The Best Indoor Plant: Fiddle Leaf Trees and How to Propagate

Photographer: Rosemary Fields

A little on the pricey side at the nursery but easily propagated so you can start with just one! The fiddle leaf fig tree is a popular houseplant known for its large, lush, and violin-shaped leaves.

Most home improvement stores and local garden nurseries will have this plant. They take up a lot of space for the ultimate oasis vibe and are easily split so you can continue to plant others.

How to Propagate and Grow More:

So these fiddle leaf trees are like $100 at Lowe’s and let’s be real – there are plenty of other ways to spend $100 so that leaves us with – propagating! This means you’re cutting off a branch to grow another tree entirely.

It’s easy to do, but you will need to start with a healthy, established tree because you will be taking off a larger branch.

  • Choose a branch that seems to be actively growing leaves.
  • Cut at least 9-12″ of the branch.
  • Leave in water with the majority of the branch submersed in water.
  • When you start to see small white roots, take the branch out and pot.

Next, follow these care tips to make sure it grows:

Lighting

Fiddle leaf figs thrive in bright, indirect light. Place your tree near a north-facing window or in a spot where it can receive filtered sunlight throughout the day. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.

Watering

Water your fiddle leaf fig tree thoroughly but infrequently. Allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s important to ensure proper drainage. Be cautious not to let the plant sit in standing water.

Humidity

Fiddle leaf figs prefer a moderately humid environment. You can increase humidity by placing a tray of water near the tree or by using a humidifier. Misting the leaves occasionally can also help, but avoid misting excessively as it can lead to fungal issues.

Temperature

Fiddle leaf figs prefer temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Protect them from drafts and keep them away from cold windows during winter months. They can be sensitive to temperature fluctuations, so try to maintain a consistent environment.

Fertilization

Feed your fiddle leaf fig tree with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) every two to four weeks. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for the appropriate dosage.

Pruning

Prune your fiddle leaf fig tree to maintain its shape and size. Remove any dead, damaged, or yellowing leaves. You can also trim back overgrown branches to promote bushier growth. Use clean, sharp pruning shears to make clean cuts.

Cleaning

Dust can accumulate on the leaves, hindering their ability to photosynthesize properly. Wipe the leaves gently with a damp cloth or use a leaf shine product specifically designed for indoor plants to keep them clean and shiny.

Repotting

Fiddle leaf figs appreciate being slightly root-bound, so you don’t need to repot them frequently. However, if the roots start to outgrow the pot, you can repot them in a slightly larger container using well-draining soil.

Remember, each fiddle leaf fig tree is unique, and its care requirements may vary. Regularly check the plant for signs of pests, such as spider mites or mealybugs, and take appropriate action if necessary. With proper care, your fiddle leaf fig tree can grow into a beautiful and healthy indoor plant that will last forever!

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ROSEMARY FIELDS

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