How to Keep Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Thriving

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Have you ever seen a fiddle leaf fig plant? These lush plants are so beautiful that they can make any room look more vibrant and inviting. If you’re the proud owner of a fiddle leaf fig, then you know the feeling of joy when it’s thriving. But keeping your fiddle leaf fig happy isn’t always easy and can be a bit intimidating. So, how do you ensure that your fiddle leaf fig is healthy, green, and gorgeous? Let’s take a look. 

Types of Fiddle Leaf Figs

With its large and beautiful leaves, this plant is sure to make an eye-catching statement in any room. But did you know that there are different types of fiddle leaf figs? That’s right – there are numerous varieties of this amazing houseplant. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of fiddle leaf figs so that you can decide which one is right for your home.

  • Ficus Lyrata ‘Ovalis’ – This variety has a unique oval shape with glossy green leaves that can grow up to two feet in length. It is often used as an indoor houseplant and prefers bright indirect light. It is also great for low-maintenance gardens since it requires minimal watering and fertilizer
  • Ficus Lyrata ‘Variegata’ – This type has variegated foliage with creamy white margins on the leaves. It looks stunning when planted in hanging baskets or placed in corners of rooms as an accent piece. Be sure to keep this variety away from direct sunlight as the variegation will fade if exposed to too much sun. 
  • Ficus Lyrata ‘Majestic’ – This variety has large, glossy leaves with deep veins and pointed tips. It is perfect for adding drama and texture to any space, especially when displayed in tall pots or planters where its impressive size can be fully appreciated. Majestic likes bright light but should also be protected from direct sunlight, as it may get scorched by strong rays. 
  • Ficus Lyrata ‘Ginseng’ – The Ginseng variety has thick stems with glossy green leaves that have wrinkled edges resembling those of ginseng root plants. Its foliage grows outward like a fan making this an excellent choice for use as a centerpiece or focal point in any room or garden space. Keep it away from direct sunlight and water regularly to ensure healthy growth. 

Where Should I Place My Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant? 

Your fiddle leaf fig needs lots of indirect light in order to stay healthy and full with lush foliage. In other words, place your plant near an east or south-facing window for bright, yet indirect sunlight during the day. You should also avoid putting it near cold drafts or vents since cold air can damage the leaves. 

Temperature & Potting Soil 

Fiddle Leaf Figs thrive best at temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Try not to let them experience too much fluctuation in temperature; sudden changes can cause leaf drop in these sensitive plants. As for potting soil, use one specifically formulated for houseplants with good drainage properties – be sure to avoid over-potting as this can lead to root rot.  

How Much Water Does My Fiddle Leaf Fig Need? 

One of the key elements for any houseplant is water—and this is especially true for fiddle leaf figs. The soil should be kept slightly moist at all times but not drenched with water or allowed to dry out completely between watering sessions. Make sure you don’t overwater your plant either; otherwise its roots may rot due to excess moisture in the soil. 

Humidity Matters Too 

In addition to light and water requirements, remember that humidity levels are important for keeping a healthy fiddle leaf fig too. Fiddles prefer humid conditions; if you live in an area with low humidity or have air conditioning or a heater running all day, consider investing in a humidifier or misting your plants occasionally with warm water from a spray bottle. This will help keep their leaves looking lush and beautiful!  

Fertilizer 

Fiddle leaf figs should be fertilized every other month during their active growing season (May-September). If you want to really get serious about giving your fiddle leaf fig the best care possible, consider using a slow-release fertilizer when planting and then switch to a liquid fertilizer during its active growth season. 

Before applying fertilizer to your fiddle leaf fig, make sure you read the instructions on the package carefully so that you don’t apply too much or too little! Generally speaking, if you are using a liquid fertilizer, mix one teaspoon of fertilizer per gallon of water and use this solution every two weeks during the growing season. If you want to err on the side of caution, use only half a teaspoon per gallon of water each time instead. 

When choosing a fertilizer for your fiddle leaf fig, look for one with balanced nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium content – generally 15-15-15 or 20-20-20 are good options. You can also opt for an organic fertilizer like fish emulsion or seaweed extract – just make sure it has all three macronutrients in balance! The key thing is that whatever type of fertilizer you choose, ensure that it is designed specifically for houseplants like your fiddle leaf fig.  

Pruning

The best time for pruning your fiddle leaf fig is in the springtime, once the new growing season has started but before the plant has really taken off. This will give you plenty of time for new shoots and leaves to grow back before winter hits. In general, avoid pruning more than 25% of your plant at once—any more could be too stressful for your tree. 

Before you begin pruning, make sure that all the tools you will be using are clean and sharp. This will help prevent any potential damage or infection from spreading on your plant while it’s being cut. Once everything is ready, start by removing any dead or damaged leaves first—these should be fairly easy to spot as they will be discolored or wilted compared to the healthy foliage surrounding them. 

Next, use shears or scissors (depending on the size of what needs removing) to trim away any branches that are growing out of control or in an awkward direction. Make sure that each cut is made at a 45-degree angle so that water won’t pool up when raining and cause rot later on down the line. Finally, top off your work by wiping off any dust from the leaves with a damp cloth so that photosynthesis can occur efficiently without any interruption from debris buildup! 

To Sum It Up

Caring for a Fiddle Leaf Fig doesn’t have to be complicated—you just need to give it enough light, water, fertilizer, and some occasional pruning! With these tips in mind and a bit of dedication from you as its plant parent, your beloved fiddle leaf fig will remain happy and thriving for years to come! And if anything does happen to go wrong along the way just remember Stump Plant has everything from root rescue kits to helpful blog posts about care tips! Good luck!

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