The fiddle leaf fig is usually an easy to care for indoor plant, but sometimes brown spots will form on the leaves. These spots could be caused by a variety of factors like cold weather, excessive watering, or overwatering. However, most of the time these brown spots on a fiddle leaf fig are benign and do not cause any significant problems. In fact, there is a proper method of treating the brown spots on the leaves so that it will go away. We will go through this method later in the article.
What causes the brown spots on a fiddle leaf fig?
The most common causes of brown spots on a fiddle leaf fig are improper watering, overwatering, and cold weather. The leaves of the fiddle leaf fig are designed to funnel rainwater to the root system. If the leaves are damaged or if there is a blockage in this system, brown spots will form on the leaves and it could be a sign that the plant needs more water. Cold weather can also cause brown spots that look very similar to those caused by overwatering as well.
In addition, there are several diseases and pests that can cause brown spots on a fiddle leaf fig. These include:
A disease caused by a fungus known as “Botrytis.” The black spots on the leaves are caused by this fungus. Removal of infected leaves is recommended after the first sign of spots appear.
These are caused by an overabundance of bacteria that can be easily spread to other parts of a plant.
Black spot Rot and Brown Streaks of the Fiddle Leaf Fig:
Caused by fungi and bacteria. The name is pretty self-explanatory.
Caused by fungus in the soil that spreads to the fiddle leaf fig when it is grown in moist, shaded conditions and weather conditions are warm.
This disease can be treated with a fungicide like sulfur, but once it starts to spread it can be difficult to stop.
Aphids, mealy bugs, scale, leafhoppers, and spider mites:
These can be treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
These are difficult to kill so the best thing to do is to prevent them from being on the fiddle leaf fig in the first place by using a dormant spray or neem oil.
How are brown spots on a fiddle leaf fig treated?
There are several things that can be done to treat brown spots on a fiddle leaf fig. The first thing to do is figure out what caused the brown spots. If the problem is with the water, then repotting the plant into new soil will fix the problem. Fertilize with an all-purpose fertilizer.
It is best to wait for at least half of the new shoots to be at least four inches long before repotting it. Unrooted cuttings can be harvested as well. Fertilize with an all-purpose fertilizer. It is best to wait for at least half of the new shoots to be at least four inches long before repotting it. Unrooted cuttings can be harvested as well.
The next step is to implement prevention. Once the problem is fixed, keep an eye on the fiddle leaf fig for brown spots and water accordingly or treat with a fungicide or insecticide.
What should be done when brown spots on the fiddle leaf fig reappear?
Most of the time, brown spots on the leaves of a fiddle leaf fig are caused by overwatering or poor watering. If this is the case, check to make sure that the plant is getting enough water. It may be helpful to repot the plant into a container with new soil and then move it back into its regular pot after about six months.
If this does not fix the brown spots, it is possible that the plant has a disease or pest problem.
If you notice brown spots on a fiddle leaf fig, do not panic. This article will explain what causes them, their proper treatment and even how to prevent them from happening again. The fiddle leaf fig is an easy to care for house plant but once in while it needs a little help to stay happy and healthy.
How To Prevent Brown Spots From Occurring on the fiddle leaf fig
Here are some tips that will help you to prevent brown spots from occurring on the fiddle leaf fig as well as some other plants:
- Don’t overwater the fiddle leaf fig. Let the soil dry out between waterings.
- Fertilize your plants with a liquid or slow-release fertilizer only once every two months. Too much fertilizer can cause brown spots to appear.
- Spider mites and scales can be prevented by using insecticidal soap or neem oil and hot, dry conditions will help to kill them off if they are present.
- Try to water the soil, not the leaves. The fiddle leaf fig will usually take care of its own watering needs but if this is not working, try misting the plant with a spray bottle.
- Watch for signs of mold or an overabundance of bugs and treat immediately.
- Change the potting soil every year or couple years if it becomes a problem.
So there you have it, the fiddle leaf fig is a house plant that can be cared for in a variety of ways. It is very easy to care for the fiddle leaf fig and it looks great when it is in bloom. The leaves of the fiddle leaf fig come in nice bold colors and sit neatly on top of the stem.
If the small brown spots begin to appear follow these steps and they should disappear in no time. Brown spots on a fiddle leaf fig do not pose any danger to the plant, but they do begin to look unsightly so it is best to fix them as soon as possible.
By following these tips, you will be able to keep your fiddle leaf fig looking great for years to come. Enjoy!
Have a great day everyone! And until next time I’m out… have fun!