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Plant Care 101: Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care Guide

Blair Brown — May 30, 2019

There’s nothing more frustrating than buying a new plant and not reaping the benefits - whether it's due to weather, complicated care, or just getting a lemon (pun intended). But anybody cancan flex their green thumb with the right plant: Enter the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree.

You may have heard that Fiddle Leafs can be finicky. While it's true that they need optimal care to thrive, they tolerate a good bit of neglect. Seriously...once you've found the right balance, it's simple to ensure your Fiddle Leaf flourishes - especially with our care tips.

Are Fiddle Leaf Figs Hard to Keep Alive?

According to the New York Times, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig is becoming the most coveted house plant of the decade. And it's no wonder why, with its large, glossy violin-shaped leaves and manageable mature height of about 6 to 10 feet.

It looks so lush because the native Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree grows under the canopy of the African rainforests. Another huge benefit of its origins is that it fits in perfectly with the natural, indirect light of your home.

Simply find a window with bright morning sun and a bit of afternoon shade. Bright, indirect light is best for your Fiddle-Leaf. This may mean moving your plant throughout the day to ensure it gets what it needs, but that's really all there is to it. If you get a lot of harsh afternoon sun, just move your Fiddle back a bit from its window.

The best place for your plant will likely be near an east-facing window that's free from drafts.Make sure you place away from vents so that it doesn't dry out.

How Often Should You Water a Fiddle Leaf Fig?

So, the Fiddle Leaf Fig actually tells you what it needs, making plant care even more simple. Pay attention to the leaves’ color to know if you’re watering correctly. If your Fiddle-Leaf isn't getting enough water, any new leaves could turn brown and drop. If your plant is overwatered, the oldest leaves (which grow at the base of the plant) may turn brown and fall.

My Fiddle Leaf Fig has Drooping Leaves...What Gives?

You can also mist your Fiddle Leaf with a spray bottle to keep the humidity up. If you notice leaves turning yellow or see brown spots, more humidity and light will go a long way. And during the winter, you can even use a grow light for your Fiddle-Leaf, especially since the days are shorter...meaning less sunlight overall for your plant.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

Can I Prune My Fiddle Leaf Fig?

If you're afraid to prune, don't be. Pruning for your Fiddle-Leaf Fig couldn't be easier.

Remove damaged leaves and stems regularly. This will include any leaves growing with large brown spots or holes.

You can also remove growth that's too close to the ceiling- any leaves that are closer than 8 inches to the ceiling. And if your Fiddle gets too compactor crowded, you’ll want to thin those areas by pruning.

Keep in mind that any pruning should be done with a pair of clean, sharp shears. Sanitize your shears with rubbing alcohol, and you're good to go.

How to Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Plant care is as easy as 1-2-3 with this dimensional plant. But we have a couple of tips to keep you growing:

  • Rotate your Fiddle-Leaf occasionally (once or twice weekly) so that the plant grows more symmetrically and fills out properly.
  • Ensure that the pot you keep your Fiddle-Leaf in has drainage holes! If you're using a decorative basket or other covering, remove it when you're watering and give it a bit of time to dry before putting it back in its home base.

That's it - seriously. Check out more about our Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree, and see what the hype is all about!

Blair Brown

Blair is the Content Marketing Manager at FastGrowingTrees.com, and though she's not your traditional gardener, the planting world is definitely growing on her (pun intended!). She's enjoyed digging into plant care and maintenance and growing her plant collection, especially with exotic indoor varieties.

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