Houseplants forum: Fiddle fig leaf split

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Name: Arlo
Montana (Zone 4b)
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Arloh
Mar 20, 2018 3:03 PM CST
So I bought this fiddle fig about 2 weeks ago and almost right away it seemed to lose some leaves at the bottom and seemed to curl upwards a bit. I figured it wasn't getting enough light so last week I moved it to right next to a south facing window where it isn't getting direct light. Today I noticed that there still seemed to be brown spots appearing on the underside of some leaves and some splitting on some younger leaves. No more leaves have fallen off and I couldn't tell if there was anything else I should be doing or if it was still adjusting to its new home.

Any help and advice is helpful this is my first foray into plants that need a little more attention than a mint plant and a pothos who I couldn't kill if I tried.
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Mar 20, 2018 3:26 PM CST
Your Fiddle-leafed Fig appears to be healthy. The few leaf splits are physical damage and not a cause for concern. The upward orientation of the leaves means that in the greenhouse where it was grown almost all the light came from above, probably because it was one of many plants packed in pretty tight next to each other. In time, the leaves will orient themselves more horizontally. That window appears to be a good location and direct indoor sun is not a problem.

Yours is in a relatively small pot, but I don't recommend repotting it at this time. Just water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry. That may be once or twice per week.

I do see some small brown bumps on the undersides of some leaves. If they scrape off easily with your fingernail and leave a bit of white residue underneath and you are finding some stickiness on some leaves, then they may be scale insects. If so, let me know. Otherwise, they can safely be ignored.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Name: Arlo
Montana (Zone 4b)
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Arloh
Mar 21, 2018 10:00 AM CST
All of that is very helpful!

I scratched the brown spots and they seem pretty solid and don't really come off and I didn't find any stickiness on the leaves. I feel better now haha thank you so much for the quick response!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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WillC
Mar 21, 2018 4:57 PM CST
Great! The spots are probably just blemishes.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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