Pomegranate and Indoor Figs


Both plants are leafing out in a cold room-which is fine. however the leaves are green pale-how to feed


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Perhaps it is not fertilizer that your pomegranate needs. You may wish to check the pomegranate leaves more carefully. Like many deciduous trees, pomegranate foliage develops leaf blotch and fruit spot. Infected leaves are pale green or yellow and have small reddish brown spots that turn to black. Premature leaf drop is possible.

If you are certain that your pomegranate does not have leaf blotch or fruit spot, then you may wish to check with a nursery which sells pomegranates to see what fertilizer they would suggest. To find a nursery, you may wish to take a look at Landscape Ontario, https://landscapeontario.com.  The Ontario Government also has a site which details nurseries selling fruit trees, https://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/resource/trnursry.htm.

For more information on pomegranates, do have a look at the following.


As to your fig tree, in the winter, it’s normal not to have any new growth.

The Fig is native to the rainforest in Africa, and is use to humid, moist conditions.

These plants do best with high, indirect light exposure.Do not place your plant in front a window or door that will give it direct light. The best sunlight is southern exposure.

  • Mist.  These plants enjoy the humidity, so misting the leaves increases the humidity and allows the plant to grow better, especially in colder months.
  • Dust. The massive leaves collect a lot of dust, which prevents the leaves from absorbing the sunlight and completing photosynthesis. It is important for the plant’s health to clean them. “Every 1 to 2 weeks, dust with water and a cloth and mist your plant.
  • Rotate. Rotate your plant every couple days so it gets equal sun exposure.

Is the fig growing in a fast-draining pot? The Fiddle-Leaf does not like to sit in water.

If you are doing all of the above, then perhaps you may wish to seek advice from a nursery which specializes in fig trees. Landscape Ontario should be able to provide some suggestions.

Lastly, here is a site which will provide more information about fig trees.


Good luck with the pomegranate and the fig.