Now the update so many of you have asked for!
How our Fiddle Leaf Figs are doing after one year.
Let’s start with the two cuttings rooted in water-
I planted them in this green pot, look!
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, due to competition, I think.
You can see the smaller one in this photo below, on the right side.
Now let’s look at the two cuttings rooted in soil, here’s the before:
Below is the after. Both grew much denser with many more leaves, and a bit taller, although not as tall as the one rooted in water.
The single leaf cutting never grew bigger. 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. However this would mean you will need a piece of branch.
Conclusions and lessons learned:
- Cuttings rooted in water can grow as fast, maybe faster than cuttings rooted in soil.
- If I had planted one cutting per pot instead of two per pot, I believe they would have grown faster with less competition. I plan to re-pot them and give each tree its own pot by spring!
- Single leaf cutting may not grow, or if it does, it will take a long time, unless a tiny piece of stem is attached to it.
Fiddle Leaf Fig care tips learned from our own experience and professional growers.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig loves bright light. A little morning sun or late afternoon such is also great. Although I have seen many huge Fiddle Leaf Fig trees growing outdoors here in San Diego, nursery grown plant leaves can burn if exposed to hot sun all day. During the warmer months, keep it outdoors in shade if possible for some fresh air and brighter light.
- The short answer: we water them once a week. 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.
- Fertilize your tree every 1-2 months during spring and summer with a diluted house plant fertilizer or compost tea.
- Each week or two, clean the dust off the leaves. The trees will love you! =)
Related: Another way to use this rooting method is to grow tomato plants from cuttings in just 1 week!
Happy growing! xo