I've had this Fiddle Leaf Fig for about 3 months now. I live near Chicago which I know it's not ideal for these plants but wanted to give it a go. But I'm getting worried about it.
It looks pretty good from this side.
But has some browning and yellowing leaves on the back. I've already lost 2-3 leaves that started like this. I had it in a corner so maybe those leaves in the back weren't getting enough light? I've moved it to another room with more windows.
It has grown a new leaf in the last few weeks (on the left in this pic) and has another one starting so that feels promising.
I've been watering it about once a week when the top leaf that is usually straight up starts to droop. Sometimes this happens before it's been a whole week. I read to water until water starts coming through the drain holes. Well that happens almost instantly when I water it. After researching, I'm pretty sure it's root bound. There are lots of roots along the top and coming out of the bottom.
My research indicates I should repot it but is that a bad idea in winter? Do I wait 6 months to do it next spring/summer? Will it make it that long?
I can't figure out if I'm overwatering/underwatering it. I used a water meter and it was at like 2.5 out of 10 but that top leaf is still straight up. I watered it 3 days ago. Should I water it before that leaf droops? Are the roots causing this brown leaves problem? It seems like the water goes straight through and then it's pretty dry within a few days.
Looking for any advice on what to do to save my fig! I'm fairly new to plants that are not succulents.