2. Water: Fiddle leaf figs do not require a lot of water and over-watering can make them go downhill quickly. The soil should feel dry to the touch and one or two cups of water a week is usually plenty. I also recently learned that throwing a couple of ice cubes into your water helps tremendously. The ice will slowly water your plant as it melts so that it is not getting overwhelmed with too much water too quickly. It is also important to be sure that your planter can drain properly and that too much water does not gather at the bottom. If your leaves start to turn yellow, you are likely over-watering. Let it dry out for several days, you can even try to drain the planter of extra water if you want.
3. Choosing your planter: With my first fig, I removed it from the plastic pot it came in at the store and re-potted it in a slightly larger brass pot, adding a little more dirt. I don't know if this played a factor in its eventual demise, but I have read that often figs do not like to be re-potted and may "freak out" if they are not in a tight, secure pot. I was much more careful with my second fig tree. I left it in the original plastic pot that it came in, and just set that pot inside of a larger brass pot. I then covered the top with some faux green moss so that you couldn't even see the plastic pot anymore! I will probably continue to stick to this method from now on with my figs just to ensure that the re-potting process does not upset them!