Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation: 100% Success in 2 Easy Ways!

Fiddle Leaf Fig propagation: 2 easy ways in water or soil! 100% success on 7 stem cuttings growing into healthy trees in our indoor garden!

Fiddle Leaf Fig propagation is so easy, and almost fail proof! If you have been drooling over all the gorgeous photos of Fiddle Leaf Fig trees in beautifully designed interiors, why not try and propagate some for your home and to share as gifts with indoor plant lovers?

Fiddle Leaf Fig propagation in 2 easy ways with 100% success rate on all our stem cuttings! Lots of tips on how to multiply & grow FREE Fiddle Fig trees.

When I first tried to propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig in 2015, I tested two methods and had 100% success on all four stem cuttings! You won’t believe how big and beautiful they all look after 4 years! We even discovered the secret of how to make our Fiddle Leaf Fig trees grow multiple branches, tutorial here!

In this updated post I will share with you everything we have learned about how to propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig cuttings easily using two methods: rooting in water, and rooting in soil.

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How are all the cuttings doing now?

Everyone’s burning question! 🙂 Just check out the one-year and four-year updates (you won’t believe it), plus 5 best care tips!

Fiddle Leaf Fig propagation using stem cuttings

It all started 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- Fiddle Leaf Fig propagation made easy!  

Step 1: how to prepare stem cuttings

how to propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig trees from cuttings

Successful Fiddle Leaf Fig propagation starts with good stem cuttings. First we need to understand what are nodes on stems. The nodes are where leaves and buds grow on stems. These are also where root tend to grow in propagation.

A good Fiddle Leaf Fig stem cutting is usually about 12″ to 18″ long, with 1-3 leaves, and at least 1-2 nodes where leaves are removed.

how to take Fiddle Leaf Fig cuttings

You can make several cuttings out of a longer branch. Removing excess leaves will reduce the stress on the cuttings to retain water. Do keep at least one leaf because it will feed the stem cutting through photosynthesis.

Fiddle Leaf Fig propagation method 1: root cuttings in water

I started with 4 stem cuttings and a leaf, because I was super curious to see if roots could grow from a single leaf! I place the base of 2 stem cuttings and 1 leaf in water, and planted the other 2 stem cuttings in moist potting soil.

root Fiddle Leaf tree cuttings in water

Place the cuttings in a clean glass vase filled with water, and keep them in a warm and bright place out of direct sun.. I only changed the water when the water started to look cloudy, which happened only a couple of times. Use room temperature tap water and let the chlorine evaporate for a day before using.

This is the advantage of rooting in water- one can see the progress!

Fiddle Leaf Fig cuttings taking root

After 4 weeks, some little popcorn-like spots started to appear on the stem base of the cuttings in water.

After 6-8 weeks, roots are growing in the water, wow! There’s no need to change water during this time.

When the roots are about 1 to 2 inches long, you can plant the rooted Fiddle Leaf Fig cuttings in soil and watch them grow!

Fiddle Leaf Fig propagation method 2: grow cuttings in soil.

I did not use rooting hormone here because of the comparison tests, but I have found that it can really increase the success rate and speed up propagation in soil for all kinds of plants!

Because it is more challenging for cuttings to to absorb water in soil, I used a clear plastic bag to cover the cuttings planted in soil. Propping the bag with some branches will prevent water from sitting on the leaves and causing fungal disease.

Fiddle Leaf Fig propagation in soil

Keep the soil moist but not too soggy. Put the pot in bright light, some morning or evening sun is OK.

2 ways to propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig trees

Because this is a tutorial, I carefully dug out a cutting planted in soil after 5 weeks to take a photo, although I was certain they have rooted!

roots

See? Roots!

I couldn’t believe how easy it was to propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig! Now we have four gorgeous and healthy Fiddle Leaf Fig trees grow from cuttings!

Fiddle Leaf Fig cuttings in soil

At this point you can remove the plastic bag covering the 2 cuttings rooted in potting soil. Keep them well watered, especially at this early stage. Here are 5 best care tips for growing fiddle fig trees!

What happened to that leaf? 

It also rooted!! It took an extra month longer, but what a miracle!

fiddle fig roots growing on leaf

The single leaf cutting never grew bigger. During our temporary 6-month stay in a much colder city, we lost a few plants, and the leaf was one of them. Our reader suggested that the leaf should have a tiny piece of stem attached to it. This makes sense as most growth of new branches come from stem nodes. 

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However this would mean you will need a piece of branch. If you have any experience growing a Fiddle Fig tree from a single leaf, please DO share in the comments!

Summary and lessons learned :

roots growing on Fiddle Leaf Fig stem cuttings
  1. Cuttings rooted in water can grow as fast, maybe faster than cuttings rooted in soil.
  2. Single leaf cutting may not grow, or if it does, it will take much longer time, unless a tiny piece of stem is attached to it.
  3. Rooting hormone is not necessary, but can definitely speed up propagation in soil
  4. Keep the cuttings in warm temperature, this encourages root growth.

What to do after propagation:

Check them out here for the one-year and four-year updates!

