Sunday, March 30, 2014

Update: How I Fixed my Fiddle Leaf Fig

So beautiful, yet so challenging... After months of nail-biting trial-and-error, I think I've cracked the code with finding out what makes my Fiddle Leaf Fig tree tick.

To refresh your memory, here are some photos of our tree, from bringing our baby home from the nursery, to last August, when things were at their worst:
Baby Fiddle Leaf Fig

My Unhappy Fiddle Leaf Fig

More Sadness from My Fiddle Leaf Fig
I'm happy to report this tree is on the mend. Here's my beauty today:
Growing, Growing, Growing
Maybe not as thick as it used to be, but it's growing, and seemingly happy and healthy. Here's how I did it:

  • Watering every two weeks, with 3/4 or so of a gallon of water. (If the Santa Ana's are blowing and making everything dry, I water a few days sooner.) I water it outside on the patio, and keep it there a few hours to let everything thoroughly drain.
  • Fertilizing every month with MiracleGro Singles, one packet per gallon of water. It's a 24-8-16 ratio, which apparently is great for this plant.
  • Rotating it, to encourage balanced growth.
  • Dusting it, once a week, for optimal light absorption in my could-be-brighter spot.
Baby leaves started popping up a few weeks ago, and grew like gang-busters (see the outer-edges of the plant in the photo above). There's a snag, though. Of course! Do you see it?
Baby Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves with Red Spots
Little red spots dotting the new leaves. The consensus on GardenWeb is that these spots were caused when the leaves were forming; damage had occurred to the cells due do severe moisture stress (oops). Thankfully, as the leaves grow, the spots are seeming to fade, almost disappearing.

So that's that. Apparently these trendy, prehistoric-like statement plants can be managed. Fingers-crossed things continue! How are your Fiddle Leaf Figs fairing?

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