The ficus lyrata, more commonly known as the fiddle leaf fig, is one of today’s “it” plants. You’ve most likely seen this gorgeous plant gracing the pages of magazines and the floors of luxurious homes. Its iconic, fiddle-like leaves and dainty veins earned this plant its unique name. The plant is known for its graceful silhouette. However, it also has a strong reputation in the wild for slightly different reasons:
Fiddle leaf figs come from the tropical jungles of West Africa and can reach at least 40 feet in height. They are natural epiphytes in the wild. This means that they start their lives by embedding their seeds on top of another tree, then growing downwards. As they grow, they may strangle the host plant as it competes for light. Luckily, the domesticated versions are gentle in homes and will happily share their space with you.
The fiddle leaf fig belongs to the moraceae family just like the ficus elastica, also known as the rubber plant. Fiddle leaf fig trees grow well in hardiness zones 9-11. You can check out the USDA’s plant hardiness zone map to learn more about the different hardiness zones.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig Overview
- Fiddle Leaf Fig Care Tips
- How to Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig
- Use these instructions to care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. This guide will tell you how to water your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care it might need to help it grow.
- Fiddle-Leaf Fig Care – How To Grow A Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree
- What is a Fiddle-Leaf Fig?
- How to Grow a Fiddle-Leaf Fig Outside
- How to Grow a Fiddle-Leaf Fig Indoors
- Fiddle Leaf Fig
- Ficus lyrata
- Choosing the Best Soil for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig
- Which Soil Is Best for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig?
- Make Sure You Have Proper Drainage
- Don’t Forget to Fertilize in a Few Months
- Growing Fiddle-Leaf Fig
- List of Common Problems and Solutions for Fiddle-Leaf Fig
- Why Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Looks Dreadful
- Common Problems
- Order Your Fig Plant Today
Fiddle Leaf Fig Overview
Fiddle leaf figs can grow a couple feet every year if given the proper care. These popular houseplants can climb up to 6 feet or more in your home. Their green and shiny leaves, coupled with their unique shape make this plant your go-to choice for entertaining areas.
Most fiddle leaf fig trees serve as floor plants thanks to their towering size. Younger fiddle leaf figs can temporarily live on shelves while they’re small. The F. lyrata compacta and suncoast cultivars are smaller and bushier varieties of the traditional fiddle leaf fig, but the main F. lyrata variety is the one you’re most likely to find.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Care Tips
Fiddle leaf figs are known for having picky care guidelines. Despite that, caring for your own tree isn’t as hard as some may think! Take a look at our fiddle leaf fig care tips so you can become the trendiest plant parent on the block.
Light: Fiddle leaf figs prefer lots of bright, filtered light. Keep your fiddle leaf fig near a sunny, east-facing window so it can take in lots of sunshine throughout the day.
For optimal fiddle leaf fig care, rotate your plant every few months when you notice it reaching for the light. Wipe down your fiddle leaf fig tree’s leaves once a week to keep them free of dust and to help the plant efficiently absorb more sunlight. This is especially important for this plant since its large leaves are prone to dust.
Water: Wait for the top inch of your fiddle leaf fig tree’s soil to dry before you pick up your watering can. Lukewarm or room temperature water works best since cold water can put plants into shock. Fiddle leaf figs like thorough waterings, but do not like to sit in water. To prevent this, let the water completely drain out from the bottom and ensure the pot’s tray or saucer is dry. Fiddle leaf fig watering can be a little hard to get the hang of at first, but you can prevent watering issues if you familiarize yourself with its watering warning signs.
An underwatered fiddle leaf fig’s leaves will turn brown along the edges and drop. An overwatered fiddle leaf fig will have both dark brown spots and edges on its leaves along with an unpleasant smell lingering near its soil. You can correct these watering mishaps by either watering less or repotting in fresh soil if it’s overwatered. Or, water it more if it’s underwatered. You should promptly correct any watering mistakes since unchecked problems can result in holey leaves!
Fiddle leaf figs also require nutrient-rich soil to sustain their large leaves. Replenish the nutrients in its soil with some homemade plant food every once in a while to keep leaves lush and vibrant.
