Re: [gardeners] Re: Figs

George Shirley (
Sat, 07 Aug 1999 16:22:35 -0500

Felicia Herman wrote:
> I have a different fig question: the leaves of our tree have rust-colored
> spots, especially around the edges, and they make the leaves turn brittle
> and then basically fall off.
> Any ideas?
> Felicia
> Cambridge, MA

My tree does that when it's heat stressed and not getting enough water.
Fig trees need about a six inch deep mulch out to the drip line as their
roots are very close to the surface. Also need about 35 gallons of water
a week to stay healthy. I feed mine a little 8-8-8 about twice a year,
when leaves come out in spring and again when the fruit first starts