What to do About Red Spots on Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

Like any other plant, new growth is a strong indication of a healthy fiddle leaf fig. It’s always exciting to see fresh, new shoots appear from the top of the plant. But wait, what are the red spots you are seeing on the new leaves of the fiddle leaf fig?

What you are most likely seeing is a plant disorder or disease called edema. This can happen when the roots of the fiddle leaf fig absorb water much faster than the rate at which it is used by the plant. This leads to a buildup in water pressure in the internal cells of the leaves. Eventually, some of these cells will burst, which leaves the visible red spots (like a blister) on the surface of the leaves.

Fortunately, a plant disease like edema isn’t always a serious concern. A mild case of edema can be expected, especially during times of growth. For mild cases, the leaves of the fiddle leaf fig will eventually grow out of the spotted appearance. For serious cases, the red spots will become larger and larger until the leaves shrivel and die.

The best way to prevent red spots on fiddle leaf figs is by getting a moisture meter. Having a moisture meter will ensure that you aren’t saturating the soil with too much water. Over-watering can also lead to a number of serious plant diseases like root rot so it’s vital that you get your watering frequency right in order for the fiddle leaf fig to thrive.

Red spots can also be caused by the presence of pests like spider mites so we suggest you do a close inspection of the whole plant to see if there are any insects or parasites that may be causing the damage. Make sure you pay close attention to the underside of the fiddle leaf fig leaves as that’s where pests like aphids and spider mites like to congregate.


  • Ben:

    I was guilty of not watering my fiddle leaf fig frequently enough and that ended up causing red spots to develop all over the leaves.

  • Anais:

    Red spots are sometimes normal for fiddle leaf figs especially as they mature. Some of them may also develop holes as well if the leaves start to stretch out.

  • Genevieve:

    Try watering less! I didn’t realize it but I was over-watering my fiddle leaf fig and it became a lot better and less red spots once I controlled the watering.

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