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Q.Working About Our Thirty Year Old Creeping Fig

Zone West Hollywood, California | Anonymous added on September 21, 2021 | Answered

We purchased a home which has a creeping fig. It’s approximately thirty years old. It has not been pruned or trimmed consistently, maybe ever. It has become very leggy, with many stem over two feet in length. Some of the vine and stems are obviously dead. Can you describe the proper pruning process and which season is best. We live in Southern California. The figs have consistently dropped yellowing leaves. It’s on a drip system but does not receive a lot of water. I will get a moisture meter, as I have read from your other answered questions it will be needed. This summer has been particularly hot. I have spray watered the leaves and stems in the evening before each heat wave. I sure we received several days of record heat. After the last major heat wave, many more leaves have yellowed and dropped. How can we best care for this long timer? You are welcome to post my question on your site. But can you please send me a private email as well. Thank you!

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Answered on October 4, 2021

You can heavily prune creeping fig and it will regrow. I would wait till late winter before new growth starts. Here are its cultural needs below. Yours may need more water.


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