What's wrong with my fiddle leaf fig? - Knowledgebase Question

Tacoma, Wa
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Question by bianca5
June 30, 2010
For the past month, some of the leaves are browning from the outside and some of them just develop brown spots in the center. I had read that this might mean I'm over watering, so I have backed off on water and moved it to a place where it gets plenty of light. Soon it started growing a few new leaves that have this

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
It sounds like your fig tree may be infected with a fungal disease called rust. This causes spots that are raised and rust-colored on the leaf undersides, smooth and dark brown on the top of the leaf. Eventually the leaves turn yellow and die. Heavily infected trees won't bear a good fruit crop. To control, spray the tree with a copper-based fungicide in spring as soon as the first leaves reach full-size, then again in 3-4 weeks, making sure to cover the leaves well. Clean up all infected leaves as the fungus overwinters in plant debris.

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