Hello all –
First time posting here. So happy to see a forum devoted to Fiddle Figs! I just bought this sad FF on FB Marketplace yesterday and am hoping to rejuvenate it. It looks to be root-bound, suffering from water deprivation and appears to be (3) different plants, one of which is dead. Additionally, one of the three trunks has this extremely heavy, multi-leaf branch hanging off of it that is growing like a banshee, but seems out of place.
My questions for the group:
- What would be the first things you did to rehab this plant? Trim off the brown leaves? Repot? I don’t want to send it into shock in what appears to be its already weakened condition but I also know that getting rid of wounded leaves helps it concentrate its energies on new growth. Same with repotting.
- Do you think this is a candidate for separating into (3) different plants? I saw the video on this site for doing so
- How can I tell if (1) of the (3) plants is actually dead? The trunk seems very dry, brittle and when I clipped the top off (see photo below), it’s hollow. I’m assuming it’s dead, but maybe I just clipping lower and lower to see if it ever gets greeen?
- What should I do with the one that has the leaf-dense branch hanging off of it (it’s the only trunk with a branch on it)? Is it possible to cut that branch off and propagate it separately (and turn it into a new plant)? If not, should I trim the branch up to eliminate some of the leaves and maybe tie it to the trunk for support?
Really appreciate all the help!
Geoff Nagel – Atlanta, GA