FIDDLE LEAF FIG TREE
Fiddle leaf figs became instafamous in the past few years (this plant was even named “the IT plant of the design world” by the New York Times!). It seems like every celebrity and influencer has at least one in their newly decorated home, so no wonder that the demand has increased for it worldwide. However, fiddle leaf figs are not necessarily the easiest plants to start with, when it comes to plant care. While it’s fairly easy to keep this plant alive, there are some things you need to keep in mind if you want to make your plant happy, too.
First, you need to remember that while the fiddle leaf fig originates from the African tropical rainforests, it doesn’t necessarily have the same needs that a typical rainforest plant would. It loves bright, indirect light, but it might tolerate direct light, too, so it’s best to keep it close to the window. On the other hand, this plant doesn’t like temperature changes, and mainly cold temperatures, so you’ll definitely need to keep this in mind when choosing its place in your home. And while it originally grows in rainforests, it doesn’t like too much water, so make sure to water it ONLY if the soil is dry, usually once a week. Some people keep their plants outside, and if you are one of these people, during Summer you might want to monitor the temperatures (again, it doesn’t like the cold) and water it more frequently (during the hottest days it might require watering every day). However, if you notice dark spots on your plant, you’ll know that it’s being overwatered, and if it’s been happening for a long time, you might want to repot it to avoid root rot, or even cut those parts off the root, too. On the other hand, if the leaves are droopy or crispy, that means the plant needs more water. A watering schedule would help you maintain the balance – and balance is key here!
As fiddle leaf figs do not like to be sitting in water, you’ll want to make sure that your plant has good drainage – its pot has a drainage hole(s), and the soil contains perlite and or bark chips. As for the soil itself, your favourite indoor potting mix should be good enough. When it comes to fertilizing, please choose a concentrate that contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. When the plant outgrows its pot, you’ll want to repot it to make sure it continues thriving. The best time for it would be in Spring, however, please note that even then repotting might shock the plant, so don’t forget to add some fertilizer afterwards. Plant Vitamins would be a good choice, as this fertilizer not only contains the nutrients, minerals and hormones that plants might need, but it also makes the repotting procedure easier for the plant, helping against stress and shock, and making it easier to adjust to its new home.
Growing season (Spring/Summer) is the best time to give some extra love to your plants. For starters, you can clean the leaves with damp cloth to make sure they absorb enough sunlight and photosynthesize easily. You can also rotate the plant from time to time, so all the leaves get enough of the sunlight. Make sure to monitor the growth and overall health of your plant, this way you will notice any bugs or diseases it may have, or see if it needs a little pruning. Pruning will also come in handy if you want to train your plant – either to become a tree or a bush. The difference is basically its shape, so you don’t have to worry about it. And an extra tip: you can also put the cuttings into water and propagate them to create a brand new plant!
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I hope that you enjoy your Fiddle Leaf Fig as much as I have enjoyed the two in my home, if you have any further questions you can always reach out via email or DM on Instagram! Happy plant parenting.