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May 7, 2018 7:27 PM CST
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Hello!

I am very new to indoor plants and need some help! I ordered a fiddle leaf fig online, and when it arrived (just 2 days ago) it was already leaning over and appears to be top heavy.

I did some reading, and it seems that staking and pruning are some options. I'm just not sure what the right thing to do is! It seems that pruning it back is for the best in the long run.

Looking for any advice for a total newbie!

Thanks!
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May 8, 2018 6:29 AM CST
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I would place it by a sunny window, if you turn it she will start leaning toward the sun, direct am sun is alright but the afternoon sun is to strong and should be filtered, hope that makes sense to you nodding

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May 8, 2018 9:40 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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It looks like the main stem coming out of the soil is vertical and it is only the more recent top growth that is bending toward the light. I don't think a stake or pruning are warranted at this point. As Christine suggested, position it so that the top leaning portion is facing AWAY from the window.

It seems top heavy to you because the leaves are very large on this plant. As long as you have it in a pot large and heavy enough to keep it from tipping over, it should be fine.

Always water as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry.
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May 8, 2018 9:48 AM CST
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WillC said:It looks like the main stem coming out of the soil is vertical and it is only the more recent top growth that is bending toward the light. I don't think a stake or pruning are warranted at this point. As Christine suggested, position it so that the top leaning portion is facing AWAY from the window.

It seems top heavy to you because the leaves are very large on this plant. As long as you have it in a pot large and heavy enough to keep it from tipping over, it should be fine.

Always water as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry.


Thank you! Do you think it should already be transferred into a been larger pot?
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May 8, 2018 9:53 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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If there is enough soil to hold water for 3 or 4 days after a thorough watering, then it is fine in that pot. When you do repot, move it into a pot only one size larger that has drain holes. Leave the original rootball intact and add a standard potting mix to the bottom and sides of the new pot, but not on top.
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