Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a beautiful statement plant that adds dimension to any space. My FLF is in the shape of a tree with all its foliage at the top of its trunk like stem. My sweet husband bought me this plant when we lived in California but we moved not too long after we got it. We stuck it in our car and drove halfway across the country to our new home. It is doing well after the adjustment but still has a crook in its stem from our little car.

Light:

When you find a place your FLF likes don’t even think about moving it! They do best with bright, filtered light like that in an east facing window. Any direct light can scorch its leaves. You will notice that your plant may lean toward the sun, that is totally natural, just rotate it every few months. 

Water:

Watch your plant carefully and when the top inch of soil becomes dry give the plant a good drink. Water it until you see water pooling in the saucer. Don’t let your FLF sit in the water for too long as it can cause root rot. Lack of water can cause the leaves to go limp and turn yellow or brown before they drop off altogether. 

Humidity:

The best way to keep you FLF happy is to keep it in a place that is as humid as you can get. They are native to the tropics after all. Eventually they get used to the climate of your home. 

Temperature:

The warmer you can make your FLF the better usually. Though much like with humidity, your fig will eventually get used to your home. Beware of any drafts from nearby windows or air conditioning units. This can lead to the demise of your beloved FLF.

Fertilizer:

Feel free to feed your fig once in the spring time and about every month in the summer. No need to feed in the fall and winter. If you over fertilize, your fig may become leggy or even die so don’t over do it.

Toxicity:

Fiddle Leaf Figs are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion can cause mouth and stomach irritation and even vomiting. The sap from a FLF is irritating to the skin so if you are pruning leaves make sure to wear gloves and wash your hands immediately afterward. 

Bonus:

The Fiddle Leaf Fig has large, interestingly shaped leaves. These collect dust rather fast so it is necessary to wipe them clean with a damp cloth in order to help the plant photosynthesize correctly. You can add one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to a gallon of water to aid in your cleaning process as well as to help protect your plant against insects. 

FLF find a place they thrive and don’t like to be moved. If you move your plant, especially if it is a drastic light or temperature change, be aware that your fig may drop some leaves until it is acclimated again. This process can take two or three weeks. 

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