One fig tree doing great, others not so good


Staff member
In the chicken yard there are four fig trees. They are around the same age of 3 - 4 years. One of the fig trees, a Brown Turkey Fig is doing great. From the time the fig tree sprouted in the spring, until June, the tree has put on close to 24 inches of growth on one limb. The other limbs are doing good also.

The other fig trees are not doing so well.

All of the trees have received the same amount of fertilizer and water. When we do not get rain I carry 5 gallon buckets of water to the trees, with each tree getting around 2 gallons of water every other day.

In the spring all of the fig trees got a handful of 7-8-8 fertilizer.

Around six weeks later some aged chicken manure was spread around the base of the trees. Not a lot of manure, just maybe two shovel fulls. None of the manure was touching the trunk of the fig trees, and was spread close to the drip line.

A couple of days ago a handful of 13-13-13 was spread around the base of the trees before a big rain. This was a slow drizzling rain that lasted several days.

One of the other fig trees has put on around 8 inches of growth.

Another fog tree maybe six inches of growth.

The final tree almost no growth.

Why has one tree done so well while the others are barely growing?

All of the fig trees have received the same amount of water, and the same amount of fertilizer, yet one trees is doing great while the others are not.

Picture of the fig tree was uploaded to this post.


  • fig-tree.JPG
    185.8 KB · Views: 0
Last edited: