Fig Tree Question...

jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)March 5, 2010


I am in Tucson... On Valentines day, I got a fig tree from lowes. In one of those plant the whole pot deals.

It was/is dormant, they all were...

It is still in the original container, was planning to plant it this weekend in a pot.

It is still dormant I guess.. i'ts not showing any signs of life yet.

Does anyone know if this is right? I thought we'd see green by now.

It is Ultra Dwarf Brown Turkey Fig..

I really had my heart set on this tree doing well, it is my Valentines gift.

Thanks for any help,


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the buds on my black mission fig are just barely starting to swell, no new leaves yet. It has been in the ground for 2 yrs. My brown turkey fig tree was growing like crazy this winter, didn't want to go dormant. We got this dog as a "gift" from a "friend" and she chewed it almost to the ground. Now it's leafing out again, but it was never dormant. I have a neighbor down the street with a huge mission fig that is usually early, and it's still dormant so I'd say, it's a bit early. plant it and don't worry about it.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 11:13AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hi Greendesert,
Thank you!

It's been such a warm unusual winter, I figured it would wake up by now. So we'll wait and see...

I read about the dog eating your tree. I'm glad your tree is doing O.K.


    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 11:38AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

My tree has dark green small lumps I guess is how to describe them, along the trunk. Is this the buds you mentioned?

Does it get fruit buds before leaves?


    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 7:43PM
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wabikeguy(7 AB)

jojosplants, chances are that if you got it from Low's it was shipped there from outside our area. Most fig trees in other areas are dormant right now.

Give your tree a little time.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 9:31PM
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My dog thought that fig trees were "chew stick trees" also. She finally let one go and it is just in the baby bud stage. The wood must be sweet and tasty.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2010 at 10:26AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Still no signs of life..:(


    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 4:14PM
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I have 25 fig trees and a bunch of rooted cuttings and they have all leafed out. Even so your tree may have just arrived from a colder part of the country just before you purchased it. I would give it another week or two.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 5:18PM
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hmm, can you post a photo of your tree?
I guess it probably is a bit cooler where you are, but I hate to bear bad news (well it's good for me, possibly bad for you) but both of my fig trees are in the middle of leafing out and they already have figs on them. (yeah even the one that the dog chewed has one big fig on it already).

What I would do is I would scratch the skin on a branch or try to snap or cut a small branch and see if it is still green inside. I guess you could scratch the main trunk too if the branches look dry. if any part of it is still green, I'd say you have nothing to worry about.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 7:39PM
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Zill(z9 AZ)

I have a Kadota & a Brown Turkey (not dwarf, tho), side-by-side, and both are in leaf and have 1" in diameter fruit. This is in Phoenix. If it is (dare I use the term) "dead" check back with Lowe's -- I think they will refund.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 3:10PM
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I have a mission fig and it started leafing out 2 wks ago i remember when we planted it it was hit with that hard frost and took a second year to look like it was alive last year was the first time we had any fruit I have to cover the whole tree or the birds get every one. Good luck

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 10:04PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hi Every one!
Thank you so much for your help!!

greendesert, I cant really figure out a place to get a good pic of the tree.. too much BIZY background. Maybe I could round up a sheet for backdrop. LOL!

I did scratch the base... a little white to the bark and not a good deep green. :( I"m pretty sure its dead.

If so , they all were because I kept looking in on them at lowes, and the left overs weren'T leafing out either.!! GRRR!!!

I puruned about 4" off top, and its dead, brittle, and pithy in center.

I will get back to lowes this week.

It was a valentines gift and I'm very upset with the whole situation right now. :(

The other 3 trees, various fruit, we got, "just because" are fine.

Rather than a refund, I am going to see if they can order me a "living" fig tree!

Thanks again !

