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May 13, 2020 2:37 PM CST

Hi all,
I have bought a fiddle leaf fig around two months ago, and it even had some new growth, but then its leaves started yellowing and it dropped some of the bottom leaves. I've been told by the shop where I bought it that I've been overwatering, but I really doubt it, because the soil in the pot is always very dry, and every time I water it the water just drains. So now I'm thinking to repot it in a slightly bigger pot with new soil, and start watering it more, because I think I might be actually underwatering it. Could you please advise me if I'm right?

Thank you!

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May 14, 2020 8:54 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Welcome! It seems that plant shops almost reflexively blame all plant problems on overwatering. I agree with your assessment that it has been underwatered. However, repotting it will not address that problem.

Keep it in that pot. Tamp the soil down tight around the edges of the soil. Then, let the pot sit in several inches of water for a couple of hours so that the water is wicked up from the bottom and the soil gets re-saturated.

After that, water it slowly from the top whenever the top surface of the soil feels dry to the touch. The rest of the soil will remain damp and will be better able to absorb normal watering.

Also keep your FLF close to a sunny, uncovered window.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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May 14, 2020 1:14 PM CST

Thank you so much! Hearing this from a professional like you is very reassuring. I'm fairly new to growing plants, and everything that I've been reading so far is very confusing and controversial, and the plant shops are no help.
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May 15, 2020 7:49 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
I think your FLF will be fine. If you have future plant questions of any kind, I suggest you come to this site first.
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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