Light: Fiddle leaf figs prefer lots of bright, filtered light. Keep your fiddle leaf fig near a sunny, east-facing window so it can take in lots of sunshine throughout the day.
For optimal fiddle leaf fig care, rotate your plant every few months when you notice it reaching for the light. Wipe down your fiddle leaf fig tree’s leaves once a week to keep them free of dust and to help the plant efficiently absorb more sunlight. This is especially important for this plant since its large leaves are prone to dust.
Water: Wait for the top inch of your fiddle leaf fig tree’s soil to dry before you pick up your watering can. Lukewarm or room temperature water works best since cold water can put plants into shock. Fiddle leaf figs like thorough waterings, but do not like to sit in water. To prevent this, let the water completely drain out from the bottom and ensure the pot’s tray or saucer is dry. Fiddle leaf fig watering can be a little hard to get the hang of at first, but you can prevent watering issues if you familiarize yourself with its watering warning signs.
An underwatered fiddle leaf fig’s leaves will turn brown along the edges and drop. An overwatered fiddle leaf fig will have both dark brown spots and edges on its leaves along with an unpleasant smell lingering near its soil. You can correct these watering mishaps by either watering less or repotting in fresh soil if it’s overwatered. Or, water it more if it’s underwatered. You should promptly correct any watering mistakes since unchecked problems can result in holey leaves!
Fiddle leaf figs also require nutrient-rich soil to sustain their large leaves. Replenish the nutrients in its soil with some homemade plant food every once in a while to keep leaves lush and vibrant.
Temperatures: These plants prefer warm, humid climates similar to the weather in their native rain forests. House your fiddle leaf figs in rooms that are around 65-75°F. Do not keep them in a room below 50°F or else they will start to develop brown spots. To increase humidity, you can keep other plants near them or keep the plant on top of a tray of gravel.
Fiddle leaf figs are also sensitive to drafts. Keep surrounding windows shut tight and place them safely away from air conditioning units and other sources of drafts. Too much exposure can dry out their leaves and cause the leaves to drop. You should also refrain from moving them unless absolutely necessary, since any sudden changes can also cause their leaves to drop.
Toxicity: Fiddle leaf fig trees can cause stomach irritation to your pets if ingested.
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