How To Take Care Of A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Sharing tips about find out how to handle a fiddle leaf fig tree, how usually to water it, how a lot water, how a lot daylight, all of these vital 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 usually get questions on find out how to handle the following tips of crops. I hesitated to put in writing this submit 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 submit, 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 high suggestions within the feedback!!

A fiddle leaf fig plant can be known as a Ficus lyrata. They’re tropical timber that do extraordinarily nicely out of doors in reasonable 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 lovely houseplant that may add to the aesthetic enchantment to your house, and could be 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 submit, I’m sharing tried and examined tips about find out how to handle a fiddle leaf fig tree and hold it trying 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 pleased. Often it is a north or south going through window, the place it could actually get a number of daylight. These crops additionally are inclined to do nicely in areas with excessive ceilings, sky lights, and enormous home windows. In case you dwell in an space that isn’t well-lit, you should use a develop gentle. 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 to don’t have AC vents that can be blowing instantly 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 actually 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 number of strategies right here: the cup technique (watering a small quantity regularly) 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 taking place. 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. This may assist to oxygenate the soil and the water to move via extra freely. A very good rule of thumb: water till it begins to come back out of the drainage holes after which go away it alone. 

A observe: fiddle leaf figs LOVE rain and I really feel like rain water is so significantly 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, hold it within the pot from the nursery within the space of your own home the place it would dwell. 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 be sure you use one thing that permits water to move via 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. Test together with your nursery to see what they advocate in your local weather.

While you pot the fiddle leaf fig, you don’t want an unlimited 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 dimension, or barely larger. Necessary: ensure the pot has a drainage gap so the water can simply move via. 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. In case you discover that it wants a little bit increase, I like this fertilizer combined with filtered water. (It was too acidic with our sink water and brought on issues, to I ended utilizing it.) In case 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. In case you dwell in a dry local weather, misting could make a constructive impression on the leaves. You may place a humidifier on low near your plant, or sometimes 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 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 achieved this for Frida, however could 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 crops are finest left alone, so I’d solely advocate repotting if completely vital. (It will possibly trigger stress for the crops and we don’t wish to stress them out!) Some websites advocate repotting each 2-3 years to get contemporary vitamins from the soil, however I really feel like if the plant is pleased, go away it alone haha. Some indicators you would possibly wish to repot: the soil is pulling away from the sides and you’ll see a number of roots, a bacterial an infection (a number of brown spots on the leaves),or root rot. You may keep away from root rot by ensuring there’s a number of drainage and avoiding overwatering. If it is advisable 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.) In case you see any mushy roots, trim these off too. Place right into a pot with a number of inches of soil, encompass with a number of contemporary new soil, and water. 

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

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