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Name: Rae
Huntsville, Alabama (Zone 7b)
RaenotRach
Jan 28, 2018 7:35 AM CST
I have a fiddle leaf fig which I absolutely adore! Here in Alabama, we typically have pretty mild winters. But a few weeks ago we had a cold snap and quite a bit of snow. My fiddle leaf (Newton) has been very comfortable next to the window, but i think the cold was too much and there are 3 leaves which are now drooping badly. Should I leave them be? And is three anything that can be done to perk them up? Overall it's still doing excellent.
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Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Kevalsha
Jan 28, 2018 7:48 AM CST
I suggest you give this plant some humidity by placing the planter in a tray with pebbles and adding some water to the tray. Also, make sure to hold on the watering as fiddle leaf figs likes it on the dry side.
Kevalsha
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jan 28, 2018 9:10 AM CST
Hi Rae - Fig Newton! I love it! The photo, especially the color is not very clear, so I am relying on your text description.

It is not uncommon for Fiddle Figs to lose a few older leaves as they add healthy new ones on top. That said, certain conditions can aggravate the lower leaf loss. This plant requires lots of sunlight. Newton is near a window so that should not be an issue as long as the window is completely uncovered during the day.

Allowing the soil to get too dry also contributes to leaf loss. Newton will need water as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry. Letting the soil get too dry is a common mistake. Make sure the pot has drain holes so any excess water can drain out.

Unless you are keeping your windows open during cold weather, then the outside temperature should not be a factor for Newton who can tolerate temps down to 50 degrees indoors. Fiddle Figs also tolerate low humidity as long as the soil is kept properly moist.
Will Creed
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Name: Rae
Huntsville, Alabama (Zone 7b)
RaenotRach
Jan 28, 2018 9:20 AM CST
Thanks Will! Newton has done wonderfully well in this spot, 3 new leaves in the last few weeks. The droopy leaves don't seem to be dying or even really unhealthy. Just lost their perk. It's just curious that they're all in a row and happened to be against the window... sorry about the picture quality!
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jan 28, 2018 9:37 AM CST
Thanks for the better photos, Rae. I don't see any droopiness that is at all concerning. Older leaves do drop somewhat as they age and gravity takes hold. (Happens to me, too.!).

I see it is in a terra cotta pot which will tend to dry out sooner than plastic. Be sure to water as soon as the soil is almost dry. It would be pretty hard to overwater it given its size, the pot, and the light.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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neetchua
Feb 20, 2018 1:44 AM CST
Hi please help, i had this 'mother' plant for almost a year now. i water it maybe every two weeks and it lives indoor at temp ranging 18-21C and it get misted every week. SInce the last two days, the leaves on one of the branch starting drooping so i watered the plant thoroughly, and since then the leaves drooped further. The other branch is doing well (as you can see on the photo). There is also two new buds - the small one just appeared a few days ago. Please advise what to do for this plant. it has been doing well for the last one year until few days ago... should it get more light or more humidity? I have also added pebbles at the bottom of the pot with some water to increase humidity. Thanks in advance, any advise is much appreciated.

This is the plant with the droopy leaves on the other branch







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And the two new buds...
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Feb 20, 2018 6:24 AM CST
@neetchua -Please post a clear photo that shows the entire outside of the pot. When was it repotted and how was the repotting done?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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