Grow Beautiful Fiddle Leaf Fig (5 Best Care Tips!)

Welcome to our Fiddle Leaf Fig forest! 🙂 Can you believe they were little pieces of cuttings only 4 years ago?

Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are among the easiest and most beautiful indoor plants to grow. After growing them for four years we can honestly say that!

tall beautiful Fiddle Leaf Fig trees in living room

Today we will share our favorite tips and tricks on Fiddle Leaf Fig care, from fertilizer and soil, to water, temperature, and more! If you are wondering how to make Fiddle Leaf Fig grow multiple branches, here are the secrets we discovered!

If you follow these 7 tips, especially the first 3, you will have beautiful Fiddle Leaf Fig trees for years to come. Is it possible NOT to fall in love with them?

* Some resources in article are affiliate links. Full disclosure here .

A quick view of how our propagated Fiddle Leaf Fig cuttings grew in the last 4 years.

propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig cuttings in water
Small little cuttings in October 2015

Here’s how we propagated them using two easy methods with 100% success!

Let’s start with the two cuttings propagated in water. I planted them in this green pot. One of the cuttings apparently took off with such speed and grew to over 4′ tall, wow! The other grew also, but is much smaller (you can barely see it on the left side) due to competition in the same pot.

How to root Fiddle Leaf Fig from stem or leaf cuttings! Now you can have the one of the most gorgeous indoor plants and propagate it for every room! - A Piece Of Rainbow Blog
Two of four rooted cuttings in October 2016

Now let’s look at the two cuttings rooted in soil in the white pot! Both grew much denser with many more leaves, and a bit taller, although not as tall as the one rooted in water.

How to root Fiddle Leaf Fig from stem or leaf cuttings! Now you can have the one of the most gorgeous indoor plants and propagate it for every room! - A Piece Of Rainbow Blog
Other two of four rooted cuttings in October 2016

And now, after 4 years, can you recognize the these 4 Fiddle Fig plants?!? The tallest one is over 8 feet! There’s also one that grew branches, I will share tutorial on that soon!

easy fiddle leaf fig care

Now the 5 tips on Fiddle Leaf Fig care!

Tip 1: Fiddle Leaf Fig trees LOVE bright light.

Lack of bright light is the #1 reason for unhealthy Fiddle Leaf Figs! Keep them by the brightest windows or doors in your home if possible. Avoid hot noon sun. A little morning sun or late afternoon sun is good for the plants.

Although I have seen many huge Fiddle Leaf Fig trees growing outdoors here in coastal southern California, nursery grown plant leaves are much more tender, and can burn if exposed to hot noon sun.

Tip 2: How often should I water Fiddle Leaf trees?

large Fiddle Leaf Fig tree in dining room
Our DIY kitchen remodel and island, tutorial here!

The short answer: we water all our indoor plants once a week, it’s easy to remember, and plants are happy too.

The long answer: wait to water until the top 1/2 inch or so of soil is dry, especially in the winter when there is less growth. Water thoroughly so the soil is moistened, then let drain well.  Empty the tray after every watering so the plant never sits in water.

Tip 3: Best soil and fertilizer for Fiddle Fig

Most recommended fiddle leaf fig fertilizers have NPK ratios of 3-1-2, although 10-10-10 is also a good all purpose option. In very simplified terms, NPK stands for nitrogen (promotes leaf growth), phosphorus (promotes blooming), and potassium(encourages root growth). A higher nitrogen fertilizer is great for foliage plants.

healthy Fiddle Leaf Fig trees grown with 5 care tips

You can use either slow release fertilizers in granule form, like this one, or liquid fertilizers like these. When using liquid fertilizers, it is always a good ideas to dilute more and fertilize more often, like every 2-3 weeks during growing season, which are spring and summer. Compost tea is another great choice. You can make it easily from ready made dry mixes like these, or from scratch.

Most potting soil with good drainage will work great.

Tip 4: Temperature requirements

Fiddle Leaf Fig trees in living room

Fiddle Fig trees are happiest with temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees

They will struggle when temperature falls below 50 degrees or gets hotter than 95.

Tip 5: Some extra love for your plants

When you see some people’s indoor plants looking so lush and happy, the secrets are in the extra love they show for their plants. ( Yes, I do believe in singing to your plants!)

