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How Do You Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Indoors

Ficus lyrata Care- How Do You Care For An Indoor Fiddle Leaf Fig?

Having plants in your home can add a beautiful touch and brighten up your living space. One of the most beautiful plants you can add to your house is the Ficus lyrata, commonly known as Fiddle Leaf Fig plant. You may wonder, what is the proper Ficus lyrata care for indoors?

With the proper care, a Fiddle Leaf Fig plant can thrive indoors. Thanks to its stunning green leaves, this beautiful plant has become a popular choice for many house plant enthusiasts. Though it may not be the easiest house plant to take care of, once you know what to do you can successfully maintain it.

Indoor Ficus Lyrata Care 
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The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a species of the fig tree that is native to rainforests in central and western Africa. It does best in a warm, humid environment where it can receive lots of light. It should be watered on a regular basis in order to keep it healthy.

Over the last few years, it has gained popularity as a house plant, with many people choosing to grow them in their homes. This stunning statement piece can grow to be at six feet tall or taller. Though you don’t have to be an expert to grow one, it is important to understand the proper care they need to be healthy.

Find The Perfect Spot in Your Home

Location is key to a happy Ficus lyrata in your home. Since they do not like drafts, choose an area that is not near a doorway, vent, or drafty window. It is also important to make sure to have your Fiddle Leaf Fig in an area with lots of bright, indirect sunlight.

You do not want to place your plant where the sun will touch it directly. Rather, you should have it just out of the light, in a bright area. Once you find the perfect spot for it, don’t move it, as keeping in one spot will allow it to flourish.

Take Care of the Ficus lyrata Leaves

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is famous for its large, beautiful green leaves. These special leaves need to be cleaned on a regular basis in order to keep them healthy. In order for the tree to grow, the leaves must be maintained.

Gently wipe the leaves down with a damp washcloth at least once a month. Contrary to popular belief, using coconut oil isn’t the best option, as it is too heavy for the leaves. Wiping the leaves off on a regular basis will get rid of dust and get rid of mites, as well as other pests.

Manage the Humidity

Fiddle Leaf Figs need to have high humidity in order to thrive. A dry house can be really damaging to your plant. The ideal humidity for a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is between 30-65% in order to keep it flourishing.

Most houses have humidity around 40%, which is fitting for the plant. However, if your house is on the dry side, you can use a humidifier to keep the moisture up. You can mist your plant or use a humidifier once a week if needed.

Fiddle leaf fig plant - Manage the Humidity

Don’t Re-pot Right Away

Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant will do just fine in the pot you bought it in when you first get it. If you want, you may put the potted tree inside in a decorative pot while still keeping it in its original pot.

Water Your Plant

One of the most damaging things you can do for your tree is to overwater it or not provide a proper draining layer. A Ficus lyrata plant only needs to be watered every seven to ten days. When watering, the soil should be soaked until dripping. 

You can either set up a drip tray underneath your plant to catch the excess water or water it outside and let it sit for 1-2 hours before bringing it back in. You should allow the soil to completely dry before watering it again.

Fertilize Your Plant 

Your Fiddle Leaf Fig should be fertilized in the spring or summertime, once a month. The fertilizer you use should have a ratio of 3:1:2 of nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium. You can mix the fertilizer into a watering can based on the fertilizer instructions. 

Trim Leaves as Needed

To keep your plant healthy, you should trim the leaves if they start to brown. You should use sharp shears to trim rotting or dead leaves half an inch at the stem at an angle. Be sure not to trim more than 5-10 leaves at a time.

You can style your tree as you like, with either full leaves or a more sparse look. Trimming of rotting leaves is important, as it encourages healthy new growth.

Fiddle leaf fig plant - Trim Leaves as Needed

Repot When Needed

When to re-pot fiddle leaf fig? When your plant starts to grow too large for its pot, for example when the roots begin to grow out the drainage layer, it is time to re-pot. You should choose a pot with drainage holes that is about two inches larger than the pot it is currently in. 

Before transferring, add a layer of rocks to the bottom of your new pot that is about 2-3 inches deep. Carefully remove the root ball from the old pot and remove any rotten roots. Add it into the pot with the new soil then add more soil, leaving at least an inch at the top.

Fiddle Leaf Fig plants typically need to be repotted every 18-24 months. At some point, your plant may outgrow your house. Just remember before you buy one that they need lots of care and can grow tall.

A Wonderful Addition to Your House

As long as you know how to care for your Ficus lyrata tree, they can be a wonderful addition to your home. They have a stunning, unique look that can make any home feel more welcoming. Their beautiful large green leaves stand out and with the proper care, they can strive indoors

FAQs

How often do you water a ficus Lyrata?

The average plant needs water approximately three-times per week. For example, ficus Lyrata plants can thrive in soil that has been watered two-times per week and still remain healthy. They will also appreciate having their soil moistened once a day, every day during the summer months when they are growing faster than they would at other times of the year.

Should I cut off brown leaves on fiddle leaf fig?

Some people might think that brown leaves are normal on a fiddle leaf fig plant and should be left on the plant. However, these brown leaves can also prevent other new growth from coming in through the soil. This means that they should be removed if you want your fiddle leaf fig to grow well and get new leaves.

How do I know if my fiddle Leaf needs water?

You can tell if your Fiddle Leaf Plant needs water by checking the soil. If it's fully dry and you feel that there is no more moisture, then you should give it more water.

Where do you put fiddle leaf figs indoors?

Fiddle leaf figs are a type of plant that can be grown indoors in certain areas. They are not too picky about the location of the room, but they need good sunlight in order to grow.

It is important to place them near windows for enough sunlight. If they do not get enough light, their leaves will turn brown and crispy. Blooming figs like more sun than non-blooming figs, so make sure they get at least 6 hours of light.

Can I keep a Fiddle Leaf Fig outside?

It is absolutely possible to keep a Fiddle Leaf Fig outside. Fiddle Leaf Fig trees can survive in most climates and we need to know how to care for them properly if we want to keep them healthy and happy.

The first thing that you need to do is plant your tree in a pot that is slightly bigger than the root ball. Fill the pot with soil mixed with compost, perlite, or pebbles, whichever works best for your environment. The second thing you need to do is water your tree daily in order for it to stay hydrated. Lastly, make sure that you are placing it in an area where it will get plenty of sunlight - about 6 hours a day at least.

What temperature do fiddle leaf figs like?

A fiddle leaf fig is a large, tropical plant with leaves shaped like an open violin. Fiddle leaf figs are not native to the United States, so you cannot find them at your local nursery or garden center. You can buy fiddle leaf figs online or through other retailers that specialize in tropical plants.

The leaves of the fiddle leaf fig plant are sensitive to temperature and humidity levels. They will not thrive if exposed to temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit because it will cause the leaves to drop prematurely. The ideal temperature for a healthy fiddle leaf fig plant is between 70 degrees and 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 degrees at night.

Why is my fiddle leaf not growing new leaves?

The most common causes of leaf drop are various problems with the plant such as lack of moisture, insufficient light, pest infestation, and disease. Leaf drop is usually not a sign that the plant is dying.

Fiddle leaf figs usually don't grow new leaves unless they are repotted or moved to a new pot with fresh soil and new lighting conditions.