How to Grow Fiddle Leaf Figs Indoors
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Fiddle leaf figs make beautiful indoor plants. They are fast growing, woody and luxurious, but are not the easiest of the tropical plants to grow indoors. Many owners can have a frustrating time. Hopefully this post can help you improve your fiddle friend’s growing condition, if you’re having any trouble.
Care Instructions for Fiddle Leaf Figs
Fiddle leaf figs should be watered when the top couple inches are dry. They will like high humidity (50% or above), and they will love being misted frequently. However do not mist during a hot sunny day in the afternoon, as this can burn the leaves.
Want to learn more about water? Read our post: ‘Everything You Need to Know About Watering Your Plants’
They’ll grow best in medium-full sun, so a western or slightly shaded southern window. They can grow in less light, but the leaves might not get as large, or it might start to look gangly.
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A regular potting mix is fine, some added sand can be good for drainage.
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Fertilize with an organic fertilizer as recommended. Fiddle leaf figs are generally low-feeding plants.
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Since they have large leaves, dusting them regularly will help them absorb light, and fend off disease.
You can propagate fiddle’s quite easily from a cutting in water. Take a cutting with just 1-2 leaves, (too many leaves will cause trouble growing roots – a small bunch of new developing leaves is fine). Have a few inches of stem attached at the bottom for increased success, then place it in water. Wait for roots to form for about a month. Once the roots are a couple inches long you can plant it into soil. Make sure the soil stays moist (more moist than a mature plant). Be patient with it, it will need time to develop more roots and start to grow normally. It’s good to take multiple cuttings just in case one doesn’t make it.
Some people claim you can propagate fiddle leaf figs from just a leaf, this is not true. It will grow roots but it needs the growth node attached so it can produce a new plant. If you want to have many chances at new plants, and want to propagate a new plant from every leaf – Make sure the leaf is connected to some part of the branch, in a “heel” or “mallet” style cutting. A longer cutting where the branch has other growth nodes below the water, and the leaf and growth node above water, have a higher probability of success though.
Common problems for fiddle leaf figs and their solutions:
Plant has wilted leaves: Usually means the plant needs higher humidity, or you are under-watering.
The leaves are crispy or break/crack easily: Not enough humidity.
Plant is growing very tall with small leaves: It needs more light.
Splotchy or burnt looking leaves: Too much sun