Temperatures: These plants prefer warm, humid climates similar to the weather in their native rain forests. House your fiddle leaf figs in rooms that are around 65-75°F. Do not keep them in a room below 50°F or else they will start to develop brown spots. To increase humidity, you can keep other plants near them or keep the plant on top of a tray of gravel.
Fiddle leaf figs are also sensitive to drafts. Keep surrounding windows shut tight and place them safely away from air conditioning units and other sources of drafts. Too much exposure can dry out their leaves and cause the leaves to drop. You should also refrain from moving them unless absolutely necessary, since any sudden changes can also cause their leaves to drop.
Toxicity: Fiddle leaf fig trees can cause stomach irritation to your pets if ingested. Keep your trees out of reach by placing them on a shelf or in a place your pets can’t climb to reach the plant. Take a look at our guide to poisonous plants to learn more.
Pests: Fiddle leaf figs are prone to mealy bugs, aphids, mites and scales. Check their leaves for any odd growths or holes and check the underside for any small pests. If you spot any of these unwelcome critters, wipe them off with a hot-and-soapy cloth or with a mild insecticide.
Problems: Fiddle leaf fig care can get tricky since some problems quickly progress if left unchecked.
The appearance of brown spots or edges is one of the most common issues your fiddle leaf fig can face. Like we mentioned earlier, this discoloring can indicate a few things. Brown edges can mean your tree is overwatered, while brown spots can mean it is underwatered. Adjust your watering schedule if you notice its soil is overly-dry or overly-moist.
Brown spots can also indicate that your plant is getting too much sun or it is too cold. In this case, you want to check the temperature of your home and adjust it to a normal room temperature if needed. If the temperature is fine, add some curtains to your fiddle leaf fig’s light source to protect your plant from direct rays. Take a look at our plant revival guide to see all of the things you can do to tackle these different issues.
Keep a close eye on your fiddle leaf fig to make sure it’s happy and healthy. Treat any issues immediately to prevent unnecessary problems in the future.
Repotting: Your fiddle leaf fig tree is ready for repotting once its roots start peaking out of the bottom of its pot. You can either repot it in a slightly larger pot, or trim the root ball. Take a look at our plant repotting guide to get more in-depth tips if you choose to repot your tree.
Trimming the root ball, on the other hand, is a good alternative if you want to keep your fiddle leaf fig at its current size. Make sure you do not trim more than 20 percent of its roots so you do not damage its root system.
Propagation: First, find a healthy branch with a couple healthy leaves. Cut right above where your desired leaf connects with the tree (known as the node). Next, put your branch in filtered water and stick it in a sunny spot. Replace this water whenever it seems dirty or cloudy. After a month, your cutting should develop roots. Pot your cutting when the roots are a few inches long.
Pruning: Cutting back a few leaves every once in awhile encourages your fiddle leaf fig’s growth. Start by pruning back any damaged leaves so your plant can focus on providing nutrients for its healthy leaves. You should also cut out any crossing branches since fiddle leaf fig trees require breathing room for healthy growth. If you’d like, you can also prune the tree to take on a specific shape or height.
To properly prune your tree, make your cuts at least an inch away from the trunk so you do not inflict any damage to the main trunk. Two branches will sprout from your cuttings if your fiddle leaf fig is healthy. Make it a habit to prune your tree when you notice any overgrowth to keep it fresh and strong!
Fiddle leaf fig care is not the easiest thing in the world, but you’ll definitely earn plant parent status with this finicky plant! A flourishing fiddle leaf will not only make you feel accomplished, but will elevate your home decor to impress any guest. These beautiful houseplants are worth the extra tending to!
How to Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig
Use these instructions to care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. This guide will tell you how to water your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care it might need to help it grow.
Your Fiddle Leaf Fig will grow best with consistent, bright, filtered light. Turn the plant every few months once it begins to lean towards the light. It will prefer an east-facing, sunny window as afternoon sun from a south or west facing window will be too strong and will burn the leaves.
Water when the top inch of the soil becomes dry, then thoroughly drench until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the water level is high so not to drown the roots. If your plant does not get enough water, the leaves will become limp and floppy, eventually turning brown or yellow before falling off.
As a native to the tropics, Fiddle Leaf Figs thrive in warm, wet conditions. Mist the leaves to increase humidity around your plant, especially in the drier winter months.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig enjoys warmer temperatures, but adapts easily to your home or office climate. However, it does not like cold drafts, so make sure you seal up drafty areas before situating your fig.
