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May 16, 2018 3:08 PM CST

I bought a tiny fiddle leaf tree a few months ago and it's been growing really well! I just noticed today that the new leaves on the inside are all withered, and several of them look like they're being eaten by something from the outside in. I only water it once a week, and it's in indirect sunlight. Any ideas? The bottom leaves are also starting to brown ☚ī¸
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May 16, 2018 5:27 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
When new leaf growth on a Fiddle Fig comes in deformed or discolored, it is usually a sign of a problem with the roots or physical damage.

Can you post a photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot?

How far is it from the nearest window?

Was it repotted?

How much water do you add each week?
Will Creed
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May 17, 2018 9:53 AM CST

Thank you for responding! Here's a picture. When I first got it, it was really tiny with only a few leaves. It's definitely had healthy growth until these two leaves. I have not re-potted it. It used to be really close to the sliding glass door, where it was thriving from the morning light, but I moved it further away yesterday in case this was caused from the extreme heat/sunshine we've had lately. I give it about 1-1.5 cups of water each Sunday, and I occasionally wipe down the leaves with a damp cloth. I look forward to hearing your suggestions!
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May 17, 2018 2:01 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Overall it looks fine. It's hard to know what caused the new leaves to deform. However as long as the plant is protected from more than a few hours of direct sun and it is watered thoroughly (until water drain through the drain holes), it should be fine.

The damaged leaves will not improve in appearance, so you want to cut them off. That will not harm the plants.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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May 17, 2018 2:07 PM CST

Thank you! At what point would you re-pot it?
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May 18, 2018 8:27 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Only when it requires a thorough watering more than twice per week. Overpotting tends to inhibit rather than enhance growth. Be patient.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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