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Subject: Overwatered, repotted, now what? Replies: 13
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 915
 
Like I had mentioned, I didn't intend for the fig to come out of dormancy. It wasn't the first thing on my mind for a few weeks.

The Miracle Grow was pretty much my local Home Depot had on hand other than Orchid mix and something else. It's too late for me to leave any nodes as I had snipped it down to about an inch or two above the old brown growth.

I'll keep updated on the progress.

Subject: Overwatered, repotted, now what? Replies: 13
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 915
 
I had all intentions of letting it go dormant last fall but my father had been in the hospital and nearly died twice. So I kinda forgot about the fig on the kitchen island for a few days and that's all it took for new leaves and growth to start up after it had already lost its leaves nearly a week before.

As of this morning, all of the leaves had wilted down and the green stalks were on their way too. I cut down the stalks to about an inch or two above the old growth.

Subject: Overwatered, repotted, now what? Replies: 13
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Subject: Overwatered, repotted, now what? Replies: 13
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 915
 
The MG mix I bought is supposed to be for moisture control. It apparantly has some magical properties that helps from overwatering or underwatering.

"The Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix protects against the over-watering and under-watering of your container plants with AquaCoir, a natural fiber technology that absorbs water. Featuring Miracle-Gro Continuous Release Plant Food, the potting mix continues to feed your plants for up to 6 months. MicroMax nutrients help grow hearty, vigorous plants.


  • For container and potted plants
  • AquaCoir absorbs water to help protect against over-watering and under-watering
  • MicroMax nutrients help grow hearty, vigorous plants
  • Miracle-Gro Continuous Release Plant Food provides continuous feeding for up to 6 months"

Subject: Overwatered, repotted, now what? Replies: 13
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 915
 
Thanks!

I put it in my workshop where I have full spectrum UV flourescent lights. Not directly under them yet, just to the side. I figure in a few days I'll get it up onto my workbench where it will be a few feet under the light. The windows there get good sunlight so I'll let the shades up on those during the day too.

Subject: Overwatered, repotted, now what? Replies: 13
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 915
 
I have a Chicago Fig I picked up off Amazon from Hirt's. It started out as a little stick in a little cup last spring. It didn't do much except grow a few leaves through the summer outside (I repotted it in an 8" pot). I brought it in early to mid November when it started getting cold.

Since I've brought it in, it has shot up close to 3 feet tall with lots of leaves with no sunlight, just a ceiling light in the room.

In the last couple of weeks, the upper leaves started curling up while the lower ones started to droop. I had been tossing a glass of water in the pot every week or two when it was dry. But now, I guess the pot wasn't draining correctly or there just wasn't much evaporation in the room (it is between 60-75F) and the soil was more than damp.

I repotted it today with Miracle Grow potting mix. I was able to get the mud off the roots and thankfully, they didn't seem rotted. Though, the stagnant mud at the bottom stank.

Should I water it today or let it settle in for a few days before I do so? Should I keep it in the light or let it rest in a dark place?

I really want to save this little bugger. Thanks!

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Subject: Little Green Fig Spider Replies: 4
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 900
 
Awweee! It's cute!

Subject: Biggest fig leaf Replies: 3
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 1,102
 
Yeah, that's a whopper! I saw a leaf on my grandmother's fig tree that looked to be about a foot across. I'm probably going over there to get more cuttings next week and take a picture if it's still there.

Subject: Newbie with some questions Replies: 12
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 820
 
Hey all!

OttawanZ5, pitangadiego, and GeorgiaFig, the tree I thought was a willow might not be a willow. When I got up close and personal, it had some random berry growths and I don't think willows have berries. If I'm wrong then feel free to correct me.

I went to my cousin's today with a 6 pack of Blue Point Brewery Blueberry Ale and got some cuttings. Let me tell you that this tree has gotten out of control, lol. Once upon a time (I haven't seen the tree leaved in a couple of years--only been there during the winter for Xmas family disfunctions since my grandmother died), it stood completely upright but a small evergreen, a bush of unknown origin, and a rose bush (behind all of those!) have started moving in and pushing the tree forward and out. My cousin said he will be getting rid of the evergreen and bush of unknown origin so the fig can stand tall again and that the roses can show. But my, oh my, the fig is EVERYWHERE. I spotted some growing in another part of his little jungle by the door and off elsewhere. I'm telling you, the place is like a gully! But with a nice back deck all for partying.

He is also interested in setting up some air layering and gathering some cuttings too. He has a friend whose grandfather has a white fig tree that has been around for about as long as my grandmother's (if not longer) and also has weathered without any winterizing or special treatment and they want to trade some bits.

He said I can take more when I want and even dig some up but I noticed that all of the "trees" were branches off of one mother of a root system. I think they would be good candidates for air layering.

I also took the green tops off the tree branches and set them up (mostly stripped of leaves) in a gallon container with water and some aquarium fertilizer as an experiment to see how those do. I stripped the last inch of bark from each and left a leaf on top.

The other cuttings are wrapped individually in paper towels in a zip lock freezer bag.

Here are some pics of the tree, cuttings, and a leaf. I spotted a couple of leaves that were nearly a foot across. Dang!

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Subject: Newbie with some questions Replies: 12
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 820
 
Awesome. Thanks!

For once, I am actually looking forward to talking to my cousin (lol) and my father is psyched about me bringing some of the tree here (it was his mother's).

At my job, I spotted a willow tree behind the building. I figure I can grab a branch so I can strip and cut up the leaves to mix in water for the growth hormone (saw a youtube video where the girl did that with her fig cuttings) to help out a little.


Subject: Newbie with some questions Replies: 12
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 820
 
I'm in Holbrook and the tree resides in Farmingville.

I'll see what I can do with the tree and maybe wait til next spring to dig it up.

In the meantime, I still have to talk to my cousin and maybe try the air layering.

Thanks!


Subject: Newbie with some questions Replies: 12
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 820
 
Thanks! That post was really useful but I'm not sure my cousin will go for silver disco balls on his tree, then again, he is a bit eccentric like that.

I was reading that you can "fool" the cuttings into dormancy by putting them in the fridge for a couple of weeks and then try rooting them. Is that what people are doing when they buy the "fresh" cuttings off ebay? I saw several post of them for sale claiming they will make fresh cuttings for each purchase.

I'm leaning more towards splitting a couple of trees off so they have more of a fighting chance.


Subject: Newbie with some questions Replies: 12
Posted By: pearlheartgtr Views: 820
 
Hi all!

I've been reading the forum (lots of great info and pics!) and I have a couple of questions.

My grandmother planted some figs (yes, just the fruits) about 40 years ago and the tree (or trees I should say) is thriving well after all these years. I am on Long Island in NY and this tree has done extremely well without any care whatsoever (the occasional pruning). No winterizing, nothing. I have no idea which type it is but it stands about 8 or 9 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide before pruning. There are also at least a dozen trees in the cluster.

I am thinking of getting cuttings or would it be more prudent to try and split a couple of trees from the cluster to plant at my house? I am asking because since this tree has proven to be quite hardy year after year, I don't want to screw up a good thing.

When I get a chance to, I'll take a ride over there and get some pictures. But in the meantime, I have to make a decision on what I'm going to ask my cousin for (since he now owns the house after she died) A) Let me prune the tree or B) Can I dig it up? I'm sure he'll let me have at it with a shovel after I ply him with a 6-pack.


 

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