FIDDLE LEAF FIG: HELP ME!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 –
See? She is almost a shadow of her former self! Its so sad.
Help a sister out! Whats your tip for keeping your fig alive? Share your secrets with me please!
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