( UPDATE 10/20/16: Thank you all for asking about how these babies are doing! I have added a second page at the end on how the cuttings are doing now and some helpful tips on growing healthy Fiddle Leaf Fig! )
Is it possible NOT to fall in love with Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Just look at some of the most beautiful interior photos, you will see a Fiddle Leaf Fig in almost everyone of them.
We are house hunting at the moment, so I was planning on buying a few after we move in. But when a friend told me she is pruning her huge Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, I just have to try and see if I could grow some from her trimmings!
Which leads to today’s tutorial- how to grow many Fiddle Leaf Fig plants from one plant!
I couldn’t believe how easy it was! Now these newly rooted baby plants will be ready when we find our new home!
Of course we are going to mix our Fiddle Leaf Fig with other beautiful indoor plants! Here’s a collection of fool-proof indoor plants that also clean air, according to NASA studies!
Both methods worked beautifully again!
I started with 4 stem cuttings and a leaf, because I have seen pictures of roots growing out of even a leaf.
To be honest, I did not quite believe that you can root a tree from a single leaf, so let’s see!
I place the base of 2 stem cuttings and 1 leaf in water, and planted the other 2 stem cuttings in moist potting soil.
Because it is more challenging for cuttings to to absorb water in soil, I placed a clear plastic bag over the cuttings planted in soil. Propping the bag with some branches will prevent water from sitting on the leaves and causing damage/rotting.
Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and keep the water in the glass jar replenished. Put them in bright light, some morning or late afternoon sun is ok.
Many say that Fiddle Leaf Fig will burn in full sun, but I have seen them growing outdoors in full sun in our San Diego climate , and you can also see a majestic tree in its native environment from this photo below via Wikipedia. So I think it will do fine with a bit of sun! =)
After 4 weeks, some little popcorn-like spots started to appear on the stem base of the cuttings in water.
This is the advantage of rooting in water- one can see the progress!
The downside is that it involves one extra step: we have to plant it carefully in soil once root appear.
After 6-8 weeks, roots are growing in the water, wow! There’s no need to change water during this time.
If for some reason you see the water looking cloudy, you can change water. Use room temperature tap water and let the chlorine evaporate for a day before using.
How about the cuttings in soil?
Because this is a tutorial, I carefully dug out a cutting planted in soil to take a photo, although I was certain they have rooted!
Next, plant the other 2 cuttings (rooted in water) in moist potting soil. You can plant 2 to 3 cuttings in each pot.
What happened to that leaf?
It also rooted!! It took an extra month longer, but what a miracle!
Now let’s take a little time to daydream how gorgeous our future house plant is going to be!
Here are a few of my favorite interiors with Fiddle Leaf Fig. Isn’t it a stunning indoor plant?
Wouldn’t this tree look amazing with our wall mounted Staghorn Ferns??
UPDATE on October 20th, 2016 ( 7 months later):
On next page, you will see an update on how the cuttings are doing now and some tips on growing healthy Fiddle Leaf Fig!
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