April 26, 2023 at 6:16 am ReplyjulijunebugPrivate messageGreenhorn
I have a tall braided weeping fig tree.
it has been losing its leaves for a while now.
so I repotted it and added fertilizer.
I wanted to prune it back but then I noticed that the inside of branches was all black on some parts of the tree. It looks like ashes or coal. Do you have any idea what this is? Or are the branches simply dead?
thanksApril 27, 2023 at 6:05 am ReplyNate from N&GPrivate messageGreen Thumb (moderator)
Welcome to the forum!
That does look strange. Did your focus suffer from the cold? Not even freezing, just the cold.
I had a very old Benjamin’s focus that had to spend time outside because I was having work done in the house. Even though I had wrapped it with winterizing fleece, it froze and the branches looked exactly like the pictures you shared.
Whatever the cause, I would cut short all branches that look like that because they’re dead. Check other branches if you see cracks in the bark, they’re probably in the same sorry state…
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“Winter reveals the strength inside… of those who dare go out!”April 27, 2023 at 8:25 am ReplylenniePrivate messageGreenhorn
I hope for you that the main part of the braided stems are still ok… otherwise you’ll have to braid them from scratch!April 27, 2023 at 12:03 pm ReplyjulijunebugPrivate messageGreenhorn
Ugh… Thanks to both of you for your help. It did get cold for a spell when I left it in the lean-in while I was out for holidays early march and we got freezing outside. I thought it would be fine since it was a bit covered, but it seems it must have gotten too cold for it.
The black is even down to 2 of the 3 braided stems, only one still looks alive. I’ll have to decide what to do with it now…
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