Can you please tell me why my fig tree has tiny white spots and dying leaves

I have a few fig trees (edible variety). Several weeks ago I started noticing tiny white spots spreading over the plant. The leaves started to look a bit sick. I've just got back from holidays and all the leaves have fallen off. It looks like it's dying. There is some sort of brownish scale on the ends of the branches. I'm in Sydney and the trees in the next street seem fine. Any suggestions please?


10 January 2013 10:29 AM

Hi Gary,

Fig trees are prone to attack from scale. Scale is a sap sucking insect which can be white, brown and pink. Scale can also become encrusted onto the branches of the tree which can be difficult to control if the infestation is heavy. Scale can be treated with a product called Yates Nature's Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray. To help your tree recover, you might like to apply a Yates product called Yates Dynamic Lifter Liquid Concentrate. It's a organically certified fertiliser, which contains seaweed, blood&bone and fish meal to help developing new roots and restoring healthy growth. This product is especially helpful in returning stressed tress back to good health.

Topics: Fruit and Citrus Issues: Pests