Fiddle Leaf Fig/Ficus Lyrata newbie
I live in Sydney and I just received a 1.3m fiddle leaf fig in a 300mm pot 3 weeks ago as a gift. I have been reading the forums about only watering once a week or so when the soil is dry and for it to have good indirect light but I have a couple of questions.
I have noticed a big brown spot on one of the big leaves that you can see in the photo - could that be from not enough water? I am only watering it once a week and about 1 litre of water.
I have gotten 3 new leaves at the top of the 2 stalks - these don't seem to have any brown marks except on the stems new leaves have lots of really tiny dots on them - they don't look too bad though - is this a worry?
I was thinking of repotting or potting up to a 400mm pot to encourage growth - it is spring here in australia - should i do this now or wait till summer? if the pot isn't root bound, should i pot up instead of repotting completely? I can't seem to find how to repot completely. The potting mix my friend bought for me is called "terracotta and tub" - not sure if this is the best potting mix for my fiddle leaf?
When I got the plant home and still now, the lower leaves are a bit droopy - the top ones seem ok - could this still be from inadequate light at the nursery? I have had it 3 weeks so I would have thought it would recovered by now - I am now worried the room I have it in doesn't get enough light - it is a pretty light room though! As you can also see from the photo it gets the light from the other room eastern facing in the morning, and in the afternoon the room it is in gets western sun but not directly at the plant.
Lastly, my fiddle leaf has 2 separate stems growing in a slightly v shape. Like alot of people in the forums, I wanted a more tree shape with branches - how I do I go about doing this? If, after the leaf that is growing out on the tallest stem settles flat, do i just cut the bud off the top off the next bud trying to be a leaf that tries to grow? I still would like more height but would like both stems to grow branches. Also, do I eventually remove the lower leaves to make it look more tree shape or should i do this, say next year? i am slightly enamoured with the fiddle leaf figs that pop up on google image search!
Hope this isn't information overload - I really want to put the work in with this plant!
Andy from Sydney