A few months ago, I was on the hunt for a new good looking house plant for a dead corner in my home. I needed a plant with a bit of scale and height as well as something that would work with the modern decor of my house. After sussing out a few different options at my local nursery, the fiddle leaf fig seemed to fit the mold perfectly. I loooove this plant! And I've been seeing it everywhere lately, from design magazines and blogs to boutique stores and social media. Even The New York Times dubbed the fiddle leaf fig "the 'It' plant of the design world."
While fiddle leaf figs are relatively low maintenance, there are a few tried-and-true methods for keeping them healthy and beautiful. The good news is, if I can take care of one, you can too! I've had my fiddle leaf fig for about 6 months now and it seems to be doing pretty well so I'd thought I'd share 3 tips that will help keep them healthy and happy.
Water your fig tree when the top inch of the soil is dry. The easiest way to tell if it's dry is to stick your finger in the soil. Pretty soon you'll figure out how often you need to water. Keep in mind that this may fluctuate based on seasonal humidity, etc.
Keep your eye out for brown spots on the leaves as these are generally related to too much or too little watering. Also, if your fig starts dropping leaves this could also be an indication of too much or too little water or being exposed to cold air (from a drafty spot) or too much warm air (from a heater). Remember that these trees are native to warm, humid, tropical places where they get consistent moisture and even temperatures. Fiddle leaf figs are pretty easy to grow and don't need special pampering, but the more you can mimic their natural environment, the happier they'll be.
Fiddle leaf figs like it bright! So choose a site where they'll get plenty of light. Keep your fiddle leaf fig in bright, indirect sunlight. In other words, you want it to have a lot of light, but not sunbeams falling directly on it. Just make sure your fig won't have sun shining directly on it since that can damage the leaves.
REPOTTING or TRIMMING the Root Ball
If you start to see a lot of roots creeping out the bottom of the pot , it's time to either repot into a larger container or root prune. When roots begin to grow out of the bottom of the pot, either re-pot into a container that's a couple of inches bigger or trim the rootball, being sure not to reduce the roots by more than 20 percent. This latter option also keeps the plant from getting too big, if that's a concern.