Will fig tree awaken or should I prune aggressively?

hifromprovidence(6)May 24, 2014

I wrapped my fig tree in blankets and tarps as I have in prior years when it's been fine but this year the thing looks very sad still without a sign of any buds or leafing. Many of the branches that were new growth last summer are brownish and fairly stiff when I try to bend them. Do I need to whack all of these off and get a fresh start? Or should I give it a bit more time. These branches are breakable and not as bendy as what I'd think a healthy branch should be. Thanks for any input!

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Many branches probably are dead. Scratch test will tell or usually the color. The dead ones can be trimmed out. But it's not possible to tell where they will sprout back. So waiting until they sprout is the best bet.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 10:11AM
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carol6ma_7ari(zones 6 & 7a)

Oh, too bad, but it's a bad winter for everybody around this region; and I'm about 30 mi. east of you. My very small, new-last-year fig tree, covered with hay last winter, is only now sprouting one leaf on its two twigs. So do let it have more time, but be ready to prune like crazy if needed.

Carol

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 10:38AM
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