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Howelikesplants
Apr 17, 2017 3:01 PM CST
I just inherited this fiddle leaf fig. It's more than 20 years old, neglected. I'm not sure how it's still alive. I want to know if I should cut it down? Separate it? Change the soil. Can I sprout the cuttings if I cut it? We live in Southern California. I would appreciate any tips you can give to save this beauty. Thank you.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Apr 19, 2017 10:57 AM CST
@Howelikesplants Welcome to NGA

here is some info on care and pruning of Ficus lyrata. I hope these are of use to you.

http://www.botanical-journeys-...

http://farmlifenursery.com/sit...

Howelikesplants
Oct 21, 2017 10:10 AM CST
A short update. I decided not to prune it this year. I saw some little buds within days after I changed the soil. Now is full of new leaves and even some branches. I will definitely prune it next year so is not so bent down.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 22, 2017 6:14 AM CST
Magnificent! Excellent job getting it back to a more vigorous, healthy state.

Once a lean like that develops, a stake or other support is about the only option, aside from pruning. I think it was a very smart plant to allow the plant to become more healthy before pruning, assuming you want to propagate the removed pieces. Weak, struggling material is a poor candidate for propagation. Ficus are known for taking root easily, and I've found that to be true. Just snip & stick back in the pot, or different pot.

In the future, rotating the pot when you water can help prevent leaning, but it can be difficult to keep plants upright near a window, they want to lean into as much light as possible, and rotating causes forced constant adjustment. There's nothing wrong with a "hugging the window" and "growing to fit my environment" appearance.
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Oct 23, 2017 7:26 AM CST
Wow! It looks so much better! Great job. Thumbs up

Howelikesplants
Apr 23, 2018 5:31 PM CST
I don't know what I'm doing wrong. My fiddle leaf is doing great. Now it's growing mushrooms. What do I do?
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Apr 23, 2018 8:31 PM CST
Pick them out and forget it. You could try pulling back on the watering a little but not much. Those won't damage your plant.
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purpleinopp
Apr 24, 2018 7:42 AM CST
It looks like the mushrooms have colonized the stick. If it was mine, I would enjoy the show. The above-ground mushrooms are just the fruiting bodies of the larger entity, with the mycelium being below the surface. Picking the mushrooms would be like picking the flower off of a plant, and would not mean that mushrooms are not still growing in the pot.

As the stake decomposes below the surface, it may cease to be able to offer support to the tree. For that reason, I would be starting to consider a replacement stake, or trimming enough so that the weight is more evenly distributed.
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WillC
Apr 24, 2018 8:10 AM CST
The soil you used when you repotted was contaminated with fungus spores. That is why the mushrooms are there now. Keeping the soil very moist is creating a friendly environment for them to grow. I agree with others that they are not a problem in and of themselves. However, they may be a symptom that you are not allowing the soil to dry out sufficiently between waterings.

If you are like most folks when you repotted you probably added soil on top of the original rootball. I suggest that you remove that excess soil and the mushrooms and mycelium along with it. Removing the excess soil will allow the soil around the roots to dry out more readily and help avoid potential root rot. FLF's can tolerate overwatering for a very long time before they show signs of rapid deterioration.
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Howelikesplants
Apr 24, 2018 11:40 AM CST
Thank you so much for your help. The tree doesn't seem to mind. I had some holes drilled on the side of the pot just in case it wasn't draining. I give my indoor plants a spa day where I take them outside and give them a shower and let them get some sun and water until the water comes out clean. I'll hold off on the water for this one. Thank you
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