Have we lost our Brown Turkey fig tree?

Asked May 14, 2014, 8:21 AM EDT

My very large Brown Turkey fig tree has yet to leaf. Everyone I have asked, including my gardeners, say that I am not alone. Have we lost our trees? What can we do?

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1 Response

Many homeowners are reporting winter damage on their fig trees due to our cold winter. Scratch the branches with your fingernail and look for green tissue. If you see it, the branch is still viable. If the stems are brown, brittle, and snap easily, it is dead.

You may see new growth emerging from the roots in the next few weeks. If so, remove all of the dead canes and nurture the emerging young shoots. It will take two or three years to enjoy a fruit-bearing tree, but that may be your only recourse. In the meantime, be patient for another couple of weeks and watch for any new growth along the remaining trunks/branches.