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kaylenew
Jan 9, 2018 11:17 AM CST
I bought a fiddle leaf fig plant from IKEA last week and numerous leaves have turned brown near the stem and some have fallen off. Anyone knows why? I read that if the leaves are browning near the edges its due to overwatering but mine browns from the inside. I also spotted some white specks and a web like thing so I'm not sure if it was due to spider mites. To be on the safe side I hosed down the whole plant in the shower.

Should I be doing anything else? Would appreciate some input, thanks!
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WillC
Jan 9, 2018 11:20 AM CST
The photo you posted shows only one leaf that has any brown edging. Can you post a photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot?
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Singapore
kaylenew
Jan 9, 2018 11:24 AM CST
WillC said:The photo you posted shows only one leaf that has any brown edging. Can you post a photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot?


the rest with brown edges have fallen off and i've discarded them, this is the only one that is still on the plant and has yet to fall off.

it comes in a plastic pot originally. i have put it in another plastic pot with a dish at the bottom before putting the whole thing in a rattan basket.

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Singapore
kaylenew
Jan 9, 2018 11:28 AM CST
WillC said:The photo you posted shows only one leaf that has any brown edging. Can you post a photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot?


i just found another one at the bottom of the pot that has come off the plant.
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WillC
Jan 9, 2018 11:37 AM CST
Thanks for the photos. I don't think there is any cause for concern. Your plants are adapting to their new environment by shedding some of their older leaves. There is lots of healthy new growth and that is what is most important.

Although Fidde Figs like lots of sunlight, if your window is south-facing, that may be a bit strong for them. You could move them a couple of feet back from the window, although that is not essential.

It is good that you kept them in their nursery pots. They will need water as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry. Then, water enough so that small amount trickles through the drain holes.
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Singapore
kaylenew
Jan 9, 2018 11:47 AM CST
WillC said:Thanks for the photos. I don't think there is any cause for concern. Your plants are adapting to their new environment by shedding some of their older leaves. There is lots of healthy new growth and that is what is most important.

Although Fidde Figs like lots of sunlight, if your window is south-facing, that may be a bit strong for them. You could move them a couple of feet back from the window, although that is not essential.

It is good that you kept them in their nursery pots. They will need water as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry. Then, water enough so that small amount trickles through the drain holes.


thanks will, thats good to hear. according to the compass on my phone, it seems like im facing north east. its bright during the day due to the full height windows in my apartment but i dont get direct sunlight. so is it ok to keep them by the window?

since purchasing them a week ago, i have not watered at all because when i stuck my finger into the soil, it felt cool and moist. i only watered them yesterday because i saw those white specks and web-like things, i was afraid there would be spider mites so i put the plant under the shower head. how would you be able to tell whether the browning was due to an infestion or if its just adapting?
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WillC
Jan 9, 2018 1:16 PM CST
A northeast window is fine. Leave it there.

You are waiting a bit too long to water. Do it as soon as the surface of the soil feels nearly but not quite dry. It should still feel damp/cool when you probe with your finger.

It is unusual for spider mites to be attracted to Fiddle Figs, but possible. Because you rinsed the plant, I can not see any evidence of them. In any case, they would not cause the damage you have seen. It is simply acclimating.
Will Creed
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Ontario
Ray21280808
Sep 11, 2018 2:29 PM CST
I was given a fig clipping a few months back and it has not grown and it doesn't seem to be doing very well right now what should I do
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