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Name: Jordan
Alabama (Zone 8a)
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Jordancr4
May 1, 2018 6:09 PM CST
I think I might be killing my Fiddle Leaf Fig. It definitely does not look as lively as all those on Pinterest anymore. I've had it for about 2 - 3 mos. I kept it by a east facing back entry door (with windows) and occasionally moving to get more morning sun next to a larger east facing window. I've tried to be careful about over watering since I've done that with other plants in the past. But I still could be guilty. I've watered it 5-6 so times since I got it. Last week I noticed the leaves starting to brown. One completely brown and fell off at the very bottom. It's mostly browning around the edges but in some other places too. It had been about two weeks since I watered it, so this weekend I took it outside, watered it and left it for the day.
Yesterday and today I've noticed larger and more brown spots and the new growth appears affected now. I also took it outside for a bit yesterday at the edge of my porch patio.
It's going down hill and today I've freaked out and cut off the lower leaves with the bigger brown spots. Doing that I noticed small reddish brown spots on the underside of the leaves and on the new growth.
Did I burn the leaves when I left it outside?! I think it may be too much direct sunlight and/or a watering problem. It was sunny and about 70s here this weekend.
I just ordered a moisture reader today, hope that helps with the watering.
Help?!? How do I save my plant instead of starting over?
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Profess plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 2, 2018 2:36 PM CST
Hi Jordan - Your photos are too small to be very helpful and none of them show the entire plant.

That said, indoors your Fiddle Fig needs to be located right in front of a sunny window that is completely uncovered throughout the day. Outside sun is way too intense and definitely has burned some of the leaves. Keep it inside.

I cannot see the pot size and you didn't mention if you moved it to a bigger pot, so it is hard to give proper watering instructions. However, you may be allowing the soil to dry out too much because of your fear of overwatering. When properly potted, this is a plant that wants the soil to stay moist and it is better to provide too much than too little water. In general, water thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost, but not quite, dry. The moisture meter will probably mislead you about when to water as they are notoriously inaccurate. Suggest you send it back for a refund while you can.

The leaf spots are a generic symptom of too little light or improper watering. They are not a sign of a disease or pests.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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