Brown Spots on Leaves of Fiddle Leaf Fig-Ficus Lyrata

When I purchased it all it said was tropical foliage. Would love to know the name and how to properly care for it! Two of the leaves have brown spots. Was wondering what to do. Thank you

Hi Jamie,

Your plant is called a ficus lyrata (fiddle leaf fig).

There are a few things can cause the brown spots on a fiddle leaf fig plant.

If there is not enough light, older leaves develop brown spots.

Leaf spot disease: As with all  fungal and bacterial diseases, better air circulation, well-drained soil, dry leaves, and less water help control leaf spot disease on plants. Never mist a plant if leaf spot disease is suspected. You can use a commercial Fungicide or the homemade remedy of putting a tablespoon or two of baking soda and a teaspoon or two of mineral oil in a spray bottle of water. Shake the solution well and then spray all areas of the plant that are infected. Keep infected plants away from your other houseplants.

You can read all my care tips for fiddle leaf fig plant (ficus lyrata)  in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. The sap of a Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant is very irritating so use gloves when working with this plant. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in my book Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants