Finicky Fig? Fiddle Leaf Fig Care

If you're drawn to the fiddle leaf fig but worried that your black thumb may get in the way of caring for this plant, we've put together a few tips to help you nurture this plant in your home.

If you're drawn to the fiddle leaf fig but worried that your black thumb may get in the way of caring for this plant, we've put together a few tips to help you nurture this plant in your home.

1. Figs like lots of light so chose a bright spot in your home where it can get light most of the day but make sure that your tree doesn't have sun shining directly on it as it can damage the leaves.

2. If you notice brown spots forming on the leaves, you're likely not watering it enough or over-watering it! It takes a few weeks for any plant to adjust to a new home's temperature and moisture, so give it time to acclimatize and then you'll have a better idea of how often it should be watered. You'll want the top inch of soil to be dry before you water it again.

3. If your fig starts dropping leaves, it could be because it's not happy where it is. Figs react to drafts and also too much hot air (if it's close to a heater). These plants are native to tropical, humid, warm temperatures so keeping it in a consistent environment will help it thrive. 

4. If you're doing all of the above and you think the fig isn't happy-it's likely time to re-pot it into a larger container. If you're noticing roots at the bottom of the container-it needs more room to grow. You could also replant it into a larger pot when you first get it to avoid having to do it later. 

5. Dust the leaves! Like any plant, dust on the leaves will prevent the light from properly getting to the plant which in return can lead to problems with the plant's 'breathing' which will result in fungus and disease.

If you've decided you are ready to become a fig parent, we've just got a new shipment into the shop and you may purchase one online for delivery here: 

http://theflowershophalifax.ca/collections/plants/products/fiddle-leaf-fig-plant