Fiddle-leaf fig trees are a popular houseplant that can add a touch of greenery to any home. Their
unique foliage can add a chic, tropical flair to an indoor space. For anyone with a green thumb,
caring for your fiddle-leaf fig tree will be some work, but it’s also a welcomed task, as
maintaining it will likely fit right into your daily plant-tending routine. If you are still learning
how to keep your houseplants thriving, you might want your fiddle leaf fig tree to be your one
and only. It requires just the right amount of attention to training any novice planter who dreams
of a home full of verdant and lush potted plants.
The fiddle-leaf fig tree is an exotic plant indigenous to the rainforests of coastal West Africa,
where it has been flourishing for millions of years. It has an odd growth pattern in that it grows
from the top of banyan trees (its host tree) instead of from the ground, making it a truly unique
species. From atop the banyan tree, the fiddle-leaf fig tree flourishes, all the while blocking the
sunlight and preventing the banyan tree from receiving vital resources down below the broad,
fiddle-shaped leaves of the fig tree. In nature, the fiddle leaf fig tree shares its name with the tree
it thrives upon, the banyan tree, and it is often referred to as the banyan fig tree.
In its wild and natural habitat, where it has the freedom to grow in all its untamed glory, the
fiddle leaf fig tree grows as tall as 50 feet high and produces a significant amount of edible fruit.
When grown indoors, if properly cared for, it can reach as tall as 10 feet. Due to its tropical
nature, maintaining these trees indoors is rather tedious, but it’s not hard. They do, however,
require a minimum temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are a few tips for keeping your
fiddle-leaf fig tree healthy and happy in your home:
Place the tree in a spot where it will get an abundance of bright but indirect sunlight.
Keep it out of direct sunlight, as this will scorch the plant's leaves. You may find you
need to move it around to find the perfect place with just the right amount of light.
Water the tree when the top one or two inches of the soil becomes dry. There may be as
many as 7-10 days between waterings. Don't over-water your fiddle-leaf fig tree. The soil
should never be soggy but should always be moist. You can water it from the top or from
Since they are used to living in the rainforest, fiddle-leaf fig trees like humidity, so mist
the leaves lightly with water using a gentle spraying plant mister or hand spritzer every
few days to keep them hydrated.
Fertilize your plant once a month or, at minimum, every 6-8 weeks. Fiddle-leaf fig trees
will flourish with regular fertilization during the spring and summer seasons. Use a liquid
fertilizer diluted to half-strength to avoid overloading the plant with nutrients. This will
promote healthy and long-term growth.
Prune any dead leaves that turn brown or yellow. These pants of an otherwise thriving
plant will use up all the resources that are better used by the healthier growth so that new,
bushy foliage can thrive.
Rotate your tree periodically so it grows evenly. Plants tend to grow towards the light.
Rotating it once a week will prevent a lopsided plant.
Dust and dirt can build up on the leaves, so wipe them with a damp cloth occasionally to
keep them clean.
Finally, keep an eye out for pests and fungus, which can be hard to spot but can cause big
problems if left unchecked.
With the right care, your fiddle leaf fig tree can be a beautiful addition to your home for many
years to come. These plants are a great conversation piece, especially the bigger they get. Add a
touch of class to your home with a fiddle leaf fig tree from Flower Works .