Ficus Lyrata, also known as, fiddle-leaf figs are indoor plants that need more than require a special amount of care. Nutrients like sunlight, fertilizer and pruning are all part of keeping your fiddle-leaf fig healthy throughout the year. Some common mistakes made when caring for a fiddle-leaf fig can leave it brown and withered. Our tips on how to care for a fiddle-leaf fig will help it flourish in your space.
This guide will explain how to take care of a fiddle-leaf fig for those growing this houseplant inside and outside your home.
Growing Your Fiddle-Leaf Fig
Fiddle-leaf figs are a popular indoor and outdoor plant for all seasons. These houseplants are considered tropical plants that grow best on the west coast and mostly southern regions. They are not meant to thrive in humid conditions.
- When growing the fig tree outdoors, be sure to wait until the danger of frost passes.
- Depending on how you want to grow your fiddle-leaf fig plant, you can buy fiddle-leaf figs as a bare tree or shrub to grow indoors or outdoors.
- Repot your figs in early spring with high-quality soil.
- Use the correct pot size to ensure the best growth from your fiddle-leaf fig plant.
Tip: If you like the look of a bare trunk on your fiddle-leaf fig tree it is recommended to remove lower leaves as newer leaves start to emerge and grow horizontally.
Indoor Fiddle-Leaf Fig Care
Adding a fiddle-leaf fig to your indoor flower decor can brighten your home.
- Place the fiddle-leaf fig plant near a window but angled so it does not receive enormous amounts of direct sunlight. During summer or winter, direct sunlight can damage the leaves.
- Fertilize with plant food once a month from spring to fall and quarterly from fall to spring.
- For proper fiddle-leaf fig care, lightly water with lukewarm temperature throughout the week to keep the plant pot from getting dry. Misting daily with a spray bottle is also an option to keep moisture on the green leaves.
- Finally, pruning to get more horizontal growth requires cutting branches at the ‘node,’ the area where the leaf attaches to the branch.
Tip: Leaves require dusting monthly, cradle each leaf in your hand and use a damp rag to wipe the dust off the leaf slowly.
Outdoor Fiddle-Leaf Fig Care
Fiddle-leaf fig plants can thrive outdoors if you live in a sunny area or are looking to transition your houseplant outside. Moving your indoor fiddle-leaf fig plant into an outside garden is a gradual process.
- First, transplant the fiddle-leaf fig into a new pot and change the dirt.
- Over the course of a week, start with leaving it on the patio or porch during the day. Afternoon sun is too strong for the plant, be sure to bring it in towards early evening to get it acclimated to outdoor temperatures.
- Finally, place it in shaded areas with bright, indirect light protecting it from wind and direct sunlight. Filtered light in the morning is good for the plant.
- Because of outdoor environmental factors, water the fiddle-leaf fig every 2-3 days.