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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 11, 2018 2:38 PM CST
A week without light will not kill the tree, but you can expect an increase in yellow leaves and leaves with brown spots.
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Msbonniec
Jan 2, 2019 6:46 PM CST
My plant is getting brown spots and the leaves are dropping. Wgats wrong?
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 2, 2019 7:06 PM CST
@Msbonniec - Please post a photo that shows the entire plant and another photo that shows the top of the pot and soil.

How far is it from the nearest window? What is your watering routine?
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Msbonniec
Jan 3, 2019 9:27 PM CST
Here are the requested pics. About 18" from window. Water once a week.


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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 4, 2019 9:43 AM CST
@Msbonniec - I see only one leaf with a single large brown spot that probably occurred in the greenhouse where it was grown. If there are other very small leaf spots, they are blemishes that can be ignored. There are no pests or diseases.

Overall, your FLF is healthy and doing well. You should expect occasional older, lower leaves to drop off as healthy new ones are added at the tip ends of the stems. That is normal.

Long term, it needs lots of sunlight and water. 18 inches from the window is okay if it is not mostly below the windowsill and the window is completely uncovered during the day and faces east, west or south. The more light, the better.

In the photo, it appears that the soil in the center of the pot is damp, as it should be, but the rest of the surrounding soil looks too dry. You may need to re-wet or saturate the rootball by letting the plastic pot sit in water for an hour or two. After that, water it thoroughly - until some water runs through the drain holes - as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry or slightly damp. This is a plant that is hard to over water as long as you don't leave it sitting in water for days on end.
Will Creed
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NoName
Oct 11, 2019 2:20 AM CST
Hey Will!

I've bought myself a ficus lyrata 2 weeks ago, and I've now noticed that several leaves began to crinkle at the apex. Is this something to be concerned about respectively am I doing something wrong? PS: I've attached a picture of the whole tree and several pictures with the crinkled leaves :)

Warms regards,
Alex
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NoName
Oct 11, 2019 3:38 AM CST
Here are some more/better pictures
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Oct 11, 2019 8:16 AM CST
@NoName - The leaf cupping is a relatively minor problem so don't overreact to it.

Are the symptoms appearing on the newest, uppermost leaves or just the lower leaves?

Did you repot it or was it done for you? If you did, describe how you went about it.

How do you decide when to water and how much water do you give it?
Will Creed
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NoName
Oct 13, 2019 9:27 AM CST
First off thank you for taking your time, I appreciate that very much! Thank You!

1) At the moment the leaf cupping is only appearing on the lower half of the tree.
2) Yes I've repotted the tree myself due to the fact that it was in a plastic pot. The idea behind the repotting was to enable a better drainage for the tree. First I filled the pot with a small layer of perlite stones (approx. 0.5-1cm high), followed by a layer of the same height of soil specially for room plants. After that I layed the tree in the pot and filled up the empty spaces (approx. 1cm on both sides) around the tree with more soil.
3) Well, I've read that watering the tree 1x/week would suffice, but because I'm not sure if that's true I usually put my finger about 4cm into the soil and check if it's dry. If it is, I'll water it. Until now (I only have the tree since 2-3 weeks), I didn't give to much water because I was scared to overwater the plant. I never gave the plant so much water that it would leave the pot through the holes on the bottom.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Oct 13, 2019 12:14 PM CST
@NoName - As long as the newest leaves are okay, then the plant is probably doing okay.

It would have been better if it was left in its plastic nursery pot which was the right size for it and had drain holes. Adding drainage material to the bottom of pots is an outdated and largely discredited practice. It doesn't help with drainage.

You are overly concerned about overwatering. Remove any loose soil you added to the top of the original rootball. Then when the surface of the remaining soil feels dry, add water slowly over the entire surface until some water trickles through the drain holes. Such thorough watering is important.

Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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mkgrylls
Jan 27, 2020 11:59 AM CST
Hello,

I have a fairly new leaf (within the past month) that is starting to curl. the leaf is still tender and the curl can be gently pushed back but falls forward again. should I be concerned? I watered it last Sunday and everything else seems healthy.

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 27, 2020 2:16 PM CST
@mkgrylls - No reason to be concerned. The new leaf will thicken and straighten out as it matures.

Be sure to keep it in a sunny location and water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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