Why are my fruiting fig leaves turning brown and curling up

I have 11 varieties of fruiting figs, and Im not sure what is happening to them. I had thought that it may have been animal urine, but this has continued even while I have kept the dogs away. They are in good, moist soil, in 6 hrs of sun a day. What can I do to stop this? I love my baby figs!


18 April 2014 07:03 PM

Hi Jennifer,

As your figs are quite young and small, I can appreciate your concern for them. There are a number of fungal diseases that can cause dark brown spots to appear on the leaves. Rust is another fungal disease that appears as orange spots on the undersurface of the leaf. It doesn't appear from your photo that all of the leaves are affected. I wouldn't be too concerned at this stage as your figs will soon be dropping their leaves and going into their deciduous stage. It is important though to pick off those affected leaves and dispose of them. When the leaves have all fallen off, you might like to spray the stems of your figs with a solution of Lime Sulfur. This product will clean up any spores than tend to hang around over the winter period. Give your plants a good quality fertiliser in spring. We would suggest Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Pelletised Plant Food. It's enriched with Dynamic Lifter and has added nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to give your fruiting plants the right balance of nutrients for their growing needs. I trust in a few years time your plants will grow into healthy trees and produce some delicious fruit for you. Enjoy

Topics: Fruit and Citrus Issues: Diseases