The Ultimate Guide to Ficus Lyrata Care: Keep Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Thriving

The Ultimate Guide to Ficus Lyrata Care: Keep Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Thriving

The fiddle leaf fig, with its enormous, glossy green leaves, is a popular houseplant that adds a touch of sophistication to any space. But let's face it, these beauties can be a bit finicky and intimidating.

Luckily, with a little know-how about Ficus Lyrata care, your fiddle leaf fig can thrive, bringing a touch of the tropics to your home.

So, are you ready to get your green fingers dirty?

Let's dig in!

Understanding Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

Originally found in the rainforests of West Africa, the fiddle leaf fig (Ficus Lyrata) enjoys warm, humid environments with plenty of indirect sunlight.

Think dappled sunlight filtering through the rainforest canopy, not the harsh afternoon sun.

Your Ficus Lyrata Care Guide

Caring for these big-leafed wonders isn't difficult but requires some effort and careful watching.

The first thing you should know about them is that these leafy friends don't like surprises. Keeping watering, lighting, and placement consistent is key to happy fiddle leaf fig care.

As mentioned, they love bright, indirect light. For best results, place your plant near a south-facing window with a sheer curtain to allow just the right amount of sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can harm the leaves.

Regularly misting the leaves or placing the pot on a pebble tray filled with water is ideal for creating a more humid environment for your plants.

Watering Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

Overwatering is a common enemy of fiddle leaf figs—these plants like consistent moisture but not soggy soil.

The best way to water is to check the soil. Stick your finger down an inch or two – if it feels dry, it's watering time.

Don't drench the plant; water it thoroughly until water runs out the drainage holes. Allow the soil to dry out a bit before giving it another drink.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Food for Thought

When your fiddle leaf fig is growing in the spring and summer months, give it a drink of fertilizer every few weeks (about once a month). A balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength is perfect.

When growth slows in the fall and winter, ease off on the fertilizer.

Giving Your Fiddle Leaf Fig a New Home

As your fiddle leaf fig grows, it will eventually need a bigger pot.

Repot your fiddle leaf fig when you notice roots growing out of the drainage holes or when the plant becomes top-heavy and unstable.

Choose a pot only a couple of inches larger than the current one to avoid overwatering.

Repot in spring or summer using a well-draining potting mix.

Pruning and Shaping Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

Want a bushier fiddle leaf fig? Regular pruning encourages new growth. Pinch off new growth at the tips to promote branching. You can also use pruning to control the height of your plant.

Common Fiddle Leaf Fig Problems

Is your fiddle leaf fig looking a bit under the weather? Don't be too hard on yourself; even the best plant parents encounter problems sometimes.

Here's how to tackle some common fiddle leaf fig problems.

  • Leaf Drop. This can be caused by underwatering, overwatering, sudden changes in light or temperature, or pests. Check your watering habits and avoid moving your plant around too much.
  • Droopy Leaves. This is often a sign of underwatering. Give your plant a nice, deep soak, and tweak your watering routine accordingly.
  • Brown Spots. These can be caused by sunburn, underwatering, or even a lack of humidity. Adjust your watering routine, move the plant away from direct sunlight, and consider using a humidifier.
  • Pests. Mealybugs and scale are common pests on fiddle leaf figs. You can treat them with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Ready to Bring a Fiddle Leaf Fig Home?

With its stunning good looks and a little TLC, a fiddle leaf fig can become a cherished part of your home decor. 

Visit our online shop for a healthy fiddle leaf fig and all the supplies you need to care for it.

We offer fiddle leaf fig trees, expert advice, and same-day delivery in Ottawa so that you can enjoy your new plant right away.

H4: Visit Terra Plants & Flowers today and let your fiddle leaf fig obsession begin!