Houseplants forum: Fiddle Leaf Fig - Strange Brown Spots

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Wakawaka54
Jan 20, 2018 11:47 AM CST
I bought a Fiddle Leaf Fig a week ago and it came with these spots, looks like they have been growing in intensity the last week but it's hard to tell.

Anyone know what they are?

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WillC
Jan 20, 2018 3:46 PM CST
Large brown leaf spots are a common symptom on Fiddle-leafed Figs. It is common because they can be caused by inadequate light and/or allowing the soil to get too dry. Indoors this plant must be right in front of and close to a sunny, uncovered window. It should also be watered thoroughly (until water trickles through the drain holes) as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry.

The brown patches are not caused by a disease. In your case, apparently, it was not as well cared for before you got it as it should have been. If you provide good light and watering, you shouldn't see any additional leaves develop the brown spots.
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Frenchy21
Jan 20, 2018 6:34 PM CST
Thanks @WillC. I now know I may be under-watering my Fiddle too. Only have one small brown spot but don't want any more. Smiling

Dangg
May 11, 2018 11:35 PM CST
Hello. I purchased a fiddle leaf fig three days ago from the nursery. He's very tall about 6 feet tall. The main leaf branch was damaged during transport but my husband tied it back up. Also, I don't recall my leaves having brown spots when I bought it. However, after watering it after bringing it home. I have noticed several brown spots through out. I'm really worried. I spent a pretty penny on it and don't want to kill it.
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WillC
May 12, 2018 7:55 AM CST
I suspect your Fiddle Fig is reacting to its change in location. The more light you can provide the better. Keep it centered in the window and keep the blinds fully opened during the day.

Be sure to water thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil is almost, but not quite dry. Expect some of the lower and interior leaves to drop off as it adapts to your home environment. New leaves should come in healthy going forward.

Good light and water are all you need to be concerned with.
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Dangg
May 12, 2018 11:18 AM CST
Thank you! I was afraid that I might have over watered due to brown spots. It's really top heavy and leans to one side. Is this a good time to prune and maybe take off some of the browning leaves? I'm afraid and not sure about how to go about the pruning. I have searched hi and low for tips and still not sure how to properly do it without damaging the tree. Here is another photo I took after I brought it home.
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WillC
May 13, 2018 10:05 AM CST
It is pretty hard to over water a Fiddle-leafed Fig. The spots are most likely caused by inadequate light and possibly allowing the soil to get too dry. The best thing you can do for it is to improve its light.

Pruning can be done at any time. Like haircutting, pruning is more art than science. And like haircutting, it has absolutely no effect on the health of the plant. It will only alter its appearance. The worst that can happen is that you prune off too much, but it will eventually grow back in so no harm is done.

In the first photo, I see one stem sticking out on the right side. You might start by pruning that stem back far enough so that it doesn't stick out. Pruning it off may also help with the lean. If it is as tall as you want it to be, then use your fingers to pinch out new leaves that emerge at the tips of the stems. That will keep it from growing taller, although you will have to continue with pinching as new leaves continue to emerge.

In general, feel free to cut stems anywhere you like so that it gets to the size and the shape that you prefer. It is that simple.

If the tips or edges of some leaves are brown, they can be trimmed off with scissors. If all or most of a leaf is brown, then it is best to cut off the entire leaf. Once leaf tissue turns brown or yellow, it never gets green again.
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Victoriaj09
Aug 2, 2018 12:29 PM CST
Help!!! I got my fiddle leaf a week and a half ago. It had a few dark spots but they've been spreading and I don't know what to do! I watered it once and let the water drain out. The top of the soil has some exposed roots and they seem dry but I feel as if I over watered it. It's been pretty humid here. Any advice would help. I really don't want it to die. 😞
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WillC
Aug 2, 2018 3:49 PM CST
You have correctly kept your FLF in its nursery pot. Assuming it is in good light, then it would be pretty hard to inadvertently over water it. Some surface root exposure is normal.

The spots can occur if it doesn't get enough light or is allowed to get too dry. Keep you FLF right in front of a sunny indoor window. Water it thoroughly until some water runs through the drain holes as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry.

The existing spots will always be there. However, new leaves that come in should be spot-free.
Will Creed
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