My sad little Fig still looks like a stick in the ground. I had 2 small buds about a month ago, but then we got snow and the green turned to brown. I was about to give up, as it was planted 2 months ago, but I did the scratch test and it was green and very much alive. Now, although from 5 ft away it still looks like the stick it has supporting it, there are 3 leaves! This makes me very happy and I check its progress daily. So, be patient! Some trees (obviously) take a lot longer than others to show signs of life.