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Q.Fig Tree Is In Shock???

Zone Mansfield, Tx 76063 | Anonymous added on June 23, 2022 | Answered

We live in Central Texas and our new home (2 years now) has a large Fig tree (8 ft tall). This winter we had a really bad cold snap that lasted a full week. Everything froze! Most of my plants & trees did well although the fig tree has not bloomed… it is now the end of June and the only thing it is doing is sprouting new growth at the bottom. The rest of the tree looks dead. Do I just need to cut it back to about 3-4 ft or leave it be?

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GKH_Susan
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on July 5, 2022

You can try scraping some bark off the branches to see if there is any green underneath. If there is, prune it following these instructions.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/figs/pruning-fig-trees.htm

Remove any branches that do not have any green.

https://plantdiseasehandbook.tamu.edu/food-crops/fruit-crops/fig/

If none of the branches have green inside, cut it down to about 6 inches from the ground and see if it regrows from the roots. If your tree was grafted, the suckers are just from the rootstalk and the tree is not worth keeping.

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