Fiddle leaf lost all of its leaves

By | 2019-01-09T20:10:20+00:00 January 9th, 2019|1 Comment

I had a large 4 stalk full leafed fiddle leaf about 6 ft tall since mid Oct. I let it rest in a south facing window for about a week before cleansing its beautiful healthy green leaves with a wet wash cloth.  I left it in its original container.  After 2 weeks I watered it thoroughly and it drained well.  Over a month it lost a few leaves and then I noticed a small fine web and some fine white specks so I figured it had spider mites.  I thoroughly sprayed and cleansed each leaf with a solution of diluted alcohol /water  which was recommended for treatment of spider mite.  I continued to see more fading of deep green color and browning on more leaves,  I really didn’t account for shock/ stress causing these symptoms and was certain there had to be a more serious problem.  I decided it needed to be repotted for possible root rot but first decided to use Neem Oil to treat the plant before repotting.  I had a larger clay pot that housed a large corn plant that I lost during a move. I decided to spray paint the pot with a white enamel spray paint.  My plant continued to brown at all levels so I was sure it had root rot. I checked moisture/pH/ light with a meter and it all seemed fine so I  removed the existing pot and fully inspected the root ball which did not seem to have root rot.  I did remove most of the dirt from the root system and carefully repotted in its new home.  I watered fully and wrapped the 4 stalks together with a continuous piece of tape to support the tall heavy stalks as they adjusted to their new pot.  A week later I was leavings  for the Holidays so I watered again.  Left the blinds open for the 2 weeks I was gone so the plant would get it’s customary natural light. I set the room temp to 78. I came home to find a plant full of dried brown leaves, half of them already on the ground😩  I removed the remainder dried  leaves so now I have 4 bare stalks with a small offshoot at the base that has 2 green leaves at its tip. The tops of the 3 stalks are brown while one remains green.  So sad😢  I’ve never had a plant respond like this and I’ve had many large beautiful plants over 30 yrs.  Was it the shock from repotting???  Should I cut the tops off of the stalks and hopefully have some new growth emerge below the cut or just start over.  I can send photos of before and after.  Please HELP😔  Liba

 

 

 

By | 2019-01-09T20:10:20+00:00 January 9th, 2019|1 Comment
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    Hi Liba,
    I can't be sure what happened - but it sounds like a bacterial root rot that had already taken hold by the time you treated. This is common for FLFs from big box stores. Don't take it personally, it happens all the time. In fact, we're working hard on a root rot treatment to address this type of thing. I would start over with a new plant and get a refund if you can.
    Just be sure to not water too much and to keep it in the same location if you can, they don't like being moved around!
    Hope that helps,
    Claire

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