Plant Care Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig

4.4 out of 5 (529 experiences)

Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Fiddle Leaf Fig

The fiddle leaf fig is a tree from Central and West Africa. The species name, lyrata, refers to the leaves’ shape of a lyre, a small string instrument played in Ancient Greece. The plant has a uniquely and mutually beneficial relationship with specific kinds of wasps. In fact, every plant in the Ficus genus has a unique wasp species which will lay its eggs in the fruits of only its favorite species! 🐝

Taxonomy

Ficus lyrata
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

How to care for Fiddle Leaf Fig

Water

How often to water your Fiddle Leaf Fig

Water needs for Fiddle Leaf Fig
0.5 cups
every 9

Fiddle Leaf Fig needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Aloha, Oregon.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Fiddle Leaf Fig

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Fiddle Leaf Fig in Aloha, Oregon

Aloha, Oregon

26% Very Low

Growing Fiddle Leaf Fig in Aloha right now

Light needs for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig in Aloha, Oregon

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

January 21st, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Aloha is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determ…

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Light needs for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig in Aloha, Oregon

Sunlight will increase by 29.7% ☀️

January 17th, 2022

Aloha is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Aloha is expected to increase by 29.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.3 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig in Aloha, Oregon

Daylight will increase by 0.9 hours 📈

January 19th, 2022

This month, Aloha is getting an average of 7.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 10% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of daylight…

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Finding light for Fiddle Leaf Fig in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Fiddle Leaf Fig may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Aloha, Oregon ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Fiddle Leaf Fig

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Fiddle Leaf Fig: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Fiddle Leaf Fig after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Fiddle Leaf Fig is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Aloha, Oregon, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 398
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 156
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 146
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 130
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 39
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 35
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 26
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
Plantyhope avatar
@Plantyhope
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 170 XP
globe Dallas, Texas
01/15/2022

Even though I stayed on a schedule it still died..

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Optimalalbo avatar
@Optimalalbo
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe San Diego, California
01/15/2022

I had to move my girl three different times until I found her perfect spot. I was over watering her at first and then went on a once every Saturday regimen to now once every 10-12 days.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,453 XP
globe Baltimore, Maryland
01/14/2022

Beautiful but a pain in the ass.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Juliacb avatar
@Juliacb
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 234 XP
01/14/2022

Loves light. Must be watered regularly.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Kaylies avatar
@Kaylies
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 6,383 XP
globe Leawood, Kansas
01/13/2022

They can be dramatic but are very Hardy and able to snap back from the brink of death! More than once!

Survivor Survivor
Kaylies avatar
@Kaylies
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 6,383 XP
globe Leawood, Kansas
01/13/2022

Don’t let these dramatic guys scare you away. They learn to love you.

Survivor Survivor
Aubrey avatar
@Aubrey
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 803 XP
globe Coos Bay, Oregon
01/11/2022

this one is really finicky. i wouldn’t recommend this plant to someone who is forgetful, tends to overwater, or is inconsistent. pain in my butt.

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Niket avatar
@Niket
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 94 XP
globe San Francisco, California
01/10/2022

I love them because they give you time to learn how to take care of them.

Greenvy avatar
@Greenvy
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 389 XP
globe Decatur, Georgia
01/09/2022

Beautiful plant with large shiny leaves. A millennial must have.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Urbanebibi avatar
@Urbanebibi
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 179 XP
globe Pittsboro, North Carolina
01/06/2022

Can irritate skin. Grows really big

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Intrepidgalega avatar
@Intrepidgalega
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 52 XP
globe Suwon, Gyeonggi-do
01/05/2022

The leaves are big and the color is pretty

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Jadedtara avatar
@Jadedtara
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 328 XP
globe Delaware, Ohio
01/04/2022

Hard for me to keep alive!

Browns easily Browns easily
Bjoyce avatar
@Bjoyce
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 6,984 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
12/21/2021

Gorgeous and fickle. Love hate relationship. The second you finally get things right, your lease is up and it’s time for 5 more months of fighting and adjusting. But then a bunch of huge leaves explode out and all is forgiven

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Acewind88 avatar
@Acewind88
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 51 XP
globe San Francisco, California
12/16/2021

Can be fickle with sunlight and temperature. Now that it’s winter the leaf growth is much lower compared to before. But such a good looking plant in general!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Sarah avatar
@Sarah
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 1,787 XP
12/16/2021

Be extra careful with handling. It can go into shock pretty easily.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Greenindc avatar
@Greenindc
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 204 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
12/14/2021

Terrible plant for beginners.

Browns easily Browns easily
Rwags avatar
@Rwags
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 2,431 XP
12/12/2021

I have really enjoyed my fiddles. Definitely recommend pinching he top growth for a fuller plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jeranda avatar
@Jeranda
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 88 XP
globe Las Vegas, Nevada
12/07/2021

Slow grower but resilient and easy. Beautiful with just some easy steps.

Teapott73 avatar
@Teapott73
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 734 XP
12/04/2021

I repotted Einstein in early October. I believe he enjoys his new home because he’s grown several new leaves. Yesterday while checking the soil, I noticed 3 baby leaves buried underneath the soil. I had way too much soil packed into this pot, almost 3 inches. Which in turn could cause overwatering and damage to your plant. Sadly, only 1 new leaf survived. The others died from being in wet soil as the leaves were yellow and brownish in color. However, I also noticed a large thick brown root on top of the dirt. I quickly buried it with hopes that I gain a new shoot. Please make sure you pot this plant properly or you could mis out on new growth and cause damage from overwatering.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Deadhappypotamus avatar
@Deadhappypotamus
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 447 XP
11/29/2021

She’s really pretty and I haven’t killed her, despite being a new plant parent. She grew 6 leaves this summer - without the grow light.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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