Ask a Question forum: Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 644, Replies: 30 » Jump to the end
Los Angeles, CA
lolalola91
Mar 9, 2018 9:21 PM CST
Thumb of 2018-03-10/lolalola91/abddac

Hi! I just had my fiddle leaf for a month. I think I may have overwatered it but its so hard to tell reading and watching about fiddle leaf all over the internet the difference between overwatering and underwatering. Can anyone help? I had to cut off the leaf because I felt the were spreading the infection.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Dreams don't work unless you do.
Deer Bookworm Keeper of Poultry Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Georgia
Plant Identifier Rabbit Keeper Composter Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs
Image
greene
Mar 9, 2018 10:04 PM CST
@drdawg?
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Mar 10, 2018 7:13 AM CST
Welcome! @lolalola91

Has your fiddle been exposed to cold by any chance? Of perhaps a forced-air vent is blowing directly on your tree, drying the leaves out. The characteristics of the leaves don't appear to me to be water-related. But just for the sake of information, it is extremely difficult to over-water a fiddle leaf ficus unless the pot is sitting in water and never dries out. Under-watering is generally the issue because with these huge leaves, these trees are water-hogs.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Mar 10, 2018 7:46 AM CST
Can you post a photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot? Do you have indoors or outside? Has it been repotted? What is your watering routine?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Mar 10, 2018 8:13 AM CST
Hey, Will, what is your first take on those leaves shown?
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Mar 10, 2018 10:07 AM CST
Ken - They don't look like usual leaf symptoms that occur with improper watering or light. Maybe environment, as you suggested, temperature, chemicals? I am always hesitant to diagnose based on just leaf symptoms. I think we need more information.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Mar 10, 2018 10:13 AM CST
Yep, the more photos and the more care/growing conditions information, the better.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Los Angeles, CA
lolalola91
Mar 10, 2018 4:29 PM CST
My fiddle leaf is kept in my apartment which is about 70 degrees F and I actually watered it everyday but not full own, but misted the soil everyday. I left it next to a window and it had plenty of light during the daytime. Right now I took it out of the pot to dry it out and put in a dark room as advised in purity plants video on youtube. im not allowed to post video on here but its under the name "Brown Leaf Tips (Part 1 - Save your sad Fiddle) Purity Plants Tips & Tricks"


When I first got the plant it was very healthy green, now its losing its color.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Mar 10, 2018 4:48 PM CST
Drying out the potting soil/root ball when it is not even thoroughly watered. And put in a dark room. I am sorry, every single thing you say is contrary to my experience, and that's 25 years experience, growing hundreds of Fiddle Leaf Ficus. These are trees, not shade-loving, houseplants. They need all the light you can give them, but not direct sunlight 11:00 AM till 4:00 PM.

If you are only misting the soil, you are not watering at all. Thus, your Fiddle is in drought-mode. Perhaps I misunderstood your statement. These trees are water-hogs.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Plant Database Moderator Region: California Cottage Gardener Roses Irises Clematis
Garden Photography Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Houseplants
Image
Calif_Sue
Mar 11, 2018 1:33 AM CST

Moderator

The plant in the video was allegedly over watered and she said root rot had started to set in. She said she stopped watering for 4-5 weeks to allow the soil to dry out, then she gave it a thorough watering, put it in a dark room for only 24 hrs, rewatered again and the limp leaves revived.

You said you watered every day but only by misting the soil? Sounds like drought mode to me as Ken suggested.
My gardening Blog!
Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
[Last edited by Calif_Sue - Mar 11, 2018 9:10 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1657087 (10)
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Mar 11, 2018 6:38 AM CST
Practically every day when the temperature hits the 90+ F mark. From April till November, my fiddles are outside, living under large oak trees, Sue. I water my plants with a hose.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Mar 11, 2018 8:11 AM CST
That video is appallingly inaccurate in so many ways. A perfect example of how just about anyone can post just about any half-baked ideas online. Her FLF was drooping because she let it get too dried out. The brown leaf spots were not a fungus and entire leaves did not need to be cut off. Because it was so badly underwatered, of course it perked up nicely after it was watered. This plant does not have a dormant period!

Sorry for that rant!

Lola - When kept indoors, temperature is not an issue for your FLF. As Ken stated, always water thoroughly from the top until some water trickles through the drain holes. Water it again when the surface of the soil feels dry. It does best in very bright indoor light with a couple of hours of direct sun each day. Put it back into its pot and keep it there. Leave the roots undisturbed. Provide appropriate water and light and forget about all the other nonsense that you may find online.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Plant Database Moderator Region: California Cottage Gardener Roses Irises Clematis
Garden Photography Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Houseplants
Image
Calif_Sue
Mar 11, 2018 9:10 AM CST

Moderator

I thought it strange too Will, that she mentioned root rot and then let it dry out for that long. Yes of course once you water it perks up.
My gardening Blog!
Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Mar 11, 2018 9:26 AM CST
Sue - The rootball that she showed did not show any signs of rot or suffocation. It was just dried out because she opted not to water for several weeks. Duh! Thumbs down
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Mar 11, 2018 9:46 AM CST
You are bolder than I, Will........... Whistling I sort of said that it was all nonsense (and it surely is). I have a feeling that between the two of us, we have over 50 yr. experience in growing Fiddle Leaf Ficus plants. Perhaps not always, but in this case it think that it's true, experience counts for something.

Here's something I was just sent by someone growing a mounted Staghorn Fern. She sent me a photo of her Stag with cut-off fronds. She said that her plant had a "fungus" and she cut the "infected" fronds off to keep it from spreading. I haven't responded but I will bet her and anyone else, that what she saw and what she cut off were spore plaques on those fronds, a completely normal and healthy occurrence on Staghorns. Oh, why didn't she ask me about this BEFORE cutting those healthy fronds? Sad Experience counts for something.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Mar 11, 2018 10:05 AM CST
I couldn't agree more, Ken. As soon as you wrote that she cut off the Staghorn fronds, I knew exactly what you knew before I read further. Technology can be great, but experience does matter a lot more, no matter how slick and advanced the technology and presentation.

I am always amazed at the drastic remedies that folks will make BEFORE they get around to inquiring about it. I cannot tell you how many times I have said, "If only you had contacted me BEFORE you..."

Keep up the good work, Ken!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Mar 11, 2018 10:14 AM CST
Thanks, Will. We are two peas-in-the-pod with a major difference. I am not paid for my expertise. Rolling on the floor laughing
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Plant Database Moderator Region: California Cottage Gardener Roses Irises Clematis
Garden Photography Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Houseplants
Image
Calif_Sue
Mar 11, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Moderator

Fondness and respect for you two!! Thank you both for being here! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
My gardening Blog!
Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Mar 11, 2018 2:57 PM CST
Thank you, Sue, and thank you again for the acorns gift.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Mar 11, 2018 6:50 PM CST
Ditto from me, Sue!! Thank You!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by tantefrancine and is called "Slice of pink cloud"