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Fiddle Leaf Fig Care

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is easily recognizable and loved for its distinctive foliage. This tall, dramatic plant has very large, heavily veined, violin-shaped leaves that grow upright.

How to care for your Fiddle Leaf Fig

Use these instructions to care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig. This guide will tell you how to water a Fiddle Leaf Fig; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Fiddle Leaf Fig


Your Fiddle Leaf Fig will grow best with consistent, bright, filtered light. Turn the plant every few months once it begins to lean towards the light. It will prefer an east-facing, sunny window as afternoon sun from a south or west facing window will be too strong and will burn the leaves.


Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil becomes dry, then thoroughly drench until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the water level is high so as not to drown the roots. If your plant does not get enough water, the leaves will become limp and floppy, eventually turning brown or yellow before falling off.


As a native to the tropics, Fiddle Leaf Figs thrive in warm, wet conditions. Mist the leaves to increase humidity around your plant, especially in the drier winter months.


The Fiddle Leaf Fig enjoys warmer temperatures, but adapts easily to your home or office climate. However, it does not like cold drafts, so make sure you seal up drafty areas before situating your fig.


For best results, feed your plant once during the spring and monthly throughout the summer. Over-fertilization can cause the Fiddle Leaf Fig to grow leggy and can even kill it. A little bit of food will go a long way to encourage growth and root health. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.


Large leaves can collect dust. If you notice the leaves are dirty or dusty, wipe them with a damp cloth and gently dry to keep them clean and healthy. You can also add a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to one gallon of water as a precaution against insects. Fiddle Leaf Figs do not like to be moved—if necessary to move your plant, be prepared for some leaf drop until it is acclimated again in approximately 2-3 weeks.


Fiddle Leaf Fig leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

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What's a Fiddle Leaf Fig?

Botanical Classification: Ficus lyrata


The Fiddle Leaf Fig is easily recognizable and loved for its distinctive foliage. This tall, dramatic plant has very large, heavily veined, violin-shaped leaves that grow upright. 

Native to the tropical climate of Western Africa, the Fiddle Leaf Fig thrives in very warm, bright, and humid conditions. This can make them somewhat challenging to grow indoors, but they are relatively tough and can withstand less than perfect conditions.

They will thrive in an area with bright, filtered light or an eastern facing window. Careful watering and warmer temperatures will help Fiddle Leaf Fig thrive.

Fun Fact

Contrary to its name, the indoor Fiddle Leaf Fig tree produces no fruit.

Pictured Left: Fiddle Leaf Fig
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Don’t be alarmed if your Fiddle Leaf Fig drops a few leaves upon arriving at your home. Your plant is simply adjusting to its new environment and will be acclimated in no time!
- Plant Mom

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Tall, sculptural, and dramatic. This plant will flourish in the right conditions.
needs a bit of extra care, bright indirect light
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