by johnah on November 18, 2020
Fig Tree Watering: What Are Water Requirements For Fig Trees?
Water requirements are one of the most common questions asked by gardeners when they want to grow their own fruit trees. Fig trees require very little water because they do not have roots or leaves, but they still need water for normal plant growth. They need enough water so that their leaves don’t dry out and don’t get moldy, which causes them to fall off. If the soil around your fig tree gets too wet, it will cause the leaves to rot and fall off. A good rule of thumb is if there’s no sign of mold on the leaves, then you’re doing just fine!
What are some things I should know before starting my first fig tree?
First of all, you need to decide what kind of fig tree you want. There are two types of fig trees: those with leaves and those without. The ones without leaves need less water than the ones with leaves since they don’t have roots to hold onto moisture. You’ll see that the type of fig tree you choose depends on whether you want a small tree or a large one.
To plant a fig tree, you need to dig a hole in the ground and reinforce the roots. Reinforce the roots by putting netting or screen around the outside of the hole so that it’s hard for animals to get to the roots. If you’re planting a type of fig tree with leaves, then make sure to water it a lot so that it grows strong roots.
Once you’ve planted your fig tree, you need to keep an eye on it and water it a couple times a week. If the ground is dry, then water it. How often you water also depends on the season.
If you live somewhere that doesn’t get much rain during the summer or if it doesn’t rain very much where you live in general, then you might need to water your tree daily. You shouldn’t need to water it as much once it starts raining more in the fall.
The leaves on my fig tree are turning yellow and falling off!
What should I do?
Your fig tree is not getting enough water. Make sure the ground around your tree is damp, but not wet. Water it if the ground is dry.
Why is my fig tree drooping and not growing very much?
Your fig tree doesn’t have enough sunlight. Fig trees need a lot of sunlight so move it somewhere that gets a lot of sun, but isn’t scorching hot. Also, make sure the ground is damp, but not wet.
Why are there pests on my fig tree?
There are little brown things on it and they’re kind of furry!
Those are probably mealy bugs. They like to live on fig trees, as well as a lot of other types of plants. You’ll need to take a spray bottle and mix water with alcohol in it.
The mixture should be about 1/3 water and 2/3 alcohol. Coat the fig tree with this and kill the mealy bugs, but don’t use it on the roots or it will kill your tree.
Why is my fig tree growing weirdly?
It’s growing up instead of out!
Your fig tree needs to grow up instead of out. It sounds like you’re planting it in the wrong kind of pot. It needs a tall and thin pot so that it can grow up instead of out.
My fig tree has flowers on it, but no fruit.
Why isn’t it producing any figs?
Your fig tree needs a buddy to be able to produce fruit. Plant another type of fig tree near it for it to reproduce with.
Help! I’ve checked my fig tree and it needs water, but there isn’t any water in the pot!
Sounds like your pot doesn’t have a hole in the bottom for water to get in. You’ll need to buy a new pot that has a hole in the bottom of it so that water can get inside it. Don’t forget to water your fig tree every day or else it will die!
Once you’ve finished this quest, you’ll have a thriving and healthy fig tree of your very own. Remember to water it every day or else it will die. Once it’s big enough, you can even start replanting the figs that it produces.
Congratulations Quest Complete!
Note: These hints are not guaranteed to work and are to be used at your own discretion.
To solve the watering problem you have a few options. You can water it manually using a small cup or a watering can. The second option is to purchase a self-watering pot.
These have a reservoir in the bottom of the pot that you fill with water that drips slowly into the soil keeping it constantly moist.
Option three is to simply place the pot next to a sink or something similar so you can periodically fill it with water. This won’t keep the soil moist for long periods of time but should be enough for the plant to survive until you have time to do something else with it.
To solve the sunlight issue, you have a few options as well. The first is to try and give it as much direct sunlight as possible. The second is to move it somewhere that does not get direct sunlight but does get bright sunlight.
A rarely used room or something similar should work.
If neither of those options are available to you, you can also purchase a full-spectrum light bulb to place next to the plant. While this isn’t as good as natural sunlight, it should still help your fig tree to grow better.
To solve the problem of the soil type, you have a few options as well. The first and easiest is to just continue to water the plant and hope for the best. Over time the plant will grow and eventually consume all of the wrong nutrients in the pot and will be able to replace them with better nutrients from the soil.
This can take months or even years, but it has worked for some people.
The second option is to take up your plant and transplant it into a new pot. This way you can fill the pot with soil that more closely matches your plants needs. The third option is to take up your plant and transplant it into the ground.
This way it has access to whatever nutrients are naturally found in the soil where it is located.
The final option is something a bit radical. There is a theory that all plants (even fruit bearing plants) need a certain amount of toxic materials in their soil to be able to grow correctly. By adding small amounts of specific types of poisonous materials to the soil you can help your plant grow as large and as healthy as possible.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Seed germination and seedling distribution of Ficus pertusa and F. tuerckheimii: Are strangler figs autotoxic? by JH Titus, NM Holbrook, FE Putz – Biotropica, 1990 – JSTOR
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Significance and limits in the use of predawn leaf water potential for tree irrigation by T Améglio, P Archer, M Cohen, C Valancogne… – Plant and Soil, 1999 – Springer
The use of sap flow measurements for scheduling irrigation in olive, apple and Asian pear trees and in grapevines by JE Fernández, SR Green, HW Caspari, A Diaz-Espejo… – Plant and Soil, 2008 – Springer
The response of nectarine fruit size and midday stem water potential to irrigation level in stage III and crop load by A Naor, H Hupert, Y Greenblat, M Peres… – Journal of the …, 2001 – journals.ashs.org
… and variability of maximum trunk shrinkage, midday stem water potential, and transpiration rate in response to withholding irrigation from field-grown apple trees by A Naor, S Cohen – HortScience, 2003 – journals.ashs.org
Irrigation scheduling protocols using continuously recorded trunk diameter measurements by DA Goldhamer, E Fereres – Irrigation Science, 2001 – Springer
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