Bob, my artist-friend, traveled for a year in Australia. It wasn’t the first time that he had left Mother-Fig in my care. And each time, he told me the heart-warming story of the lady who had passed Mother-Fig on to him years before and that at one point, the plant had even produced fruit! I was determined to keep her alive, although I was open to critical incidents and there were more then a few, particularly her constant battle with red spider mites! But, with time, attention and much love, she thrived and was the most unusual plant! It was fun to do drawings of her…such an unusual contour, smooth woody bark, beautifully-shaped leaves! A real beauty and conversation piece!
Well, when Bob came back, I already had a well-established cutting, knowing that I loved Mother-Fig so much, and she came to be known as Sister-Fig. I’ve had her for years now and she’s seen family and friends through many Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas celebrations. There was always talk about Sister-Fig! I continued to struggle periodically with her leaf drop and the reoccuring visitation of the dreaded mites (all because of her woody stem), but basically learned her ways and enjoyed her.
However, this summer I left Sister for two months and have to report that things did not fare well for poor Sister-Fig. Some of you might say, “Oh, just go back to Bob’s Mother-Fig and begin the journey anew.” But, I fear that this is the end to this lineage, given that Bob’s Mother-Fig had succumbed some time before Sister. (I secretly believe that she missed my ministrations.)
I have cut down the main stems of Sister, have watered her and am hoping that she will somehow revive. I am not looking to place blame in this situation for I know that it is a difficult thing to take up this sort of project in one’s life. Tonight, however, I AM looking at the countless WordPress Blogs that deal with this very issue and I’m astounded! I have NO difficulty understanding why the fig is of biblical stature! A fig is just soooo hard to grow!
I invite the wisdom of the experts. Shall I abandon her at long last or hold out hope?
Ok…so…updates here. This is what Sister-Fig looks like as she has come out of refrigeration! Poor girl. I’m hoping that I will see something green eventually. For now, I’m watering my soil. Thank you for the advice! If she never comes to be, again…where would I purchase a fig?