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Q.Pruning Fig Tree That’s Running Sap

Anonymous added on February 15, 2011 | Answered

Usually when I prune our fig (Black Mission fig in San Jose, CA, about 40 years old), the sap is out of the branches and the cut tree doesn’t bleed sap. This year the sap drips out. I don’t want to weaken the tree, but I doubt we’re going to get colder weather. What should I do?

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Answered on February 16, 2011

If you see sap, then you should stop pruning. While it should be in dormancy, a warm spell can start to bring it out. This year has been funny with the weather, so the tree may be a bit confused if your area has experienced the highs and lows many parts of the country have.

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