you're already doing.

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