Congratulations! You’re now the proud owner of a sprawling fiddle-leaf fig houseplant!
This beautiful leafy plant is known to improve air quality, boost your mood, and bring some charm to your home. That is if you can keep it alive for longer than the car ride home…
If you are looking for some Fiddle Leaf Fig care tips, you’re in the right spot! Let’s keep your Fiddle Leaf Fig thriving!
And, as always, if you have questions or houseplant stories, leave them in the comments below and I’ll share my juiciest houseplant secrets with you there!
My 5 Care Tips to Help Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Thrive
1. Watch It With the Water!
You may worry about neglecting your fiddle, especially if you’re new to caring for houseplants. However, helicopter-parenting your plants can be just as dangerous as ignoring them altogether.
Although it thrives in a damp, humid environment, the fiddle leaf fig only needs to be watered about once per week. You can check it quickly by feeling if the soil is damp about an inch down. If so, you’re good. Check again in a few days.
Also, make sure to check the drainage on your planter; your fiddle should never sit in water. Sitting in stagnant water can lead to root rot, which will eventually lead to your fiddle’s demise if left unchecked.
2. Rotate Your Fiddle, but Don’t Move It Around the House
Fiddles hate change. When you first took yours home from the nursery, you might remember it throwing a small temper tantrum, perhaps dropping leaves and developing several unsightly brown spots.
That said, you shouldn’t move it around the house too much—decide on a spot and keep your fiddle there. (A south-facing window is typically best.)
Now, even if you’re leaving your plant in one spot, take care to rotate it about once a week so all the leaves get an even distribution of that sweet, sweet sunshine.
Also, speaking of placement, vents—whether they blow warm air or cold—are pretty much never good for houseplants. Take care to keep your fiddle away from them.
3. Bathe & Mist Those Leaves!
Due to their shape, fiddle leaves are prone to gathering dust. Allowing this to happen can prevent nutrient absorption, disrupting the environment you’ve so thoughtfully cultivated. Using either a damp paper towel, a feather duster, or a microfiber towel, gently dust the leaves about once a week.
Once you’ve completed your weekly dusting, since the fiddle leaf fig thrives on humidity, try misting yours with a spray bottle.
4. Trim the Brown Leaves
If your fiddle leaf’s leaves are turning brown, it could be a result of bacteria. Trimming them away will help the spread of bacteria and boost the health of your plant overall.
5. Give It Some TLC
While it might sound a little kooky, don’t be afraid to form a bond with your plant. Once you’re attached, you’ll be even more invested in your fiddle’s health. After all, plants love positive energy. Go ahead, give it a name!