My fiddleleaf fig has purple speckles on the new leaves only. What is causing this, and what action should I take? Thank you!
It may be one of two things. The first is that it is a fungus. Treat the plant with a fungicide to take care of that. The other is that it may be a phosphorous deficiency. Give the tree some bone meal to help boost phosphorous.
How can I propagate an indoor Fiddly fig plant?
This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/figs/fig-propagation.htm
I think it is an indoor figlia(?) plant. It has no side branches (just 1 main "trunk). How do I get it to have side branches? Thanks.
There's no such thing as figlia plant, but perhaps you mean some type of ficus, most likely a fiddle leaf fig? That has large leaves - around 6 - 10" long and shaped roughly like a fiddle; possibly also a ficus decora, known as rubber tree, that has large thick darkgreen leaves. Those two would be the most likely to have only one main trunk with no side branches. Given that the plant is healthy and growing, you can simply cut off the top top few inches, and it might well start to branch. If you send in a picture to this address, we might be able to give you more information. It's alway important to know the correct name for any plant you wish to be successful with.
I've had my fiddle leaf fig for a few months now, repotted about a month ago because it appeared root bound. For the most part, the fig looks pretty healthy and is sprouting a new leaf every week! Some things are troubling me that I'd like to address before they get out of hand. 1. Clusters of small rusty brown spots on leaves, newest leaves have minor clusters as well 2. There are annoying gnats crawling in soil and flying around tree. 3. Older leaves have some dark blackish spots (they had when I bought the tree) and are dry and cracked. Also, some leaf curling and "crunchiness" around edges. I water the tree once a week with a few cups of water to make soil evenly wet. Pot is 1/3 full with stones at bottom and topped with Miracle Grow moisture control soil.
Sounds like your Fig might be suffering from Fig Rust and/or Leaf Blight. These articles may help you identify and treat it: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/figs/figs-disease-rust.htm
The gnats that you see happily hanging around your tree are likely fungus gnats or soil gnats, and they generally don't do any harm, but the larvae of certain types can damage the plant when they feed on the roots. This article may help you get these tiny bugs under control:
I have had my fiddle fig tree for a about a month. At first it seemed to be doing well and sprouted 2 new leaves. I water when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. Recently the leaves have been pointing upward and curling around the edges. Any idea what I can do to fix this?
Avoid moving your plant around; they are finicky and don't like change.
Aim for a nice bright location, an East facing window is ideal.
Misting during dry spells or winter can help.
Avoid drafts from air conditioners, they actually like warm temperatures.
To water properly, wait until the top inch of soil is dry. Then, thoroughly drench until water comes out the bottom of the pot, and leave it to slowly dry out again.
I have a 2.5 foot compact Fiddle Leaf Fig plant that I got about 2 months ago. It has been sitting near my big southwest facing window. I water it about once per week. The leaves on the bottom of the plant have been turning brown and falling off. I haven't noticed too much new growth, so I'm afraid if leaves keep falling, then there won't be much plant left! I'm not sure what the problem is- over watering? under watering? not enough light? Any help would be great!
Even though you seem to be watering correctly, it would appear that this has a fungal infection. Apply wettable sulfur to the soil, along with some dolomitic lime. This will help kill off the infection.
I have attached a picture of my fiddle leaf, is it salvageable? There is new growth down the bottom, how could I re-pot this? It’s an inside plant, under filtered flight, hasn’t been re-potted in two years and it’s watered once a week.
Sometime during it's life it has contracted a severe fungal infection. It is going to take quite a bit of effort on your part to be able to save this.
The first thing to be done is to take is out of its soil, and completely wash off the roots VERY CAREFULLY.
After this, you can soak it in a half and half mix of water and peroxide. You will want to do this for 2 to 3 minutes. Then replant it into fresh soil with plenty of drainage. I recommend a good potting soil with a good mixture of perlite.
Top dress with a coating of dolomitic lime, and wettable sulfur according to the packages. As you water in, these will condition the soil, and kill off any remaining infection.
It is going to take a little while, but it CAN recover.