Although they can withstand moderate sunlight, it’s not their preferred environment. It’s a good idea to put the plant near a south or west-facing window, but not directly in the sun, as it prefers steady, ambient light. They can tolerate up to six hours a day of direct sunlight, if necessary.
Finding a location where the conditions are as consistent as possible throughout the day is the finest thing you can do for these plants as they are creatures of habit. Placing your plant in low light is one thing you must never do.
Can my plant go outside?
Of course, you can take care of your fiddle leaf fig outside given the correct circumstances. It might perhaps act and develop to a height of more than 40 feet if you locate it in the ideal location. Your garden should, however, be entirely frost-free and never drop below 50 degrees at night in order to prevent any issues.
On summer days, you should use caution as well. Keep your plant from getting too hot too quickly and water it frequently so the roots have access to moisture all the time. Similar to when you keep it as a house plant, you should be watchful of how much direct sunshine it gets.
What’s the difference between a fiddle leaf bush and a tree?
An established fiddle leaf tree can cost hundreds of dollars, so you’ll probably end up nurturing a smaller plant to grow tall. Ficus lyrata likes to grow straight up if left unattended, but you can encourage branching by either pruning the new growth or notching the stem.
To notch, choose where you want a new branch to grow and make a 1/8-inch cut into the stem just above a node using a clean knife. The node should produce a new branch. The lower leaves can then be removed when your plant appears very healthy.
Should I mist my plant?
When caring for any rainforest plant, especially in the winter, misting is a need. Fiddle leafs prefer a humidity level of 65 percent, which is substantially higher than that of most houses.
Filling a spray bottle and leaving it next to the plant is the ideal method for misting. You can regularly spritz it with room-temperature water in this manner. Misting your plant is very crucial after dusting its leaves. For your plant, a humidifier is ideal if you can afford one, but regular misting with a spray bottle should suffice.
How long does it take for the plant to grow?
Most fiddle leaves can grow up to 10 feet tall indoors. They might even outgrow your home if they’re truly content. However, that may take up to 15 years. Of course you two want to stay together for that long, but it can be difficult to wait for a plant straight out of a magazine.
These are not the quickest-growing plants, but with proper care and fertilization, the 18-inch bush you purchased from the garden center should mature into a respectable-sized tree in 34 years.
Should I cut off brown spots off the leaves?
Although brown stains on the leaves are unsightly, you shouldn’t immediately remove them. After all, in order to photosynthesize, the plant requires its leaves. Your plant won’t thrive if the leaves are pulled out as soon as spotting appears.
Your plant is attempting to tell you something when its leaves turn brown, whether it’s water, fertilizer, sunshine, or pest control. The best course of action is to try to identify the issue, fix it, and then postpone pinching off the damaged leaves until your plant has produced some healthy new growth.
Are fiddle leaf fig toxic?
Yes. We’re not talking about plants that are aesthetically pleasing but dangerous here, but if you have kids or animals in your house, you should be cautious of them around any Ficus family plant, including your fiddle leaf fig.
A healthy adult won’t suffer long-term consequences from ingesting the plant, but cats, dogs, and small people can get hurt from the calcium oxalate crystals in the leaves. A burning, irritated mouth, trouble swallowing, drooling, and vomiting are indications of an adverse response. Consult a doctor straight away if you believe that your child or pet may have consumed a portion of the plant.
Do fiddle leaf figs like humidifiers?
Excellent Fiddle-Leaf Care for your fig plant strengthens it and increases its resistance to illness, while neglect leads to sickness, brown patches, and other issues. Fortunately, there are only 10 essential yet straightforward steps to taking good care of your fiddle-leaf fig tree. To have a happy and healthy plant, abide by these guidelines!
Provide Proper Drainage.
The cornerstone of the health of your plant is its root system. Many people are unaware that roots require both water and oxygen to function correctly. Your plant’s root system needs proper drainage in order to breathe and remain healthy. Root rot can develop in the soil and harm your plant if there is insufficient drainage.
How Often To Water A Fiddle-Leaf Fig Plant:
It’s crucial to let the soil around your plant to get a little bit dry in between waterings in addition to allowing enough drainage. Your Fiddle-Leaf Fig often only requires one watering per week. One of the biggest mistakes brand-new Fiddle-Leaf Fig owners make is using too much water. Make sure you aren’t drowning your plant by being conscious of its water needs. Brown stains and falling leaves are indications that you’ve overwatered.
