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Q.fig trees and fungus

Zone Brierfield, Alabama | Corgigirl added on October 10, 2017 | Answered

We planted a small Ischia fig tree June, 2017, where an old-fashioned Rose-of-Sharon had died. Growth had begun; it was on the vegetable garden’s drip irrigation system all summer. Suddenly, all the leaves wilted and dropped. One green tip remained. While digging it up to pot it and isolate it for observation, we found white fuzzy growth throughout the soil it was in. Now, a week later, where the trunk meets the soil in its pot, there is a white mat of felt-like growth covering the bark. It seems to be Sclerotium rolfsii or Scherotium Blight, from the limited research I’ve been able to do. Can the fig be saved? Do we destroy it? What do we do about the soil it was in? Near the site we are growing asparagas on one side and blueberries on the other. And there are seasonal vegetable beds in the vicinity. Are any of the other plantings at risk? Thank you for your time and advice.

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Answered on October 11, 2017

Yes, the soil is definitely contaminated. You can apply dolomitic lime, and wettable sulfur in all of the areas you suspect of being infected. This will be good for the plants in the area, anyways. It will put sulfur back in the ground.

I have a recipe for all ranges of fungal/insect/bacterial infections. This will take care of it. It is as follows: First, you will want to prime the soil with dolomitic lime, then spread wettable sulfur to Kill off any infection in the soil. I Also like to spray the plant itself. Mix a few drops of one or more of these ingredients into warm water with a spoonful of coconut oil: Rosemary oil, lavender oil, neem oil, garlic oil, cinnamon extract/oil and for really bad cases, also add clove oil.

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