Go get yourself a Fiddle Leaf Fig they said. Don’t you know it is the plant of the moment, everyone has one they said. Well everyone on Instagram bloody well has them. And theirs are so lovely and lush and green. But not mine. I’m in need of some fiddle leaf help.Β 

I was sold. If they are the in thing, then I want a piece of that. So after months and months of searching, I finally found one. She was only $120?!?! But I did not care. She was green and lush just like I saw on Instagram and she was all mine. Only closer inspection there were 5 stems in the pot so really I got 5 plants for the price of one. Can we say BARGAIN!! Here she is the day I brought her home.

Fiddle Leaf Fig | Our Urban Box

The Journey home.

I bought her a pretty basket and sat her by the window. I watered her exactly 1 cup of water a week. Not a drop more and not a drop less. I had researched well and knew not to over water it. I even put her outside a few times for a hose down and to soak up the sun.They are temperamental plants and quite hard to grow, but I had it covered.

Fiddle Leaf Fig | Our Urban Box

Look how lush she was back in Febuary!

She was thriving. New leafs shooting up everywhere. I was pleased as punch. Obvisouly everyone else got dud plants that die. Not me, me and Figgy as I call her were living the dream. It was a match made in heaven.

Then one day I looked at her and decided that 2 of those 5 stems had to go. Yes, they were growing in a funny direction and ruining her figure. So I chopped them off. You may have seen on my Instagram how I managed to propagate 1 plant from the clipping.

Look at those pesky branches on the right! They had to go. Chop Chop!!

Look at those pesky branches on the right! They had to go. Chop Chop!!

It was while I was doing this that I noticed that some of the leaves were brown and they started to fall off! Oh the shock!! How could this be happening. I was doing every thing right. I had done Β my research on this flipping plant and it does this to me???

After a couple of weeks, more and more leaves fell off. Now 1 stem only has two leaves left at the top and more are going brown and dropping. This couldn’t be happening to me and Figgy. Her top leaves are still green and lush but the bottom ones are dropping and it won’t be long till the top ones do too.

So I moved her to a new corner of the house, stopped taking her outside and reduced her water. But then her good leaves would start to droop. I would leave it a few more days and give her some water. But her leaves are still dropping off. Do I give her more water? Stick her in the bathroom over winter with the heat lamp on each day for her and steam it up a bit with the hot tap running?

What do I do?? Who here can save my Fiddle Leaf Fig. I am not ready to break up the relationship and let her go. I will fight for her! Who else is stupid enough to pay $120 for a flippin house plant?? If she dies, I might as well too because The Mr won’t be happy with a dead $120 house plant.

EDIT – here are some photos of my sick fiddle –

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See? She is almost a shadow of her former self! Its so sad.

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  1. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages

    May 12, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Oh No! I have one, though I only paid $30 for it so I wont feel too bad when it dies, but at the same time I will be devastated. I have zero advice, I’m just crossing my fingers for us both.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Same, if she wasn’t so damn expensive I wouldn’t have cared! Hope you have better luck with yours x

  2. Lauren @ Create Bake Make

    May 12, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Eek, I have no advice I’m sorry. I had three of these plants at our old house and no matter what I did they would end up dying. My husband has now banned me from buying indoor plants….

    Good Luck!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Ha Lauren. If she dies my husband will ban me from buying another too!

  3. Hannah

    May 12, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Fifty might be root bound… Roots are tangling in the pot try a bigger pot with some quality potting mix and a little plant food mixed in. Good luck!

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Nope not root bound, I checked. The nursery advised me not to repot her until she is looking better.

  4. Roxanne

    May 12, 2015 at 8:47 am

    They often go dormant over winter & do not like the cold. I read that you should not cut off the brown leaves as you can damage the new growth potential. Also they need a little more water when they’re going brown. Put it in the shower once a week to water it so the water runs out of the bottom of the pot. Then move it back to its regular tray. It may also need a little fertilizer towards the end of winter. Good luck!

