What’s Wrong With My Fiddle Leaf Fig? (Quiz)

By | 2018-09-15T17:29:20+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Ask the Doctor, Problems|0 Comments

Is your fiddle leaf fig having problems, but you’re not sure what’s wrong? We’ve created an online interactive quiz designed to help identify and treat fiddle leaf fig problems. Please take the quiz to find out what’s wrong with your fiddle leaf fig and get custom recommendations today!

 

Is your fiddle leaf fig green, happy, and thriving?
Congrats!

Continue what you are doing and consider buying another plant to grow your herd! Don't forget to enter our before and after photo contest to showcase your healthy plant. Be sure to fertilize your plant weekly with Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food for optimal growth. To learn more about plant care, purchase The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert book.
Is your fiddle leaf fig dropping leaves?
Does your fiddle leaf fig have brown spots on the leaves?
Is your fiddle leaf fig yellowing?
Is your plant possibly overwatered or not getting enough sunlight?
Has your fiddle leaf fig stopped growing?
Does your fiddle leaf fig have small holes in the leaves?
Root rot or bacterial infection.

Generally, root rot and bacterial infections are treatable, especially if you catch them early. Since these problems are generally a problem of poor drainage, you'll want to address your drainage immediately. Make sure you have a well-draining container, fast-draining potting soil, and that you aren't watering too frequently.

The next thing you'll want to do is assess the damage. If there are just a few brown spots on the leaves, you do not need to repot your plant. Let your plant dry out for two weeks or more until the roots have adequate time to recover. Remove the affected leaves and make sure your plant has enough sunlight.

If you're not sure whether your plant has wet roots, you can use a moisture meter to make sure the roots are drying out between waterings. Then, your plant should recover with proper drainage and watering. Take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Watering Your Fiddle Leaf Fig here to learn more about proper watering.

However, if the damage is severe or spreading rapidly, you'll want to perform root surgery and repot your fiddle leaf fig. Remove your plant from its pot and hose down the root ball. Cut away any brown, mushy roots. Make sure you have proper drainage and repot with fast draining house plant soil. Follow good watering practices in the future to make sure the problem doesn't recur.

Be sure to fertilize your plant weekly with Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food for optimal growth. To learn more about plant care, purchase The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert book.
Possible shock or trauma.

Fiddle leaf fig plants love consistency and it's normal for them to suffer if their environment is changed or after a rough move. Dropping leaves, brown spots, and cracks or holes in the leaves are all signs of shock or physical trauma during a move. You can remove the damaged leaves if they bother you.

Then, make sure your plant has optimal growing conditions and give it plenty of attention and consistent care. To learn more about plant care, purchase The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert book. Once your plant is established, fertilize weekly with Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food.
Does your plant get plenty of indirect sunlight for 6-8 hours per day?
Insect infestation.

Insect infestations are easy to treat. Use a neem oil product designed for houseplants. Take your plant outside if possible, as the neem oil has an unpleasant smell that lingers. Spray all of the leaves of your fiddle leaf fig thoroughly. Turn each leaf to spray the underside and don't forget where the leaf meets the stem.

Wait two weeks, inspect again, then repeat the spraying process if needed. To learn more about plant care, purchase The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert book. Once your plant is looking better, fertilize weekly with Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food.
Try repotting.

Fiddle leaf fig plants need room for their roots to grow to support new leaves. If you are getting ready to repot a fiddle leaf fig tree, you may feel overwhelmed by the size of the root ball or the perceived delicate nature of the plant.

A lot of people out there may tell you that repotting a fiddle leaf fig is complex or difficult, but it's actually easy to do and is not a big risk to the plant! In fact, especially if you're repotting a plant you've just bought, your fiddle leaf fig will be much happier in its new pot, so don't delay.

Here's the easiest way to repot a fiddle leaf fig tree and add a decorative container. Once your plant is established, fertilize weekly with Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food. To learn more about plant care, purchase The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert book.
Try more sunlight and fiddle leaf fig plant food.

Fiddle leaf fig plants are from Africa and they need plenty of sun to do well. To make sure your plant is getting enough sunlight, consider the direction that your home faces. If you're not sure, use your phone's compass app to see which windows face which direction.

If you live in the northern hemisphere, the windows that face south will get more sunlight, since that's where the sun makes its rotation. This trend is exaggerated if you live very far north or south of the equator. If you live in the southern United States, even your northern facing windows will get sufficient light in the spring and summer months.

Placing your fiddle leaf fig in a west facing window without protection from the strongest afternoon sun can risk burning the leaves. Yes, fiddle leaf figs live in full sun in the wild, but they also have protection from afternoon sun from the canopy of trees nearby.

Ideally, you should place your fiddle leaf fig in a south-facing window, where it will get steady sunlight all day long. If your window is not protected by eaves or an overhang on the outside of your home, you'll want your plant to sit back a few feet from the window so it doesn't get too much direct sun on its leaves.

If your plant has enough sunlight but isn't doing well, it may need fertilizer. Fiddle leaf figs thrive with the right type of nutrition.

Did you know that in the wild they commonly grow up to 40 feet tall? That's because they get plenty of nutrients from the natural soil. As a houseplant, it's important to provide them with plenty of the right fertilizer so they can grow tall and healthy.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food is specially formulated for a fiddle leaf fig plant and comes with instructions for how to properly feed your plant so it can thrive. To learn more about plant care, purchase The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert book.

By | 2018-09-15T17:29:20+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Ask the Doctor, Problems|0 Comments

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