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Nov 29, 2009 02:45 PM

I have a confused Fig!

I live in the Midwest and it has been cold, so I brought in my fig about a month ago. It shed all of its leaves and went dormat. Stupid me, I moved it to the other side of the room, which with the sun being lower in the sky gets morning sunlight for 2 hours a day. This confused the poor fig who suddenly had green buds. Woke up this morning and found four bright green leaves. So, in order to force it back to sleep, I moved it to my insultated, but unfinished, basement.


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  1. Therapy! Expensive and long term therapy!

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    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

      Psychobotanical therapy perhaps? Though I think a bit of existential therapy for the plant ahead of time might have enabled it to avoid all of this.

    2. Dormant...not dormat! :o)

      1. Health check...been to the basement where fig is still in solitary confinement. There is one window which does not give direct sunlight, but lo and behold.....9 bright, healthy leaves. This thing thinks it's in California!!! With snow and below freezing temps, the basement should cool down.
        An intervention may be in order.

        1. Mine seems to be partially dormant. It's in my kitchen in a south window, lost most of it's leaves but has leaf buds and tiny fig buds. I have a Brown Turkey fig and read somewhere that it will put out little fig buds in the winter which will produce a small first crop in the spring and then a regular main crop in the fall. So I'm hoping mine isn't confused but knows what it's doing even if I don't!

          1. Morweb, I am hoping the same thing now after reading your post. My other fig which I thought was totally dormant and behaving in a normal fashion has now joined the madness. Buds have beens sprouting for days. I am hopeful.....

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            1. re: itryalot

              My fig seems to be moving right along with spring now. Seems it does know what it's doing. Plenty of leaf buds, emerging leaves, fruit buds promising an early crop. Two weeks ago I did some minor pruning on it, wrapped the removed twigs in damp paper towels, and put them in a plastic bag as per the suggestions on this site: and today when I checked them they are beginning to bud and root (woohoo!)!