The fiddle leaf fig tree has large, glossy green leaves with contrasting pale green veining.The disease-resistant houseplant can grow as tall as 3 m.If you recently purchased a fiddle leaf fig and want to make sure it thrives, there are several things you can do to keep it healthy.
Step 1: Place the plant in a spot that gets at least 4 hours of sunlight.
If you want your fiddle leaf fig to get plenty of sunlight, place it in a west or south-facing window.Place the plant in an area that is well-lit for the rest of the day.It’s important that the plant gets plenty of indirect light.Move the plant to a brighter spot if its leaves are pale, spotty, or dull after a few weeks.The plant isn’t getting enough sunlight.
Step 2: The temperature in your home should be 65–75 F.
Ensure that the temperature stays within this range by checking your thermostat daily.If necessary, adjust the temperature to maintain it within this range, such as using fans or air conditioning in hot weather, or turning up the heat in cold weather.
Step 3: The pot should be turned 180 degrees once every 2 weeks.
The pot should be turned as if it were a wheel.The opposite side of the plant should be facing the window.Ensuring that the plant gets adequate light will be helped by this.
Step 4: It’s a good idea to seal off drafts in your home.
You can weatherize your home by caulking around the edges of your windows or covering drafty windows with thick plastic sheets that are secured with a hammer and nails or a staple gun.Roll up towels in front of the drafty doors.Cold air drafts may harm Fiddle leaf figs because they are used to a hot humid environment.If you place a fiddle leaf fig in front of a window in the winter or fall, make sure to do this first.
Step 5: You should water your fiddle leaf fig 1-2 times per week.
Place the plant in the shower or on the patio once or twice a week.After a couple of hours, let the plant drain and come back to its usual spot.Before watering the fiddle leaf fern again, let the soil dry out for a week.The plant uses small amounts of water in its natural habitat, so don’t give it too much.In the spring and summer your fiddle leaf fig will need more water than in the fall and winter.Drop down to once every other week in the fall if you are watering the plant once per week during the summer.
Step 6: If the weather is humid, mist the leaves daily.
When the weather is hot, dry, or cold, spray the plant’s leaves with plain tap water.It will help to prevent the leaves from drying out.Don’t mist the leaves if the weather is humid.
Step 7: Cut off leaves that are discolored.
Cut off the leaves at the base of the stems with a pair of gardening shears.Rub alcohol or boiling hot water on the shears to kill them.Cut across the stems to remove the dead leaves.It’s important to keep the garden shears away from your plant.The plant may be contaminated with harmful organisms.The leaves are dead.It’s important that they don’t take energy from the rest of the plant.
Step 8: Dust the leaves with a damp cloth.
Put a clean cloth or paper towel in water.Put one of the leaves under the palm of your hand and wipe the stem to tip with a damp cloth.The leaves on the plant look dusty.The appearance of your fiddle leaf fig will be improved by this.
Step 9: Each week, check the leaves and stems for pests.
The fiddle leaf fig is prone to insects.To control pests on your fiddle leaf fig, use an organic or synthetic pesticide spray once per month or as needed.Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to use the pesticide product.If you notice a change in the foliage, it’s time to check your plant for pests.You can place traps near the fiddle leaf fig to control pests.
Step 10: In the summer,fertilize the plant once per month.
If you want to make a 3:1 mixture of water andfertilizer, you have to choose a liquid one.In the gardening section of a hardware store, you can find a suitablefertilizer.Once per month in the summer, apply it to the roots of the plant.The fiddle leaf fig will benefit from this.The leaves and stems of the plants should not be fertilized.It should be applied to the soil at the base of the plant.Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to mix and apply thefertilizer.
Step 11: When you see the roots coming out, repot the plant.
Look at the bottom of the pot to see if there are spindly white fibers growing through the holes.The fiddle leaf fig needs a larger pot if you spot it.
Step 12: The old pot was larger in diameter than the new one.
Don’t get a pot that is too big.If you repot your fiddle leaf fig, you have to go up to the next pot size.This will allow you to put new soil on all sides of the plant, which is ideal.If the pot has drainage holes in the bottom, you can use it.
Step 13: The pot should be 1/3 of the way full.
Pick a mix meant for plants indoors.You can add dirt to the pot with your hands or a trowel.You can locate the plant’s roots by moving the dirt around to form a deep well in the center.Pack the dirt up.It’s best to leave it loose in the pot.
Step 14: Transfer the fiddle leaf fig from the old pot to the new one.
Use one hand to hold onto the pot and the other to grasp the fiddle leaf fig.To release the plant from the old pot, wiggle it from side-to-side.Once you get the fiddle leaf fig out of the old pot, put it in the new pot.
Step 15: To completely cover the roots of the plant, add more soil.
Place extra soil on top of the fiddle leaf fig’s roots using a garden trowel.Press the soil gently with your hands.Pack the soil up.Keep it loose so that the plant can breathe.Water your fiddle leaf fig after you repot it, and then let the soil drain for 1-2 hours outdoors or in a bathtub or sink.The fiddle leaf fig should be put back in its usual spot.To catch excess water, place a plate under the pot.