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Common fiddle leaf fig problems

The fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) is one of the most popular houseplants out there right now. Not surprising, since these indoor trees add a beautiful green touch to any interior! But what do you do if your fiddle leaf fig is not looking too happy?

Brown Spots

Problem: Leaves showing brown spotting Causes: Root rot due to overwatering, infection, sunburn, etc.

Root Rot

Remove any afflicted roots and leaves and re-examine your watering schedule. After all, root rot will often be caused by overwatering.


Fiddle leaf figs are not opposed to a bit of sun, but things can sometimes get a bit too intense for them.


In some cases, brown spots on your fiddle leaf fig tree can mean that your home contains some unwelcome visitors.

Bacterial Infection

Bacterial issues can cause both brown and black spots on your fiddle leaf fig. Unfortunately, they can be serious.

Leaves Curling

Problem: Leaves curling inwards or outwards Causes: Overwatering, underwatering, low humidity, root disturbance

Red Spots

Problem: Red dots on leaves Causes: Normal, edema