Fig Souring Info: Learn What Causes Fig Souring And How To Treat
The following is a list of common causes of fig sours and their treatment. You may have heard about some of these before but if not, it’s good to learn them all again. Some of the treatments mentioned here are available at home and others require professional help. If you don’t want to pay for any treatment, then just follow the advice given below.
1) Overwatering Your Fig Trees
Overwatered fig trees will eventually die from lack of water. Watering your figs too much or even letting them dry out completely can cause the leaves to drop off and turn yellow. This condition is called leaf drop and it’s caused by lack of moisture in the soil. For this reason, you need to keep your fig tree watered regularly, especially during summer months when they’re most thirsty.
2) Too Much Light
Figs love bright light and are very sensitive to excessive light. They’ll also become stunted if exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. Figs do better with indirect lighting such as a window or under lights. Avoid exposing your figs to strong sunlight during the day either because you don’t like the glare or because you’ve run out of room in your house. If you’re planning on getting a new plant stand, pick one that offers plenty of shade.
3) Too Much Water
This condition is very rare but possible if you have very wet soil or live in a very humid environment. The soil has to be soaked with moisture for too long a period of time which causes the fig tree roots to rot and eventually the entire tree will turn yellow. This condition is unfortunately irreversible.
The best way to avoid this is to prevent your soil from staying too wet for too long a period of time. If you’re using a natural or handmade pot, check the drainage holes and make sure they’re not blocked. If you’re using a store-bought pot, you’d do well to repot into a bigger container.
4) Not Enough Water
This is the opposite of over watering and just as bad. If your fig tree doesn’t get enough water, it’ll start to lose leaves and turn yellow. The leaves will also start to drop off and if this condition persists, the fig tree will eventually die.
To prevent this, make sure you water your tree every once in a while but don’t over do it. A fig tree will let you know when it needs a drink by starting to wilt and droop. This is a sure sign it needs water. Always give it as much as it wants because fig trees don’t like to be parched.
5) Pests And Diseases
A big problem that many people encounter is pests and diseases. Most of the time, pests are responsible for fig leaf drop even though you may not see anything on the leaf itself. Most of the time you’ll see some sort of webbing or maybe even a hole in the middle of the leaf. It could be that your tree is being attacked by some sort of pest and if this is the case, you’ll need to get rid of the pests immediately or your tree will continue to suffer. If you can’t get rid of the pests yourself, seek professional help.
Another possible cause of fig leaf drop could be a disease. A disease will most likely start off slow and won’t show any signs until several days or even weeks have passed. At this stage, your tree might be in a weakened state and you should do everything you can to get rid of it before it gets the better of your plant.
One way to deal with this is by physically removing the diseased parts but this isn’t always possible because the damage might be internal. If this is the case, there are some things you can do to stop the disease from spreading any further.
– Thinning Out: If you notice that some of your leaves are yellowing and dropping off, you should start by removing these leaves to prevent the infection from spreading any further.
– Watch What You Water With: If you’re watering your tree with a bucket or something else that has been used to water other plants, it’s possible that they could be carrying some sort of disease. Always use a fresh bucket of water when watering your fig tree and if other plants are nearby, be sure to wash the outside of the container before using it.
– Watch What You Touch: It is possible for you to spread the disease to other plants in your collection if you haven’t taken proper precautions. Be sure when handling one plant, you don’t accidentally touch any of the others because you could easily pass on a disease.
– Prune And Bag: If your tree has a disease, it would be best to get rid of it as soon as possible. Once you’ve removed as much of the diseased wood as you can, take all the clippings and place them in a black trash bag. Be sure the bag is closed because you don’t want any remnants to escape into your surrounding area.
– Quarantine: Even if you’ve pruned and bagged all the infected parts, your tree is still at risk because it has been exposed to the disease. You’ll need to quarantine it immediately by keeping it away from all other plants and trees (especially those outside your home).
6) When To Cut It Out
As nice as it would be to have a full sized tree, sometimes this just isn’t possible no matter how hard you try. There are several reasons why you might have a problem getting your plant to grow, one of which is because you live in an area that isn’t suitable for growing certain types of plants.
If you’ve tried everything in your power to get your tree to grow and nothing has seemed to work no matter how long you wait, you might need to consider transplanting the tree into a different pot and placing it somewhere where it will get the right amount of light, water and nutrients.
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