How To Take Care Of A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

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

Meet Frida Kahlo. She’s our attractive 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 handle the following tips of crops. I hesitated to put in writing 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 surprise 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 ideas right here and my fellow fiddle leaf lovers, please share your high ideas within the feedback!!

A fiddle leaf fig plant can be referred to as a Ficus lyrata. They’re tropical timber that do extraordinarily properly outside in average and humid environments. Over the previous 10 years or so, they’ve surged in reputation. Fiddle leaf figs generally grace journal covers, Instagram and Pinterest posts. It’s a stunning houseplant that may add to the aesthetic attraction to your house, and could be a beautiful, architectural assertion in your house. It makes a decor influence, and can be  infamous for being a difficult houseplant to maintain alive. On this publish, I’m sharing tried and examined tips about easy methods to handle a fiddle leaf fig tree and preserve 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 crops, and home crops is to discover a place in your house the place they’ll be joyful. Normally it is a north or south going through window, the place it could get numerous daylight. These crops additionally are inclined to do properly in areas with excessive ceilings, sky lights, and enormous home windows. When you dwell in an space that isn’t well-lit, you should use a develop mild. I’m in a fiddle leaf Fb group (obsessed) and lots of members use develop lights on their crops. Have a look across the space and be sure you don’t have AC vents that might be blowing immediately on the plant. 

Whereas solar is an efficient factor, be careful for an excessive amount of sizzling son on the plant as a result of it could trigger sunburn. We’ve 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 a couple of strategies right here: the cup methodology (watering a small quantity regularly) or the extra rare methodology (LOTS of water each 7-12 days). I discovered that the cup methodology 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 sport changer: the water meter! I ordered this off Amazon and test her water each 7-10 days. I ONLY water the plant when the soil dries and the meter reaches a degree 2 or 3, after which I soak the heck out of it. I’ll use 4 massive measuring bowls filled 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 won’t disturb the roots. This can assist to oxygenate the soil and the water to movement by way of extra freely. rule of thumb: water till it begins to return out of the drainage holes after which go away it alone. 

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

Potting Medium

Tip: earlier than you pot your fiddle leaf fig, preserve it within the pot from the nursery within the space of your home the place it would dwell. This fashion, it could 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 permits water to movement by way of as a substitute of holding the water, which might 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 properly. Verify together with your nursery to see what they advocate to your local weather.

If you pot the fiddle leaf fig, you don’t want an unlimited pot because the roots don’t want a ton of room to broaden. They really do higher once they’re barely certain, and lots of fiddle leaf figs do properly within the preliminary pot from the nursery. I’d decide one thing round that dimension, or barely larger. Vital: ensure that the pot has a drainage gap so the water can simply movement by way of. 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 flourishing. When you discover that it wants somewhat increase, I like this fertilizer blended with filtered water. (It was too acidic with our sink water and brought on issues, to I ended utilizing it.) When 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. When you dwell 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 often mist by hand. I take advantage of 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 flexibility 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 performed this for Frida, however might do that for Fred. 

Enjoyable be aware: 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 crops are greatest left alone, so I’d solely advocate repotting if completely obligatory. (It might trigger stress for the crops and we don’t need to stress them out!) Some websites advocate repotting each 2-3 years to get recent vitamins from the soil, however I really feel like if the plant is joyful, go away it alone haha. Some indicators you would possibly need to repot: the soil is pulling away from the perimeters and you may see numerous roots, a bacterial an infection (numerous brown spots on the leaves),or root rot. You’ll be able to keep away from root rot by ensuring there’s numerous drainage and avoiding overwatering. If it’s good to repot, shake off the surplus soil from the roots, and trim away any of the roots’ ends which might be overgrown. (It’s like giving it a haircut.) When you see any mushy roots, trim these off too. Place right into a pot with a couple of inches of soil, encompass with numerous recent new soil, and water. 

Okay associates! That’s all I’ve acquired for ya, and I’ll add extra to this publish as I consider new ideas. 

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