It’s time to join “The Fiddle Club.” Bringing this popular and sought after house plant to your living space has a variety of benefits. Within recent years, it has become a hit in the world of design because they have the ability to seamlessly mix into any area in your house. This fig tree has also been proven to purify your air with its tiny holes in the leaves to draw in toxins and balance the humidity in the rooms they occupy. In order for these trees to thrive, there are some specific care tips to follow.
Like many houseplants, fig trees can be finicky when it comes to its water needs. Fiddle-leaf fig trees are native to West African tropical rainforests, and therefore get plenty of water from rainfall. The best way to gauge its thirst would be to check its soil frequently, as it needs to stay consistently moist. Some signs of under-watering include limp or floppy leaves. While it does require a good amount of water, be careful not to overwater. The typical 4 to 5 foot fig tree will take about 2 liters of water once a week. A good rule of thumb is to check the top inch of soil; if it is dry, it’s time to water!
Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are pretty easy when it comes to sunlight need. It will do well in what the average house provides. It is recommended to expose it to a large amount of indirect sunlight for about half the day. Direct sunlight can “bleach” the leaves. As for temperature, the Fiddle Leaf Fig will tolerate normal indoor temperatures, but they don’t do well in colder or drafty areas (they come from a hot, tropical area, remember?). During the cooler months, it is recommended to occasionally mist the leaves to keep them from drying out.
Over-fertilizing the Fiddle Leaf Fig is a common mistake because it doesn’t like to be fed often. Overfeeding can cause the plants to grow much too fast and get “leggy,” before they can establish their stems and roots, causing them to become limp with too-heavy greenery. Fertilizing just a few times a year is adequate for the fiddle leaf. Apply one dose early spring, and once a month during the summer. Use a quality houseplant fertilizer for best results.
Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are just that; a tree! Naturally, they want to grow tall and skinny. If that’s what you would like for your space, very little pruning is required. However, if you’d like to keep the bushy structure, let the plant get to the height you prefer. Once it’s there, occasionally clip the top which will force it to branch outward instead of upward. You can also prune its roots in the dormant (winter) months to keep it from growing too tall too fast. To do this, simply lift the plant out of its pot, cut back some of the roots, add some new soil, and place it right back in its container.
The Fiddle Leaf fig is easily stressed out if moved from area to area. This is simply because it adjusts to its surroundings, and must readjust quickly if moved. The important thing to remember is to keep it out of direct sunlight and out of drafty areas. If you move it outside during the summer, allow it to get a little bit of morning sun, and a lot of afternoon shade. When you move it back in during the fall, do it slowly over time, and make sure it’s in before the first frost!
Overall, the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is a fresh, great houseplant. They can seem a bit temperamental but adapt well with these few instructions. The result is a beautiful and happy addition to your home!