Fiddle Leaf Fig Care


Introduction

Fiddle leaf figs are a fun and exotic plant to have in your home. Plus, they're actually quite easy to care for if you follow the right steps. In this guide, we'll show you how to keep your fiddle leaf fig happy and healthy!

Light

In order to thrive, Fiddle Leaf Figs need at least four hours of direct sunlight. If you live in a cool climate and cannot provide this much light, the plant can still be grown indoors—but you'll need to supplement with artificial light for it to do well. A south-facing window is ideal for growing a fiddle leaf fig tree indoors; alternatively, you can place the plant near a large window (or even on an east-facing porch) if your house happens not to have any south-facing windows.

If your fiddle leaf fig is getting only indirect sunlight (or none at all), you can use a grow light specifically designed for plants as needed until it grows enough leaves that it receives adequate natural light through its leaves instead of through its bare stems.

Temperature

Fiddle leaf figs love to be warm, but they can't take too much heat. The optimal temperature range is between 60 and 75 degrees. If the weather is cooler than that, you'll need to protect your fiddle leaf fig with a heater or move it into a sun room or other indoor space. You should never let the temperature drop below 55 degrees F or rise above 80 degrees F. Also make sure that the temperature doesn't fluctuate more than 10 degrees in 24 hours.

Watering

  • The fiddle leaf fig is a tropical plant that likes to be watered regularly, but not too much. You need to read the instructions on your specific fiddle leaf fig's pot and follow them closely. If you're unsure about how much or how often you should water your plant, ask an expert at your local greenhouse or garden center for advice.

  • Watering frequency depends upon the size of your plant (and whether it has been repotted). Start by watering it once a week in spring, summer and fall; in winter months when temperatures are lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 C), reduce watering frequency to every two weeks until springtime arrives again. Allow soil around roots to dry out between each watering session so water doesn't pool at bottom of pot—this will promote healthy root growth rather than rotting its base from excessive moisture buildup inside container walls. It's important not let them sit too long without getting wet though—you don't want them sitting on top of dry soil either because this can cause root rot over time!

Fertilizing

Fertilizing fiddle leaf figs is relatively simple and can be done either in spring or fall. When fertilizing, it is recommended that you use a balanced fertilizer that includes nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium (NPK). Do not fertilize your plant during the winter months as this can shock the plant and cause burning. In the springtime (beginning of April), when leaves begin to grow out from their dormant state, use 1/4 strength fertilizer once every two weeks for four weeks. Then after those four weeks are up use 1/4 strength fertilizer once every two months until September or October when temperatures begin to drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit at night time. After this time period has ended continue using 1/4 strength fertilizer but do so only once every other month through March depending on where you live so that your plant doesn't receive too much nitrogen during its growing season

With a little bit of care, your fiddle leaf fig will thrive.

With a little bit of care, your fiddle leaf fig will thrive.

  • Water regularly. This plant is tropical, so it needs to be kept in a humid environment. Check the soil every few days and water whenever it feels dry on top. Be careful not to over-water! Too much water will cause root rot which can kill your plant.

  • Don’t fertilize with chemicals or fertilizers high in nitrogen (like Miracle Gro). These types of fertilizer could burn the roots and cause them to rot from the inside out! Instead, use an organic fertilizer like fish emulsion or compost tea once every 1-2 months for best results.

Conclusion

If you want to keep your fiddle leaf fig happy, there are some easy ways to do it. First of all, make sure that the plant gets plenty of light. If you have a south-facing window in your home, that’s perfect! But if not, try placing it near another window or putting it under an artificial light source like a fluorescent bulb. Next up is temperature: try keeping your fiddle leaf fig at room temperature when possible (around 65 degrees F), but be careful if temperatures drop below 50 degrees F because this can damage the plant’s leaves and even cause them to drop off their stems. Finally, water regularly but not too much because these plants thrive on being kept slightly dry—overwatering actually leads to root rot which will kill them quickly!


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