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Nov 6, 2017 11:41 PM CST
This is a cry for help! I purchased a beautiful 5' fiddle leaf fig back in July and he was the most beautiful tree ever! He just started dying in August and kept losing massive sized leaves and the top and bottom were turning black and then the tree got super soggy droopy leaves and it just makes me sad. Idk what to do! I cut the two parts that were kinda still alive off and Ive lost hope. The two pieces are sitting in distilled water for now but idk what i did wrong? Will the trunk ever sprout growth again?
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Nov 7, 2017 1:17 PM CST
It is hard to say just went so badly wrong. The two most common reasons that Fiddle-leafed Figs fail is inadequate light and insufficient watering. Unnecessary repotting can also be traumatic, especially if it is not done correctly.

Adequate light for this plant means that indoors it must be placed right in front of a completely uncovered, sunny window. It can't be placed off to the side of the window, in a corner or across the room from a sunny window.

If left in its nursery pot, it should be watered thoroughly as soon as the surface of the rootball feels almost dry.

Yours look like it was repotted at some point. Whether or not it will ever recover depends on how badly damaged the roots are. Rotting stem cuttings from this plant is very difficult. Air-layering is the best approach, but it is too late for that.

Sorry, I don't have better news for you. This is a very popular plant and regrettably, plant retailers are not very good at explaining its basic need for lots of indoor sun and water.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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