In fact, I've noticed that young fig trees also have a way of dropping their leaves if the ground suddenly gets too dry, then they start up again with fewer leaves so that the water they get is sufficient to 'go round'. Kind of like Sepp's 'shock technique'. It freaked me out the first time it happened, but one of my fig trees has done it two years running now as the temperatures have soared and it hasn't done it any harm. Figs seem to know how to cope with too much sun!
Our figs bear year round - and the birds love them. Someday I will put nets around them, but for now, I prefer the birds eating the figs.
It was bought in a pot, so it had minimal root disturbance. Also, the land down there is not so dry and less shallow than the land higher up so the soil isn't drying out so badly. I water twice a week by filling up that plastic pot thing, which has a large stone inside to stop it blowing away when it's empty, and a couple of small holes in the bottom to let the water drip out slowly.
This tree is on much thinner, poorer, drier soil. It was planted two years ago, and as soon as the weather gets hot and the soil starts to dry out, this happens...
Only the mature leaves fall - the buds keep growing, as though the plant made a decision to re-balance roots and leaves so that the limited water can still supply at least a few leaves.
Also, I have a very tiny fig tree.
I dug this up from the side of the road. It was a sucker of another fig tree whose roots had crossed under the road and was dismayed to see that there was very little actual root on this little plant as it was nearly totally dependent on 'mom' to supply it with everything it needed. Originally it was very bushy with about eight little shoots coming up, but I thinned them out leaving only one in the hope that it could still take in enough water to keep that one going. It's doing really well now, with no shade at all. We do have to water that one most days to compensate for its crappy root system though. In fact, any time you dig up a plant you are going to damage the roots, so it's very likely to struggle a bit with water supply unless you plant a potted specimen.
I don't fertilize nearly as much as most sources recommend, either. A bit of nitrogen to help them get started in their early years, but after that, I've never seen any benefit... even in very poor soil.
Mulch does seem to help quite a bit, especially while they are getting established. Wood chips, pine straw, whatever helps regulate the moisture content in the soil.
Of course I am thrilled that they are alive. I am just trying to better understand how figs grow around here, especially from scions.
that is pretty late for an established plant, though. on the other hand, several small fig plants here broke dormancy this year only to die back to the ground when we had that real late hard frost. they sprouted again a couple of weeks later.
Now with that part said, wondering if anyone has fig cuttings available. If so, please email me, willing to pay shipping plus some for your work. firstname.lastname@example.org thanks
Justin Koenig wrote:My grandmother-in-law gave me a fig tree sprout from her own gigantic fig tree at her house. I planted it unaware of where her tree was at her house. It was through observation and finally seeing the mother tree I discovered that it needs some shade, I was wondering if there is a tree or some type of poly-companion remedy to give it the needed shade. I planted it before researching and my discovery of permaculture. Any advice?