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Jimmy_antipasto
Mar 7, 2018 1:30 PM CST
I recently bought a fiddle leaf fig. I repotted this fiddle leaf fig and the root ball was very very tight. I repotted it because the leaves were getting an ashy, brownish appearance to them. The top leaves are in beautiful shape however the bottom leaves have this ashy, dirty spotty appearance. Photos attached. What should I do? What is my issue?
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Mar 7, 2018 2:24 PM CST
I suspect spider mites. Look for tiny, dust-like particles on the undersides of the affected leaves. Rub your finger lightly over the undersides of the leaves and see if it feels gritty. Let me know if you are finding evidence of these tiny critters.
Will Creed
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Brooklyn NY
Jimmy_antipasto
Mar 7, 2018 2:56 PM CST
Hey Will, Thanks for the incite. There does not seem to be any spiders whatsoever or small bugs at that matter. However a few weeks ago when I was reporting the soil there were some very small gNats or flies but I have not seen any of those since



WillC said:I suspect spider mites. Look for tiny, dust-like particles on the undersides of the affected leaves. Rub your finger lightly over the undersides of the leaves and see if it feels gritty. Let me know if you are finding evidence of these tiny critters.


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WillC
Mar 7, 2018 4:29 PM CST
Spider mites are so tiny you could get a half dozen on the head of a pin. They don't look like bugs or spiders to the naked eye. They look and feel like dust particles.

Fungus gnats are much larger and an entirely different problem introduced by the potting soil you used.
Will Creed
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