Why Are My Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves Turning Brown?

Discovering brown leaves on your beloved fiddle leaf fig plant can be a real bummer. It can be disheartening when you don’t understand why your leaves are turning brown, and it can lead to some frustration.

The good news is that there are generally only four main culprits for your fiddle leaf fig leaves to turn brown. Don’t worry; chances are good that we’ll be able to fix your plant from yellowing and turning brown and get it back to its old happy green self!

Root Rot

This is a fungal infection caused by the roots sitting in too much moisture in their pot home. Basically, the plant gets mushy roots, which is why having your plants on a steady watering schedule is helpful.

Bacterial Infection

A bacterial infection on your fiddle leaf fig plant can have similar symptoms to root rot.  The main sign that your beautiful plant has a bacterial infection is the leaves turning yellow in addition to brown spots.


The leaf will begin to curl, and the entire plant can look noticeably dry and wilted. If you notice the soil receding from the edge of the pot, then dryness is almost definitely your problem.

Insect Damage

Brown spots on your fiddle leaf fig plant may stem from insect damage.  This isn’t a very common problem, but nevertheless is certainly possible that you have spider mites, aphids, or fungus gnats.

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