Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care

So I’m not exactly sure where the HUGE popularity of the fiddle leaf fig came from, but I know one thing… that this plant is going to stay popular for quite some time! Seen in most modern design schemes, the fiddle leaf fig looks sleek, whether you’re going for a minimalist, modern, or even a bohemian design scheme. But now the question becomes… how do I take care of this plant?!?! Believe me… I’ve seen my share of dying fiddle leaf fig trees. So here are my tips on fiddle leaf fig plant care to help your plant continue to look sleek instead of turning sad…

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care: Light Requirements

Fiddle leaf figs need plenty of bright light. However, direct, hot sunlight will easily burn the leaves. So how do we find the perfect balance??? Place your fig tree in a location where it will get direct morning light, but where it will be shaded during the afternoon hours. Two great options are placed in an east-facing window, or put it to the west of a south-facing window (where the morning light will be slanted for a direct hit, but by the afternoon, the sunlight will be indirect). Once you’ve placed it in the optimal light conditions, make sure to rotate the pot every couple of weeks to keep it from leaning towards the light.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care: Light Requirements - East-facing windows are the absolute BEST for this plant!

Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care: Water Requirements

This plant loves water… when it’s dry! The best way to water your fig tree is to wait until the soil is dry (feeling the top 1 inch of the soil to be sure), then water it thoroughly. In this case, thoroughly means to water it until there is water coming out the drainage holes. Let it sit for a few minutes, then empty any excess water. If you don’t have a pot with drainage holes, I would suggest that you add only enough water that it will dry out every 3 days or so (a bit longer in the winter, but dries out faster in the summer). This is your sweet spot. Just remember to water it less in the winter, and more in the summer.

One trick that I’ve heard is that if your plant is getting too dry, its newest leaves will turn brown and die. On the other hand, if the plant is getting too much water, its older leaves will shrivel up and die. Just a good thing to use to troubleshoot any watering problems…

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care: Water Requirements - Here's how to tell if your plant is getting too much or too little water!

Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care: Additional Tips

Now for the most important tips that makes fiddle leaf figs difficult! First… keep your plant away from drafts. This means do not place it next to drafty windows, near doors, or next to heater/air conditioning vents. These plants hate the drafts! The second thing is to make sure that once you position your plant to its perfect location, that you do not move it! All indoor fig trees don’t do well with change. If you need to move it, expect there to be a few weeks of leaf drop, followed be another few weeks of recovery time. This is just what fig trees do when they are moved locations…

Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care: Bonus Tips - Don't move your tree... if you have to, then expect several weeks of leaf drop before it starts to recover...

The last tip I have for ya is in getting your fiddle leaf fig to look bushy. A lot of times people buy a single stalk that looks great, until it gets tall and thin. What you want to do, though, is to hold out until it grows to within a few feet of the height you want it to stay at. Then, cut off the top 1-2 feet of the plant. (Make sure there are still at least half a dozen leaves on your remaining tree!) When the top is cut, the plant will stop putting its energy into vertical growth, and will instead start growing out its lateral branches. This will give you that tall, bushy structure that you’ve been wanting without it branching all the way up the entire trunk. This process will take a while, but believe me… it will be well worth it!

So there you have it! That’s how to care for your fiddle leaf fig plant! If you liked this article, please share it using the social tabs! And as always, leave any questions or comments below! I personally read each comment and I love hearing from you!

Happy Digging!

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