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Hudson Valley, NY
Jun 13, 2017 6:03 PM CST
Please help! I purchased a lovely fiddle leaf fig tree a little over a month ago and all was going well until this weekend. I repotted it outside, watered it and left it on the deck to get some direct sunlight. It was very hot and bright (95 degrees and around 1 pm) and when I came home a few hours later several of the leaves were burnt. I immediately brought it inside and now it is SO droopy. What should I do? Was it too much water? I soaked the soil since it was freshly potted. Does it just need time to recover from the burn? Should I remove the burnt leaves or wait? Please send advice.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 14, 2017 10:59 AM CST
Sunburn. 😞
Plants need to be slowly acclimated to direct sun, a little bit more, each day.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Hudson Valley, NY
Jun 14, 2017 12:09 PM CST
Thanks Philipwonel for your reply. Do you think it will recover? Is the sunburn the reason why it's wilty? Is there anything I can do for it now or just wait for it to recover? I clipped a few of the really burnt leaves off this morning. The soil is very damp still (since Sunday) so I will wait a while before watering again.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 14, 2017 1:44 PM CST
First ! Your first name, and fill in your profile, is nice and good to have.
Ok ! Ok !!! I know !😬! On to plant !
Its sunburned ! For shure buddy.
It'll take some time to recover from shock. Dont dround the sucker with water.
Put outside, on covered patio with no direct sun for a few days, or you could cover with thin cloth or rag.
Then a few days with an hour or two of morning sun. Progressive ! You get the ideal. Thumbs up
I sure hope pot has drain holes, so it dosent dround.
Weather your going to leave in pot or not ! I'd get it out of the sopping wet soil. Put in pot with drain holes, and, some well draining soil.
What i use, is, equal parts of potting soil and washed sand.
I'm sure it will survive. Thumbs up
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jun 17, 2017 6:51 AM CST
Your Fiddle-leafed Fig is doubly stressed from repotting and excessive sunlight. For future reference, these plants do best if kept in their nursery pots and kept indoors near a sunny window.

The leaves were damaged by the sun and will not recover. It is best to remove all of the burned and damaged leaves. If the roots are still healthy, then gradually healthy new growth will emerge from the tops of each stem. Water as soon as the top half-inch of soil is dry. Be patient!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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