Fiddle Leaf Fig Deterioration and Rescue in Akron, Ohio
This Fiddle Leaf Fig was acquired in 2016, and slowly started to deteriorate. By October 2016 the leaves were turning brown at the edges and by December. After a number of attempts to adjust the watering, it became obvious that actually the plant needed more sunlight. This is a common misconception with the Fiddle Leaf Fig. Many people read ‘bright indirect sunlight’ and interpret that in the wrong way. In most climates, next to a window is perfect. Also there is so much focus on the internet on the perils of over watering that many people end up disregarding the importance of enough light. This plant was successfully rescued from near death thanks to it’s owner who has been tracking it’s progress (and other plants) on her instagram @fleeting_interest. We are grateful that she has shared her experience so hopefully other fiddle leaf fig owners don’t have to learn the same lessons the hard way!
Another story of a fiddle leaf fig with the same issue has been documented on our blog previously here.
I read “medium light” on the care label and through this spot would be fine because it’s near a window, and there are other huge windows on the other side of the room. I think a lot of the problem is that people are told that the medium light is sufficient, when really they need bright, filtered light.
When she started to drop her leaves, I thought the problem was lack of water. That was a huge and nearly fatal mistake, because the problem was (obviously now in retrospect) lack of light. The light in the house had decreased quite a bit, and the small two windows weren’t nearly enough. This was when I first noticed a problem. She was so neglected that I hadn’t checked on her in a week or two. The leaves were turning brown especially on the ones which faced the corner, and so were getting the least light.
I moved her to what I thought was a bright spot, but again, she couldn’t see the sky. This was far from sufficient light, especially since it was winter. By this point most of the lower leaves had dropped off.
The plant appeared to go dormant for most of winter, but it was placed near a much larger window and also a warm mist humidifier was placed nearby to ensure the conditions were ideal for the survival of the plant. If you are interested in seeing if a humidifier could improve your plant’s life, you can buy a humidifier here.
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