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Sep 14, 2017 1:36 AM CST
My beloved fig tree was blown over yesterday. Its still attached slightly but otherwise on the ground can i rescue it - if so how? Thank you
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Name: Sally
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Sep 14, 2017 7:10 AM CST
Prop it back in place?

You might consider rooting a branch and planting it in a better location-this one seems pinned between the board and a wall? They root easily. and grow pretty fast.
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Name: Elaine
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Sep 14, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Hi and welcome. Sadly I'd have to agree with Sally that your fig doesn't really have enough room to make a sturdy root system in that little corner.

Is the trunk broken or just bent over? For now, I'd say stake it up very firmly so it doesn't wobble around any more. Be sure any uprooted roots are well covered and there aren't too many air spaces around the root ball. Good idea to take a cutting and root it as 'insurance' too.

Once it loses all its leaves, I would look for a spot with more room to grow, and move it in the fall so it can form lots of new roots over the winter and be ready to jump forward next spring.

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Sep 14, 2017 12:04 PM CST
Thank you so much Sally and Elaine! I will try and revive and move it! John

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