Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig

☀️Light

Your Fiddle Leaf Fig will grow best with consistent, bright light. We recommend placing it less than 3 feet away from an East, South or West facing window.

Turn the plant every few months as it will lean towards the light.

💦Water

Water when the top half of the soil becomes dry - use a chopstick or moisture meter to check. Then, when it's ready for water, thoroughly drench until the water drains into the saucer. 

Don't let your plant sit in excess water. This can lead to root rot.

🌡Temperature

Being from tropical climates like many houseplants, the Fiddle Leaf Fig enjoys warmer temperatures, but adapts easily to your home. If you're warm and comfortable, it will be comfortable too.

However, it does not like drafts, so make sure to place it away from radiators vents or unsealed windows.

🌱Additional care

Fiddle Leaf Figs have broad leaves which can attract dust. If you notice a buildup of dust, wipe them with a damp cloth. This'll allow them to absorb maximum sunlight and keep them healthy and happy.

Fiddle Leaf Figs can react a bit dramatically to being moved - they're supposed to be growing in one spot in the ground after all. If you need to move to move your plant, you may see some leaf drop until it is acclimated again in approximately 2-3 weeks.

🐈Toxicity

Fiddle Leaf Fig leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets if eaten. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting. Me-ow!

🧐Common problems (and what to do)

Your plant is showing some unusual signs that have you worried. Don't panic, we're here to help you and your plant get through this!

Leaf dropping

Leaf dropping can be a bit unnerving, but it's quite common even in healthy Ficuses like the Fiddle Leaf Fig. It is commonly due to changes in the plant's immediate environment like temperature, humidity or light.

The most likely culprit however, is insufficient light. Make sure your FLF is getting lots of bright, indirect light - less than 5 feet from a West, East or South facing window but out of direct sunlight. Supplementing with a grow light is also a great idea.

The other common suspect in leaf dropping is dry air, which is particularly common in the winter or if your plant is close to a vent or drafty window. Try moving your plant away from any of these, or use a pebble tray humidifier nearby to increase moisture in the air.

Red spots on leaves

Red spots on new FLF leaves are extremely common and is called Edema. the good news is that a new leaf that emerges with red spots will eventually grow out and get greener and less spotty as they mature.

To avoid those red spots on new leaves though, ensure that your FLF is getting enough water. Feel 3–4 inches into the soil. Is it damp or dry to the touch? If the soil is dry more than 50% of the way down the pot, the roots of your Fiddle Leaf may not be getting enough water. Give your Fiddle Leaf a good drink. Make sure that when you water, you’re watering slowly until water flows freely from the bottom of the pot where the roots reside and into the saucer. Always empty the saucer of any standing water.

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