For best results, feed your plant once during the spring and monthly throughout the summer. Over-fertilization can cause the Fiddle Leaf Fig to grow leggy and can even kill it. A little bit of food will go a long way to encourage growth and root health. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.
Large leaves can collect dust. If you notice the leaves are dirty or dusty, wipe them with a damp cloth and gently dry to keep them clean and healthy. You can also add a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to one gallon of water as a precaution against insects. Fiddle Leaf Figs do not like to be moved—if necessary to move your plant, be prepared for some leaf drop until it is acclimated again in approximately 2-3 weeks.
Fiddle Leaf Fig leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
Fiddle-Leaf Fig Care – How To Grow A Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree
You may have seen people growing fiddle-leaf figs in southern Florida or in containers in well-lit offices or homes. The huge green leaves on fiddle-leaf fig trees give the plant a definite tropical air. If you are thinking growing this plant yourself or want information on fiddle-leaf fig care, read on.
What is a Fiddle-Leaf Fig?
So exactly what is a fiddle-leaf fig? Fiddle-leaf fig trees (Ficus lyrata) are evergreen trees with enormous, fiddle-shaped green leaves. They can get 15 inches (37 cm.) long and 10 inches (25 cm.) wide.
Native to African rain forests, they only thrive outdoors in the warmest climates like U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10b and 11. The only places where you can start growing fiddle-leaf figs outdoors in the U.S. are coastal areas in southern Florida and southern California.
How to Grow a Fiddle-Leaf Fig Outside
Even if you live in a very warm zone, you may not want to start growing fiddle-leaf figs. The trees grow to 50 feet (15 m.) tall, with a spread just a little smaller. Trunks grow several feet thick. That may be too large for small gardens.
If you decide to go ahead, plant your fiddle-leaf fig trees in a sunny location protected from the wind. This will increase the tree’s longevity.
Another step you can take to keep the tree alive longer is to prune the tree early and often. Remove branches with tight branch crotches, since these can break off in storms and put the tree’s life at risk.
How to Grow a Fiddle-Leaf Fig Indoors
In cooler climates, you can start growing fiddle-leaf ferns as attractive container plants. Use a pot and potting soil that provide excellent drainage, since these trees won’t survive wet soil. Place it in a spot where it gets high, indirect light exposure.
Fiddle-leaf fig care includes adequate water, but the worst thing you can do to fiddle-leaf fig trees is to overwater them. Don’t add water until the top inch (2.5 cm.) of soil is dry to the touch.
If you start growing fiddle-leaf figs in containers, you’ll need to repot them every year. Move up one pot size when you see roots emerging from the pot.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Synonyms: Fiddle Fig, Ficus pandurata.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig has become a staple indoor plant in recent years, loved for it’s bold appearance and lush foliage. It’s quite an adaptable species, performing well in dim indoor conditions or in full sun (once adapted). Like most Ficus species, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is very easy to grow as an indoor plant or potted specimen. They will happily grow in the ground too, but this is not recommended as they will get quite large (10m+) and can develop invasive root systems.
Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig is easy. Choose a bright spot close to a window if growing indoors. Outdoors, they do well on patios or verandas in shade or part sun. Over-watering appears to be an issue for some growers. Like many indoor plants, Fiddle Leaf Figs do best if allowed to dry out somewhat between waterings. If kept permanently wet while in a low-light situation, they often shed leaves and eventually begin to rot out. We recommend watering around once per week. This may need to be reduced in winter, or increased if the plant gets more sun exposure. If you’re unsure when to water, test with your finger or a moisture metre before rewetting.
This plant is so named for its large, violin shaped leaves. However, there is also a small-leaved cultivar available called ‘Bambino’. This variety is sometimes called the Dwarf Fiddle Leaf Fig, however we suspect it probably gets just as big if planted in the ground! It tends to be more compact in it’s growth form. Care is identical to the regular form.
Choosing the Best Soil for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig
The soil you choose may be one of the most important decisions you make for the health of your fiddle leaf fig plant. Fast draining, well aerated soils are the best choices for a fiddle leaf fig, which prefers relatively dry soil to keep its roots moist but not wet.
