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I have a young (~3 year old) brown turkey fig. I planted it last fall and it survived! the winter. It is producing small figs now but the leaves have a brownish gray powdery looking substance on them. It doesn't rub off but looks like powdery spots. Any clue what it might be or what I should do? The leaves remain green and look healthy. This appeared after the recent heavy rains.

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It sounds like your fig tree may have powdery mildew.  This is a fungal disease that occurs when weather conditions are both wet and warm. Below I have included a link about powdery mildew that includes more information about prevention as well as treatment options and recommendations. 

http://utahpests.usu.edu/plantdiseases/htm/fruit/powderymildew

Posted on 1 Oct 2008

Heidi Wayman
Horticulture Intern, Salt Lake County

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