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Shanegolang
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Denham Springs, La
Member since Sep 2015
156 posts

LSU Purple
I purchased a LSU purple fig tree from Cleggs last year and plated it per their instructions. It was maybe 2 feet tall and already had two or three figs on it. Fast forward to this year and it hasn't grown even an inch but did produce another two or three figs over the summer.I didn't cover it when we had the 24* record breaking winter day about a month or so ago. Is it likely to have survived that? All the leaves have fallen off.


Jibbajabba
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Louisiana
Member since May 2011
3124 posts

re: LSU Purple
My dad has 3 Lsu purples and they are all dormant right now. If you take your fingernail or a knife, you can scratch the bark and it should be a healthy green/white color. If it is not, throw it away and try again. My money is on it to be fine, just dormant.


otowntiger
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re: LSU Purple
The cold shouldn’t kill figs. My grandmother had several great big fig trees on her property in Baton Rouge and they obviously withstood lots of cold over many years. It is likely just dormant currently but as for the lack of growth so far it Could be a water or nutritional issue.


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Shanegolang
LSU Fan
Denham Springs, La
Member since Sep 2015
156 posts

re: LSU Purple
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If you take your fingernail or a knife, you can scratch the bark and it should be a healthy green/white color.

Thank you very much, did this and it's fine.........glad it wasnt dead.


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CrawDude
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Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2019
991 posts

re: LSU Purple
The fact it hasn’t grown an inch in over a year seems unusual. What time of the year did you plant it?

Have you planted it in area with sufficient sun - at least a 1/2 day sun, whether it be morning, mid-day or afternoon? Is the planting location low and holds water after it rains or is it well drained? If you suspect the area is not well drained, and perhaps the fig is planted to low, you can remove the fig, build up the area you have it planted perhaps 6 to 9 inches high (perhaps 3 feet in diameter) with “garden soil” and re-plant it in the raised area. You can do this anytime now since the fig is dormant, small and young in age.

Sometimes it takes trees/shrubs a year or so settle in and grow, but my experience with figs, and the LSU Purple in particular, is they grow pretty fast.

And I see, as others recommended, that you have verified it is living. The fig varieties recommended for Louisiana, including LSU Purple, are very cold tolerant.


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