Houseplants forum: Fiddle leaf fig questions

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Easytoremember
Sep 13, 2017 10:30 PM CST
hello everyone,

i picked up a beautiful fiddle leaf couple of days ago. there are gorgeous large green leaves on top but a few cracked leaves on the bottom

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i have a few of questions please:

1) should i cut these cracked leaves off?

2) should i move it to a bigger pot immediately beause i can see the roots coming above the surface of the soil.

i love how the FLF looks like in the collage i attached,

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3)does the stem grow taller in my plant or do i have to take off all those leaves on the bottom?

4)how can i give my plant that look?

thank you in advance



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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Sep 14, 2017 11:46 AM CST
Where do you live? Most all plants lose their older leaves as they grow. No need to worry. If it a visual mess to you, remove them yourself. What look are you after? Your plant looks great, IMO. Please do not "mother" it to death. Gene

Easytoremember
Sep 14, 2017 2:27 PM CST
thank you for your reply Gene,
I'm in Vancouver ,BC, Canada....what zone am I in?
ok, i will not trim the leaves yet and will let mother nature take it's course.

the look I'm after is like the collage i attached, long trunk and tight leaves. my tree currently looks like it's doing the "Y" in the YMCA!

ps. should i repot immediately?
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Sep 14, 2017 3:47 PM CST
If you just got it, moved it, gave it a new home it is probably undergoing enough stress right now. Repot later. Gene
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krystenr1
Sep 14, 2017 8:18 PM CST
These guys typically have their roots showing on top. That is not to be off concern. I wouldn't repot it. Like Gene says, its undergoing enough stress being moved into a new space. You can google your USDA hardiness zone.

You can trim leaves if you want to get that look, but I'd think you'd want to just be patient, as eventually older leaves tend to die on their own.
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Hamwild
Sep 14, 2017 8:33 PM CST
Easytoremember said:thank you for your reply Gene,
I'm in Vancouver ,BC, Canada....what zone am I in?
ok, i will not trim the leaves yet and will let mother nature take it's course.

the look I'm after is like the collage i attached, long trunk and tight leaves. my tree currently looks like it's doing the "Y" in the YMCA!

ps. should i repot immediately?


I looked it up, you're in zone 8b. Smiling
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Sep 15, 2017 10:49 AM CST
Your Fiddle-leafed Fig will be used indoors so your hardiness one is irrelevant unless you plan to move it outdoors in the warmer months. Indoors, you should keep it close to and in front of your sunniest window.

Exposed surface roots are quite normal and not a reason to repot, as others have stated. If you keep it tightly potted as it is, the risk of overwatering is minimal. Give the soil, a complete saturation about once per week and it should be fine.

Remove any leaves that you find unattractive. That will make it look nice, but not affect the health of the tree. Likewise, pruning will alter the appearance, but not the overall health. Yours was grown with a Y-shape and it is likely to remain that way. You could cut off one of the two stems, but it will then look uneven and lopsided.

In time, the older lower leaves will gradually die and fall off as the tree gets taller. That means it will get closer to the lolly-popped look that you prefer. It will grow taller all on its own without your intervention.

Enjoy!
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Easytoremember
Sep 15, 2017 11:18 AM CST
thank you all for your valuable advice! Crossing Fingers! Hurray!

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