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      mine is dormant she is dying!! haha. I gave her a massive drink in the shower today and some seasol so fingers crossed she picks up!

  5. Paula

    May 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I have a thriving fiddle leaf but this is most likely pure luck.

    The only advice I have is to make sure it’s a nice sunny filtered position. I have my basket on wheels and rotate it once a week when I water it. It seems to grow evenly that way – but I think it’s all about a sunny filtered position.

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      I am moving her back to a sunnier position. I was rotating her too, mum told me about that little tip!

  6. Leanne - Lime & Mortar

    May 12, 2015 at 9:30 am

    My first one did this and ended up tall twit with bushy leaves on the top. Unfortunately they won’t grow new leaves where they’ve fallen off. I’ve heard cutting them off promotes branching.
    I now have 3 new plants in a huge pot. My last one was still in pot I bought it home in so I’m hoping his might make a difference. Also I think the 1 cup is for 1 stem only so I’ve been doing 3 cups every Sunday. They got dormant in winter im really hoping my fig stays happy as she is so damn pretty!!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Good luck Leanne! I really hope you have better luck this time around x

  7. Julia

    May 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I am no expert, but my first though was does it need to be in a bigger pot? Poor Figgy could be root bound?

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Not root bound I checked today. I was told also by the nursery not to repot her while she is in such a state!

  8. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)

    May 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I wish I had some advice but I’m a bit of a black thumb. I have managed to keep my peace lily alive for four years though. But it needs repotting and I’m too scared to do it!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Four years is a good record I’d say!

  9. Raychael aka Mystery Case

    May 12, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I’m no help, I suspect I’m one of those people that kills even the most hardy of plants.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      I am bit like you Raychael so god only knows why I thought it would be a good idea to get such a fickle plant!

  10. Bec @ The Plumbette

    May 12, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I have no advice but I do hope she starts thriving again. She’s a gorgeous plant!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      She was a gorgeous plant Bec, looking a bit shady now πŸ™

  11. Danielle

    May 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I dont have one, but I agree, I think she needs re-potting into a bigger pot as she has probably outgrown that one πŸ™‚

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 13, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      The man at the nursery told me not to repot her while she is in such a state. She isn’t root bound, I checked today. I gave her some Seasol and a big drink of water so fingers crossed she perks up a bit now.

  12. Emma @ Life, kids and a glass of red

    May 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    A beautiful looking plant, would love one like that in our home but chances are the human tornado AKA the toddler, would destroy it. Only lilies survive in our home as they’re up high! Hope the fig survives the winter and is restored to its former glory!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      She was a beautiful looking plant when I got her. Toddlers and house plants don’t mix at all. Imagine the soil that would go everywhere!

  13. Rhianna

    May 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Oh no! Hope Figgy comes back to her former glory. I feel quite out of the loop because I have never heard of this plant. Leaving some belated fairy wishes and butterfly kisses from #teamBOT
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 17, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      I hope so too Rhianna! Fingers crossed x

  14. Jenni from Styling Curvy

    May 16, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Oh no! I’ve been thinking about getting one but I think I’ll spend my money on fresh flowers because I’m ace at killing plants…good luck x
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 17, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      The guy at the nursery told me they are easy to grow. I looked at him as if to say “are you serious mate?” haha Fresh flowers sound like a great idea x

  15. erin @

    May 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Well, you’re doing better than mine! My cuttings did not work what so ever!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      May 17, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      At least you tried! One cutting I did has survived and is doing really well. I hope my big one survives!

  16. Wanda

    August 14, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Never fertilise a sick plant!
    Only water when dry. Stick your finger in the soil and check.
    Mine only cost $24!! I couldn’t believe my luck at the local Bunnings. She’s goin great guns!
    Check for mealy bugs or scale. Look very closely between where the stem meets the leaves. Juvenile Mealy bugs start as the tiniest speck of white. Squash and remove anything foreign from the leaves. Wipe leaves regularly with pest oil and remove dust at the same time.
    And good luck


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