Ask a Question forum: Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree - Purple spots and holes on new leaves

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La Quinta, California
curvish
May 12, 2018 11:59 AM CST
Just purchased this from Home Depot. I have had it for 2 weeks. Amazingly, the plant has had 5 new leaves grow out in just two weeks. When I got it home I gave it lots of water which drained out from the bottom of the plant. Since then I have been watering it once or twice a week but less water so that it doesn't drain out. The tree is about 3/1/2 feet tall and is potted in a 2 foot container. I put a moisture monitor into the soil and it reads halfway between wet and dry. The water no longer runs out from the bottom of the pot. I added some organic worm castings to the soil when I got it. It gets great filtered northwestern light. Some of the healthy bottom leaves now look curled downward. I live in the desert - inside temperature is 78-80 degrees. Inside humidity is 44%. I have wiped down the leaves twice with a watered sponge. I do not see any bugs on the tree or stem. All five of the new leaves have come out very light green and are spotted purple and the new leaves have tiny holes in them. Any ideas or suggestions regarding what is going on? Thank you so much for your troubleshooting input!
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 13, 2018 10:57 AM CST
It is not uncommon for new leaves to have those reddish colorations initially. They usually go away as the leaves go from a pale green to a deeper green as they mature.

I do suggest that you try to improve the light if possible. It looks like that window is narrow and there is a building outside the window that may be blocking some of the light.

Worm castings are best used outdoors. Your Fig is not lacking nutrients of any kind, so just use water without any supplements.

Moisture meters are notoriously inaccurate so I suggest you stop using it. Assuming you did not add any soil to the top of the rootball, then water your tree as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry and is a slightly lighter color. When you do water add enough so that a small amount runs through the drain holes. As long as the pot does not sit in excess water for more than a day, then that is not a problem.
Will Creed
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La Quinta, California
curvish
May 13, 2018 3:12 PM CST
Thank you very much for your suggestion. I will move the plant to another location that has more indirect light. Do you have any idea why the new leaves have little holes in them ?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 13, 2018 4:36 PM CST
The small holes could be caused by inadequate light, improper watering or minor root damage.
Direct indoor sun is fine for this plant.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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