I hope you are all enjoying our beautiful spring!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 11:31AM
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yeah it helps if it's a "living" tree huh... Those tend to fruit better than the dead ones LOL.
I was going to suggest that you might be better off with a refund and finding a fig tree at one of the other nurseries or a private source, but then I noticed you're in Tucson. I know some sources here in the Phx area, but not in Tucson. Then I also noticed that your variety was some ultra dwarf Brown Turkey and I'm not sure who might have that.
Personally I don't do any of that dwarfing crap. I don't see anything wrong with a standard size tree, especially with figs. They're beautiful and give awesome shade.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 1:26PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hi greendesert,
Yes, they do tend to fruit better if alive...ROFL! Thank you, needed the laugh. :)

yes, all the trees this season at HD and Lowes were dwarf or semi. But that actually is better for me. I'm in a trailor park and don't have much yard.

two large vehicles, shed, camper, boat... not alot of yard left..ROFL!

I will get to Lowes one day this week and see what I can do.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 4:41PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

I Returned the tree for a refund. The remaining trees at lowes, 3 I think, had not leafed out either. It looks like the whole lot was dead.


Thank you all for your time and help!!


    Bookmark   April 11, 2010 at 8:44PM
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Civano Nursery
Jojo there are two good nurseries where you live. They both stock Dave Wilson grown trees which means they will be true to type.

5301 S. Houghton Road
Tucson, Arizona

Mesquite Valley Growers
8005 East Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85710

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 2:38AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hi Thisisme~
Thank you so much for your time and help!
We've been so busy, it didn't even occur to me to call around.
Hubby took time off work to tackle some of the honey do list.
I will see if we can get out to mesquite valley growers maybe sunday. I've been wanting to get out there anyway to look at succulents.

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 7:50PM
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zzini(Sunset 13)

I'm in Phx and I ordered a Mission fig from one of the big seed catalog companies years ago - it came as a twig with a bundle of dirt on one end and no sign of life at the other. After I got it in the ground, fertilized it and tried to ignore it's twig-ness for a few weeks - it perked right up and became a wonderfully bushy green actual fig tree. We got fruit off it one year, but the water requirement was just too high (we're on a well) so I ended up letting it die. If you aren't on city irrigation (do they do that in Tucson?) successfully maintaining a fig may be costly.
But my main point is that ordering a dormant "fig-twig" may not be a bad option if your local guys don't pan out.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 12:18AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hi zzini~
Thank you for your help!
I do plan on ordering one if these places don't have one. And i've learned over the years that things look kinda scary when you open the box. LOL!

I am in the city and have city water, but am not sure what you mean by "city irrigation" I have never heard that term.

I got a nice box this year from Lowes to collect rain water too. I'm looking forward to that $$ saver.

I'll let everyone know what I get.


    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 10:42AM
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Jojo some of the older parts of Mesa and other cities are on flood irrigated lots. The houses were built in areas that used to be farm land and orchards. The entire lot is flooded 1-2 times a week and the cost is next to nothing.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 12:27PM
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I would love to have irrigation. I would be growing a lot more trees and other plants. A mini-farm.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2010 at 6:53PM
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Seriously. Me too. I can't wait to get a few acres to grow.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 1:53AM
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Home depot got a big shipment of non-dormant trees. I couldnt resist, I bought a southern belle nectarine. It is in the ground now and it seems to be doing great.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 8:21PM
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Bought a dwarf fig tree online. It came with one leaf. I replanted it into a little larger pot and put it outside. I watered it regularly and fertilized once a month with Miracle Grow for fruits. It developed another leaf. Then, both leaves fell off and the tree is bare. Did it die? Also, when I bring it in for the winter, how often do I water it? (If it's still alive, that is)

    Bookmark   August 30, 2014 at 7:23PM
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scratch the bark to see green as above if you want, but pretty sure it is dead.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2014 at 8:15PM
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waterbug_guy(Phoenix AZ (Melrose))

When I grew a fig in San Jose CA I watered it a lot and it lost its leaves. I then saw a TV show where a big time fig grower said they didn't like a lot of water and will cause leaves to drop. I stopped watering and the leaves came back, grew great, lots of fruit.

Here in Phoenix I planted a fig and added drip, but not a lot. Tree barely grew for 3-4 years. Two years ago I increased water and its been doing much better, some fruit, leaves look way better.

In San Jose I didn't water, but the soil still had a lot more moisture compared to Phoenix. So to me amount of water is tricky, still learning.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 4:24PM
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