Brown Spots on Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves

Hi Judy! Bought this plant a few months ago, had it in my living room. When we got some rain, I thought it would like it so I put it outside. I left it there for a few days and it got burnt. All the leaves slowly turned brown and fell off. I moved it to a shady spot on the side of my house and I keep the soil damp but the new leaves that are coming in are already spotted brown. Help! He’s soo unhappy now!

Hi Lisa,

What Causes Brown Spots on a Fiddle Leaf Fig

The small brown spots on a Fiddle Leaf Fig  are caused by a condition called “oedema.” This happens when the soil gets very wet and the roots absorb more water than the leaves can use. Pressure builds up in the leaves, cells in the leaves explode, and then you see the brown spots.

How to Treat Brown Spots on a Fiddle Leaf Fig

I’d recommend getting rid of all of the wet soil and allowing the plant to sit out bare root for a few hours. Repot in dry soil and avoid watering until the leaves get a little soft and flexible. Then resume your usual routine with the plant.

You can read all my care tips for a Fiddle Leaf Fig in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.