A fiddle-leaf fig is even more finicky than you imagined. They are the equivalent of Goldilocks from Goldilocks and The 3 Bears.
Fiddle Leaf Figs don’t like being too dry or too wet. However they need to dry out slightly in between watering BUT soggy soil will down your plant and to dry will kill your plant
Fiddle Leaf Figs need a lot of light to thrive, otherwise the will throw a tantrum and will start dropping their leaves if they’re not getting enough energy from the sun, which I know sounds counterproductive. If you are unsure about where to put your FLF, it’s best to place it by a window. BUT they don’t like drafts, so be careful on which window
With all houseplants the best time to fertilise is in their growing season which is spring to summer.
Fiddle Leaf Figs are toxic to both people and animals if you consume them, so please don’t.
Browning leaves: indicates your plant has something wrong with its root system most likely Root Rot.
Dropping Leaves: If your fiddle leaf fig loses more than 50% of the leaves, your fiddle leaf fig is dying. Check for watering or draining issues
Red spots on baby leaves: Red spots are edema, there is nothing to worry about as they is normal and edema will slowly disappear. Ideally watering with consistently will prevent this in the future.
Fiddle Leaf Figs prefer a bit of humidity otherwise they will drop their leaves if the air is to dry. However they can handle the standard Melbourne home but the key is not to put them to close to a aircon or heater vent.
Hints & Trips:
Dusting the leaves regularly and wiping off any excess dust, you don’t need to use any fancy other than water.
Rotate your FLF to help it grow upwards and straight.