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YIKES! Fig damage - what's up?
« on: February 15, 2018, 02:09:57 PM »
I have a Celeste fig that was in about a 1 gallon pot when I planted last April.
I read about covering figs in the winter to prevent dieback, so I basically completely buried it in leaves.

It has reached 72F here today, so I went to remove all the leaves to prevent "overheating" per recommendations from the nursery.

I found on the main trunk some splitting of the bark:



Is this cold damage or freeze/thaw damage? Or "overheating" damage?

What are the consequences of this damage?


Thanks for the help!

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Re: YIKES! Fig damage - what's up?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2018, 02:30:57 PM »
It is typical when after strong freeze  rise the  temperature , especially if the coverage is dark colored. Last year, when we have strong winter which is now in US, all figs were frozen to the ground, except one which is planted near south wall. A lot of hardy ,subtropicals, were damaged like the fig in your picture. Painting the trunk with white color can partially reduce this problem.

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Re: YIKES! Fig damage - what's up?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2018, 03:15:51 PM »
Thanks, Polux!
What do you think will happen to this branch?
Should I be worried about disease with this injury?
I like to worry about things and ask questions ;D
But since itís a fig, I assume itís basically not a problem.
Though I would want to know if I need to sacrifice this shoot.

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Re: YIKES! Fig damage - what's up?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2018, 02:23:58 PM »
When this occured in asian persimons (kaki), on main trunk, plant survived but this year they forming new branches under the lesion. It is better to cut affected branch after the last freeze so the new branches will be stronger and longer.

 

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