Houseplants forum: Fiddle leaf fig needs help

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maxlu1106
Dec 27, 2017 11:00 PM CST
Hi,
I've had this fiddle leaf tree by the south and east window in my room for a few days. It's been quit nice until I found lower leaves have big brown spots on them tonight. I don't how should I do. Is it because of fungus? Or heater? ( I live in NYC), but It is away from the heater... I haven't water it, the soil is moist. Please help me, I don't want it die Sad
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Any help is extremely appreciated🙆🏻‍♂️🙆🏻‍♂️Thank you!!
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gasrocks
Dec 28, 2017 11:16 AM CST
Welcome. Is the soil moist all the time? Where was it before you just moved it? Possible that it is just case of older leaves dying off, a natural thing. Gene
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WillC
Dec 28, 2017 12:49 PM CST
Not to worry, at least not yet. Fiddle-leafed Figs require a lot of light and constantly damp soil. Here in NYC, light is the biggest problem unless you are fortunate enough to live on a high floor in one of the luxury hi-rises with unobstructed views! Locate your Fig as close as possible to and in the center of your sunniest window for best results. If you have it off to the side of the window or more than 4 or 5 feet away or if you have sheers covering the window, then it will not get enough light.

I can see from the photos that yours was recently grown in a greenhouse where it got maximum light. However, in your home, the interior and lower leaves will be shaded by the outer leaves so they will tend to discolor as they don't get enough light. You can expect these interior and lower leaves to gradually die back. That does not mean the plant is diseased or dying. It is simply adapting to the reduced light in your home. As long as new leaves come in and remain healthy, then you are on the right track even as older leaves drop off.

Water your Fig thoroughly (until some water trickles through the drain holes) as soon as the surface of the soil seems slightly damp or almost dry. Usually, a weekly thorough watering is about right.
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maxlu1106
Dec 28, 2017 9:11 PM CST
Hi,
Thank you so much for all the helps Crying I just watered it after I saw your advices, I hope he will be fine. My friend told me that I should give my tree the plant food, but I am not sure it's a good idea during winter season Shrug! Again, Thank you very much for all the advise Thank You! Thank You!
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WillC
Dec 29, 2017 11:00 AM CST
Fertilizer is intended for healthy plants that are growing vigorously, regardless of the season. After yours stabilizes and starts putting out healthy new growth, you can use fertilizer at half strength once per month. However, it is unlikely to make a significant difference one way or the other.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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