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Bethpage, New York
Theguardian720
May 3, 2018 5:35 PM CST
Hello! I live on Long Island, zone 7 I believe. I'm completely new to all of this! Please help!

I purchased a Chicago Hardy Fig tree last week. Came in about 3 feet tall, several leaves, even one fig!! Though small and green.

Anyway, I planted it outside about a week ago. My backyard gets a ton of sun, which is where it is. I read online a lot of sun is good for them. I've watered it each day. Yet I noticed just today that a few of the leaves are starting to look burnt-like. I've included some images below. I desperately don't want this thing to die, that's why I bought one that is already relatively grown.

Could it be getting too much sun? Not enough water? Does it need certain types of soil? Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 4, 2018 12:00 AM CST
Welcome!

Your tree was probably grown in a shady spot someplace. They do need full sun, but also need to be acclimated to full sun. The new leaves will be acclimated and will not burn.

My bigger concern is the place you planted it in. You do know that figs are usually wider than tall - that's means your tree at mature size will be 20 - 30 ft. tall and 25 - 35 ft wide. There is a lot of pruning in your future.

Figs are native to the Mediterranean - that means well draining soil. The first year, keep it damp but not wet. After that, deep watering every 1 or 2 weeks.
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Bethpage, New York
Theguardian720
May 4, 2018 9:18 AM CST
Thank you for the help!

Yeah I've seen that they grow to be tremendous in size as you say, my in laws have a fully grown one and I'm always staggered every time I like at it. I'm okay with pruning.

Thanks again.

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