The Ultimate Guide to caring for your Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Figs are a popular indoor plant, prized for their tall, sculptural form and large, glossy leaves. However, these plants can be a bit finicky to care for, and if you're not careful, they can quickly become stressed and unhappy. To help you keep your Fiddle Leaf Fig healthy and happy, we've put together the ultimate guide to caring for this plant.
Fiddle Leaf Figs need bright, indirect light to thrive. Place your plant near a sunny window, but not in direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves. You may notice brown spots or leaf drop if your plant is getting too much light. If it's not getting enough sunlight, its growth may slow down, or the leaves may become small and pale.
Water your Fiddle Leaf Fig when the top two-three cm of soil feels dry to the touch. Be sure to water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot, and then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause the leaves to wilt and drop. Fiddle Leaf Figs generally prefer to dry out a bit between waterings.
These green beauties are native to tropical rainforests and prefer a humid environment. You can increase humidity around your plant by misting it regularly or placing a humidifier nearby. Alternatively, you can place a tray of water near the plant to increase moisture in the air. Be careful not to let your plant sit in water, as this can cause root rot.
Fiddle Leaf Figs prefer warm temperatures, ideally between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius. Avoid placing your plant near drafts or cold windows, as this can cause the leaves to yellow and drop.
Soil and Fertiliser
They prefer well-draining soil that's rich in organic matter. You can use a commercial potting mix or make your own by combining equal parts peat moss, perlite, and compost. Fertilise your plant during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertiliser diluted to half strength. Avoid fertilising in the winter when the plant is dormant.
Pruning and Maintenance
Fiddle Leaf Figs can grow quite tall, but you can control their size and shape through pruning. To encourage bushier growth, prune the top of the plant back to just above a leaf node. You can also remove any dead or yellowing leaves to keep the plant looking its best. Finally, dust the leaves regularly to keep them clean and healthy.