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South western Florida Coast
Dec 9, 2017 9:54 AM CST
I live on the West Middle Coast of Florida. I recently bought an 8 ft fig leaf ficus that was in beautiful shape when I bought it. I placed it in a corner of my house with indirect sunlight. It has since grown brown spots in the leaves. They don't have black colonies growing within the brown spots and the top layer of soil is constantly wet. The top layer has also grown some white spots on it. I was watering it twice a week but thought that may be too much so I haven't watered it in about two weeks but the top layer remains wet. We placed river stones at the bottom of the pot. I really love the plant and want to do whatever to help it grow. Please please all advice is wonderful! Thank you.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Dec 9, 2017 10:30 AM CST
Your Fiddle-leafed Fig needs more light. Move it out of the corner and in front of a sunny window.

The reduced light may in part account for the soil not drying out more often. Another reason it may not be drying out is that you moved it into a pot that is too large and/or has soil that is lacking porosity. Putting stones at the bottom of the pot is an outdated and discredited practice that does not improve drainage. Good drainage occurs when you use a potting mix that is porous throughout.
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South western Florida Coast
Dec 10, 2017 2:41 PM CST
Thank you very much WillC for your advice!! I appreciate it and will move it to a sunnier spot!

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