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South Carolina
Jan 8, 2018 9:15 PM CST
December 16th I got a 4-5 ft tall fiddle leaf fig. I have it Infront of a north facing window. Ever since then is has been getting brown edges and a few brown spots. It has lost at least 8 leaves!!!! I waited a week then gave it plenty of water. After it drained I noticed that it was still dropping lower leaves. I just cut the plastic container off and found that it hasn't been draining properly and is pretty damp and the bottom. What should I do to help it start producing leaves?I currently have it sitting with no pot! Should I let it dry out before I put it in a new pot? Does is look like it needs to be re potted?

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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jan 9, 2018 1:56 PM CST
Hi Olivia - If a Fiddle Fig gets lots of sunlight and water it usually adapts pretty well, although some lower leaf loss is to be expected. Unless your north window is large, completely unobstructed by nearby trees or buildings and completely uncovered throughout the daylight hours, then it is not getting enough light and that is causing it to shed more leaves than usual.

It is hard but possible to over water this plant, especially if it is not getting enough light. Was the water not draining from the bottom of the pot? It should be put back into the same sized pot that has drain holes that drain effectively. Don't wait to do that.Water it only when the surface of the soil feels dry. When you repot, add as little new soil as possible and none at all on top of the existing rootball.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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