Ask a Question forum: Fiddle leaf fig tree dying!!!!

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Name: Sydney
Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a)
Nov 27, 2017 7:09 PM CST
Hi Garden Experts,

I was given a fiddle leaf fig tree in rough shape. It was root bond and damp. I received it in October. It potted it up one size but didn't trim the root ball. I water it every week with two cups of water. It was already really bad with brown spots but I keep losing leaves! Is it going to dye? Could it be root rot? I haven't watered it in about a week and a half to try to let it dry out but I don't even know if that is the problem. What am I doing wrong? Please help me! Sad

Thank you!

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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Nov 27, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Let's start with light because if you cannot provide enough light, nothing else will matter. Your Fiddle-leafed Fig needs to be right in front of and close to a sunny window. People are often told to protect this plant from direct sun. That really refers to outdoor direct sun which is many more times intense than the outdoor sun. Indoors, it needs direct sun.

This plant does best when quite rootbound, so up-potting it was not a good idea and that makes proper watering more difficult. The extra soil you added retains moisture longer and may contribute to root rot. Remove any soil you added to the top of the original rootball. Then, water your tree only when the surface of the original rootball feels nearly dry. Add just enough water so that it reaches that level of dryness again in about a week.

But if you cannot provide lots of sunlight, you are fighting a nearly impossible battle.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
Contact me directly at [email protected]
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