Plant Care Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig

4.4 out of 5 (482 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 Baltimore, Maryland.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

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 Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

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Growing Fiddle Leaf Fig in Baltimore right now

Light needs for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig in Baltimore, Maryland

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 4th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig in Baltimore, Maryland

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 25.9% ☀️

December 4th, 2021

Baltimore is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Baltimore is expected to decrease by 25.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.2 megajoules of energy per m2

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Light needs for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig in Baltimore, Maryland

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

December 4th, 2021

This month, Baltimore is getting an average of 8.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of day…

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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 Baltimore, Maryland ⛅.

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.

When to repot Fiddle Leaf Fig

Nutrient needs for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig in Baltimore, Maryland

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 3rd, 2021

The growing potential in Baltimore is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best t…

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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 Baltimore, Maryland, 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 366
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 141
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 133
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 117
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 37
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 33
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 23
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 10
Teapott73 avatar
@Teapott73
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 231 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 4 Plants
xp 76 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
Njplantmama avatar
@Njplantmama
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 74 XP
11/28/2021

Gorgeous plant. Came a little under the weather but I’m hoping to livin it up

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Arlene avatar
@Arlene
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 103 XP
globe Fowler, California
11/25/2021

dramática af

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Irma avatar
@Irma
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 94 XP
globe Fremont, California
11/25/2021

I agree with other growers, it’s a picky plant. Grew 3 new beautiful leaves when I first brought home. Was watering too often until I asked my husband why some leaves were browning and he suggested stop watering and wait for soil to dry. As soon as did that the browning stopped but the new leaves fell off too easily. It does attract pests, when I repotted a spider crawled out even though I had cleaned all leaves when I first got it. It’s only been a month since I got it and I hope it thrives in the area I placed it with its own growing light.

Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,135 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/24/2021

FLFs can be a little temperamental but I still think they’re a lot of fun to own. Great as a statement piece too.

Fast grower Fast grower
Riverandbilly avatar
@Riverandbilly
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 566 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
11/20/2021

fiddle leafs are simply the best houseplants. they’re magic

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Rinnyk avatar
@Rinnyk
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 718 XP
globe Round Hill, Virginia
11/15/2021

This is my second go at a Fiddle Leaf fig. So far so great. He’s thriving. And has grown 3 HUGE new leaves. I’m really proud and happy with how well he’s doing. I water when the soil is dry. Spray every other week for pest prevention and just let him be.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Jazz avatar
@Jazz
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 386 XP
globe Denver, Colorado
11/14/2021

So far so good! Received her from a woman who was neglecting her, so she has some growing to do! But she’s definitely pushing through💓

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Jazz avatar
@Jazz
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 386 XP
globe Denver, Colorado
11/14/2021

Love her! So far so good

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Bella avatar
@Bella
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 195 XP
globe Biloxi, Mississippi
11/11/2021

Grows slowly but it’s sturdy and can go for a while without water!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Thegreenwitch avatar
@Thegreenwitch
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 712 XP
globe Williamston, North Carolina
11/08/2021

This plant has been very difficult for me to take care of. The plant is not soaking up water and the tray is still full of water when Greg suggests I water it again. Leaves are browning and falling off..

Browns easily Browns easily
Mconst avatar
@Mconst
leaf-1 60 Plants
xp 1,287 XP
11/07/2021

Beautiful and striking, classic farmhouse decor plant. In the right location, easy to care for, otherwise can brown and look straggly.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Denise avatar
@Denise
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 595 XP
globe Mundelein, Illinois
11/06/2021

Leaves were dropping and I found spider mites on him. Treated him and moved him closer to a window and now he's doing great!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Valencia avatar
@Valencia
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 49 XP
11/05/2021

There are from Africa so they thrive on hot dry weather. When they are watered, it’s flooded but drains quickly. Do not let your plant sit in water!

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Julia avatar
@Julia
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 95 XP
globe Edmonton, Alberta
11/05/2021

It’s a finicky bitch

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Lifewithbrey avatar
@Lifewithbrey
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 801 XP
10/27/2021

Harder for a new plant mama to figure out what she needs

Chieffbaby5 avatar
@Chieffbaby5
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 214 XP
globe Atlanta, Georgia
10/20/2021

Lovely leaves, keep it in a warm and indirect sunlight place.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Kaylaplant4967 avatar
@Kaylaplant4967
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 230 XP
10/20/2021

Doesn’t like change in environment quickly. We got it from Lowe’s but it started browning when we got it to my house because of the change in the environment. But the leafs are really pretty and it’s a good inside plant

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Figglet avatar
@Figglet
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 88 XP
globe Larchmont, New York
10/19/2021

As others have said - can be finicky and doesn’t like change. Expect some dormancy, browning/dropping leaves if you change location or repot.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily

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