Ask a Question forum→Trouble with fiddle leaf figs - leaves look really bad, all help welcome!

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Plantnw1
Jun 8, 2020 10:37 AM CST
I'm struggling with this fiddle lead fig, a number of leaves have fallen off and the ones remaining really look worse for wear.

I have tried to avoid over watering but am now worried I've gone too far the other way and it's drying out. Is there a way to check if i'm over/underwatering this one - I know it's natively in pretty different environments than a UK home so am pretty worried I've been getting it wrong.
I've also ready that lighting is important for this plant, but am not sure how to interpret it - should it be in direct sunlight, near, somewhere more shaded or something else?

All and any help would be appreciated! This really is my favourite plant (even though it doesn't look like it gets that amount of care!) and I'm really keen to try and keep it in as good health as possible.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 8, 2020 10:43 AM CST
If you are following the conventional advice, then you are probably underwatering and not providing enough light.

Your plant is still in its nursery pot, so you don't have to be at all worried about overwatering. Water it thoroughly so all of the soil is saturated and do that as soon as the SURFACE of the soil feels dry to your touch. That will be at least weekly. If in doubt, it is better to water now rather than delay.

Keep your FLF close to and in front of a sunny indoor window.

As long as this plant gets lots of sun and water, its an easy plant to take care of. Enjoy!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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