Monday, October 21, 2013

A new lease of life

A friend gave me his fig plant several months ago. It arrived in my patio with only 2 old leaves. According to him, it had been that way for the longest time. Maybe I could revive it?

I transfered it into a larger pot but the situation did not improve. In fact, both leaves dried up and fell off eventually. I sought the advice of someone who is an expert in growing figs. He suspected the roots were not developing well and that I should pull out the entire plant and give the roots a good wash.

True enough, a wad of sponge was wrapped around the roots, constricting the root development. I discarded the sponge and repotted the plant and almost immediately, it started producing new leaves. Within a few months, the plant is a picture of health. Thanks to the expert, my fig plant has been given a new lease of life.


  1. I see you use egg shells at the bottom, great idea. According to a friend, it needs to be finely crushed as it takes ages to break down. :-)

  2. Thanks for the tip. When I'm cooking in the kitchen, I get the guys to take the shells out and put them in the pots. Nobody bothers to crush them. :) I will do it in future.

  3. How fortunate to have an expert to provide you with the answer to your problem, Ting! Luckily the fig plant survives!! Saw in your recent post that it is already bearing fruits! Congrats. You truly have green fingers!