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lianzhu365
Oct 4, 2018 5:35 PM CST
Hi all,

I am newbie to fig growing and also new to this forum, so please bear with me.
Over the past week, I have been Googling a lot about over-watering vs under-watering, but I still couldn't figure out what's going on with my plant.

The type is Ficus Carica "Desert King", and the localization is Sunnyvale, CA (Hardiness Zones 10a and 9b). It's been a year but the tree hasn't grown much. It bore fruit a couple times but the figs fell before ripening.
Recently it looks particularly bad, so I am getting rather concerned.

Can anyone tell me if I am over-watering or under-watering? I am leaning towards under because the edge and the tip of the leaves are not brown. But I have been watering the plant every other day, so it shouldn't have been...I have stopped watering for 3 days now.
Your advice will be very much appreciated!

Best wishes,
Lian

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 4, 2018 5:55 PM CST
Welcome!

How long does that dripper run when you water?
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lianzhu365
Oct 4, 2018 6:17 PM CST
Hi Daisyl,

I water the plant every other day with a 16L/H dripper for 20 minutes. So it's like 1.3 gallon each time?

Thanks,
Lian

DaisyI said: Welcome!

How long does that dripper run when you water?



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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Oct 4, 2018 7:28 PM CST
Have you ever checked how deep that 20 min. reaches? The water needs to soak the root ball to do any good. With soaker hoses, you can see how far out on the surface the water reaches, and assume it also goes that deep, depending on your soil. With drip, I would think it would be similar, but when in doubt, measure. You can either dig down to see how deep the soil is moist, or use a sharp object and see how far it goes with ease. Trusting the manufacturer of the drip system is not reliable as soil type and weather change the math.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 4, 2018 11:27 PM CST
You aren't watering enough. Instead of watering every other day for 20 minutes, you should be watering once a week for a couple hours. The moisture needs to reach below the roots.
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lianzhu365
Oct 5, 2018 12:53 PM CST
It's good to confirm that I am under-watering. I will start a new watering schedule and let it drip for long hours. Thank you all very much!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 5, 2018 1:00 PM CST
All the fig trees in town look bad this time of year. They tend to lose their leaves early but make a comeback just before winter.
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