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figgi11

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Hi all. Reporting from Northern New Jersey. With yesterday and today being above 90°, it's hitting my ingrounds pretty hard. The leaves have the typical wilt appearance during hot temperatures like they always do - until the evening time, but I noticed that a couple of branches have very wilted (small) leaves despite watering. I'm wondering if I should just cut them off.

Is this because it just got too hot to quickly and the leaves aren't ready for the extreme heat? Again, both have been thoroughly watered yesterday and today.

Also some of the small figs have fallen off I guess due to the heat as well.

Anyone else in the area having similar issues?

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Here's a picture of where the leaves have a wilted quite a bit. I don't know if they'll come back.

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All of my in-ground trees that had started brebas lost them. I'm glad I was paranoid enough to put the potted ones out just in the evenings after work this week.
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Figgi11,

When did you plant your trees? My early spring (2017) planted trees are doing the same, but my fall planted ones (2016) still look pretty good and relatively unaffected. Perhaps the established ones have roots at the "happy level". I know I planted a mt. Etna fig ( Sal's GS) in 2008 that I never watered since 2009, and it always was happy and productive. In 2012, it produced close to 80 lbs of fruit in Lancaster PA. Of course, the 2013-2014 winters fixed that in a hurry.

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We are having similar weather but the only in-ground tree with sad leaves is the Bari that I transplanted about 10 days ago.  I had to do major root pruning on it and didn't do a lot of top pruning so it will probably struggle for a while.  The others seem fine in this weather.  There is a couple (shown in another thread) that are just now coming out of dormancy (no leaves, let along figs) and this is what they needed!
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I am just tossing this out there, but you may consider applying silicone supplement via foliar application. There is a whole thread about it on here and it seems to work well. Since I started using it, even hitting 98 with less than 20% humidity doesn't cause wilting for my potted plants (I live in an apartment, so potted only). Should mention that even the VdB which is known to wilt doesn't have any ill effects.

I have been using Protekt at the foliar application rate once a week, misting just enough to moisten the leaves. If you have multiple trees, it might be worth trying.

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