How To Take Care Of A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Sharing tips about how one can care for a fiddle leaf fig tree, how typically to water it, how a lot water, how a lot daylight, all of these vital questions!

Meet Frida Kahlo. She’s our beautiful fiddle leaf fig plant that greets everybody who walks into our dwelling. Frida receives SO many compliments each in real-life and on-line, and I typically get questions on how one can care for the following pointers of crops. I hesitated to write down this put up 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 put up, 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 be referred to as a Ficus lyrata. They’re tropical timber that do extraordinarily nicely outside in reasonable 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 lovely houseplant that may add to the aesthetic attraction to your house, and generally is a beautiful, architectural assertion in your house. It makes a decor impression, and can be  infamous for being a difficult houseplant to maintain alive. On this put up, I’m sharing tried and examined tips about how one can care for a fiddle leaf fig tree and hold 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 glad. Often this can be a north or south dealing with window, the place it may possibly get a number of daylight. These crops additionally are likely to do nicely in areas with excessive ceilings, sky lights, and enormous home windows. If you happen to dwell in an space that isn’t well-lit, you need to 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 ensure you don’t have AC vents that shall be blowing straight 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 may possibly trigger sunburn. We have now one other fiddle leaf, Fred, who was forgotten exterior 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 technique (watering a small quantity incessantly) 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, making an attempt 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 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. It will assist to oxygenate the soil and the water to circulation by means of extra freely. A great rule of thumb: water till it begins to return out of the drainage holes after which depart it alone. 

A notice: 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 otherwise. If it rains, drag your sturdier crops exterior!

Potting Medium

Tip: earlier than you pot your fiddle leaf fig, hold it within the pot from the nursery within the space of your own home the place it’ll dwell. This manner, it may possibly 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 circulation by means 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 nicely. Verify together with your nursery to see what they advocate on your local weather.

Whenever you pot the fiddle leaf fig, you don’t want an infinite pot because the roots don’t want a ton of room to broaden. 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 choose one thing round that measurement, or barely larger. Necessary: be certain that the pot has a drainage gap so the water can simply circulation by means of. I additionally prefer 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. If you happen to discover that it wants a bit increase, I like this fertilizer blended with filtered water. (It was too acidic with our sink water and brought about issues, to I ended utilizing it.) If you happen to select to make use of fertilizer, do that twice a 12 months: 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. If you happen to dwell in a dry local weather, misting could make a optimistic impression on the leaves. You possibly can place a humidifier on low near your plant, or often mist by hand. I exploit this mister from Amazon and solely mist the leaves after I water (as soon as each 7-12 days). I mist the leaves, after which wipe off any mud with a paper towel. This manner, 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 achieved this for Frida, however could do this for Fred. 

Enjoyable notice: 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 finest left alone, so I’d solely advocate repotting if completely essential. (It could 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 glad, depart it alone haha. Some indicators you would possibly need to repot: the soil is pulling away from the perimeters and you’ll see a number of roots, a bacterial an infection (a number of brown spots on the leaves),or root rot. You possibly can keep away from root rot by ensuring there’s a number of drainage and avoiding overwatering. If you want to 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.) If you happen to see any mushy roots, trim these off too. Place right into a pot with a couple of inches of soil, encompass with a number of recent new soil, and water. 

Okay associates! That’s all I’ve bought for ya, and I’ll add extra to this put up as I consider new suggestions. 

Do you’ve got plant infants? Any nice suggestions you’ve discovered over time? Please share all the plant suggestions with us!



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