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  • Bm issue!!

    Can anyone please tell me what’s going on with my bm. It was growing nicely last year then woke up in March with 6” inch new growth, it then stopped growth after I took it out of the temporary greenhouse. It hasn’t been the same since.
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  • #2
    Some plants go through shock. I had the same thing happen with my BM. It woke up normally went into shock, lost all its leaves and now has recovered and looks great. Won't get any fruit this year though

    I wish I could diagnose exactly whats going on, but I don't think I can. The leaves look sickly, like the plant is missing nutrients.

    What's your nutrient regimen?
    Tom V
    San DiegoCa

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    • Vitooch1
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      I’ve been giving it 20-20-20 with fish fertilizer once awhile. I’m a little hesitant to feed it because of its problem. All my trees are loving it except the bm. Looks like it wants to resume growth but the new leaves are burning. I have the tree in full sun almost 8hrs of sun light. I’m assuming my bm would appreciate the sun I think?

  • #3
    It happened once to my preto, it didn't grow at all for two months, then grew vigorously late summer.

    This is not common in older trees with an established root system
    MJ
    Chicago Zone 5
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    • #4
      Thanks guys for the advice. I know it’s alive and well just wanted to make sure it has potential still.
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      • #5
        Yellowing veins can mean Magnesium deficiency. Add epsom
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        • Vitooch1
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          I will give it a try thanks.

        • minacio
          minacio commented
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          If it was a magnesium deficiency, the veins would still be green with yellow spots. Yellow veins means there’s an iron deficiency. Also, I would double check pH and make sure I’m not overwatering.

        • jessup42
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          Yellowing top leaves mean iron or sulfur deficiency. Iron can be funny & unavailable with high pH. Chelated iron + epsom or dolomite lime perhaps.

          Start throwing spaghetti at the wall 🤪

      • #6
        How long has it been out of the portable greenhouse? And has it been cooler outside than it was in the GH? The leaves almost look like the tree is going into a mild dormancy.
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        • Vitooch1
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          I think that’s exactly what happened, all my young tree actually resumed growth maybe a month ago. The greenhouse was very hot
          at times and soon I took out the bm outdoors it started to stop its growth.

        • Vitooch1
          Vitooch1 commented
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          Could I remove it from the pot and put lighter soil? I feel like the soil mixture is very wet.

        • ginamcd
          ginamcd commented
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          Even if you did, the tree may not do much this year given that we're almost at the end of July. You definitely will not see ripe fruit this year regardless.

          And since growth is already sluggish and it's late in the season, I personally would not up pot at this point. Your only option to change the mix would then be to do some bare rooting and that might set it back even more.

          Maybe pull it out of the pot and see what's going on before deciding to do anything.

      • #7
        I had around 20-30 trees in a greenhouse this Spring and then transitioned them to the outdoors over the period of about 3 days. This was around early to mid-May I think. They were in about half shade during that time. I then moved them into full sun. Most of the varieties did fine. However, there were 2 or 3 trees that are still struggling to this day. The two that have had the hardest time adjusting are Harry's Crete (which still has not resumed growth) and Godfather. At least with Godfather a bud activated and gave rise to normal looking leaves. The existing leaves look like the ones you show for BM. So I think the shock of transition to the outdoors is a major factor here. I wonder if the difficulty to transition is specific to the variety or the individual tree. Next year I will give the trees more time for the transition.
        Steve
        D-i-c-k-e-r-s-o-n, MD; zone 7a
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        • #8
          This is purely my observation, though the greenhouse may be warm, it is still a protected environment for the plant. As much as Figs love the sun, putting them in FULL sun for an 8 hour period immediately after they have come out of the GH does seem to stress the plant, and moreover when they are in pots they dry out sooner.

          I have seen this happen to almost all of my 15 gal potted figs which came from the GH and placed in full sun. Giving the potted figs some shade and gradually transitioning them to the full sun should help them recover.

          There are many experienced members who could shed a different light on your BM situation. Wishing you the best !!

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          • #9
            Thanks for the advice guys!
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            • #10
              I dont think a greenhouse to sun acclimation problem in early spring would still be so prevalent.
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              • #11
                Ummm, to much water? Leafs look a bit down so that means not enough water I reaching the leafs so It could be that you added to much water and now the roots are rotting? The leafs also look a bit clorotic, nothing so serious.
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                • Vitooch1
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                  I think it’s the soil being too moist.

              • #12
                a stool softner can help with that BM issue...
                Ike
                bergen county NJ 6b
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                • #13
                  It obviously burn from the sun. You can’t acclimate them in three days. They should have had three days in total shade. A week with three hours only and another week with five hours. Then they can be moved to full sun. I don’t take a head start in the greenhouse as I don’t have one. But get them out before any leaves form. If they grow before I can I acclimate them for sure.

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                  • Vitooch1
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                    I had the bm in the greenhouse back in April to end of May. It was already adapting to the weather. I feel the soil wet from the bottom. I might have to pull it out and maybe add lighter soil.

                  • Rewton
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                    Yes, this was definitely my problem. It wasn't water - you can see the sunburnt look to the leaves. What I don't get is why some are more sensitive than others but there is a loose correlation to how long they spent in the GH with the longer they spend the sensitive they seem to be. So yeah, I will extend the adjustment period next year.

                  • Vitooch1
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                    Next year nothing will go in the green house. It will just be in and out of the garage. I will have a diy temp greenhouse at the end of the season so I can ripen them.

                • #14
                  When the amount of light drastically changed for a few of my trees they stalled/shocked as well. Really set them back.
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