Ask a Question forum: Can I save my fiddle leaf (Ficus lyrata)

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Gold Coast Australia
Feb 25, 2018 7:30 PM CST
Hello everyone,

I purchased two fig plants, one was a small one which I keep inside and it has boomed and grown so much. The other was a large one which I kept on my covered balcony. First it was eaten by a bug, and then it was recieving too much sun and it lost a lot of leaves. I have since moved it into a much more suitable place and it looks a little happier than previously.
But as you can see it only has about 5 leaves left (two which are browned). Will it grow more, or is there a way that I can encourage new leaf growth?

Many thanks.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Feb 25, 2018 8:21 PM CST
Your Fig is not in very good shape. I cannot see if there is live growing tip. If so, that is a good sign that it may recover very slowly if you keep it inside in a sunny location. If there is no growing tip, then I suggest you cut the main stem down to a height of a few feet. Perhaps that will trigger new growth starting just below the pruning cut.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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