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Name: Sydney
Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a)
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sydneynicole18
Jan 27, 2018 2:12 PM CST
Hi All,

I got a very sick fiddle leaf fig tree from a co worker who almost killed it. After 4 months, it wasn't growing at all. So, I clipped a few hollow tips with no leaves to see if that would start growth. Note they look really brown and I'm scared I stunted its growth. Will these grow back? How can I encourage growth so this plant doesn't look crazy bare forever? (I do have one me leaf on this tree that is still opening but it wasn't in a branch I cut)

Thank you,

Sydney
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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WillC
Jan 27, 2018 4:25 PM CST
Fiddle Figs are relatively slow growers that often go several months before putting out several new leaves. I'm not sure what you mean by hollow tips. Those might have been the beginnings of a new leaf bud. No matter, you have not done any permanent damage.

New growth is limited to the tip ends of each stem. Lost leaves lower down are never replaced, no matter what you do.

Yours is in a sunny window and that is good; the more light the better. Water it as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry.

Be patient!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Name: Sydney
Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a)
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sydneynicole18
Feb 2, 2018 9:25 AM CST
Hi Will!

Surprisingly enough, I have a new, weird little growth coming off a branch I though was totally done. The branch has growth at the very tip top but nothing below because it was sick and everything fell off.. Well that was until just a new days ago when I spotted this! I will attach a picture. Is there a chance the whole tree could fill back out?!

Excitedly waiting,

Sydney
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Feb 2, 2018 10:06 AM CST
Hi Sydney - That's great news! I have rarely seen lower stem budding like that, but I am constantly surprised by what plants will sometimes do! There is no way to tell if other stems will do the same. I would be surprised, but let's hope so. Keep us posted.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Sydney
Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a)
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sydneynicole18
Feb 5, 2018 10:01 AM CST
Hi Will,

You said to keep you posted! So, in the last two weeks, my very sick fiddle leaf fig tree, Lydia, has sprouted not one, not two, but 4 new leaves and still a bud to still open! Two of those leaves are lower down on a branch that is totally bare! I am honestly flabbergasted! I have attached some picture to show. Thanks for taking an interest in my FLF! Have a great day!
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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WillC
Feb 5, 2018 3:03 PM CST
That's terrific, Sydney! Sometimes plants put out a spurt of new growth after they have been under stress and then that stress is relieved. Good work on your part! Hurray!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Sydney
Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a)
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sydneynicole18
Feb 6, 2018 8:48 AM CST
Thanks for all your advice, Will! Thank You!

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