Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant
The girls at EEFM often find ourselves having the same conversation to one another about how to look after our Fiddle Leaf Figs. Amusingly we all look after them a little bit different and can never really end the conversation on them.
Fiddle Leaf Figs can sometimes be labeled a complex plant to look after. It does make it hard to tell our customers just one way (or an easy way) to look after it at home.
The best way to cater to any new plant is to find out what type of environment it is originally from. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is native to Africa, which is a tropical location. They can grow up to 30m in height in the wild but are also known of being scattered around the forest floor. Once you can imagine their natural care, it helps visualize just what your plant needs.
Although they look like a plant that needs lots of water to keep those beautiful leaves flourished, they are best kept watered sparingly. As you can imagine on the bottom of the forest floor, they would be watered through the other trees and not saturated all the time.
I personally give my plant a really good water, then leave it for a week or two and let it really dry out (and drain) before I water it again. If it looks moist/damp on the top of the soil I personally would leave it for a little while, as you don’t want to over water it. (Over watering these guys is there biggest issue and one I hear often from customers. Reminder: it is best to underwater than overwater these beauties).
Over watering isn’t as much of an issue on one occasion, it is more the action of giving it more and more water when it doesn’t want or need it constantly. The root system of a plant needs air, as well as water, to remain healthy. When the root system of your plant is constantly saturated, the roots will begin to die. When the roots die, your plant dies!
Creating a routine for your Fiddle is the perfect idea to stop overwatering (If that sounds like something you would do ha-ha).
My cousin has an Extra Large Fiddle and she has a routine where she places it outside and gives it one cup of water a week! I would say I usually water my plants in routine on a Sunday in-between 1-3 weeks, probably on that 2-week mark for my Fiddle. But it changes for all my fiddle Leaf’s in my house and will for yours as well (Where one of mine is in a super bright room, I water more and the other is in a more shady position I water less for example)
The fiddle leaf fig grows best in a well-lit position. If you can imagine a tropical environment it is exposed to a a warm, bright sun sometimes blocked by other trees so a well-lit/bright but not direct light position is ideal.
Sometimes too direct sun can also be a threat to a Fiddle Leaf as they can become burnt or make the leaves fall off. The really good thing about the Fiddles being ‘sensitive’ is that you can notice straight away whether what your doing is working for the plant.
With other tropical plants I have noticed that they adapt to other conditions quite easily, as long as sun and water is maintained properly. But it does seem that the Fiddles can’t really stand cold environments. Even an air conditioner can be a threat, making the Fiddles drop leaves or by drying them out completely to death (Which trust me I’ve learnt from experience).
Fiddle leaf figs are slow growing plants but some do reach ceiling height in optimum conditions.
As they grow the trunk becomes progressively thinner. Removing the growing tip encourages the plant to thicken and provide more support for the giant leaves.
Hopefully this answers a few questions for you, if you still have anything else you would like to chat about although the girls at EEFM do talk about it a lot it is one of our favorite conversations. So come on in to have a chat about the beauties that are Fiddle Leaf Fig’s.
Making the world a better place, one healthy plant at a time.