Fig tree leaves curling up

ArcherFigMay 6, 2013


I've kept this small fig tree (40cm height) indoor, in a relatively small pot for 2 years. I've decided to repot it in a larger pot in order for it to grow (the roots were circling around the circumference of the small pot), and as well to get rid of small insects that were in the soil (probably due to soil humidity).

So I shook off all the soil from the root ball, and replanted it carefully in a bigger pot (about 2 to 3 times the volume of the small one) with new soil and a bit of fertilizer. I watered the new soil abundantly, but not so that water comes out of the pot holes at the bottom.

However, the next day, the few leaves it has (2-3 weeks old leaves... the plant just started waking up from winter) started curling up. It been 2 days now since I re potted and the leaves are still curling up and look limp, but none have fallen so far. The soil on top is still humidí.

From my searches on internet, it seems like both overwatering and underwatering can cause leaves to curl up, so that was not very helpful. Hopefully someone here can give me good hints on what I should do to save my fig tree.


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Does the new pot have drainage holes? I have read that Fig trees do not like to have their roots kept wet. Or, the problem may be transplant shock. Figs are known to be resilient, and even if it loss its leaves due to shock, it can still grow new leaves after awhile.
A new fig tree that purchased last year lost all its leaves a within a week of transplanting to a bigger pot. After about a month or two new life started showing. This year it is doing fine.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 8:05AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

The pot needs drainage holes. Then you need to water enough so that some water drains out the holes. The addition of fertilizer wasn't a good idea. Wait on that until the tree has started growing in the new pot. So you need extra water to flush out any salts from that fertilizer. Lastly put the tree in a shady location until it recovers.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 2:58PM
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