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Question: I transplanted my Fig tree to a larger pot and the tree looks weak. Any suggestions or tips on how to give it that strong stout look again? Maybe its the weather. It has been cool here in Michigan. Do leave it out overnight?

Answer: There are both ornamental and fruit-bearing figs. You didn't say which you have so here's some general information: If you've recently transplanted your fig, and it was actively growing at the time, it may be going through some transplant stress, which will make it look a bit puny. If it's a fruiting fig, it would be better to transplant it in the winter, before active growth begins; if it's an ornamental fig, transplant it in the early spring, just as new growth is beginning. A fruiting fig can go outdoors when the temperature remains above 45F at night; an ornamental fig should remain indoors until days are warm and nights remain above 55F. For either a fruiting or an ornamental fig suffering from transplant stress, there's nothing special you need to do. Keep it well watered for the next few weeks and it will snap out of the stress. Once new growth begins you can feed it lightly with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Best wishes with your fig tree!

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