Are you a plant enthusiast? Perhaps you’re just starting your office or home plant collection. There are tons of benefits to filling your office with plants, including improved air quality, reduced stress levels, and increased productivity. Today, we’re focusing on fiddle-leaf fig plants and how they make a great addition to any collection.
Fiddle-leaf fig plants aren’t the easiest plant to care for. A bit finicky when it comes to light exposure, water needs, and other factors, you’ll want to read up on fiddle-leaf fig plants before adopting one into your collection. In this post, we’ll discuss interesting facts you should know about the plant, as well as top tips for caring for the fiddle-leaf fig plant.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Plants Grow (and Grow, and Grow)
If you’re a dedicated plant parent, you know plants often outgrow their pots and need space to flourish. In the case of the fiddle-leaf fig plant, these babies will outgrow their pots (and spaces) quickly, needing attention and often bigger planters.
Fiddle-leaf fig plants are indoor AND outdoor plants, so if yours is growing at a rapid rate, it may want to move outside. Don’t become concerned if your fiddle-leaf fig plant is growing fast. The faster they grow, the happier they are! Moving your fiddle-leaf fig plant outside during the summer is a great way to give it light and help it thrive. Just make sure you have a big enough pot to accommodate your lush tree when the cold weather hits.
No Indirect Light for this Plant, Give It All the Sunshine
While many plants thrive in indirect sunlight, the plant LOVES light and wants to soak it up as much as possible during waking hours. If you’re keeping your fiddle-leaf fig plant indoors, find a spot in a window where it can catch rays all day.
Did you know dust and debris on your plant’s leaves can keep it from soaking up maximum sunlight? A Beautiful Mess blog describes it as “suffocating” when a plant doesn’t have a clean, dustless surface. Be sure to dust your plants when you’re dusting the rest of the house. A clean leaf will be able to drink up light and thrive. A Beautiful Mess also explains that your plant will lean toward the sun. Be sure to rotate your plant every month or so to give every angle the attention (and light) it needs.
Fiddle-Leaf Fig Plants Like Humidity, So Give Yours a Mist Every Now and Then
Fiddle-leaf fig plants love humidity. Unfortunately, indoor environments don’t offer these plants the humidity levels they crave. If your plant is looking tired, floppy, or it starts to brown, give it a mist of water. Even better, you can set a humidifier near your plant to give it the moisture it needs.
Chop the Top If Your Plant Is Dying
Is your plant looking like it’s on its last days? Gardinista blog explains how to revive it by chopping the trunk off the top.
While it may feel like you’re fully killing your fiddle-leaf fig plant by chopping off its trunk, you’re actually making room for a new sprout to come alive. Chopping the dead trunk will enable the plant to become even healthier and bushier than before.
Stability is Key for this Plant
Like most plants, the fiddle-leaf fig plant doesn’t like to be moved around too much. Find a stable spot for your plant that isn’t drafty, has excessive sunlight, and allows the plant to grow bigger without crushing it. Then, let the plant flourish right there without moving it around. If you water your plants in the sink, no problem. This plant can handle a trip to the sink every now-and-then. The plant just doesn’t like to move spaces and have to adapt environments too often. If you move your plants around too much, you’ll notice leaves start to brown and fall off. Keep this guy in one place.
Thinking of Adopting a Fiddle-Leaf Fig Plant?
After reading through, are you still interested in this plant? While caring for these plants can be intimidating, they’re beautiful and lush when they grow big and tall! Take a chance and grab a plant next time you’re treating yourself to new plants. Let us know in the comments what plant is on your “to buy” list! Better yet, tell us how your fiddle-leaf fig plant is growing!