Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves Are Drooping – What to Do
Fiddle leaf fig trees are popular houseplants that are known for their large, iconic leaves so it can be a quite a concern if the leaves of your fiddle leaf fig start to droop. The floppy appearance of the leaves could be caused by a number of reasons, some of which can be quickly resolved.
Watering the Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves
One of the most common reasons for drooping leaves is the watering. For example, one of the clearest signs of under-watering would be limp, floppy leaves. Fiddle leaf figs aren’t necessarily thirsty plants and will generally do fine with a weekly watering schedule, but there may be cases when you need to up the watering frequency.
For example, during summer season, houseplants like fiddle leaf figs can lose water more quickly as the rate of evaporation and photosynthesis increases. If you were only watering once a week during the cool season then you may need to change that to twice a week during the summer. The best way to determine the watering is to feel the soil. You can replenish the container soil with more water when the topsoil starts to feel dry.
Over-watering may also cause the leaves of the fiddle leaf fig to wilt, although you are also likely to see other symptoms such as the color of the leaves turning yellow and brown.
Lack of Sunlight
Drooping leaves may also be common among fiddle leaf figs that don’t get enough sunlight. These houseplants do best when they receive bright, indirect sunlight so you may need to change the placement of the fiddle leaf fig if it is in an area that’s too shaded.
When you change the fiddle leaf fig’s position, don’t put it in a place where there’s too much direct sunlight as that may cause conditions like leaf scorching. An ideal placement could be a corner of the room that is a few feet away from a bright window.
Fiddle Leaf Figs with Dusty Leaves
What if your plant is getting the right amount of water and sunlight? The next step is to check the leaves. Houseplants with large leaves are likely to accumulate dust over time. The layer of dust that settles on the leaves can affect a plant’s ability to photosynthesize.
For fiddle leaf figs, it’s important to give the leaves a nice clean every once in a while. There are a couple of ways you can do this. The fastest way would be to take your plant outside and spray off the leaves with a garden hose. You could also get a soft wet cloth and wipe each individual leave one by one until all the dust is gone.