Fun with Ficus: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Here at Houseplant Haven, we carry 22 types of ficus plants! Today, we’re going to tell you about one of our favorites, Fiddle Leaf Fig.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig is extremely popular on social media, with entire hashtags devoted to admiration for its large glossy leaves, its significant growth habits, and the care required for the plant to thrive. This plant can grow quite tall, although it will do so more slowly in your home than in the wild.  Fiddle Leaf Fig is a true statement plant that pairs well with modern decor styles like Boho Chic, Scandinavian modern, and even classic Georgian colonial.

Here are some things to know about Fiddle Leaf Fig care:

  • Fiddle leaf fig was born in moist tropical jungles. Replicate this habitat by placing the plant in a warm, bright space and by routinely misting water around, but not on, the leaves.
  • Rotate your plant frequently so different parts of the plant can face sunlight. This way your plant will grow evenly, and all the leaves will be able to experience similar exposure to sun.  Routinely dust leaves with a soft damp cloth. Remarkably, even this small gesture of love toward your plant will allow it to access more sunlight for photosynthesis.
  • When you water fiddle leaf fig, be sure to do so thoroughly, allowing the water to drain out from your pot, flushing out any salts, toxins, or impurities that build up in the soil. 

New ficus parents may be worried when their plant starts to drop leaves, or when leaves turn brown. More than likely this is a natural phenomenon. The plant has a sap turns the leaf brown when exposed to air. If you notice excessive browning or leaf drop, this could be because the plant needs more humidity or nutrition. Trim off any damaged or dead leaves as they arise, as they no longer benefit the plant.
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 Light – Needs Bright, Filtered Light. Will rapidly deteriorate in dim lighting. 

 Water – Keep soil evenly moist at all times. This may require watering multiple times each week. Do not overwater or leave plant sitting in water.
️ Fertilizer – Feed bi-weekly during the growing season with a fertilizer diluted at least 50%. Find a favorite fertilizer in any of our stores. 
Repotting -Change dirt and transplant to a a larger pot annually. This plant naturally wants to become large, and therefore needs both spacial height and room for roots to extend.
If you notice pests on your plant, use the least chemically potent pesticide. We recommend Neem oil

Further Thoughts

If you’re thinking about creating a houseplant haven in your bedroom, office, or living room, visit Homestead Gardens in Smyrna, DE,  Davidsonville, MD or Severna Park, MD. Our houseplant department managers and store associates are ready to help you figure out what plant will work best for you! Get directions here.