Fiddle leaf fig care is a bit daunting for new houseplant owners, yet it still continues to grow in popularity. People can’t get enough of this gloriously glossy plant, and honestly, we can’t blame them! Fiddle leaf figs aren’t that difficult to care for, all things considered—it’s just a matter of figuring out their preferences and making sure those basic needs are met. It’s easier than looking after a goldfish, we promise!
The Basics of Fiddle Leaf Fig Care
An indoor fiddle leaf fig plant has all the typical needs of a standard houseplant: water, sunlight, and good soil—they just have specific preferences for how they like it. Achieving the right balance to keep your fiddle leaf fig comfortable will prevent it from losing leaves or turning yellow. Here’s what you need to know so you can master the basics of fiddle leaf fig care:
Watering Your Fiddle Leaf Fig
Overwatering is a guaranteed way to cramp the style of your fiddle leaf fig. The soil will get funky, the leaves will turn yellow, and fierce looks will not be served. To prevent overwatering, you can get a pot with drainage holes that releases excess water so it doesn’t collect in the bottom. However, if you’re absolutely set on a gorgeous container that doesn’t have drainage holes, that’s totally okay. Just avoid pouring an excessive amount of water in the pot, and allow the top few inches of soil to dry out before you get back in there with the watering can.
Proper Light Levels for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig
What’s the trick to making sure your fiddle leaf fig gets the perfect amount of sunshine? Expose it to as much bright light as possible without exposing it to any direct beams. Bright, indirect light will help it grow tall and extra vibrant, but intense sunbeams hitting it directly will scorch the leaves. Turning your plant 45° every time you water it will ensure all sides of the plant receive even amounts of sun.
A large North or East-facing window that isn’t blocked by trees will provide a comfortable amount of sunlight for your plant. Alternatively, you can place a fiddle leaf fig a few feet away from a South or West-facing window, where it won’t get hit by light beams, but the space is still brightly lit. Sheer curtains can also help diffuse bright rays so they don’t hurt your plant.
The Best Soil and Fertilizer for Fiddle Leaf Figs
High-quality fertilizer and potting mix with good drainage is essential for keeping your fiddle leaf fig looking fly. It’s like the difference between feeding someone a healthy, balanced, organic diet, or feeding them nothing but hotdogs. The healthy option will produce much better results!
We recommend using an organic fertilizer with a 3–1–2 NPK ratio. The higher nitrogen content helps your plant produce bigger, brighter leaves—and that’s the whole point, right? Fertilize once per month from March until October, and then stop for the winter so your fiddle leaf fig can take a breather.
Protecting Your Fiddle Leaf Fig
Your poor little defenseless fig tree can’t fend for itself, so be on the lookout for potential threats or signs of damage! A common way that people unknowingly harm their plant is by placing it near a cold draft, like an A/C vent, a fan, or an open window on a blustery day. Try to keep the temperature in your space comfortable and consistent so your plant doesn’t get stressed out.
Sometimes pests can attack your fiddle leaf fig, even if it’s indoors. If you notice any holes chewed through the leaves, fine webbing, spotty marks, or an actual swarm of bugs (yuck), then you’ll want to take action ASAP. Use a natural pest control product that’s safe to use indoors, such as insecticidal soap, neem oil, or pyrethrin spray.
Learning how to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree is so worth it. The fake ones just don’t live up to the hype! OC Succulents has an absolutely stellar selection of real fiddle leaf fig trees for sale, so you can start out small and help it grow, or buy an extra big one that commands attention. Whichever you choose, our experts will be happy to help you with any questions or concerns you have!