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May 19, 2020 8:58 AM CST
Baton Rouge, La
I'm a new inside plant grower. I LOVE my Fiddle Leaf fig! For the past week It doesn't look very healthy. Can someone help me figure out what's wrong?

I have it located in natural light, away from the window. I water it once per week (or when the top two inches of soil is dry) with lukewarm, filtered water. I fertilized it 12 days ago with "Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food." It's a 3-1-2.
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May 19, 2020 9:06 AM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Looks like it could be getting too much sun.

How much sun does it get everyday?
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May 19, 2020 9:08 AM CST
Name: Kim
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I saw @plantladylin has one, so maybe she can help?
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May 19, 2020 9:31 AM CST
Baton Rouge, La
It's about 15 feet away from the window, with no real direct sunlight except maybe an hour from 9-10am. And I rotate it about every 3-4 days
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May 19, 2020 10:02 AM CST
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
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It's actually too FAR from the window. It would prefer to be within 5 feet of the window, so not sunburn. Did you put any potting soil on top of original soil? If so, remove it. Did you firm the new potting soil down the side of the rootball? If not, do it now. When you water it , do you water the entire rootball all the way around? If not, do it that way from now on. Does water come out of the bottom when you water? It should.

Ficus as a group are sensitive to changes in their environment and respond by losing leaves, especially if the light changes intensity. They are grown in greenhouses with very high light intensity, high humidity, and plenty of water. When 1 of those things changes the others should change as well to keep the plant healthy.

Most of the signs you see are responses to those changes and can be partially remedied by moving the plant and changing the watering. Unfortunately the brown spots won't change so you can remove the spot or the whole leaf, your choice

Let us know if you have more questions.

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May 19, 2020 10:07 AM CST
Baton Rouge, La
Oh thank you! I did place potting soil around it, so I will remove and make some of the other changes you suggested!
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May 20, 2020 8:53 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Indoor FLF's do best in maximum direct sunlight and with soil that stays moist at all times, meaning it should be watered as soon as the top half-inch of soil gets dry. Too little light and too little water are the cause of the leaf discoloration.

It does not need ferttilizer and does not need filtered water unless your tap water is hard.
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May 21, 2020 7:48 AM CST
Baton Rouge, La
Thanks WillC!I'm having trouble finding a location that gets maximum sunlight. I may have to start moving things around
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May 21, 2020 9:15 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Do your best. Close to and in front of any uncovered window should be fine.
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