Fig tree issues

Asked July 6, 2019, 11:41 AM EDT

Why are the leaves on my fig tree getting brown spots and curling up ? What causes this? What is the remedy? The tree is full of young fruit; will the fruit survive this?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Hi- the spots could possibly be symptoms of a fungal leaf spot disease. Wet, humid weather this spring and early summer has broadly promoted plant disease infections.

Figs are susceptible to a number of diseases but the injury is usually not significant. We don't think it will interfere with your crop. We recommend that you remove and discard severely infected leaves and prune out sucker growth coming from roots and the base of your fig tree. This will increase air circulation and hasten leaf drying. Any fungicides labelled for fig would be preventative- they don't cure the disease after symptoms appear.

Contact us again if you begin to see significant disease spread and leaf drop.