Give a Winter’s Rest.
Your plant gets less sunlight throughout the winter, which gives it less energy to carry out its metabolic processes. As a result, it needs less fertilizers and water. To give your plant a chance to relax over the winter, water it less and stop fertilizing.
Accept the Loss of Older Leaves.
In order to make room for new development, plants constantly expand and shed their older leaves. As they get taller, fiddle-leaf fig trees lose their lower leaves. If your plant has healthy new development, it’s okay if it occasionally drops its lower leaves.
For a Fiddle Leaf Fig, the optimal humidity range is between 30 and 65 percent. If your area is particularly dry, you might need to spritz your plant or provide a humidifier to give it some extra humidity. Keep your indoor fiddle-leaf fig tree away from heater vents because they can dry out your plant.
Care For Problems Immediately.
Fiddle-Leaf Due to the high energy requirements for the development of their enormous leaves, fig trees grow quite slowly. As a result of how long it takes people to recover from issues, treating illnesses as soon as possible becomes even more crucial. If you notice brown patches, leaf drop, or an insect infestation, be sure to take action right once.
Repot When Needed.
In a few years, if your fiddle-leaf plant is in good health, its root system will start to exceed its pot. To give your plant more room to grow, it might be time to repot if you notice roots extending from the pot’s bottom or borders. If your plant has outgrown its current container, top dress it rather than repot it by taking out the top 4 inches of dirt and replacing it with fresh soil.
Fertilize the Fiddle-Leaf Properly.
For fiddle leaf figs to grow their big, gorgeous leaves, they need a lot of nutrients. Feed them frequently with Root Rocket Fertilizer or a liquid fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 3-1-2, such as Fiddle-Leaf Fig Plant Food. A deficiency of nutrients can be detected by yellowing leaves and poor growth.
Use the Proper Tools.
It’s crucial to always have the right equipment on hand for effective Fiddle Leaf Fig maintenance. A rolling plant stand that enables you to move and rotate your Fiddle-Leaf Fig indoors is one of these, along with a watering can, a moisture meter, sharp pruning shears, and other gardening tools.
Check on Your Plant Weekly.
Getting to know your plant better is the greatest approach to care for it. Spend some time each week checking on your fiddle leaf fig. Before you water, check the soil to determine if it is moist or dry. Check the leaves for any indications of insects or brown stains. After that, turn your plant so that it receives consistent sunshine. Finally, record any alterations, such as new growth.
One of the most satisfying plants to raise is a fiddle-leaf fig tree, especially after you learn what they require. Order a copy of The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert book right away on Amazon to learn everything you need to know. Additionally, you may sign up for The Ultimate Fiddle-Leaf Fig Care Webinar and become a member of the Fiddle Leaf Fig Club.
How is a fiddle leaf fig kept moist?
By putting a moisture meter in the soil, you can determine how wet the roots of your plant are. You can prevent root rot and a plant that isn’t getting enough water by using moisture meters.
The usage of conventional soil meters is challenging. In our Facebook community and on Instagram, we frequently receive inquiries about moisture meters.
We developed a moisture meter especially for fiddle leaf figs because of the difficulties our fiddle leaf fig devotees face.
This moisture meter was created to be error-free. Use by following these guidelines:
- Put the moisture meter midway between the pot’s exterior and the tree trunk.
- Plunge the moisture meter two inches into the ground.
- Find the number four. This indicates that you should water your fiddle leaf fig.
You may need to water your fiddle leaf fig every week, every two weeks, or once a month, depending on its growth.
After use, be sure to clean and dry your moisture meter. Keep the moisture meter away from the plant itself.
Should I wait a while before watering my fiddle leaf fig?
Fiddle Leaf Figs need to be thoroughly watered about once a week to match their love of natural light. You should modify the amount of watering based on the size of the plant and, consequently, the size of the roots. As a general rule, water the plant thoroughly only after the top 2 to 3 inches of soil have dried up. This entails watering it till water drips out the bottom if it’s in a planter with a drainage hole. However, avoid letting the drip tray fill up with water for too long because root rot can readily develop in this situation. Remember to water the plant slowly and in a circular motion around it, making sure to wet all of the soil. Water will then reach all of the roots rather than just some.
