wbrian
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Location: Virginia Beach, VA

My fig tree is not doing well...

Hi All, Actually it's my neighbor's fig tree. I'm just lucky enough to reap the benefits of it being there. I've made some great fig wine from it! I live in Virginia Beach, VA. We have had a hot streak like crazy the past 3 weeks. Not sure if this is the cause or not. The tree's leave are dying and the figs are rotting on the branches. When I open a soft fig (usually softness indicates ripeness), the inside is tan in color. These figs are usually vibrant pink on the inside. I don't know what the cause is.

Any ideas? could it be the heat? The tree has been fully grown and fruit bearing since I moved here 10 years ago.

Thanks!
Brian

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CharlieBear
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There are a couple of fungal diseases that could be responsible but at this late stage that would be hard to treat. If it is all leaves and bad figs should be picked up and distroyed and the tree would have to be sprayed the next few years with a copper based solution early in the spring to control it. I could be something more serious like nemetodes, but that will kill the tree and you would have to expose some the roots to see about that and look for nodules. That problem can take years to fully develop.
It is quite possible that it is just drying out, some of their roots are shallow and so water should be applied regularly at the first signs of drought. If you had been watching the tree, you might have seen some leaf droupping late in the afternoon, that was a signal that water was needed and now. Stressed trees are more likely to succume to nemetode disease etc.

wbrian
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This happened quickly; like over the course of 2 weeks. We were away for a week and came home and it looked like this (but not quite as bad).

Hmmm, I'm going to get the neighbor to watering it...

Thanks,
Brian

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