Are Brown Spots on Fiddle Leaf Fig Sunburn?

If exposed to too much direct light In the presence of too much direct sunlight, the fiddle leaf fiddle leaf may get sunburned and then suffer. It is possible to treat this by cutting off the areas that have burned (look for lighter brown or tan spots near the tips or edges) and moving the plant away from direct sunlight.

Oh no! That terrible day is here The beautiful Fiddle leaf Fig is losing some gorgeous green! In its place there are some horrendous dark brown spots and some tan, which make some leaves and tips appear dry and washed-out.

It is unfortunate that this is among the most visible symptoms of sunburn on a plant, and it isn’t something that they can heal from. The plant can endure, provided that the damage isn’t too severe, however the affected leaves might need removal.

It’s easy to stop your plants from becoming sunburned by limiting the amount of light they receive. Take a look at the amount of light a fig with a fiddle leaf requires and alter the plant’s surroundings or position in line with this.

Check out this article for helpful tips on brown spots, including what are the causes and the best way to treat them.

Brown Spots On Fiddle Leaf Fig – The Sun Did It!

Contrary to what you be aware of, Fiddle leaf figs are cultivated in mostly direct sunlight in the wild.

They can reach 12-15 meters (39-49 feet) tall, completely overtaking the house plants we have around! The perennial plant likes light and can thrive in indirect or direct light.

The only thing we can say is that our plants in the house have adjusted to living indoors. Even if they receive plenty of sunlight throughout the day If suddenly, abrupt changes in their lighting they could be affected.

Is my Fiddle Leaf Fig Sunburnt?

If you notice that your fiddle leafed fig has edges that are brown it is important to find out if the sun is responsible for the problem. It is important to consider a couple of things to consider in order to completely eliminate’(hehe) any other possible causes.

  • First of all is, does your fig tree receive any direct sunlight (either by standing outside under the sunlight or looking through windows)?
  • Are plants getting more sun than normal in recent months? It could be due to the change in seasons that move it to an entirely new location.
  • Does your plant get direct sunlight but not showing any signs of burning? This could be due to extreme weather conditions, such as heat waves that burn the plant due to it being not accustomed to these conditions.
  • It may seem absurd, but what are the yellow and brown spots on leaves the result of receive direct sunlight? The leaves will only be sunburned when they’re located in the direct sunlight. Plants that are in the shade will not be burned, even when the plant is in shade.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Brown Spots Signs of Sunburn 101

The name implies that Ficus Lyratahas beautiful violin (fiddle) form leaves that are stunning green. It is easy to tell if something is wrong in your plant, since the leaves are a source of many stories.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves Turning Brown

The leaves turning brown could result due to a myriad of reasons and aren’t always related only to sunlight and being burnt. All of these factors could affect the plant, and there could be several reasons “working together” that are leading to browning of leaves. This could include:

  • Scorching: First leaves are susceptible to get burned by sunlight particularly when the plant is not properly adapted to the different lighting environments.
  • The main reason for browning leaves could be that the plant is underwater. Although the plant doesn’t require drowning however, it needs ample water in order to flourish.
  • Overwatering: As odd as it may sound providing your ficus with excessive water could cause similar or identical issues similar to the issue with underwatering.
  • Dryness of the pot: This refers to the soil or pot in general, which is in which root systems are. When the plants are located in an dry environment or the soil’s has receding and this can result in the roots being unable take in enough water.
  • Root rot: Last but not least one of the major players in the department of brown leaves could be due to root rot. It is treatable with the use of a root treatment for rot to eliminate the issue.

Tips: Keep track of the spots and see whether they get bigger or remain the same. If they don’t become more severe, you’ll know that you’ve fixed the issue. However If they do spread it could be that there is some other issue.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves Falling Off

Another reason to be concerned for our plants are when the leaves drop off. Although it can be a bit traumatic to watch, it can often be a way for plants to eliminate problems.

The care of houseplants isn’t always straightforward, but most of the time the plants can handle things by themselves.

For instance If plants throw off certain leaves, it could be removing dead mass (literally). This is accomplished by shaking dead and brown leaf.

The reason for this is that leaves have a very low likelihood of recovery and therefore, eliminating these leaves is the best option to ensure the overall health of the plant and well-being.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Yellow Leaves

The appearance of yellowing leaves on plants is a frequent sight. It is often a sign of mild sunburn as the dark hue usually indicates the severity of the damage.

The mild yellow, the moderate orange being moderate and red as extreme, is the way it’s displayed. The spots may later change to brown naturally in order to show that the spot has died.

However, yellow leaves by themselves can be the result of several causes that are not connected to sunburn. The absence of sunlight could be a factor along with inadequate nutrition.

A different cause could be insect infestations However, this is generally very easy to identify by observing brown spots on figs with fiddle leaves (especially around the stems) in areas where insect is attacking.

The yellow leaves by themselves may not be reason to be concerned however, if you notice this on your plant it is important to be aware and determine the root cause.

When plants mature it’s lower-down leaves may become yellow and then fall off. This is a long process, but it can occur even when there is nothing incorrect. Take this into consideration when you look over your fake.

How to Treat Brown Spots on Fig Leaves

If you’re sure that your ficus has been harmed from the sky, it’s time to think about some things you could do. You can either treat the injury or stop it from occurring at all.

Then, snatching off the damaged areas of the leaves is the best way to begin, since they’re not likely to recover.

It is also possible to remove the entire leaf, but make sure to only do this if more than 50 percent of the leaf is damaged. In other cases, it could function “normally” and be producing energy for the plant.

We would like to avoid causing any further damage to the plant or it’s the fig leaves because this could cause more problems.

Sharp pruning shears or scissors can be used for cutting your leaves.

Tips: If you’re only cutting a portion of the leaf make sure to cut only on the brown pieces. By leaving a small sliver (edge) of brown area, you will not cut the healthy portion of the leaf. This could cause excessive stress or trauma to the fig.

Other Solutions to Avoid Sunburn

To avoid possible sunburn or browning of leaves You can just alter the conditions in which your fig plant is situated.

If the area is outside then move it to an area that is shaded (taking into consideration the sun’s rays and the shaded areas’ movement through all day).

If you are inside, seated on a table or window Try to keep it out of direct sunlight for all day.

It is normal to move plants around and putting them in one place in the beginning of the day, and then moving it to a different location as the day progresses.

Fiddle Leaf Figs and Sunburn The Last Word

Releasing everything into perspective If you notice that your Fiddle Leaf is brown they could be due to a variety of reasons mostly sunburn.

The plant can be tolerant of direct sunlight, but only if it’s been given the time to adjust.

Even if it is not, it could still be burned by severe weather conditions, so be sure to ensure that you take care of them and check them regularly for any problems.

When moving the figs around, you should be mindful of your pet particularly cats. Fiddle leaf figs aren’t suitable for cats as ingesting them could be harmful.

Keep your pets secure and your plants in check and the Fiddle Leaf Fig is sure to be a joyous little fiddle leaf.



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