During the warmer months, bring them outdoors in shade if possible for some fresh air and brighter light. Each week or two, clean the dust off the fig tree leaves.  The trees will love you! =)

indoor plants with fiddle fig

I love bringing our indoor plants when it rains, because they don’t get showers in an indoor environment like in nature. It works wonders! Check out our favorite and easiest indoor plant list and growing tips here!

FAQ

My Fiddle Leaf Fig looks unhappy! What should I do?

Tip number 5 will revive your tree like magic! Most of the time it is due to lack of light, or incorrect watering. Check Tip 1 and 2 for more details!

My fig tree leaves have brown spots!

Brown spots are caused by root rot. Although we can root Fiddle Leaf cuttings in water, don’t let your tree sit in water for more than a day!

fiddle leaf branches in vase

What are the white bugs on my tree?

They are either mealy bugs or white flies that tend to attack plants that are stressed. Check the underside of the leaves when you water, and if you notice any of these pests, wipe them off with a damp cloth, and go over the tips above to see why your plant might be stressed.

Love Indoor plants?

Happy growing! See you soon!

29 Comments

  1. Hi there,
    I have a huge fiddle leaf tree, we call her Big Bertha.
    However BBertha is too big for our room now and I fear , she is going to fall in us one night while sleeping. She is a healthy tree, but I need to cut her back. I’ve read all of the above, but if I cut the top branches off, will the lower branches grow new leaves? I say this because the lower part of the plant has very little leaves.

  2. Can I use a branch with brown spots to propagate in water? What will happen to it after new plant grows from it?
    Thank you for wonderful article! So helpful!

  3. Just want to know how to plant the rooted leaves, in a small layer of soil or several inches up the leaf?

    • hi Nellie, just 1-2 inches up the leaf is enough, but you do want the soil to be a little deeper so as roots grow the leaf or stem cutting can stay upright. 🙂

  4. Amazed how easy it was to root it in water, i took 3 pieces of branches and 2 leaves off a 20 year old plant going around my mezzanine and everything rooted beautifully. How do I plant the leaves with « cat whiskers » roots? Do I plant it in a very thin layer of soil, just to cover the roots? A stem has to form from the roots, right? I am really curious.
    As for branching, once in a while it will do it for no reason, I believe when you cut it, it branches out of course you don’t want to sacrifice a branch just to try..but you can root the leaves and give it to your friends. I dust the leaves regularly, love the shiny sturdy large fiddle-shaped leaves.
    Thank you for a great article

    • hi carol! i am just about to publish an article on that in 2-3 weeks here! basically you have to cut it at a woody spot, will share lots of tips! 🙂

  5. Love this article!! I have a fiddle fig that keeps growing! But now have a couple of the leaves with brown spots. Most of the leaves look great. I see that it says root rot is the cause… how do I solve this?? I water and let them drain in the sink weekly.
    Thank you!

    • hi emily! occasionally they can get brown spots. if you could get the tree outside during summer in a shaded area, it helps a lot. most indoor plants love the air and humidity outdoors.

  6. Hi! Thanks for the awesome article! What are the differences in the tree that started in water and the tree that started in dirt now that they are full sized? I am trying to decide which option is the best!

  7. I’m so excited I found your article!! We’re going to make cuttings of our fiddle leaf fig based on your recommendations today! So I have to ask – where did you get your baskets for them? They’re beautiful & I can’t find anything remotely as pretty online. Help! Thank you!!

  8. You say that one of yours even grew branches. Does this mean it’s not common? I guess I thought propagation would grow a new fig tree. Do you just get one branch growing upwards with leaves directly off of it? Thank you!!

    • hi Nikki! i meant instead of s single stem tree, which happens a lot, i was able to figure out how to make them multi-branched, tutorial on that soon! 🙂

  9. I just got my first fiddle-leaf fig, and I am so excited about it, and here is all I wanted to know, in one place! Glad you just happened to post this article!
    I”l be back when something happens. Thanks,

  10. Hi! Did the cutting taken from a single leaf amount to anything? I rooted a cutting but haven’t gotten any new leaves yet. It’s been about 6 months. Any tips?

    • hi, if it’s a stem cutting, it will grow new leaves! we lost our leaf cutting during a big move, and i have heard mixed results on that. 🙂

  11. We just bought a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, and I am so happy to see your fig trees looking so nice! Such a great article on Fiddle Leaf Fig care. Thanks a lot!

Leave a Reply

Send this to a friend