Incredibly dry soil
Be sure you’re not under-watering your fiddle leaf fig. Keep a consistent watering schedule–water when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry.
If you accidentally let your fiddle leaf fig’s soil dry out completely, you may see branches go limp or leaves droop and crisp up. If the soil is extremely dry all the way through the pot, a good soak is in order.
Here’s how to soak-water your plant:
- Place your plant in your sink or tub without the saucer. Fill your basin up with about 3-4″ of water. Make sure the water isn’t hot!
- Allow your plant to soak up water through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot for at least 45 min.
- Feel the top of the soil after your plant has been soaking–has the water reached the top 2-3” of soil?
- If not all the soil feels saturated, water your fiddle feaf slightly from the top of the soil to help speed up the saturation.
- When your plant’s soil is evenly damp, drain the sink/tub and allow the plant to rest while it drains thoroughly. Place the plant back on its saucer and back in its proper spot.
Keep in mind that when the soil goes from bone-dry to saturated, it can cause stress for your fiddle leaf fig and may cause leaves to drop. Give it some time to adjust.
Not enough humidity
Your fiddle leaf fig will thrive in a humid environment. Increase the humidity around your plant by misting it on a regular basis, using a pebble tray, or moving a humidifier nearby.
Did you recently move your plant to a new spot in your home or just repot your plant? Sudden changes to the plant’s environment can cause your fiddle leaf fig to become limp and droop, but your fig should recover in a few weeks. As long as all of its care needs are being met, your plant should adjust to the change.
Take care that you are monitoring the soil volume and watering your plant only when 50-75% of the soil volume is dry. Moving your plant into a new spot or new pot may change how frequently your plant needs water.