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Msbonniec
May 22, 2018 4:26 PM CST
I live in Notre Dame Indiana. Last week I purchased a 8 in fiddle leaf fig plant from a nursery. I water the plant for the first time on Sunday. I noticed the leaves curling on the plant today. I moved the plant closer to the window and now I'm watching to see what happens. Do you have any suggestions to eliminate or stop the curling of the leaves.
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Thank you. I will fertilize for the 1st time this Sunday.
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WillC
May 22, 2018 5:41 PM CST
I don't see anything particularly troubling in the photo. You may be letting it get a bit too dry. It's best to water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry. Provide as much indoor sunlight as possible.
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Msbonniec
May 23, 2018 8:38 PM CST
Thank you for your insight. I will keep a close eye on its growth. Smiling

Dangg
Sep 6, 2018 8:23 PM CST
My Fig is having some yellowing of leaves and curling....mainly on the small leaves. I have had some new growth, however, I'm still concerned.
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WillC
Sep 7, 2018 11:37 AM CST
@Dangg - Please post a photo of your plant so we can better assist you.
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Dangg
Sep 8, 2018 6:11 PM CST

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WillC
Sep 9, 2018 9:16 AM CST
@Dangg - Overall, your plant looks healthy. It is normal for some of the older, lower leaves to discolor and fall off as part of its natural aging process. However, there are two things that can hasten this process - inadequate light and improper watering.

Make sure that it stays in front of that window and that the window is completely uncovered throughout the daylight hours. Normally, it is best to water thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry. However, it yours was repotted, then that will affect the watering and I would have to see a photo fo the pot and have details on the repotting to provide better information.
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Dangg
Sep 14, 2018 9:52 PM CST
Thank you! I'm really worried. Something seems to be spreading throughout the leaves. They just keep falling. He's updated photo.
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WillC
Sep 15, 2018 5:51 AM CST
You haven't provided any information about the light exposure or your watering routine, so it is hard to assess if there is excessive leaf drop.
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Dangg
Sep 15, 2018 3:32 PM CST
Sorry. I don't have a schedule. I usually just test the soil with my meter and when it's dry I water. I was watering once soil at the top was dry but when I would do that it would turn brown....I have repotted it as you can see.
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WillC
Sep 17, 2018 2:39 PM CST
Available light is the most critical factor and it also affects the watering. Your routine (not schedule) is to use a meter. They are notoriously inaccurate so it is best to go back to the finger test. How dry it should get depends on the available light.
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Dangg
Sep 23, 2018 1:24 AM CST
Thank you - so should I go back to water as soon as top soil is dry? Our window is south facing...I'm wondering if I need to change its location?
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WillC
Sep 23, 2018 8:01 AM CST
A south-facing window that is completely uncovered during the day is fine. Yes, water thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry.
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Msbonniec
Oct 19, 2018 8:46 AM CST
I found 4 leaves this morning that had fallen off. Should I h.g e concerned. This is the 1st week I didnt fertilize.
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WillC
Oct 19, 2018 10:12 AM CST
Not a cause for concern. It is normal for some older leaves to die back as they age. It is entirely unrelated to your fertilizing. It looks fine and healthy. Keep up the good work!
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Msbonniec
Oct 21, 2018 8:45 AM CST
Should I report my 2 FLF immediately? Or CDC an I wait until spring? Water runs right thru.
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WillC
Oct 21, 2018 3:29 PM CST
It looks like the soil has gotten so dry that it is not absorbing water properly. I suggest that you set the pot in a tub filled with several inches of water for an hour or two so the water will get wicked up by the soil from the bottom and become completely saturated. Subsequently, it can be watered from the top as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost, but not completely dry. Add enough water so that some trickles through the drain holes.

If it needs a thorough watering more than twice per week, then go ahead and move it into a pot one size larger. It is non-seasonal so you can repot at any time of year.
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Msbonniec
Nov 11, 2018 7:07 AM CST
Good morning Will,
It freezing in Indiana and I need guidance on keeping my FLFs in front of my windows during the winter months. Is it ok to cover the windows w it th clear plastic or should I move the plants away from the window. Remember, the window faces south and is uncovered. Otherwise, they are doing great. Growing slow but not dying.👍
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WillC
Nov 11, 2018 10:04 AM CST
@Msbonniec - Is the plastic to keep the plant warm or to save energy and keep your house warm. The FLF can probably withstand cold temps better than you can, if that is your concern.

Otherwise, it is hard to advise you. Your plant wants as much sunlight in winter as possible. Depending on how thick the plastic is will determine just how much it blocks. The light diminishes quite dramatically with every foot of distance from the window.
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Msbonniec
Nov 11, 2018 1:22 PM CST
The plastic is thin. You can hardly tell its there. It's for energy efficiency and block the cold. Will they be ok if I leave the drapes closed for a week while on vacation? You can see straight thru my house when the drapes are open.

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