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Q.My fig tree has fig rust or physopella fici

shirley J. added on July 30, 2012 | Answered

The rust on the leaves is spreading fast and I see new leaves coming out while others are curled up and falling. Is there anything I can do or just let the leaves go ahead and fall early? I live near Houston so we have the semi-tropical climate and it is hot right now. Winter this year may not be very cold.

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Answered on July 31, 2012

Treat the plant with a fungicide. Rust is not normally fatal, but can make the tree look unsightly. I personally like to use neem oil as it is both a fungicide and a pesticide, plus it is safe for people and pets. Here is more information:

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