The soil in pots can easily be depleted of nutrients, which is another benefit of repotting. Basically browning is that section of the leaf dying off. Bleached or brown spots that occur on the top leaves of a plant may indicate sunburn. Bloomscape's resident plant mom and founder's actual mom, Joyce Mast, gives us the tricks to keep this incredible plant healthy. Sometimes this can happen if the environment/care hasn’t been ideal and it’s finally catching up to the plant. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a really great plant for beginners and experts alike, and designers will appreciate what it can do in a photo. The roots wrapped around the top of the pot and were very thick and tightly wound together. The older leaves could also be from past damage which unfortunately won’t go away, so as long as they’re not spreading the issue may have been solved… All the best! I am seeing more and more leaves with brown spots turning into holes. The leaves have become brown and dry with little areas of tiny black spots under the leaves. hey Elauni! Symptoms of a dry Fiddle Leaf Fig. The fiddle-leaf fig tree is a slow grower; in winter it goes dormant. This is natural and they don’t need to be removed, but they may fall off when they’re ready. On a quick Google image search, they do look quite different! My dad has had his FLF for around two or so years, it was growing to be really big and had lots of leaves. Its best to either not plant them in ground, or make sure they are well away from any structures or underground pipes as they can interfere and cause damage. I’m very new to plants, so I’m trying to get the hang of this whole proper watering schedule thing. Read the above section on underwatering and dryness for help! With root rot, the leaves will typically remain dark green with brown spots, but with bacterial leaf spot, the leaf will turn yellow as the brown spot spreads. Native to west Africa, it is a popular houseplant because it is adaptable and attractive. Thinking of sizing down and to asses the roots as well. Edema in Fiddle Leaf Figs is quite common and not too much of a problem. I use a moisture meter, but the soil does feel quite dry at the top. Very dry fiddle leaf fig plants can quickly develop brown spots, which typically are more tan in color than brown, and start at the edge of the leaf and spread inward. -Liz, Hey Liz, unless over half the leaf is damaged, I would leave it on the plant. 3. All the leaves were healthy and I’ve only watered it once after checking the top 2″ of the soil and with 1 cup of water. Your fiddle leaf fig will also need leaves in order to recover as this is how they produce energy. All the best. New FLF mama. They all just fell off, some were very brown and crispy and others were half brown and yet others were green with a tinge of yellow. Unfortunately leaves won’t recover from damage. Be sure to put your Fiddle in a location where it receives bright, indirect light at the very least. I am a new FLF owner! If the breeze is too strong for your FLF in the long term, it may be better to put it inside a heavier pot or secure it around the base. , Will keep you updated as it goes. Fiddle leaf fig trees like their roots to be in a tight ball, so be sure to not use a pot that is too large. I even have a brand new leaf that already has holes with brown all around it. You can also combine it with some pine bark mulch for extra drainage and horticultural charcoal if you like, which helps keep them healthy. Give it some outdoor time where it can get a breeze, 3. Required fields are marked *. As your plant gets used to the new environment it can go through some changes, but it should settle in eventually . The best thing to do would be to let it settle in to its new environment and keep a close eye on it to see if the browning continues. If you’re like most ficus lyrata owners, you prefer a tree, and hope to someday grow your fiddle into that iconic trunk-and-canopy shape. Brown spots that show up a week or so after a move may be due to physical trauma. The size of the fiddle leaf fig can be controlled by … You’ll notice your Fiddle Leaf Fig has a brown-cased bud at the top. Hopefully it won’t take long before it can stand on its own. Advise? 4 bottom leaves have yellowed and started to get brown spots and there’s lots more following. The brown spots are rarely on the edge of the leaf which leads me to believe it has a bacterial infection. The brown spots should stop spreading. Make sure you increase humidity by keeping other houseplants near your fig tree or place a tray of gravel underneath the container. Please help. My beautiful fiddle leaf was accidentally left out a few days ago and go horrible sunburn. Thank you in advance. Any recommendations for potential rust? "However, it is also known for its finicky properties." Upon closer examination. Deciding if you need to re-pot a fiddle leaf fig tree can be tricky. Its quite normal for the stem to go brown, starting at the bottom up – this is just a sign that the plant is maturing. When a stem, branch or trunk gets pruned back, it is most likely to grow multiple stems in its place. If you think your tree is getting too big for the pot, or if the drainage is inadequate – its time to re-pot! I am not sure where the Thrips came from but they seem to spread from one plant to the other. Similarly, evidence of root rot looks like brown or even black spots on the plant’s leaves. If the remnant brown spots on leaves bothers you, you can try cutting off just the brown sections. It almost looks like it’s two plants in one pot actually. His head hit he ceiling, his trunk was leaning – no longer was he petite and small. What can I do to revive these leaves? Roots looked healthy, very light brown, fresh soil. Brown spots caused by root rot are similar to overwatering. The 2020 Gift Guide for Fiddle Leaf Fig Lovers, The Complete Guide to Fiddle Leaf Fig Fruit, Dark brown spots at the base of your leaf, Leaves that are dropping off of your plant, Your plant may drop leaves both at the bottom and top of the plant. 3. Do you think it’ll acclimate to the light conditions? If you're angling for a more tree-like look, your fiddle leaf fig pruning will involve removing the older lower leaves on the trunk, provided you have healthy growth happening on top of your plant. To be on the safe side I would keep it away from your other plants for a week or two (lots of people do this as a ‘quarantine’ in case their new plants accidentally introduce pests! So if your FLF wasn’t living in direct sun before you bought it, that could be the cause. The only thing i haven’t tried is moving it away from the window in case it doesn’t like the cooler temp. It’s very bare – also I am in Australia what potting mix and fertiliser can you recommend? It looks full and somewhat healthy (small brown spots on certain leaves middle). I am dealing with the same “did I over water or under water” and different descriptions of each from different websites make me feel like it is both issues. We recommend not removing more than 10-20% of your plants foliage in one go. Some plants have features that stir the imagination and the fiddle-leaf ficus (Ficus lyrata) is a good example of this group. The good news is, these plants are very hardy by nature and can withstand less-than-ideal conditions for quite a long time. Indoors, it can reach heights of around 10 feet. Fiddle leaf fig roots in particular need fast-draining soil and ample drainage. These spots will appear predominantly on the top leaves and can even show some red and yellow coloring, depending on how recent the burn is. Yellowing on a Fiddle Leaf can commonly start on the lowest, or most mature leaves first. This fact, however, in no way hindered its other partner and co-partner on this planet, the Homo Genus than to chasten it, using it widely as an ornamental plant.. By the presentation of the ornamental dimension of Ficus lyrata, the editorial team of ‘Kalliergeia’ deals with this article. Would repotting it at this point be too stressful? If your plant gets too much direct sunlight, it can get a sunburn, which manifests as light brown spots that sometimes look bleached. The leaves should be removed by pruning, and the plant should be relocated to a more protected location. However root rot is a more serious problem, as you’ll need to repot your FLF and cut off any rotting roots. A Fiddle Leaf Fig will show signs of root rot in its leaves. Hey Janet, it can be a little tricky to pin down the right care for FLFs when we first get them! 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