I love real vs. faux but caring for real plants can be tricky. Here are some helpful tips on how to care for a Fiddle Leaf Tree.
When it comes to indoor plants and greenery I like the real deal. Faux options are fine and I use faux greenery from time to time but I prefer to bring the outdoors inside; plus fresh plants not only look great but they clean the air too.
When it comes to indoor plants over the years I’ve not always had a green thumb so when my husband purchased me this Fiddle Leaf Tree I was skeptical of my indoor plant skills and had to learn quickly how to take of this tree investment.
We’ve had the tree over two years now and I’m happy to report it’s going strong and I’ve learned quite a bit while caring for it. Here are some do’s and don’ts if you have a Fiddle Leaf or if you are contemplating purchasing one.
Find the Right Spot in Your House
Fiddle Leaf Trees do not like full sunlight; they are from the rain forest where the sunlight is not direct. Find a place in your home that gets some gentle rays coming through a window part of the day.
Once you find the perfect place for your plant, try to keep it in that spot as they like a consistent environment. You can however rotate the pot from time to time. Since these plants grow toward the sunlight, this will encourage it to grow straight up instead of leaning to one side.
Remember that your Fiddle Leaf likes a consistent environment. This also applies to temperature and humidity so it’s best to keep your tree away from air vents.
Watering Your Fiddle Leaf
Once you have found the perfect location now you want to keep it hydrated, however; the number one rule is “Do Not Over Water!” Most plants need water every couple of days, but this tree is different; wait at least an entire week between waterings.
The top few inches of soil should be dry before giving it more water. You can check the moisture level by sticking your finger one to two inches into the dirt. If it feels damp or moist, that means it is too soon to give your plant more water. It should feel dry to the touch.
How Much water to give?
When you do water your plant, it needs to be a deep watering. These plants are used to living in the rain forests, where there is heavy rainfall, and then long periods of no rain.
This table will help you know how much water to use based your plant’s height.
|Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Height||Amount of Water|
|Less than 2 ft||1 cup|
|Between 2 – 3 ft||2 cups|
|Taller than 3 ft||3 cups|
After some time, the condition of the plant’s leaves will tell you if you are giving it too much water or not enough.
If you are seeing new leaves budding then that is also a great sign you are taking care of your tree correctly. YAY! Good news for me.
Signs of Too Much Water
- Leaves turning yellowish-brown starting at the bottom of the plant
- Brown or dark spots forming in the middle of the leaf
- Leaves falling off
- Musty smell coming from the soil and roots indicating root rot
Signs of Not Enough Water
- Brown or dark spots form on the edges of the leaves
- Brown spots on leaves all over the plant, not just near the bottom
I hope these tips will help you grow big, healthy, and beautiful Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees. Taking care of these plants is definitely a learning process, but if you make sure and cover the three bases I mentioned, you should be good!