How to Care for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig
Plant Guide

How to Care for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

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Updated 4/26/2021

So you’ve bought a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree because it’s the hottest houseplant on the plant right now.

Now that you have received your newly purchased Fiddle Leaf Fig, now what?

How to Grow Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

Those that know the family of Ficus plants know that they can drop their leaves after a simple movement in the home from one side of the room to another. There is no need to be alarmed when this happens it is a normal process the plant goes through just as we do when our surroundings change. This is a good thing clean dark green leaves will soon enough adorn your specimen once again.

Ground Rules

 Lighting Guide

Light

Figs prefer bright indirect light but even by a window is fine. If bright light tends to shine through the window all day we might suggest a sheer type curtain to dissipate the brightest light during the mid-afternoon. Try to put your tree where it will be grown permanently and don’t move it around after it gets comfortable.

 Watering Guide

Water

Watering is best done when the top 1 inch of soil is dry. The worst thing you can do for your fiddle leaf fig is overwatering. As far as figs go it’s better to underwater than the alternative. During spring, summer, and early fall figs will need to be watered once per week at most. In the winter figs will naturally be using less water however most of us will be running heat which dries the air and pulls moisture from the soil. So be aware of the soil moisture during the winter months.

 Soil Guide

Soil

Any good peat/pine bark potting soil will do for re-potting just make sure it has a coarse texture. Do not use straight peat moss as potting soil.

 Food Guide

Food

Feeding the plant can be done with any quality houseplant fertilizer such as Osmocote plus timed-release fertilizer or Jack's classic houseplant fertilizer. A once per month application of the low to medium rate described on the label will more than suffice if using liquid fertilizer and once every 90 days if using timed-release fertilizer. We do not recommend feeding the plants after September until March in most areas. Even though it’s a houseplant it does take a break from growing during the winter months and will not be using much in the way of nutrients.

Planting Process

  1. The plant is shipped in the container it was grown, the size depending on the height you order. We do strongly suggest re-potting the plant into a more permanent pot either plastic or ceramic will do just be sure there are drain holes at the bottom. Figs and most plants for that matter will not tolerate wet, soggy, un-drained soil. Its recommended that the pot be at least 2 to 4 inches bigger than the current pot. Do not pot the plant deeper than the original soil line that we grew it at i.e. never cover the trunk with soil.

Do I need to clean the leaves of my Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree?

Should I prune my Fiddle Leaf Fig?

Type of Fiddle Leaf Figs Available at Garden Goods Direct

Image Name: Description:
fiddle leaf fig tree grey background Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Trained to be trees, meaning most of their large leaves cover the top fo the plant.
fiddle leaf fig bush in white pot Fiddle Leaf Fig Bush Trained as a bush, meaning large leaves cover the entire trunk from the base to the top.
little fiddle fiddle leaf fig Little Fiddle Trained as a tree, but the leaves are much smaller and more compact than the standard tree.