The Q&A Archives: Fiddleleaf fig

Question: I trimmed the brown spots away on the edges but they've returned in the middle of the leaf. It has grown greatly on one side only. What can I do?

Answer: The brown leaf margins indicates over or under watering. When you cut off the brown areas you cut into the leaf tissues and they died. The rest of the leaf sealed off the injury. The more you cut off the brown edges, the more brown each leaf will produce. They are simply sealing off an injury. Fiddleleaf figs will lean toward the light source. If yours is only growing on one side, all you need to do is give your plant a quarter turn each time you water it. This will expose different parts of the plant to stronger light and the plant will grow evenly. When you water, thoroughly soak the potting soil but then allow the top of the soil to dry out slightly before watering thoroughly again. Best wishes with your fiddleleaf fig.

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