Wilted leaves on fig tree - Knowledgebase Question

Ridgefield, NJ
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Question by san57
July 5, 2005
I bought one of your fig trees as a father's day gift. It looked a litle wilted a few hours after I brought it home, before transplanting into the garden. We planted it and are watering it according to directions. It has new, healthy looking shoots in several places. However, the larger leaves, the ones it already had when I bought it, are still curled. When it was at the store, the leaves looked uncurled and perfect. Is the plant OK?

Answer from NGA
July 5, 2005
Based on your description I think the plant may be suffering some transplant shock; if you brought it home in an open vehicle, or if it was very dried at the roots prior to planting then that could have contributed as well. If it was planted correctly, then all you can do is to make sure that you are not over or under watering. Correct watering is the most important factor after planting. To know if you need to water, dig into the soil with your finger, if it is damp do not water yet. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly so it soaks deep into the soil. After watering, wait a few hours and then dig down to see how far the water went, it can be surprising. Also, it is better to water deeply less often than to sprinkly lightly every day. Finally, since this is a brand new plant I would strongly suggest you consult with the retailer where you purchased it. They might appreciate a photo or two to help in more precisely diagnosing the problem. Good luck with your fig.

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