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Sep 29, 2022 10:32 AM CST
Bristol
I have this fiddle fig which has dropped 4 bottom leaves very quickly and also has dead areas in the higher leaves. Is there any clues to why this might be?
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Sep 29, 2022 10:42 AM CST
Name: tarev
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Can you describe to us:
1) how long have you been growing the plant
2) where is it positioned, indoors or outdoors. Describe as well the light orientation it gets, whether it is a north facing, east, west or south facing sun
3) what type of media did you use and how often do you water and apply fertilizer
4) Is it grown in ground or in a container. If in a container, does your container have drain holes?

Also, please post a full photo of the plant.
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Sep 29, 2022 10:53 AM CST
Bristol
1) how long have you been growing the plant -

about 5 months.

2) where is it positioned, indoors or outdoors. Describe as well the light orientation it gets, whether it is a north facing, east, west or south facing sun.

- indoors, facing south and west, it sees light nearly all day. Attached a picture

3) what type of media did you use and how often do you water and apply fertilizer

What do you mean by media? I took a photo with a phone. I water it once a week, I check with a prob if the water is dry. And I stopped giving it fertilizer as the bottle says when it gets cold stop.

4) Is it grown in ground or in a container. If in a container, does your container have drain holes?

It's on the floor and it does have drainage.
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Sep 29, 2022 7:43 PM CST
Name: tarev
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Thanks for answering the questions.

Media I am referring to is the type of soil you used. So what type of soil mix did you use?
Hmm cannot see the full photo.
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Sep 29, 2022 8:21 PM CST
Name: Kat
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Hmmm, Bristol as in East Tennessee? I chuckled at the media query, I have been keeping my lips sealed not biting that word play. 6B and 7A is your USDA farm zone, there in Bristol, if Tenn. Cold for a plant would probably be 50* and lower. Dry crispy leaves can indicate the plants roots feel cramped and dry ( soil medium can pack and resist water in 5 months so that the roots aren't getting the water saturation and drainage it needs.)
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Sep 30, 2022 2:38 AM CST
Bristol
Hello! Forgive me, Bristol as the city in the UK (I should have know there was more on the USA)

The medium is the same soil as when I first got it, which is from IKEA.

I often check that any water isn't sitting at the bottom of the pot.
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Sep 30, 2022 10:53 AM CST
Name: tarev
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Hmm..sometimes the soil used by merchant sellers are not the best..at times cramped with too moisture retentive stuff that eventually kills off the roots, since they are anticipating it may stay a bit longer on the shelves before it gets bought.

I am inclined to suggest, maybe check the condition of the roots, to see if it is still okay.

I still cannot see a full photo of your plant. So it is also possible a case of ventilation issue. What time do you water the plant? Do it only in daytime..in the morning ideally and if you have a fan, run some good air around it to induce better ventilation.

Depending too on the material of your container, if it is glazed ceramic at times it holds water moisture longer..so it will still affect the root system. But you did say you have a moisture tester, so be very careful. Plant is gradually slowing down too as light levels intensity gets weaker and duration shorter.

Observe the leaves again..since I cannot see the entire plant..if it is the lower level leaves, maybe it is just the older leaves dying off naturally.

That is all I can say for now. Ah, no fertilizers for now..there is some stress going on with your plant.

Other growers will chime in..so see what applies to your set up there..good luck!
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Sep 30, 2022 12:06 PM CST
Bristol
Thank you for a reply, I'll try attached the photo again.


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Oct 2, 2022 3:21 PM CST
Name: tarev
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I finally see the whole plant photos, thank you Smiling

From the looks of it, I think it maybe just natural leaf dying off, I see it is the lower leaves having those issues. It is still a fairly new plant, now having to adjust with seasonal light level changes, so be very careful you do not overwater.

Thanks for showing the root zone area, I think it still looks good.

I do hope after watering and excess water drains out, you can position the plant on a table so it can "see" more of the light coming from the window.

Do you augment your light source with growlights?
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Oct 2, 2022 8:20 PM CST
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I would go up a pot size, so the roots don't circle back into themselves, but stuff grows super fast where I am ( if its going to grow at all. ) You are in a soil medium that appears to drain fast, so that is good.
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