Fiddle Leaf Fig
4.4 out of 5 (484 experiences)
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! 🐝
How to care for Fiddle Leaf Fig
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 Oakland, California.
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December 8th, 2021
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Oakland is currently very low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…
December 7th, 2021
Oakland is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Oakland is expected to decrease by 22.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.3 megajoules of energy per m2 per …
December 7th, 2021
This month, Oakland is getting an average of 9.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.4 total hours of dayli…
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 Oakland, California ⛅.
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.
December 8th, 2021
The growing potential in Oakland 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 repot…
What other plant parents say
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.
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.
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.