Question by  alsport (2)

Why is my fig tree losing its leaves and dropping unripened figs?

We have a brown turkey fig tree that we planted 2 months ago. It doesn't get direct sun but does get about 5 hours of sunlight. There is some fruit already on it but now has lost all its leaves. They just dropped and did not turn yellow first. What is our problem?


Answer by  emn2293 (101)

Fig trees usually lose their leaves during the winter. My guess is that you might have experienced a cold snap recently which has caused the leaves and fruit to drop prematurely. If not its probably a lack of fertilizer, a potassium rich diet will help. A fertilizer like 5-5-15.


Answer by  walter80 (409)

There is an excellent product called BarkBrite which is environmentally friendly and comes in a range of colours. It needs to be mixed with water then sprayed onto the mulch. It will dye any natural material and should last very well.


Answer by  naputnam (454)

Figs drop their leaves in winter. If it's very dry they will also drop their leaves during drought. If it isn't due to seasons changing (winter) then try fertilizing with Osmocote or Dynamite and water in deeply. Add mulch such as pine bark nuggets or pine straw. Water 2x weekly.


Answer by  primatefreak (1616)

Several possible reasons: 1) If a young tree, roots not established. 2) Be sure soil has good drainage or roots rot. 3) Soil may be too acidic, add lime.


Answer by  eiryck (847)

First, the nature of fig trees is that they do shed their leaves and fruits during winter or cold times. On the other hand, it is due to old age that it lacks the necessary nutrients to maintain vigor and vitality. If such case, provide the necessary fertilizer.

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