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 your Fiddle Leaf Fig, its light, temperature, and humidity preferences, and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.
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 inch 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 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.