My fig has sick leaves. How can I help them?


I have a fig tree I have nursed for years. It has thrived all summer outside, but now I’m ready to bring it into the house for winter. These patches have developed on my plants. Can you tell me what they are and how I can help my plant. Thanks!!

q my fig has sick leaves how can i help them
  7 answers
  • Bwe9155540 Bwe9155540 on Oct 06, 2018

    That is damage from young caterpillars. They only eat the top green layer. Plant looks healthy otherwise. Once it is inside go over it to make sure no critters came inside with it.

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 06, 2018

    When the plants receive too little water, new foliage browns and eventually falls off. Conversely, when plants are over-watered -- or heavy soil becomes waterlogged -- damage begins at the base of the plant and the oldest leaves turn brown and drop. Allow over-watered figs to dry thoroughly.

  • Trudy Trudy on Oct 07, 2018

    I don't know about the leaves, but it looks like you need a bigger pot!

  • Met16016083 Met16016083 on Oct 07, 2018

    Spray the leaves/plant with a diluted Dawn solution.

  • Botrytis Dieback: This fungus causes a grey mold on flowers, leaves, stems and buds. It thrives in cool wet weather conditions. It usually invades fruit that was overwintering on the tree. Burpee Recommends: Prune off infected shoots below the rotting area. Remove all fruit from the fig tree and remove all debris in the fall. Remove affected plant parts; avoid watering at night and getting water on the plant when watering. Make sure plants have good air circulation.

  • Linda Premo Linda Premo on Oct 07, 2018

    I’m sure you’ve been told that failing or sickly leaves drain your plant of it’s healthy nutrients. It’s best to remove the brown leaves quickly before this happens with a thoroughly cleaned pair of cutting shears so as not to spread any further bacteria to your plant. Remember there will be a sticky substance that oozes from the stem. Also these plants want their roots to be fairly dry before watering. If you have root rot you can take care of that too. Look on Good luck.

    Mine was sunburned this summer because I had to put it on a sunny balcony for one day while painting and I had to trim many leaves that had been growing for 9 plus years.

    I hope it fills back in🍃🍃🍃🍃

  • Sandie Newstater Vauter Sandie Newstater Vauter on Oct 09, 2018

    These leaves have either gotten heat on them or too much hot sun. Since you say it was outside its possible that more direct sun burned the least. Also could have gotten some cold water on it during the hot part of the day. Water drops sitting on leaves and the sun is like putting a magnifying glass on the leaf. In any case it definitely looks like sunburn. Make sure there are no pest on it or the soil before you take it inside. You will spread them to other house plants. Good luck.