Your Fiddle Leaf Fig will grow best with consistent, indirect bright light. We recommend less than 5 feet away from a large East, South or West facing window.
Turn the plant every few months once it begins to lean towards the light.
Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil becomes dry, then thoroughly drench until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the water level is high so as not to drown the roots.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig enjoys warmer temperatures, but adapts easily to your home or office climate. However, it does not like cold drafts, so make sure you seal up drafty areas before situating your fig.
Large leaves can collect dust. If you notice the leaves are dirty or dusty, wipe them with a damp cloth and gently dry to keep them clean and healthy. You can also add a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to one gallon of water as a precaution against insects.
Fiddle Leaf Figs do not like to be moved—if necessary to move your plant, be prepared for some leaf drop until it is acclimated again in approximately 2-3 weeks.
Fiddle Leaf Fig leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
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 can be a bit unnerving, but it's quite common even in healthy Ficuses like the Fiddle Leaf Fig. It is commonly due to change that results in a change in temperature, humidity or light, none of which Ficuses like.
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 if your plant is close to a vent or a drafty window.
Red spots on leaves
Red spots on new FLF leaves are extremely common, and 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.