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SF, CA
SJAH
Jun 16, 2021 11:48 AM CST
Woke up to a mess of leaves on the floor and yellowing. There is this white film on the stems. A few at the top are healthy and not white. Can I recover the plant?
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BigBill
Jun 16, 2021 12:29 PM CST
No. That tip is dead.
Just make a cutting down into good, healthy tissue. It should sprout.
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plantladylin
Jun 16, 2021 12:41 PM CST
Can you upload a photo showing the entire plant and it's pot? Can you give us a bit more information about your Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) ? For instance:

How long have you had the plant?
Has it recently been repotted?
Does the pot have drainage holes in the bottom?
What type of soil is in use?
What are your watering habits, how often do you water and how?

Offering a little more information might help in identifying the exact issue that your Ficus is experiencing. Smiling
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SF, CA
SJAH
Jun 16, 2021 11:31 PM CST
Original nursery pot. In a very bright east facing sun filled room, but not getting direct light. I water once a week. It looked great the day before the leaves turned and dropped. I just cut a couple of the empty stems back to the trunk and they seem hard and dry all the way. Did I under water? The leaves didn't droop or turn brown to make me think I did. The soil is not damp. Does anyone know what that white film on the stem could be?
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Jun 17, 2021 8:29 AM CST
The white substance on your Ficus lyrata may be mold/mildew due to inadequate light and insufficient air flow. The plant may need more water, less water, higher light, more air circulation. Shrug! Without seeing the entire plant and how it's potted and knowing more information ... it's just a guessing game.

Maybe others will be along soon to offer suggestions
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