Ask a Question forum: DYING FIDDLE LEAF FIG! Help!!

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Huntsville, AL
Jun 23, 2017 1:12 PM CST
My boyfriend bought a fiddle leaf fig for our home around February.
We haven't repotted it. Its pot is sitting in another ceramic pot.
He takes it out of the ceramic pot in order for it to drain.
Then he puts it in the backyard in direct sunlight. He's left it outside overnight a few times. I don't know anything about plants so I didn't pay much attention to what he is doing..... But now I realize that this pretty tree is dying/dead!
What can we do to save it?? I've done research since then and now know to make sure it isn't over watered, to put it by a window with plenty of light, and not to let it sit in a drafty, cold room.
But is this poor tree too far gone?!
Any suggestions?! Should dead stems be picked off? Repotted?
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jun 24, 2017 8:27 AM CST
The problem has been moving it outside into direct sunlight. It is not commonly understood that outdoor direct sun is many times more intense than indoor sun and can easily burn foliage grown indoors. Your Fiddle-leafed Fig was intended for use indoors near a sunny window. Because you have kept it in its nursery pot, over watering is not much of an issue unless you water it every day or two or leave it sitting in water. A weekly watering should be about right, but don't let the soil dry more than about a half -inch deep.

New growth comes in at the tops of each stem rather than along the sides of the stems. You may want to prune back the one stem that is leafless.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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