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NewGardener
Jun 26, 2016 6:47 PM CST
Hi,
I recently purchased a Brown Turkey Fig Tree as a gift for someone. It arrived with figs only just growing on it. However, I have to give it to them in a little while (9 days to be exact). As this gift is a surprise and they live in the same property leaving it outside isn't really an option, I'm afraid.
As of now, it's in the hightest room in the household, which is pretty warm but not much sunlight. Also, its still in the same soil and container it arrived in, although i do plan on changing it into a larger container and fresh compost. Which i do need advice on because the website I purchased it from mentioned something about placing rocks at the bottom on the container. Which has completely confused me.
Right now the plant looks as though it's sad (silly word to use , I know. But best one to describe it). I do know that it's not dying, as there are new leaves growing.
I just wanted to know what further care you recommend for the tree e.i, how much and how often will it need of food and water. As of right now you've probably realised i know absoluetly nothing about plants and in urgent need of help.
I'm truly sorry for the long story but i just wanted you to understand my situation.

I hope to hear from you very soon, Thank You.

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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 26, 2016 7:29 PM CST
What a nice gift, but too bad you ordered it a little bit too soon, right? It's a fruit tree, and as such desperately needs sunlight. Mine is in full blazing sun all day in Florida. Fruit trees need sun!! Can you maybe park it at someone else's place until the surprise day? That would be the best thing to do as long as they will (or you can) water it. A potted tree needs to be watered every day. Put a reminder in your phone. Morning is best, and a good soaking so that the water runs out the bottom of the pot is needed in the height of summer.

There's no need to worry about re-potting if you are giving it away in 9 days, unless you want to spend money on a pretty pot. Will the person be planting it outdoors in the ground? If so, it would be a waste to re-pot now. If they plan to keep it on a patio or deck in a large container, I'd advise you to let them choose the new container. Then re-pot the little tree.

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Elaine

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DaisyI
Jun 26, 2016 7:48 PM CST
Fig trees are weird - they have two crops of figs each year. Their first crop is actually formed in the fall and hangs on the tree all winter so having fruit before leaves is what they do.

The rocks in the bottom of the pot are to keep the plant from sitting in water. Not a problem if the tree is going into the ground. As the tree isn't getting much light, it will need less water. But you say it is very warm where you have it. If the leaves and branches are "stretching", better find a new home before its permanent home.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 26, 2016 8:47 PM CST
Huh, that's a new one on me Daisy. My fig tree makes a spring or "breba" crop on last year's wood, and a fall crop on new wood that ripens before the leaves drop. But we do have a very long season.

Anyway, if his fig has fruit right now, it also has leaves and needs sun. I think that's the priority for the next 9 days until he can give it to the lucky recipient.

My tree sucks up gallons of water when it has fruit on it, but of course it's in our sandy fast-draining soil so never gets too soggy. If it's going to be grown in a pot for a while don't you think that rocks in the saucer rather than in the bottom of the pot is a better idea?

Here's a whole thread on fig trees, but it's mainly chat about people who have trees already growing. The thread "Figs" in Vegetables and Fruit forum
Elaine

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sallyg
Jun 26, 2016 9:42 PM CST
Not many disasters can happen in 9 days. Keep the soil moist, no fertilizer, no repotting unless you're sure the new owner will keep it in the new pot for at least some months.
Don't put rocks in the bottom of the pot, it does not help drainage. If you want to repot, use good quality potting mix.
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