Poor soil can cause problems with root aeration, bring fungus or bacteria into your plant’s root system, or harm your plant with salts or other chemicals.
Soil for indoor plants provides four basic functions:
- As a place to anchor roots to provide support to the plant
- To provide nutrients for growth and photosynthesis
- To allow oxygen to access the root system
- To deliver ample water to the roots
Which Soil Is Best for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig?
To do all four of these functions well, you’ll need a versatile soil designed for house plants. Be sure to choose a fast-draining soil when possible to reduce your risk of root rot. Most houseplant soil blends combine perlite to aid with faster drainage and peat moss to retain moisture. Any good houseplant soil mix will work for your fiddle leaf fig, but you can mix with half cactus soil to “lighten” it up and make it drain faster.
If you’d like to mix your own soil, here’s the mix I recommend:
- 1 part gardening soil or premium soil
- 1 part compost
- 2 parts bark or mulch (unprocessed or dyed)
- 1/2 part active charcoal (horticulturist type)
Make Sure You Have Proper Drainage
The best soil in the world won’t provide a healthy environment for your plant with inadequate drainage. Make sure that your plant has appropriate drainage and that the roots can breathe.
Don’t Forget to Fertilize in a Few Months
Keep in mind that soil will only provide nutrition for your fiddle leaf fig for the first three to six months, so you will need to fertilize your plant to make sure it gets adequate nutrition. If your plant stops producing new growth or its leaves begin to yellow, it may be a sign that it’s lacking nutrients.
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Have you ever seen a thriving fiddle leaf fig tree and thought that you would love to have a plant like that in your home? Of course you have, especially since this plant is becoming increasingly popular in the world of interior design. I decided to try my hand at growing this plant, and I found that it is not all that difficult to care for. In this guide, we are going to take a look at some tips that will help you keep your fiddle leaf fig happy and healthy.
Growing Fiddle-Leaf Fig
The fiddle leaf fig is a tropical plant that is designed to grow up to about 40 feet tall in its native environment, but when it is kept indoors, it can still grow to be more than six feet tall. One of the most unique aspects of the plant is the large leaves. These leaves are violin-shaped, and because of their size, they tend to collect a lot of dust. I have found that allowing the dust to accumulate on the leaves can hinder its growth, so my number one tip to you is that you will need to clean the dust from the leaves about once a week using a soft cloth. Or you can use a leaf shine spray.
Caring for this plant can take a bit of effort, but even though you will need to be aware of what the plant needs to grow, it is not difficult to care for. Since the leaves are so large on this plant, you may want to stick to a pot that does not draw too much attention away from the plant.
Since this is a rather large plant, you can expect it to grow quite a bit over a year, so in most cases, you will need to repot the fiddle leaf fig on an annual basis. This fast-growing plant has quite an aggressive root system, so it is likely that you will need to choose a larger size pot each year or simply trim the rootball a few inches so that the plant still fits in the same pot. If you want the plant to remain roughly the same size, trimming the rootball will ensure that the plant does not grow too much over the year so that this is possible. In general, the plant’s roots should never be reduced by more than 20 percent when they are trimmed.
This is a plant that requires a lot of sunlight, but it prefers the light to be filtered instead of direct sunlight. This is why it is a great plant to grow indoors, especially if you have a room with a lot of large windows that will let the light in daily. If you find that your plant is leaning towards a window to get more light, turn the pot so that it grows in a more symmetrical fashion. In fact, you may want to turn the plant once every week or so to ensure that it grows straight.
Because this is a tropical plant, the fiddle leaf fig is going to prefer warm temperatures. Typically, it will grow best between 60 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It also does not grow well when the temperature fluctuates drastically from one minute to the next, so if you live in a place where the temperatures drop overnight, or there are a lot of drafts in your home, then this plant may not thrive. In fact, it prefers a bit of a humid environment, and too much of a draft could minimize the amount of humidity in the air. Humidity between 50 and 70 percent is ideal for this type of plant.
It is essential to keep the soil that your fiddle fig leaf is growing in moist, but do not let it sit in water or be too wet because the leaves will begin to drop and root rot can easily occur as well. Before you add water to the soil, make sure to check the moisture level with your fingers; it should feel dry to the touch before you give the plant more water.
