Sharing recommendations on the way to deal with a fiddle leaf fig tree, how usually to water it, how a lot water, how a lot daylight, all of these necessary questions!
Meet Frida Kahlo. She’s our attractive fiddle leaf fig plant that greets everybody who walks into our residence. Frida receives SO many compliments each in real-life and on-line, and I usually get questions on the way to deal with the following pointers of vegetation. I hesitated to jot down this publish 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 marvel if Frida will recoil her leaves and burst into flames as soon as I press publish on this publish, however I’m going to go for it. I hope you discover some useful suggestions right here and my fellow fiddle leaf lovers, please share your high suggestions within the feedback!!
A fiddle leaf fig plant can be known as a Ficus lyrata. They’re tropical timber that do extraordinarily properly 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 lovely houseplant that may add to the aesthetic attraction to your area, and generally is a gorgeous, architectural assertion in your house. It makes a decor affect, and can be infamous for being a difficult houseplant to maintain alive. On this publish, I’m sharing tried and examined recommendations on the way to deal with a fiddle leaf fig tree and hold 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 this can be a north or south going through window, the place it may possibly get plenty of daylight. These vegetation additionally are likely to do properly in areas with excessive ceilings, sky lights, and enormous home windows. If you happen to dwell in an space that’s not well-lit, you need to use a grow light. 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 to don’t have AC vents that shall be blowing immediately on the plant.
Whereas solar is an effective factor, be careful for an excessive amount of sizzling son on the plant as a result of it may possibly trigger sunburn. We’ve got one other fiddle leaf, Fred, who was forgotten exterior and was sunburned. He had brown spots for fairly some time, however has lastly recovered.
Okay, so there are fairly a number of strategies right here: the cup technique (watering a small quantity incessantly) or the extra rare technique (LOTS of water each 7-12 days). I discovered that the cup technique did NOT work for me. She was dropping leaves like loopy and I used to be pacing across the plant, making an attempt to determine what the heck was taking place. A recreation changer: the water meter! I ordered this off Amazon and verify her water each 7-10 days. I ONLY water the plant when the soil dries and the meter reaches a degree 2 or 3, after which I soak the heck out of it. I’ll use 4 massive measuring bowls stuffed 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 – it is not going to disturb the roots. This can assist to oxygenate the soil and the water to circulation by extra freely. A superb rule of thumb: water till it begins to return out of the drainage holes after which depart it alone.
A observe: fiddle leaf figs LOVE rain and I really feel like rain water is so a lot better for vegetation than sink water. Name me loopy, however they reply in a different way. If it rains, drag your sturdier vegetation exterior!
Tip: earlier than you pot your fiddle leaf fig, hold it within the pot from the nursery within the space of your own home the place it can dwell. This manner, it may possibly have time to regulate to the lighting and setting earlier than you additional shock the plant by repotting. For potting soil, just remember to use one thing that allows water to circulation by 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 properly. Test along with your nursery to see what they advocate in your local weather.
If you pot the fiddle leaf fig, you don’t want an infinite pot because the roots don’t want a ton of room to develop. They really do higher after they’re barely sure, and plenty of fiddle leaf figs do properly within the preliminary pot from the nursery. I’d choose one thing round that dimension, or barely greater. Necessary: be certain the pot has a drainage gap so the water can simply circulation by. 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 although and forestall root rot.
You don’t *have* to fertilize your plant if the soil is wholesome and the plant is prospering. If you happen to discover that it wants slightly enhance, I like this fertilizer blended with filtered water. (It was too acidic with our sink water and induced issues, to I finished utilizing it.) If you happen to 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! Like I discussed earlier than, FLFs love humid environments. If you happen to dwell in a dry local weather, misting could make a constructive affect on the leaves. You may place a humidifier on low near your plant, or often mist by hand. I use this mister from Amazon and solely mist the leaves once I water (as soon as each 7-12 days). I mist the leaves, after which wipe off any mud with a paper towel. This manner, dusty leaves don’t hinder the flexibility 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 carried out this for Frida, however could do this for Fred.
Enjoyable observe: fiddle leaf figs will develop as excessive as their ceiling permits. Our ceilings are 30 ft and I HOPE SHE GROWS THIS HUGE with all my coronary heart.
I’ve discovered that these vegetation are finest left alone, so I’d solely advocate repotting if completely essential. (It could actually trigger stress for the vegetation and we don’t need to stress them out!) Some websites advocate repotting each 2-3 years to get recent vitamins from the soil, however I really feel like if the plant is completely satisfied, depart it alone haha. Some indicators you may need to repot: the soil is pulling away from the perimeters and you’ll see plenty of roots, a bacterial an infection (plenty of brown spots on the leaves),or root rot. You may keep away from root rot by ensuring there’s plenty of drainage and avoiding overwatering. If it is advisable to 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.) If you happen to see any mushy roots, trim these off too. Place right into a pot with a number of inches of soil, encompass with plenty of recent new soil, and water.
Okay buddies! That’s all I’ve bought for ya, and I’ll add extra to this publish as I consider new suggestions.
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