INDOOR PLANT TIPS: CARING FOR A FIDDLE LEAF FIG
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Every interior blogger worth their salt has a fiddle leaf fig sitting cutely (usually in a woven basket) somewhere in their perfectly styled house. Which could explain the exorbitant price tag; upwards of $80 for a healthy mid-size one in Australia. You can immediately see the attraction with the oversized ‘fiddle’ shaped glossy green leaves that give the plant an almost cartoonish feel.
This native west African plants has a reputation for being high maintenance and difficult to keep alive but with some pro tips and little bit of love anyone can have this plant thrive in their home.
How to care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig
Your fiddle leaf fig tree is thirsty when the top inch of soil has dried out. Check this by using your pushing your finger into the soil. Remember if you live in a hot climate you may need to water more often. Reduce water in winter. Water mostly with filtered or rain water if possible (while some chlorine is good, too much is toxic and will cause the leaves to burn).
Fiddle leaf figs require a bright location out of direct light. Much like Goldilocks’ porridge the fig tree enjoys a spot that’s not too hot and not too cold but juuuusst right. Keep in mind your ideal location may not be the figs ideal location. Like any good relationship, compromise is the key! This might mean moving the plant to a different location than first desired or moving it into a bright spot for a few hours a day. If your plant is looking sad, experiment with different positions in the house.
After water, I would say location is the second mostly likely cause of killing a plant.
It can be fertilized monthly during growing seasons (spring/summer) but don’t worry about feeding it in winter. It’s not hungry then.
When it’s raining, lightly that is, pop your fig tree outside. As mentioned above, rainwater, due to it’s nutrients, is best for watering plants.
Don’t want to spend the big bucks? Save your clams and check out the local markets (do not go to a florist).
- Is your fig dropping leaves? The room is too dry. To increase the humidity you can mist the leaves daily or place the pot on a tray of pebbles with a little water in it.