Houseplants forum: Fiddleleaf Fig Copper problem

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Olowra
Feb 20, 2017 7:35 PM CST
I have a fiddle leaf fig that is approx 2-3 years old. A few months ago we used a copper stake to prop the stem up. Since then it's leaves have become droopy and it's just not looking super healthy.
I took the cooper stake out as I've read a bit of information about plants and copper poisoning. Even the soil has a greenish tinge to it.
I'm now not sure what to do. Apparently it's super hard to neutralize copper soil. Do I re-pot in new soil? Are there any other recommendations? Thank you
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Feb 20, 2017 7:40 PM CST
Repot with fresh soil. Wood stake. Gene
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sallyg
Feb 23, 2017 6:26 AM CST
Gene, do you really think the copper stake caused all this? I don't imagine the copper traveling throughout the soil in the pot and destroying the whole plant. Maybe, localized at the stake,...
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Feb 23, 2017 6:44 AM CST
Copper is not a good idea. Don't sweat the details. Gene
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sallyg
Feb 23, 2017 7:10 AM CST
OK, I defer, you clearly have more experience and practice than me. Just wondered. I had a copper stake in the garden with a hummingbird feeder. I know I have seen the advice to put copper pennies in birdbath to prevent algae. In view of this, that is not good, as you'd dump out the copper water all over the place every time you refill it.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Feb 23, 2017 7:29 AM CST
I advise you Google that question.
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sallyg
Feb 23, 2017 8:09 AM CST
Pennies and birdbath yields lots of discussion and repeating with little reliable source.
Copper being a micronutrient yields .edu sources telling you how to correct deficiencies.
Here's a paper
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Copper toxicity symptoms described chlorosis and stunted growth. In an experiment situation, sudden death did result at 100 ppm of the treatment solution. Treatment at lower concentration- chlorosis and stunting in trial plants.

With all due respect, I don't think the copper stake here would casue this result. Repotting will probably help the plant and uncover the real cause. I've been surprised several times by taking a plant out of its pot and seeing it much wetter or drier in the root zone than I thought.

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Hamwild
Feb 23, 2017 10:41 AM CST
I've read that copper is toxic to air plants, but those kind of holders come in direct contact with the plant. I can't attest to it's toxicity in soil, but would it stand to reason that it would leach something out when it became wet? Just a thought.

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