Plant Care Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig

4.4 out of 5 (558 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

Also known as

Ficus

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 Jacksonville, Florida.

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?

Select the pot size

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 Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

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Growing Fiddle Leaf Fig in Jacksonville right now

Light needs for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig in Jacksonville, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 8th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig in Jacksonville, Florida

Sunlight will decrease by 17.2% ☀️

December 8th, 2022

Jacksonville is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Jacksonville is expected to decrease by 17.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.6 megajoules of energy p…

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Light needs for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig in Jacksonville, Florida

Daylight will decrease by 0.6 hours 📉

December 8th, 2022

This month, Jacksonville is getting an average of 8.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 5.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours of…

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Finding light for Fiddle Leaf Fig in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Fiddle Leaf Fig: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Fiddle Leaf Fig love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Jacksonville, Florida ⛅.

Fiddle Leaf Fig does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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 Jacksonville, Florida

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

December 8th, 2022

The growing potential in Jacksonville is 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 to …

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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

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Jacksonville, Florida, 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 423
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 164
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 150
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 139
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 38
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 26
Fiddle Leaf Fig has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 13
Ivysaur avatar
@Ivysaur
leaf-1 79 Plants
xp 4,260 XP
globe Renton, WA
03/30/2022

I have trouble keeping my FLF happy. It’s pickier than my calathea, for different reasons. Still working on it! I have a small one and I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it more when it’s larger.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Lololiv avatar
@Lololiv
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 955 XP
globe Markham, Ontario
03/12/2022

I absolutely LOVE these plants! Such deep dark green with its luscious large leaves, it makes any type of space look stunning! Once you place them in a spot that keeps them happy, do not move them!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Lovingsunnyaz avatar
@Lovingsunnyaz
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 6,303 XP
globe Goodyear, AZ
02/25/2022

Beautiful leaves. Loves a bright spot with indirect sunlight!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Boldcorn avatar
@Boldcorn
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Wayne, NJ
02/20/2022

Beautiful decoration!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Meera91 avatar
@Meera91
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 550 XP
02/16/2022

Really finicky plant that is hard to take care of. The slightest change in environment or watering will completely throw it off. Not for beginners but with proper education and patience beautiful plant to have

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Tiki avatar
@Tiki
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 138 XP
globe Spring Branch, TX
02/08/2022

I’ve accidentally killed this thing multiple times. The leaves fall off & I just water the stick & it comes back.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Patti avatar
@Patti
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 178 XP
globe Bowler, WI
02/03/2022

I purchased my Fiddleleaf fig because I read that it cleans the air adds oxygen Also can remove some bad chemicals from its environment and very beautiful. I would recommend that anybody that purchase one feed it organic fiddle leaf plant food according to the directions, made all the difference in growth and leaf quality.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Cosmokramer avatar
@Cosmokramer
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 237 XP
02/02/2022

This was an xmas gift from my daughter. It is thriving though I don’t feel I’m doing anything special. I will note that it’s soil is very well draining and I completely soak the soil about once a week. Other than that I keep close to southern facing window.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Aggie avatar
@Aggie
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 229 XP
01/30/2022

My niece propagated this plant for me. Seems to be doing good. Beware pet owners!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Aliceinmommyland avatar
@Aliceinmommyland
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 124 XP
01/26/2022

I’ve heard so many horror stories about these but mine has, despite my better efforts, continued to thrive. I mean, it got *forgotten* in the back yard all summer while I was overwhelmed with moving & some renovating. Happy as a clam. Yes, it’s dropped some leaves over the years. Yes, it was once MUCH more lush and is still recovering from near-death a year and a half ago. But it’s still here!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Laura321 avatar
@Laura321
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 944 XP
01/24/2022

Let it dry out between watering but not too much

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Plantyhope avatar
@Plantyhope
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 185 XP
globe Dallas, TX
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 6 Plants
xp 87 XP
globe San Diego, CA
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
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 8,879 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
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 7 Plants
xp 573 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 45 Plants
xp 8,482 XP
globe Leawood, KS
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 45 Plants
xp 8,482 XP
globe Leawood, KS
01/13/2022

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

Survivor Survivor
Aubrey avatar
@Aubrey
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 846 XP
globe Coos Bay, OR
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 236 XP
globe San Francisco, CA
01/10/2022

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

Greenvy avatar
@Greenvy
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 966 XP
globe Decatur, GA
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

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