You’ve seen fiddle leaf fig trees all over Instagram, Pinterest and your favorite magazine cover. So you want to get one! Wondering how to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree? Your plant-bff is here to help!
After I’ve had a fiddle leaf fig tree for a few years I finally feel mostly prepared to write this article! Fiddle Leafs are like hormonal teenagers – they’re happy one second and sad/mad/annoyed and dropping leaves like crazy the next.
We now have 3 fiddle leaf trees of varying sizes – a small one we recently got, a middle size one we’ve had for a couple years and a giant one we’ve had for quite a while.
Our giant fiddle leaf fig tree was the one we learned on – my best tip is to NOT do that! Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees are expensive so it’s best to learn a smaller one (our little one only cost $14.99 from Ikea!) so if it happens to croak, you’re not out all that money!
First let’s chat about the background of the fiddle leaf.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Facts
The Fiddle Leaf Fig’s proper name is Ficus lyrata. It’s in the fig/mulberry family, Moraceae. It’s native to Cameroon in Africa which is hot, humid and often rainy. This is what makes them challenging to grow them indoors because how many of us live in hot humid places?
It can grow up to 50 feet outdoors or 10 feet tall indoors. They are fairly fast growers which makes them really fun to have – but make sure they have enough room!
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care
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Once you know what type of sun and water levels your fiddle leaf fig likes, they’re actually not too hard to care for!
Like most plants (and people) it’s not a one size fits all. Every fiddle leaf fig tree is different so use these care instructions as a starting point to care for yours!
Fiddle leaf fig trees need bright, indirect light to survive. Indirect means something such as a sheer curtain. I actually nix the curtain and all 3 of my plants get full bright sun in large west facing windows.
Our first tree was in an east facing window and it was not happy. One key sign that your fiddle leaf fig tree isn’t getting enough light is it drops leaves.
When it comes to water, fiddle leaf fig trees need a moderate amount of water. They typically need water about 8-10 days.
Your best bet is to do the finger test – stick your finger into the soil a few inches into the soil. If it’s dry water it, if it’s still wet don’t! You could also get a moisture meter to take the guess work out of it!
You can tell if your fiddle leaf fig tree needs water by looking at the leaves. If they start to look floppy or droopy it’s time to water them! Under-watering them can result in a loss of leaves so don’t do that!
However, don’t overwater them or them can get root rot or drown.
You should also mist the leaves every couple of weeks. This mimics the humidity it likes!
Fiddle Leaf Fig Frequently Asked Questions
How do I clean the plant’s leaves?
It’s important to keep your fiddle leaf fig’s leaves clean to keep the plant healthy! I like to use this leaf shine spray and spray the leaves directly and wipe them clean with a rag or paper towel. Otherwise water will do just fine.
Clean the top and bottom of the leaf to ensure all the dust is wiped off. Pay special attention to the veins where dust can easily accumulate.
It’s best to spray the leaves with water after cleaning them to promote humidity. I bought these water bottles for doing just that!
Should I fertilize my Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Yes! You should fertilize your plant at least spring through fall. I actually really like using this Fiddle Leaf Fig food that can be used every time you water your plant all year round.
Where to buy a fiddle leaf fig tree?
- Start with a local nursery especially if you’re looking for a big one.
- the Sill
- Home Depot
Or get a faux one from Amazon or Target!
I hope this Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree care post helps take all the guesswork out of growing your own ficus lyrata! Please let me know what questions you still have!
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