The Q&A Archives: Potted Fig Tree

Question: I have a fig tree that is planted in a huge tub so that we can take it in in the winter. During the winter it's leaves become really healthy and even bears a fig or two. When we bring it out in the spring its leaves immediately turn white and paper thin and then fall off. This all happens within a day or two. Can this be normal? Can you tell me what I should do?

Answer: Your fig tree is really just acting naturally. In landscape situations where fig trees are planted in the ground, they go into a dormant period during the winter months, sprouting new leaves the following spring. Since you're keeping yours indoors, it is experiencing spring-like weather and is producing leaves and fruit. When you take it outdoors, the tree is shocked at the changes in light, temperature and humidity, and drops its leaves. It will replace the dropped leaves with some that will be better adapted to the conditions outdoors. No matter how peculiar it appears, it's all perfectly normal.

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