In combination with the amount of sun and water that the plant needs, you are going to need to find a type of soil that is well draining so that the water does not sit in the soil. The plant will absorb what it needs, and then the remainder will drain out of the pot that you are using. It is important to use a pot that has adequate drain holes as well.
If you want your plant to be healthy, you are going to need to prune it from time to time. You may need to prune your plant’s leaves because of an illness that is found on a few leaves. Removing those leaves will ensure that the sickness does not spread. Pruning may also simply be done to reshape or cut back a tree that is getting too tall for your living space. Also, make sure to remove branches that are crossed to reduce overcrowding and increase airflow.
To prune, you will need to make sure that you have a pair of pruning shears that are sharp enough to cut through the stems of the plant without crushing them. When you are pruning, make sure to keep the trim under 10 percent so that the plant continues to grow instead of going into shock. Once the trimming is complete, the branches that were cut tend to split into two to give it a fuller, healthier look.
When it comes to fertilizer, the fiddle leaf fig does not require a lot, but it will help encourage growth if it’s given to the plant at the right time. For example, a bit of fertilizer will help your plant to grow when it is first planted in your home as well as any time that you transplant it into another pot. A little bit of liquid fertilizer should be given to the plant when it is pruned, but if you are feeding it regularly, it is best to only give the plant a small amount once a month.
If you are looking to propagate your fiddle leaf fig, then you can either do so by growing the cutting in water or soil. Most people choose to propagate these plants in water. To do so, all you need to do is make a cutting below the leaves that you want to remove, leaving a little bit of the stem attached to the cutting. Place the cuttings in a vase, keeping the ends of the stems submerged in water for six weeks. After a few weeks, you will see roots sprouting. After the roots form and begin to grow, you can transfer the cutting to the soil. It should be planted in a pot that is about four inches deep to start.
If you are propagating the fiddle fig leaf plant in soil, you start by making the same cutting. Then, you place the cutting in a small pot with damp soil. As the soil dries, you will need to dampen it again so that the cutting can take root. This method should also take about six to seven weeks to take root.
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List of Common Problems and Solutions for Fiddle-Leaf Fig
There are a few issues that you may experience with this type of plant, but with proper care, you will be able to solve the problem with ease. Some of the more common problems include:
- Root Rot: If your plant has poor drainage, root rot can easily form. If you see brown spots on the leaves, you should remove the plant from the pot that it is growing in to see if the roots are brown and soggy as well. If so, remove the infected roots and leaves and allow the plant to dry out before adding more water.
- Bacterial Infection: If you have noticed that your plant’s leaves are turning yellow, then it may be experiencing a bacterial infection that will eventually cause the leaves to fall off entirely. This is a complicated issue to solve because if the infection is too severe, the plant may not respond to treatment. If there is still hope for the plant, you will need to cut away all of the infected leaves and roots.
- Insect Damage: If you are noticing small holes, webs, or insects on your fiddle-leaf fig, then there is a good chance that you have an infestation. To get rid of the pests, simply place some baking soda in a spray bottle of water and spray the plant. Make sure to keep the infected plant away from others and don’t forget to treat the underside of the leaves.
- Sunburn: This is a plant that does not like direct sunlight, so if you find the leaves have white spots on them, the plant may be getting too much sun. To solve this issue, simply move the plant to a location that is protected from direct sunlight.
You also need a planter that will offer plenty of drainage.
Remember: fiddle leaf figs are fussy. They like humidity, but they don’t like being wet all the time. If they’re too wet, you run the risk of root rot.
We ship all of our plants in pots with plenty of drainage holes and have custom designed a wicking system to ensure your soil wetness can be easily maintained, with your proper care.
To Water or Not to Water?
To water, or not to water?
That is the question.
Or rather, the real question is how often are you supposed to water your fiddle leaf fig?
Some sources tell you to water your fig regularly, others will tell you to treat it like a cat or a cactus and just ignore it.
Either way, it doesn’t like to sit in water, so you want to make sure that it doesn’t throw a tantrum over water buildup.
