We were asked to help diagnose the problems of this Ficus lyrata and how she could be taken care of. If you have issues with one similar to this, continue reading to know more!

The info we’ve got about this plant

What is the scientific name or common name of your plant? Ficus lyrata (Fiddle-leaf fig)

How long have you had your plant? 2 years

When does the sun enter the room where your plant is? In the afternoon

How far (in meters) is your plant from a window in that room? 5 meters

How often have you watered your plant?  Every 15 days.

Does the pot where your plant is planted have drainage holes? No

Have you been fertilising your plant? Yes

Have you ever repotted your plant? No

What symptoms does your plant show? It has yellowish spots on some leaves and a leaf edge that is drying.

Our analysis and recommendations

After seeing the photos you sent and the information provided, there are two factors that you need to have into consideration.


Ficus lyrata needs lots of light to be happy. The fact that it is in a room facing west is good, but being placed 5 meters from the window, it may be too little light for what she needs, especially in winter. If you can, move her closer to the window. She will be even happier if she can get 1-2 hours of direct sunlight later in the afternoon (when the sun’s rays are wicker).


If you plant her directly in a pot without drainage, watering routines will be very difficult to manage. Ficus lyrata is a plant that is particularly sensitive to deficient watering management. It should always be done using a technical pot with drainage holes that you can hide by placing it inside a beautiful cachepot.
On the other hand, watering the plant every 15 days when she is placed 5 meters from a window can be too much for the amount of light she’s receiving. The less light it receives – the less the plant grows – the less water it needs. This is the golden rule for houseplant watering.

Final thoughts

Leaf spots on your Ficus lyrata are most likely due to deficient watering management. Unfortunately, keep your expectations low as they should not disappear and may intensify. The important is that they do not appear on other/new leaves.

We advise you to clean the leaves of your Ficus lyrata monthly, applying a mixture of our LEAF CLEANSER with our LEAF PROTECTOR. This way, you will ensure that they are free from dust, pests, and diseases.

If you keep this routine in all your plants, you will see that they will live happy and healthy for many, many years.

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