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Rescue Plant advice�Fiddle Leaf Fig in Manhattan

Posted by matthewjschneider none (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 22, 14 at 11:54

Hello greenthumbs!
I rescued a Fiddle Leaf Fig from the streets of Manhattan about 7 days ago. Other than tons of dust on the leaves, it appears to be in pretty good shape�but I have some questions and concerns.

- rescued a week ago
- three "trunks"
- approx 8 feet tall
- approx 4 feet wide
- sprouting new growth on the top of the plant
- some discoloration on low leaves
- some leaf-holes

Upon arrival in my home, I dusted the leaves and the plant perked up a bit.


1. Is it root-bound? It's tall and there are some roots that have grown up and over the plastic liner pot thing and around the sides. Also, there's a layer of roots inside of the pot that have circled it a few times. I'm guessing it was a display plant in a store on Madison Avenue and looked nice in the window for 3 months but got little attention.
-if it's root bound, can I repot in summer?
- should I trim away some root growth?
- how much?

2. Should I be worried about the discolorations or leaf holes? The holes look like some sunburn. I'm not certain about the large, dark discolorations or the small flecks of discoloration.

3. How do I prevent growth upward? I have 9-ish foot ceilings, and I don't want it much taller. It could fill out some and grow fuller, sideways, etc. but not taller. How do I prevent upward growth?

4. Basic watering instructions?

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