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May 7, 2020 1:42 PM CST

Hi,

I attempted to resuscitate my beloved fiddle leaf fig by moving it to a 2" larger planter. The plant has many brown spots, and the stalk is brown, but not withered. After I moved it to the new planter and replaced the soil, the plant has not changed—the brown spots haven't grown, but new leaves haven't sprouted either. Is this plant a lost cause? I'm hoping not, but am looking for advice! Pictures attached.

Thanks
Nina
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May 8, 2020 8:49 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Welcome! Nina. I don't think it is worth trying to save.

The original leaf spots and other issues it had prior to the repotting were most likely caused by not enough sunlight and/or soil that was getting too dry. Repotting did not address either of those issues but has created new ones. Replacing soil damages tiny roots and should never be done. The pot is too large and that makes root suffocation very likely.

If you get a new one, keep it in its plastic nursery pot, place it close to a sunny window, and water it as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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May 9, 2020 10:03 PM CST

Thank you Will! I am a new plant owner and am still learning, so I greatly appreciate your help! Next time I'll do better!
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May 10, 2020 8:03 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Making mistakes is how we all learn! Smiling
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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