Fiddle leaf fig looks burnt – House Plant Journal

Fiddle leaf fig looks burnt

Plant: Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)

How long have you had the plant? 1 to 6 months


The new leaves are burnt.  The stem looks burnt too. Started three months back.

The overall plant:

How do you determine WHEN to water: Whenever the water meter is low, I water it.

Describe HOW you water: I pour a small amount of water into the soil.

What fertilizer do you use? I haven’t started using any fertilizer

When was the last time you repotted? I haven’t repotted.


Thanks for the photos and info!

Your fiddle leaf fig looks completely fine to me.  If you are looking at the dark brown tip of the plant near the newest leaf, that’s just the sheath that covers the next leaf and it is supposed to be that color/texture.  The stem is also supposed to be brown – only the newest part of the stem will be green – and it will eventually turn brown (the color of bark).

If you want your plant to grow well in the long term, keeping it as close to these large windows is key to growth but you must use fertilizer to support the growth.  More info on fertilizing here.

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