Fiddle Leaf Fig update
This Fiddle Leaf Fig has been featured on the blog previously, and it has been on quite a journey since the last update. The tree has had a near death experience – and has gone from having around 20 leaves to just three. There have been a number of factors contributing to this, including extreme cold weather and a soil fungus.
Also included in the above image is a sedum burrito – click here for a post on this incredibly unique succulent!
Then things went downhill – March 2018
In the UK, the “beast from the east” came and the result was abnormal freezing temperatures for about a week or so. Even though this fiddle leaf fig was kept indoors, it didn’t look very happy over this time. Shortly after the extremely cold weather, the leaves started to drop – almost one a day. The leaves turned brown on the edges, curled up, and dropped. Sometimes the leaves dropped with almost no brown on them, just like the plant was giving up on them. Overwatering seemed like the natural culprit, although this leaf drop was far worse than the last leaf drop incident (see part one of this plant’s story). The soil continually appeared to be dry, so as a last ditch effort, it was decided that a repot might be necessary – and the results were shocking!!
The plant was carefully repotted into a slightly larger pot with fresh soil, and watered underneath the shower. Then the plant was left in the bathroom for what I like to call “plant rehab” – the bathroom lights are left on all day, and the plants benefit from guaranteed bright light and a bit more warmth and humidity than in the rest of the house. This was to give the best opportunity for adjustment to the new soil and also ongoing survival.
As the weather warmed and the days grew longer the leaves began growing once again – promising signs that the plant has now recovered from its struggles earlier in the year. The plant dropped down to just three leaves during April but was back to five by the end of May.
If you liked this photo story, you might want to see Fiddle Leaf Fig – part one.