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  • Weird stem wounds

    Recently I've been seeing some apparent stem wounds on my figs. On the green unlignified stems. With some kind of white crust in the area that can be rubbed off. Take a look at the photos of two different plants for what I mean. The bottom one happened when the stem was unlignified/green a few weeks ago. When I saw it again today on a second plant (top photo) I had to take a photo of both and post here.
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    GA, 7b

  • #2
    I’ve seen this on my plants last year and once or twice this year. I pruned off the damaged section a split it in half to check for borers but never found anything 🤷🏻‍♂️I too am curious as to the cause.

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    • ieatfigs
      ieatfigs commented
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      Interesting. I'd love to check too but would hate to set back that first year trunk I'm trying to establish.

    • mwhight34
      mwhight34 commented
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      That’s Understandable. My affected trees had a ton of growth at the time and needed to be pruned back anyways.

  • #3
    Perhaps related to earlier [thread] and [thread].
    [Figs] -- Eastern Missouri -- Zone 6

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    • ieatfigs
      ieatfigs commented
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      Thanks! It's hard to keep up with all the posts

  • #4
    It look's like something is nibbling on your tree. Small rodent or bug maybe ?
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    • ieatfigs
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      Has to be a bug. I don't have rodents. The neighborhood cats have them extinct. As long as it's not a borer, I'll be fine.

  • #5
    Looks like an insect pierced new growth stems and latex leaked & dried. I observed this on a few of my trees last year and thought it may have been the spotted lantern fly which we have had the past 3 years. Have not seen many nymphs this year so far and no adults. Also haven't seen stem piercings yet. Not sure if you have the spotted lantern fly there in GA but other insects can do this too. Stink bugs and squash bugs also pierce plant stems not yet lignified.
    Chris - Zone 6b

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    • #6
      Leaf hoppers?

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      • #7
        Cicadas? They cut into trees like that to lay their eggs.
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