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How To Take Care Of A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Sharing tips about easy methods to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree, how typically to water it, how a lot water, how a lot daylight, all of these necessary questions!

Meet Frida Kahlo. She’s our beautiful fiddle leaf fig plant that greets everybody who walks into our house. Frida receives SO many compliments each in real-life and on-line, and I typically get questions on easy methods to care for the following tips of vegetation. I hesitated to write down this publish as a result of I was a infamous plant killer. Over the previous handful of years, I’ve FINALLY discovered my groove, and whereas I really feel fairly assured about my routine, I’m nonetheless scared to jinx something. I can’t assist however marvel if Frida will recoil her leaves and burst into flames as soon as I press publish on this publish, however I’m going to go for it. I hope you discover some useful suggestions right here and my fellow fiddle leaf lovers, please share your prime suggestions within the feedback!!

A fiddle leaf fig plant can also be known as a Ficus lyrata. They’re tropical timber that do extraordinarily nicely out of doors in average and humid environments. Over the previous 10 years or so, they’ve surged in recognition. Fiddle leaf figs generally grace journal covers, Instagram and Pinterest posts. It’s a stunning houseplant that may add to the aesthetic enchantment to your area, and is usually a gorgeous, architectural assertion in your house. It makes a decor influence, and can also be  infamous for being a difficult houseplant to maintain alive. On this publish, I’m sharing tried and examined tips about easy methods to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree and maintain it wanting lush, wholesome, and thriving for a very long time.

Large fiddle leaf fig tree

How To Take Care Of A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Correct Placement and Lighting Necessities

The important thing with fiddle leaf figs, tropical vegetation, and home vegetation is to discover a place in your house the place they’ll be pleased. Normally this can be a north or south dealing with window, the place it could actually get a lot of daylight. These vegetation additionally are likely to do nicely in areas with excessive ceilings, sky lights, and huge home windows. Should you stay in an space that isn’t well-lit, you should utilize a grow light. I’m in a fiddle leaf Fb group (obsessed) and lots of members use develop lights on their vegetation. Have a look across the space and ensure you don’t have AC vents that can be blowing immediately on the plant. 

Whereas solar is an effective factor, be careful for an excessive amount of sizzling son on the plant as a result of it could actually trigger sunburn. We have now one other fiddle leaf, Fred, who was forgotten outdoors and was sunburned. He had brown spots for fairly some time, however has lastly recovered. 


Okay, so there are fairly just a few strategies right here: the cup technique (watering a small quantity often) or the extra rare technique (LOTS of water each 7-12 days). I discovered that the cup technique did NOT work for me. She was dropping leaves like loopy and I used to be pacing across the plant, attempting to determine what the heck was occurring. A recreation changer: the water meter! I ordered this off Amazon and verify her water each 7-10 days. I ONLY water the plant when the soil dries and the meter reaches a stage 2 or 3, after which I soak the heck out of it. I’ll use 4 giant measuring bowls stuffed with filtered water and drench the soil. (Frida prefers filtered water from the fridge and never from the sink. Our ranges right here in Tucson are too acidic and it was affecting her leaves.) Earlier than watering, use the water meter or a chopstick to poke holes within the soil – it is not going to disturb the roots. It will assist to oxygenate the soil and the water to move by extra freely. rule of thumb: water till it begins to return out of the drainage holes after which depart it alone. 

A observe: fiddle leaf figs LOVE rain and I really feel like rain water is so a lot better for vegetation than sink water. Name me loopy, however they reply in a different way. If it rains, drag your sturdier vegetation outdoors!

Potting Medium

Tip: earlier than you pot your fiddle leaf fig, maintain it within the pot from the nursery within the space of your home the place it’s going to stay. This fashion, it could actually have time to regulate to the lighting and surroundings earlier than you additional shock the plant by repotting. For potting soil, just remember to use one thing that allows water to move by as an alternative of holding the water, which may trigger root rot. They promote particular soil for fiddle leaf figs, and I do know many who’ve had good luck with cactus/succulent soil. I used Miracle Develop potting soil and it labored nicely. Verify together with your nursery to see what they suggest to your local weather.

If you pot the fiddle leaf fig, you don’t want an infinite pot because the roots don’t want a ton of room to increase. They really do higher once they’re barely sure, and lots of fiddle leaf figs do nicely within the preliminary pot from the nursery. I’d decide one thing round that measurement, or barely greater. Vital: ensure the pot has a drainage gap so the water can simply move by. I additionally wish to put small rocks on the backside of a pot earlier than including the plant and soil, so water can simply transfer although and forestall root rot. 


You don’t *have* to fertilize your plant if the soil is wholesome and the plant is prospering. Should you discover that it wants a bit of enhance, I like this fertilizer blended with filtered water. (It was too acidic with our sink water and prompted issues, to I finished utilizing it.) Should you select to make use of fertilizer, do that twice a yr: as soon as in the summertime and as soon as within the winter. 

Routine Upkeep

Misting! Like I discussed earlier than, FLFs love humid environments. Should you stay in a dry local weather, misting could make a constructive influence on the leaves. You’ll be able to place a humidifier on low near your plant, or sometimes mist by hand. I use this mister from Amazon and solely mist the leaves once I water (as soon as each 7-12 days). I mist the leaves, after which wipe off any mud with a paper towel. This fashion, dusty leaves don’t hinder the power to get daylight. 

Weak trunks: I’ve heard of individuals gently shaking their tree’s trunks each few days, particularly in the event that they’re weaker/smaller. That is to stimulate the excessive winds and encourage a stronger trunk. I haven’t finished this for Frida, however might do that for Fred. 

Enjoyable observe: fiddle leaf figs will develop as excessive as their ceiling permits. Our ceilings are 30 ft and I HOPE SHE GROWS THIS HUGE with all my coronary heart. 


I’ve discovered that these vegetation are greatest left alone, so I’d solely suggest repotting if completely essential. (It may trigger stress for the vegetation and we don’t wish to stress them out!) Some websites suggest repotting each 2-3 years to get contemporary vitamins from the soil, however I really feel like if the plant is pleased, depart it alone haha. Some indicators you may wish to repot: the soil is pulling away from the sides and you’ll see a lot of roots, a bacterial an infection (a lot of brown spots on the leaves),or root rot. You’ll be able to keep away from root rot by ensuring there’s a lot of drainage and avoiding overwatering. If that you must repot, shake off the surplus soil from the roots, and trim away any of the roots’ ends which are overgrown. (It’s like giving it a haircut.) Should you see any mushy roots, trim these off too. Place right into a pot with just a few inches of soil, encompass with a lot of contemporary new soil, and water. 

Okay pals! That’s all I’ve obtained for ya, and I’ll add extra to this publish as I consider new suggestions. 

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