Sharing recommendations on deal with a fiddle leaf fig tree, how typically to water it, how a lot water, how a lot daylight, all of these essential questions!
Meet Frida Kahlo. She’s our attractive fiddle leaf fig plant that greets everybody who walks into our dwelling.
Frida receives SO many compliments each in actual life and on-line, and I typically get questions on deal with the following pointers for vegetation.
I hesitated to put in writing this put up as a result of I was a infamous plant killer. Over the previous handful of years, I’ve FINALLY discovered my groove, and whereas I really feel fairly assured about my routine, I’m nonetheless scared to jinx something.
I can’t assist however worry that as SOON as I publish this put up, Frida’s leaves begin to recoil and burst into flames. However I’m going to go for it.
I hope you discover some useful ideas right here and my fellow fiddle leaf lovers, please share your high ideas within the feedback.
What Is A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
A fiddle leaf fig plant can be known as a Ficus lyrata. They’re tropical timber that do extraordinarily effectively outside in reasonable and humid environments.
Over the previous 10 years or so, they’ve surged in recognition. Fiddle leaf figs generally grace journal covers, Instagram, and Pinterest posts.
It’s a stunning houseplant that may add to the aesthetic attraction of your area and generally is a gorgeous, architectural assertion in your house. It makes a decor impression and can be infamous for being a difficult houseplant to maintain alive.
On this put up, I’m sharing tried and examined recommendations on deal with a fiddle-leaf fig tree, discover time to repot it, and preserve it trying lush, wholesome, and thriving for a very long time.
How To Take Care Of A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
Correct Placement and Lighting Necessities
The important thing with fiddle leaf figs, tropical vegetation, and home vegetation is to discover a place in your house the place they’ll be completely satisfied. Often, it is a north or south-facing window, the place it will probably get numerous daylight. These vegetation additionally are inclined to do effectively in areas with excessive ceilings, skylights, and enormous home windows. When you dwell in an space that isn’t well-lit, you should use a develop gentle. I’m in a fiddle leaf Fb group (obsessed) and plenty of members use develop lights on their vegetation. Have a look across the space and be sure you don’t have AC vents that shall be blowing straight on the plant.
Whereas the solar is an efficient factor, be careful for an excessive amount of scorching solar on the plant as a result of it will probably trigger sunburn. We’ve one other fiddle leaf, Fred, who was forgotten outdoors and was sunburned. He had brown spots for fairly some time however has lastly recovered. Shiny, oblique gentle is often greatest. Lightening situations make all of the distinction.
Okay, so there are fairly just a few strategies right here: the cup methodology (watering a small quantity regularly) or the extra rare methodology (LOTS of watering about as soon as every week). I discovered that the cup methodology did NOT work for me. She was dropping leaves like loopy and I used to be pacing across the plant, attempting to determine what the heck was taking place. A sport changer: the water meter! I ordered this from Amazon and checked her water each 7-10 days. I ONLY water the plant when the soil dries and the meter reaches a moisture degree 2 or 3, after which I soak the heck out of it. I’ll use 4 giant measuring bowls filled with filtered water and drench the soil. (Frida prefers filtered water from the fridge and never from the sink. Our ranges right here in Tucson are too acidic and it was affecting her leaves.)
Earlier than watering, use the water meter or a chopstick to poke holes within the soil – don’t fear it won’t disturb the roots. This may assist to oxygenate the soil and the water to stream by means of extra freely. A great rule of thumb for the quantity of water to make use of: water till it begins to come back out of the drainage holes after which go away it alone.
A notice: fiddle leaf figs LOVE rain and I really feel like rainwater is so a lot better for vegetation than sink water. Name me loopy, however they reply in another way. If it rains, drag your sturdier vegetation outdoors!
Tip: earlier than you pot your fiddle leaf fig, preserve it within the pot from the nursery within the space of your own home the place it is going to dwell. This fashion, it will probably have time to regulate to the lighting and setting earlier than you additional shock the plant by repotting. For potting soil, just be sure you use one thing that allows water to stream by means of as a substitute of holding the water, which may trigger root rot. They promote particular soil for fiddle leaf figs, and I do know many who’ve had good luck with cactus/succulent soil. I used Miracle Develop potting soil and it labored effectively. Verify along with your nursery to see what potting combine they advocate in your local weather.
While you pot the fiddle leaf fig, you don’t want an infinite pot as the foundation system doesn’t want a ton of room to increase. They really do higher after they’re barely sure, and plenty of fiddle leaf figs do effectively within the preliminary pot from the nursery. I’d select a pot round that dimension, or barely greater. Essential: be sure the pot has a drainage gap so the water can simply stream by means of. I additionally prefer to put small rocks on the backside of a pot earlier than including the plant and soil, so water can simply transfer by means of and forestall root rot.
You don’t *have* to fertilize your plant if the soil is wholesome and the plant is flourishing. When you discover that it wants slightly increase, I like this fertilizer combined with filtered water. (It was too acidic with our sink water and triggered issues, so I ended utilizing it.) When you select to make use of fertilizer, do that twice a yr: as soon as in the summertime and as soon as within the winter.
Misting! As I discussed earlier than, FLFs love humid environments. When you dwell in a dry local weather, misting could make a optimistic impression on the leaves. You’ll be able to place a humidifier on low near your plant, or sometimes mist by hand. I exploit this mister from Amazon and solely mist the leaves after I water (as soon as each 7-12 days). I mist the leaves after which wipe off any mud with a paper towel. This fashion, dusty leaves don’t hinder the power to get daylight.
Weak trunks: I’ve heard of individuals gently shaking their tree’s trunks each few days, particularly in the event that they’re weaker/smaller. That is to stimulate the excessive winds and encourage a stronger trunk. I haven’t accomplished this for Frida, however might do that for Fred.
Enjoyable notice: fiddle leaf figs will develop as excessive as their ceiling permits. Our ceilings are 30 toes tall, and I HOPE SHE GROWS THIS HUGE with all my coronary heart.
I’ve discovered that these vegetation are greatest left alone, so I’d solely advocate repotting if completely mandatory. (It could trigger stress for the vegetation and we don’t wish to stress them out!) Some websites advocate repotting each 2-3 years to get contemporary vitamins from the soil, however I really feel like if the plant is completely satisfied, go away it alone haha. Some indicators you would possibly wish to repot: the soil is pulling away from the perimeters and you may see numerous roots, a bacterial an infection (numerous brown spots on the leaves), or root rot. You’ll be able to keep away from root rot by ensuring there’s numerous drainage and avoiding overwatering.
If you could repot, shake off the surplus soil from the roots, and trim away any of the roots’ ends which are overgrown. (It’s like giving it a haircut.) When you see any mushy roots, trim these off too. Place right into a pot with just a few inches of soil, encompass with numerous contemporary new soil, and water.
Okay, pals! That’s all I’ve acquired for ya, and I’ll add extra to this put up as I consider new ideas.
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