Dominating the Houseplant Enthusiasts' abodes and the social media for the last few years, Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees are a trend that simply doesn't wanna go. Spawning over design publications, adding to the glitz and drama to a setting- this tropical rainforest plant is quite the antithesis of low-maintenance. A finicky plant with a towering stature, and distinguished elegant leaves, it adds a luxurious air to any space they are placed at. However, there is more than it meets the eye when it comes for these houseplants.
Did you know that being finicky tropical plants, Fiddles are the one indoor variety that just doesn't like to stay in a pot!
Challenges of Growing Fiddle Leaf Figs
With an ardent passion for warm and humid conditions, Fiddle Leaf Figs makes one challenging houseplant to maintain with your relatively cool interiors. Though they are quite the durable ones out there, and can withstand environments not very favorable for growth. Even though they have dominated the indoors with their eminence, their need for steamy conditions, on fulfilment, will ensure that your plant expands and expedite the debonair it holds.
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Care Guide For Fiddle Leaf Fig Plants
With that, let's hop into knowing a little more about this Insta-worthy Plant!
Possibly one of the fussiest plants around, Fiddle Leaf Figs do not like excess of anything - too much sunlight, not enough sunlight, direct sunlight, dry soil, wet soil, dry air, cold air and so on. To adjust the conditions, closely observe the way your plant is growing. If a Fiddle is happy, it will not only outgrow your pot, but also your house (Yep, no kidding!) Remember, when we said before, that Fiddles just don't like to remain potted, we certainly meant that!
Did you know that Fiddle Leaf Figs can reach a height of 50 feet in their native outdoors!
When it comes to light, flush the plant with the brightest spot in your house for an entire day of filtered light. A window is your Fiddle Leaf Fig's best friend. With no access to direct sunlight (which might burn the leaves, if exposed for too long) and ample exposure to indirect light, you can be certain that your plant will soon grow that beautiful dark green foliage. Too little light will stunt the growth, limiting the plant's height. Proper light ensures that the leaves are darker in colour, glossier and larger. Not only does it grow the leaves well, but also accelerates propagation.
Soil & Watering
Soil is an equally important aspect- it can, quite literally, make or break the health of your plant. Use a well-draining potting mix for the plant. Fiddle Leaf Figs like their soil to be moderately moist. Signs of under-watering include limp, wilted and lighter leaves while over-watering often causes browning and root rot. Use a humidifier to maintain the humidity around the plant so that it can replicate its wild conditions helping it grow better. If a humidifier is not available, you can also mist the leaves with about 100ml of water per day in the mornings- make sure the leaf crevices do not have a lot of water accumulated, otherwise it might lead to fungal infections.
Now that you know about the care, let us talk about some other pointers when it comes to these lovely plants.
As much as we would LOVE to fill our corner spaces with a leaf rooting in a mason jar, sadly, a rooted leaf doesn't give rise to a whole plant. Popular methods of propagation when it comes to Fiddles with high success rates are Tip Cuttingand Air-Layering. Fiddles have a tendency to sprout back from the trunk- and this not only encourages branching but also makes your plant look bushier.
This might come as a sad blow to the furry parents who would love their pets to have a leafy friend. Fiddle Leaf Figs are known to be poisonous to dogs - with symptoms including oral irritation, excessive drooling, and vomiting.
BIG is not always BETTER
When it comes to Fiddle Leaf Fig Plants, you need to be wary about it outgrowing than turning a rainbow of browns and yellows. In fact (and weird to say!), an unhappy Fiddle is WAY easier to manage than a TOO happy Fiddle. There are various varieties of Fiddles - like Bambino, that have a relatively smaller height and functions best if you are looking for a bushy plant, but won't touch your ceiling.
Okay. So the plant is not bottom bushy but has a canopy on top? Fear not! When it comes to Fiddle, it might just be their nature. You can still decorate the plant with a slender Dracaena or Euphorbia variety. After all, it is all about how you decorate the space.
Need Guidance For Your Fiddle Plant
If all else fails, but you still are hung up on that one plant and desperately want it, our team of Plant Experts are always here to assist you regarding the care and maintenance of the plant. Now you can own your Fiddle Leaf Fig, learn about it and let it grow beautifully in that lighted corner of your house.
Buy Fiddle Leaf Fig Plants
Get your own Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant and start your plant journey with us! You can get them in medium & tall sizes. If you're not sure about which one to go for, we would recommend getting a smaller sized one first & getting used to its care routine. Once you're confident, go for the larger size to add that extra pizzaz to your indoor home decor.