Have you noticed tiny red dots on new growth or fresh Fiddly leaves? You're not alone! This issue is one of the most frequently asked questions on our Plant SOS chat. While it can be a sign of pest invasion or fungal issues, it's most often an issue called Edema.
What are the red dots on my Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Firstly, remember that Fiddle Leaf Fig plants are born to be grown in the wilderness of Central America. They love consistent moisture, rich soil and bright light. No wonder they can be so temperamental at home!
If you're a forgetful waterer, you'll likely see small red dots on new leaves. When soil is dry, and then soaked with water, it can trigger the drought/flood response and stress the cell walls in the leaves. The sudden influx of moisture causes the fresh fragile cells to burst, creating the pin prick like dots.
Should I be worried about the brown/red spots on my Fiddle Leaf Fig leaves?
If you're only seeing red or brown dots on new leaves, and they are not ra
ised and bumpy, it is more likely than not to be caused from watering, so you don't have to worry. If you're starting to see the dots change size, or notice bugs on the leaves, you could be falling victim to a fungal or pest issue, and it's time to take action. The photo on the right is an example of something that IS NOT Edema. The leaves are brown and the patches are large. However this is likely due to underwatering or overwatering.
How do I fix red dots on my Fiddle Leaf Fig?
If you're noticing edema, don't stress! The dots will disappear as the new leaves establish. It cannot harm your plant, so stay calm. It may be a sign that you need to keep your watering more consistent (try to stick to every 10 days unless the soil is very moist).