HOW TO: CARE FOR YOUR FIDDLE LEAF FIG
Tall, dark and trendy, fiddle leaf fig trees are everywhere. And if you’re not familiar with the fiddle leaf fig just yet, a quick flip through any design magazine or blog and you’ll spot one in short order. This interior plant has come to its current popularity with good reason. With its height, dramatic shape, and sculptured dark leaves, the Ficus lyrata’s bold silhouette is perfect for today’s modern, minimalist aesthetic. Available in bush or in tree form, it will continue to grow until told to stop, meaning that pruning may be required to maintain an appropriate scale.
A fiddle leaf fig will take any room from drab to fab!
Here are a few basic tips for keeping your fiddle leaf fig healthy and happy in your home:
- Light – First off, fiddle leaf figs like a good amount of sun. The best spot in your home for your fig is one that provides four hours or more of indirect sunlight each day.
- Soil – These plants require a rich well-draining, peaty soil.
- Temperature: This is the hardest part about caring for a fiddle-leaf fig tree: they do not like change. Make sure yours stays in a temperature-controlled environment between 60 and 75 degrees throughout the year.
- Water -During the summer months, water your fig tree when the top three inches of soil is dry. In the winter months, allow the four top inches of soil to dry down before watering. Test this by sticking your finger in the soil. Pretty soon you’ll figure out about how often you need to water. Keep in mind that this may fluctuate based on seasonal humidity, etc. Though it’s hard for some of us to resist over-watering, water only when soil is dry to the touch. When you water, water thoroughly, and allow it to dry down again. If your plant isn’t getting enough water, the upper leaves will turn brown, while if they are over watered, the lower leaves will brown and drop.
- Clean – Those big, showy leaves are also great dust collectors, so be sure to dust and wipe leaves with water or leaf shine when needed. Regular cleaning will keep your plant healthy, shiny, and able to absorb the light that it needs.
Come in and check out our amazing selection of fiddle leaf figs! With good light, soil and general care, your fiddle leaf fig can will grow with you for years to come.
Come visit us in store and one of our experts can help you pick out the proper pot, soil (and fertilizer) for your fiddle leaf fig.
Words by Sarah Carson @the.botanical