A Sustee Aqua-meter is one of the greatest instruments for determining how frequently your Fiddle Leaf Fig requires water (available for purchase in our shops). We have discovered that there are particular seasons of the year when our plants are significantly more thirsty than usual since we started using these in our stores. The Sustee changes color from blue to white when the soil is sufficiently dry to prevent overwatering from occurring after it has become saturated with water.
You should water all tropical plants with water that is room temperature. A plant will undoubtedly experience shock if exposed to hot or extremely cold water, just as it would if the same conditions existed outside.
Prior to watering, aerate and break up the soil to improve water absorption. In order to ensure that water reaches all of the plant’s roots rather than draining out along the planter’s edges, we also advise watering very slowly around the top of the soil.
Fiddle Leaf Figs need some routine care, just like most other plants. One crucial maintenance procedure for your fiddle leaf coincidentally involves its leaves, which are also its most noticeable feature. Wonderful duty in the shape of routine dusting comes with great leaves. Fiddle Leaf Figs require frequent dusting due to the size of their leaves. As dust builds up on plant leaves, dust particles interfere with the plant’s ability to absorb sunlight and carry out photosynthesis. Given how much Fiddle Leaf Figs adore light, giving your plant a frequent dusting will go a long way toward keeping it healthy.
Rotating your plant monthly or biweekly is a good idea in addition to dusting the leaves. By rotating your plant, you’ll ensure that it receives an equal distribution of light, preventing one side from growing much faster than the other and resulting in a solid, symmetrical Fiddle Leaf Fig.
There are a few things you can do to encourage your Fiddle Leaf Fig (or any tree, for that matter) to start developing branches. First, try providing your plant with additional light. Trees naturally sprout branches, and if they have a lot of natural light, they may have more energy to devote to doing so. Cutting off your plant’s highest point of growth is another approach to promote branching. As a result, the plant will be forced to start branching out from the sides rather than continuing to grow vertically. Visit our pruning journal entry to find out more about pruning and branching.
Aerating the soil once every few months prevents the soil from being compacted for people who don’t already do so. The ability of your plant to absorb water is one of many factors that can be badly impacted by compacted soil, which eventually forms tiny pockets of soil where water never penetrates. It is possible to aerate using a variety of tools, including chopsticks and official soil aerators that are of a similar size and shape. To avoid destroying too many roots, gently press the aerator deeper into the earth as you go. By breaking up any areas where the soil has clumped together, do this a variety of times around the soil to keep your plant healthy and happy.
Last but not least, we advise using a “less is more” philosophy when it comes to fertilizing your Fiddle Leaf Fig and other indoor plants. It’s advisable to avoid providing your plants with too many extra nutrients at once. In the spring and summer, we strongly advise adding a slow release pellet fertilizer, such as the Osmocote Plus Indoor Smart-Release Plant Food, into the top layer of the plant’s soil. These pellet fertilizers typically last for a few months.
Winter is a challenging season for indoor plants, including Fiddle Leaf Figs, because of the obvious lack of natural light and the cooler temperatures. As indicated above, keeping an eye out for cold windows is a smart place to start, but there are other things you can do to keep your Fiddle Leaf content throughout the chilly months.
People frequently experience problems with heating vents during the winter, but since they aren’t used for more than half the year, it’s simple to forget about them. Plan to relocate all of your plants away from any heating vents when it is time for them to turn on. Repeated hot air bursts have the potential to scorch leaves and quickly dry out your plants.
Break up the dirt a little with your fingertips before watering your plant in the winter. Soil is easily clumped and compacted in winter due to the dry indoor air. By lightly breaking it up with your fingertips, you can prevent water from dripping through the soil and out the sides of the planter.
It’s also important to note that a humidifier can benefit Fiddle Leaf Figs and other tropical plants all year long, but particularly during the winter when the indoor air turns dry. Your plants are able to flourish as they would in a rainforest thanks to the continuous increase in moisture circulating in the air, which prevents browning leaf tips.
Fiddle Leaf Figs thrive when put immediately in front of windows since they require a lot of natural light.
Once a week, thoroughly water the soil, allowing the top few inches to dry out before watering again.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about caring for fiddle leaf figs below, in person at one of our stores, or by contacting us.