Thanks to our reader Brittani who asked this! 🙂 If your cuttings are in soil, you are all set! Just follow the Fiddle Fig care tips here!

If the cuttings are rooted in water, take some damp potting soil and a medium size pot such as one gallon, hold your rooted cutting centered in the pot, carefully scoop the soil little by little into the pot, so the roots are extended into the damp soil.

propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig cuttings in water

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Both methods worked beautifully again!

Wouldn’t this tree look amazing with our wall mounted Staghorn Ferns??

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Related: Another way to use this rooting method is to grow tomato plants from cuttings in just 1 week!

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Happy growing! xo

149 Comments

  1. Hi there – you all are on it, I’ve never failed using this propagation method and have begun giving FF plants away because they’re multiplying like mad here at my house haha! For the record a single fiddle leaf fig leaf (with plenty of roots) has been sitting in water for over a year and a half on a shelf and it has never made pups. From what I know it is impossible without a node or steam attached to the leaf. Nevertheless the single leaf is still pretty so I can’t bring myself to throw it away in the compost!

    • don’t they make such great gifts?! 🙂 i think the single leaf can be treated like a special plant, and who knows, maybe in a few years it could surprise us! 🙂

  2. All of you propagation tutorials are terrific Thanks for Sharing….I frankly can imagine a large bowl planter in the house with just rooted leaves! What a conversation piece it would be!!!

  3. Hi we have one too in pot its 10 feet tall tied up it has 10 stem roots in this pot…it need a bad cut down…but loleafa is still thriving…should we knock out 2 branches or trees each week?We are going to be moving in 3 years, she fits now but I dont know how she will fit in our move…maybe make 1 tree or short bushier trww out of her 🙁

    • hi Sue! it’s a good idea to make a few cuttings if the tree is too hard to move. you can put many cuttings in one jar of water during a move, and they will root quite easily! 🙂

  4. Hello, I cut off 4 leaves and left them in water for 4 weeks and they all rooted really well so I potted them. This was a year ago none have new shoots but the leaves are happy enough, I hope and pray I will one day see a shoot but I can’t imagine where it would come from. Has anyone had success with growth from a single leaf?

    • hi Rhi! i have heard different opinions on sing leaves: some say it will send out pups eventually, but it does take much longer that a stem cutting 🙂

  5. Question about the plastic bag that is used. Is the bag simply wrapped around the cutting between the leaves and the soil?

  6. Never knew there could be so many amazing reports,question AND answers including the first answer you gave to me(anita)! Sadly I have tried three times and not successful using g the water methods. Is it possible I failed because I don’t let the water “gas off” before placing my cuttings in
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    • hi anita! FLF has been the easiest for us! 🙂 and yes that tiny dwarf fiddle leaf fig is on our wish list too! let’s see, could it be one of these reasons for you- cuttings are too short or too long (12″-16″ stem length, not counting leaf, is best), cuttings are in full sun, or room too cold, or source tree not healthy! 🙂

  7. I have a fiddle fig leaf from summer 2020 currently propagating . I took the leaf and thought “heck why not try?” Today there are about 15-20 roots, some roots about 1.5-2 in / 4-5 cm in length. The leaf itself is big and healthy still. I’m going to plant in about a month and see what happens!

  8. Hi there!

    I have a 5′ fiddle leaf fig that was in beautiful condition and growing like crazy… until our dogs knocked it over causing the truck to almost completely snap near the base. It’s still somewhat connected but not enough to hold itself up so I used tape to strengthen it around the break (with papertowel between the trunk and tape to prevent damage). It’s been about a month and the leaves at the top still seem healthy and happy. I’m also now see new leaves coming from the very base of the trunk by the roots. Is there anyway to help the trunk repair itself? or should I start propagating the heathy branches from the top in case the tree doesn’t recover?

    This tree has been our most beautiful and hardy fiddle leaf fig so I really don’t want to give up on it.

    Thank you for your help!
    Christina

    • hi Christina! sound like your tree should be able to heal at the trunk, just keep the tape on for a few months! the new growth from base is also a good sign! you can always cut the top 2′ off in future when you to propagate new plants, and the cut tree would branch at top! 🙂

  9. I have been trying to propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig leaves in soil for several weeks now. The leaves just have been drying up and dying. Any suggestions?

    Thank you

  10. Excellent tutorial! We followed each step and our Fiddle leaf fig cuttings in water grew lots of roots! We planted them in 2 pots, now they are growing new leaves! Thank you! 🙂

  11. HI! I have been doing the water propagation and am excited to say there are roots growing!
    I don’t have the best green thumb and so I really don’t want to mess this up.
    Do you happen to have a post of what to do after propagation? E.g. What type of pot to plant it in..(big or small, holes or not until later) how to plant it.. what type of soil?
    I saw your other update post, but still wasn’t too sure and wanted to reach out.
    Hopefully this reply finds you and you have time to respond.
    Thanks so much for your help already!
    So excited!

    • hi! take some damp potting soil and a medium size pot such as one gallon, hold your rooted cutting centered in the pot, carefully scoop the soil little by little into the pot, so the roots are extended into the damp soil. Then follow the Fiddle Fig care tips here! 🙂

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