This particular foilage just grew out pretty fast. But it's hanging down. It's soft; as they all are when they first start growing, but I don't remember if I've ever seen them hanging down. The stalk at the bottom is very strong and where the hanging foiliage is; is soft. I'm assuming that it's still growing. Also, how can I add another fig to the pot? Can I cut off any part of the fig and pot it inside the pot? Can this plant handle a humidifier? I keep it under a humidifier from time to time. Any help?

UPDATE I've changed the pot to a ceramic pot and also changed the dirt. Now for some reason, my fig is dropping. I've had it in the sun; when the sun comes out. Hoping my plant isn't in the process of dying. I've attached a picture of how it currently looks now.

UPDATE #2Starting from the 5th picture, this is now how it is looking. Seems to me like its dying.












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    This plant continues to be grown in low light conditions. Until you change that weak growth is Likely
    – kevinskio
    Dec 3, 2016 at 23:14
  • @kevinsky I dont quite understand, are you saying it's getting low light and it needs to be under a bit of heavier sun? And this is why its weak growth (low light)? Dec 3, 2016 at 23:43
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    I think thats exactly what Kevin is saying - it wants more sunlight. I'm not qualified to answer your questions, but we have no problem growing figs in Auckland and we have high humidity, so I'd imagine a humidifier won't hurt it.
    – davidgo
    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:23
  • @AlinaMitroi Yes, I water every Saturday. And I let it drain out completely before putting it back. Dec 4, 2016 at 9:37
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    Love how you water this plant except for the Saturday thing. Plants, environments just aren't part of our calendars. Get used to the heft of your plant, pot when dry and then when soaked. You'll easily be able to tell if your plant needs water. This guy needs water now not Saturday and gee I would get a 'grow' light, a real one like 300 watts or more for this plant and also transplant or up pot. Look for Pot Feet...some are cast as lions claws or scrolls or whatever and look great. Also a platform with wheels because in a year or two in a properly sized pot he'll be heavy...
    – stormy
    Dec 4, 2016 at 21:10

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This plant needs more light, replanted in a slightly larger pot (3 to 4" larger in diameter than it is in right now)...sending you a link you might not have seen. Is this plant somewhere else during the day and resides on this coffee table at night? When you water soak the soil and then allow that soil to dry out before the next watering/soaking.

Please use sterilized bagged potting soil when you up pot. A clay pot (heavier for stability) that is 14 inches in diameter (I am guessing this pot is 10"), has a matching saucer and really you should ask for the 'pot feet'. This raises the pot bottom off the surface and facilitates drainage big time. And looks cool. Just sterilized potting soil in the pot, no rock or gravel at the bottom of the soil and above the drainage hole.Fiddle Leaf care

A little Osmocote 14-14-14 twice per year extended release fertilizer is enough and perfect. This guy won't be hangin' on your coffee table much longer. Bigger pot, pot feet keep it near the light not in the direct sunlight and leave it right there. No drafts...indoors weird air flow of different temperatures that have no rhyme or reason kind of piss this plant off big time. Following a piece on equisetum and silica;

"But although not essential for other monocots and dicots, beneficial effects like increased pest and pathogen resistance, drought and heavy metal tolerance and the quality and yield of agricultural crops have been recognized and thus the still unclear pathways and molecular mechanisms of silicon uptake and deposition have become of research interest (Adatia and Besford 1986; Raven 2003; Richmond and Sussman 2003; Ma 2004; Romero-Aranda et al. 2006). Silica is transported as monosilicic acid from the roots to the terminal regions via the transpiration stream and deposited as amorphous silica gel (SiO2·nH2O) in cell lumens, cell walls, and intercellular spaces or external layers (Hartley and Jones 1972; Raven 1983; Epstein 1994). The surface etc...."

  • Yes it resides on the coffee table once the sun comes down I move it back to the coffee table. Dec 4, 2016 at 20:49
  • How do you think I knew that??? Grins! Your plant is going to get HUMONGOUS for an indoor plant and it will have to stay by the sun permanently, eventually. I think you are ready for Bonsai! How wonderful for your table and YOU. To be able to keep a Bonsai alive is a test of a gardener. To be able to grow one from a start and train it is the next step. Just an idea.
    – stormy
    Dec 4, 2016 at 21:03
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    Ecaxtly, you hit it right on the nose. But that is a good idea. Grins, as well!! Dec 4, 2016 at 22:50
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    Looks fine Lost! The leaves are wide and thin because they were in a low light situation. They get big in an effort to gather every bit of light available. So they are going to be heavy and will not change. You'll get new growth that is smaller, darker and thicker. Not to worry. In this case I say STAKE your plant. Get a 4 to 5 foot bamboo stake or the green plastic stake poke it in the ground, then tie your main stem to the stake. Use panty hose or strips of towel to support your plant tied loosely, just enough to give it a little support. When those leaves finally die cut them off.
    – stormy
    Jan 3, 2017 at 6:57
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    Nice size of pot. Try to get the bottom of that pot off any surface using pieces of tile or fancy 'pot feet'. A larger tray in black. Rotate once in a while. Have you fertilized? When was the last time? Less is best but your plant is looking like it needs nitrogen. Get Osmocote for houseplants 14-14-14. Extended release. Give it a table spoon or two according to directions. And forget about fertilizers for at least 4 to 6 months before having to administer more. Those leaves are necessary for the plant now and in the near future to make food. They'll obviously die and you then cut.
    – stormy
    Jan 3, 2017 at 7:07

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