Amit Enventres wrote:Alex,
Although figs tend to be pretty hardy and vigorous, in their natural environment they are usually found along stream corridors, and although the streams may dry up in the summer, there's usually under-ground water that continues to flow or at least keep them moist. Leaf-drop may also be a defense against completely dying where the plant might survive and come back at the next rain, but it will miss out on a lot of growth (most plants have a sort of shut-down prior to death stage). Rather, I would think that to increase the plant's vigor and reduce it's reliance on watering consider: shallow waterings result in shallow roots; deep waterings draw the roots downward, making them more hardy for future drought times because they can reach water deeper in the soil.
Chris Holcombe wrote:Hey everyone!
I planted 4 figs into my front lawn when I moved to PDX and they seemed fine the first summer but now during the second summer their leaves are turning yellow and dropping. We have dry summers here and I've been watering them about 1 gallon per week. The soil ( if you can call it that ) I planted them in was extremely low in organic matter. I've been mulching around their base with black locust branches and some compost but it doesn't seem to be helping. I remember in Philly when I planted figs they just took off like rockets. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I haven't seen any gopher holes around them. I suspected that. I can post pictures if anyone finds that helpful.
M. Shiraz Kaleel wrote:
Sometimes yellowing leaves can be cured by ameliorating the soil with (a solution of) some Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts). In some other cases it might need some Nitrate fertilizer - eg bat guano...