As a rule, water only when the soil is dry to the touch. The best way to check the soil dampness is to use a Soil Sleuth. A Soil Sleuth is a tool that every plant owner needs. It allows you to test the water level of your soil at 5 different depths within your plant without disrupting the roots of your plant. Just touching the top soil will not tell you how much water is down below where the roots are and can cause over or under watering as a result. At each of the 5 levels on your soil sleuth, you’ll know it’s dry if the soil doesn’t stick to your finger when you touch it. When you do water it, water just until water starts to drain into the saucer underneath and then let it dry out.
This brings us to our next topic: soil.
We make sure to pot your plant in soil that has the right balance of nutrients for your plant to thrive. There is no reason to repot your plant just slide the grow pot we provide into your decorative planter. For more instruction on how to care for your plant once it arrives .
You should also regularly check the soil, especially if your plant is struggling. If you have no idea what aeration means or what soil checks even entail, try these 10 tests. Repotting may be necessary down the road but be careful as this can be a dramatic process for your plant.
As with everything related to fiddle leaf figs, people argue back and forth about the merits of pruning.
Some people say it’s good for the health of the plant, other people say you’re creating open wounds that will make your plant stage a soap opera death.
The key is to prune properly.
If you need to prune off a couple brown leaves, please do so carefully. If you see brown husks, don’t touch those either–they may be protecting new growth.
A good rule of thumb is to check the health of the branch–if it’s shriveled up, it’s too far gone to save. A branch that looks pathetic but feels healthy can still make a comeback if left to its own devices.
Why Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Looks Dreadful
With all of that in mind, let’s talk about a few common mistakes that could make your fiddle leaf fig look like a desiccated husk (or, at least, a sad example of a houseplant crying for help).
Overwatering and Underwatering
Watering is one of the hardest things to get right with any houseplant. This is especially true of a temperamental plant like the fiddle leaf fig.
In its native climate, the fiddle leaf fig gets ample water from rainfall but is never soaking.
Alternately, too little water produces an equally sad plant.
The key is to maintain a happy medium of relatively consistent moisture.
To combat this, make sure you have soil and a pot with good drainage, and only water the plant when the top two notches of your soil sleuth have dry soil.
Too Much Light
You might think that tropical equals lots of sunlight, right?
Well, you’re right, this plant loves the sun, but keep an eye on it and if you see the leaves are getting burned, make sure to pull the plant back from the window a little.
The good news is that many houses and apartments naturally provide the level of light that figs like best–not excessively bright, not too dark, not too much and not too little.
We recommend placing your plant in a south, east, or west window in direct sunlight. This will provide for a happy home for your fiddle leaf fig.
You should also make sure to buy your tree from a reputable seller to avoid the opposite problem–many people buy fig trees that are already on the decline after sitting in the dark for too long.
You might like it tepid, but the fiddle leaf fig is a native jungle dweller, which means this tree likes it hot.
That said, fiddle leaf figs will generally do alright in normal indoor temperatures. They’re not used to anything resembling cold, though, so they shouldn’t be left outdoors if you experience temperature drops below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
It doesn’t like drafts either, which is a problem because some of the best light for figs is often found in the number one spots for drafts (near big porch doors and windows).
Plus, drafts have a nasty habit of drying out rooms, which takes your home habitat even further away from the sticky heat that fiddle leaf figs love so much.
During the winter, it’s a good idea to mist your fig tree to make up for lost moisture in the air. And before you ever go out and buy a fig, take some time to find the right place in your home or apartment.
Even with all your best efforts, fiddle leaf figs are notoriously temperamental, so there’s a fair chance you’ll run into issues from time to time. We’re breaking down a few common ones.
Brown leaves are by far the most common issue with fiddle leaf fig trees, which is frustrating because they’re also one of the least aesthetically-appealing.
Brown spots could indicate any number of issues. In general, it’s often related to your watering habits. Whether you’re overwatering or underwatering, you’re putting your plant at risk of disease.
Start by diagnosing the issue to make sure whether your problem is overwatering or underwatering. From there, adjust your watering schedule to keep your plant happy. From there, brown spots should resolve themselves.
Another common problem is your fig dropping leaves.
Again, leaf dropping is usually related to your watering habits, though it can also be the result of too much cold air to too much warm air.
If your tree is dropping leaves, start by moving it somewhere else and see if that resolves the problem. Try to find somewhere with consistent temperatures throughout the day.
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