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Jun 20, 2017 12:40 PM CST
New Jersey
So I saw this fiddle leaf fig plant in a video and thought that I would give myself a try on taking care of one. I ordered it off Amazon when it arrived it came in a little lop-sided, but I really did not mind. I watered it with about a cup of water because I have been seeing from other websites and forums that too much water can cause root rot. After about a few days, I noticed brown spots on the edges of the leaves, so I with held on watering for about 2 weeks. I put my plant near a west facing window that is never opened, so there is no fear of a draft. After about 2 weeks of not watering, I noticed that the leaves were wilting, so I began to do more research and decided to water my plant throughly to wash out any salt or anything in the soil. But the brown spots seems to still be the same. I mist the plant pretty regularly, in case there isn't enough humidity. There was a bit of new growth when I had first watered the plant, but nothing since I stopped. I will keep an eye out an anything new. Any advice?
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Jun 20, 2017 6:34 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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I have never grown a Fiddle Leaf Fig but I can guess a couple things: Give it more water, don't put it in direct sun.
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Jun 24, 2017 10:11 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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There is so much mis- and out-of-context information online. This tends to make thinks more complicated than necessary.

Yes, over-watering is a common problem with potted plants, but that is usually caused because people tend to put plants in pots that are larger than necessary. This is not something you need to be so concerned about. The leaf spots were probably caused by soil that got too dry. Those spots are permanent and will not go away. If that bothers you, trim them off. A thorough watering about once per week is about right for your Fiddle-leafed Fig if you keep it close to a sunny window.

This plant does not require high humidity and misting is not an effective way to increase humidity anyway.

Chlorine in tap water is not a problem with potted plant. Allowing the water to sit overnight doesn't help anyway.

Cold drafts are not a problem at this time of year. In fact, good air circulation is a plus.

Soil salts will not be a problem as long as you don't over fertilize and you water thoroughly when you do water.

If you are concerned about the plant's lean, simply pull it up a bit from its pot, reposition it slightly so that it is upright, and then tamp the soil down to hold it in place,

Finally, Ficus lyratas are slow growers that often go several months or more without putting out new folage. Be patient. And be careful of information you find online!
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