How to Care for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

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Fiddle leaf fig trees (Ficus Lyrata) are so hot right now. Like, if you want a plant inside, this is the one to go for… especially if you want something more leafy than a succulent. I have had two, but only one lives on. R.I.P my favourite leafy one. Through the tragic loss of my first fiddle leaf I have now learnt how to care for this sometimes finicky friend.

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When choosing a spot for you fiddle leaf, look for a bright and sunny space. But avoid direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves. These trees are normally found in humid, warm and tropical places, so keep it in a spot with consistent temperatures… i.e. not next to your heater or in front of your air conditioner.

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I’ve found the magic formula with watering my tree is one big cup a week. I normally take mine into the bathroom so the water can drain through into the shower over the day, as I keep it in a wooven basket (’cause it looks pretty sweet). If your fiddle leaf is in a pot too big to move, a general rule is to water it when the top inch of soil is dry. Test it by sticking you finger in the soil. The time between watering will change from season to season. With my last fiddle leaf, my love language was water. I loved it so much. So much it died. This was most disappointing (and an expensive mistake). Don’t deviate from the watering plan people.

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Now being an indoor plant the leaves gather dust, and this can effect how they¬†breathe. So once a month get a damp cloth and gently wipe them down. Or alternatively you can give you fiddle leaf a ¬†lukewarm shower, yes just like us they don’t like cold water. I mean, who wouldn’t want their fiddle leaf to have glossy leaves?

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Now if you want your fiddle leaf to grow nice and tall, there are a few things to help it along. First of all plant it in a bigger pot. Duh. But do this in spring. Also fertilise once a month during growing months- not winter. This is when the tree lays dormant in its growth.

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Now it’s not the end of the world if some leaves fall off. That means you’re either over-watering or under-watering it. Just get your watering plan back in check before it’s too late.

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Oh and here’s a hot tip. Bunnings is selling mini fiddle leaf figs for $25. Yep, what a steal. If you want a bigger one I suggest going to Flower Power where they are around $100. Happy plant shopping friends, and don’t over water! It will loose its leaves and die. And you will be sad.