Tips for Growing Fiddle Leaf Figs

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I looooove fiddle leaf figs. I first noticed them in Wilson's office on House, of all places. I'd get so distracted admiring the plant that I'd have to rewind to catch the dialogue. Now that I have my own fiddle leaf fig, it's affectionately known as "the Wilson plant." The good news is, if I can take care of one, you can too. Here are some tips for keeping them healthy and happy.

A fiddle leaf fig in the home of Nicole, from Making It Lovely.
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Water your fig tree when only the top inch of soil is dry. Test this by sticking your finger in the soil. Pretty soon you'll figure out about how often you need to water. Keep in mind that this may fluctuate based on seasonal humidity, etc.

A pair of fig trees in a living room from Lonny.
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Keep your fiddle leaf fig in bright, indirect light. In other words, you want it to have a lot of light, but not sunbeams falling directly on it.

Fertilize once a month during growing seasons, but not in winter.

A fiddle leaf fig spotted in Lauren's Happy, Inspired Studio, photographed for Apartment Therapy by Kim Lucian.
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Repotting or Trimming the Root Ball
When roots begin to grow out of the bottom of the pot, either re-pot into a container that's a couple inches bigger or trim the rootball, being sure not to reduce the roots by more than 20 percent. (This latter option also keeps the plant from getting too big, if that's a concern).

A fiddle leaf fig in a living room styled by Emily Henderson, spotted on Centsational Girl.
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Cleaning the Leaves
Because of their large surface, fiddle leaf fig leaves tend to collect a lot of dust. To keep the plant healthy (dust can block light absorption), wipe dust off with a soft cloth.

Do you have any personally successful tips? Are you willing to try growing one?


(Image credits: Kim Lucian; Making it Lovely; Lonny; Emily Henderson)

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