did a freeze cure my fig tree of fmv

fernando-grow(8)June 17, 2011

HI FOLKS, I LIVE IN LAFAYETTE LA. AND WE HAD A PRETTY HARD FREEZE THIS WINTER IN WICH I LOST QUIET A FEW YOUNG FIG TREES. MOST OF THEM HAVE RETURNED AND I HAVE ONE IN GENERAL THAT HAS AMAZED ME, IT IS A LATARULLA OR ITALIAN HONEY FIG. I KNEW IT HAD FMV AFTER I PLANTED IT AND ALMOST DUG IT UP TO DESTROYED IT BUT AFTER SEVERAL COMMENTS FROM YOU GUYS I KEPT IT. ANYWAY AFTER THE FREEZE THE TREE CAME BACK AND GREW TALLER THAN BEFORE. IT WAS ONLY TWO YEARS OLD BUT IT SHOWED NO SIGN OF FMV AND IN FACT THE LEAVES ARE DARK GREEN AND HEALTHY. IT IS LOADED WITH FIGS AND HOPEFULLY I'LL GET SOME SOON. HAS ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCED THIS? MAYBE THE FREEZE KILLED THE VIRUS AND ALLOWED A HEALTHY TREE TO EMERGE. I DON'T WANT TO START THE VICTORY PARTY TOO SOON OVER THE RECOVERY BUT SO FAR IT'S LOOKING GOOD.

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igo4fish(8b)

Fernando,

It is not unusual for a fig tree to come back with more vigor after dormancy. Especially here in the South, a tree's roots continue to grow during the dormant period which is why we are told to plant new trees in the fall/winter compared to Spring in the North. As for the FMV, I really doubt your temps got down below what the Northerners experience every winter and their plants are still infected. FMV is tricky because it is not always obvious and often becomes less apparent as the tree ages. Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 2:53AM
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herman2_gw

Fernando:Good News:I had exactly the same experience with the same cultivar.
I think,it is stress what some new fig experience,when young without a strong large root system.
And stress manifest in diformed leaves too,giving the impression,is FMV,symptoms.
I am sure your plant will never return to the bad shape it had in the past.
So Chiers!!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 9:55AM
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gorgi(z7a_NJ)

Herman,
I also remember you having the same experience
with Ischia Black, which so far is the most FMV
suffering fig I ever had....

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 11:48AM
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herman2_gw

Yes George but so far Ischia Black is helpless.
It is still one foot tall now(may be).
It has a couple of fruits as large as a small blueberry now,so I think it will ripe them this year.
Last year fruits did not ripe,till frost.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 2:09PM
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gorgi(z7a_NJ)

Herman,
Due to your observation on the IB; I air/layered/cut-off
my little FMV suffering (UCD) specimen to within
~2 nodes above soil level. Miracle of miracles,
that same year it grew 2 feet
(yes feet, rather than the 1-2 inches it did before).
and seemingly FMV free. Sadly I lost it 2 winters ago.
So, I am now starting back again with the air-layered
remnants. Is it time to give up on Ischia Black?...

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 2:47PM
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herman2_gw

I think we should look oversee for a healthy specimen,and get cuttings.
I am sure there are a lot of clean,Black Ischia in garden,all over even in the south of USA.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 9:53PM
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dieseler

My sick ischia black has seen garage temps as low as 6 to 8 in winter it wont die and still stunted.
I posted on other forum about 1 i had in lab for 2 years and it was shipped back but there was no interest in that thread.
Martin

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 10:05PM
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