Growing A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Have you noticed this beautiful tropical houseplant that is tall and skinny with really large leaves. The fiddle leaf fig tree or Ficus Lyrata is becoming very popular in home decorating, and as I continue to set up my home office, I felt it really needed such a dramatic beauty.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Learn about the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, a stunning houseplant for home decor. I’ve been keeping an eye out for one at Home Depot and my local nurseries, but after a while I decided to just order one from Amazon – Fiddleleaf Fig Tree. I was so surprised, and excited, to find it with my mail, just 3 days later. Learn about the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, a stunning houseplant for home decor. Packed well with peanuts and masking tape over the dirt, it looked un-phased from the trip. Learn about the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, a stunning houseplant for home decor. The first thing I did after removing the masking tape, was set it in the bathtub, and give it a good drink of water. I had read that this plant, like so many others, likes to be watered thoroughly, until you see water draining out the bottom, and then make sure that it doesn’t sit in the water. So while it was draining I took a damp cloth and wiped down the leaves. The newer ones on top really didn’t need much, but some of the older leaves were pretty dusty. Learn about the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, a stunning houseplant for home decor. For now I have it on a side table next to a bright window in my office which faces southwest. Soon, all the leaves from the maple tree outside the window will be gone, allowing even more light to shine in the room. Learn about the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, a stunning houseplant for home decor. I’ll wait until the pot is thoroughly dried out before watering again. I usually can tell if the top looks dry and I stick a finger in up to my second knuckle and it’s dry then it’s time to water. While I can still lift it I will probably take it back to the tub.  Once it gets to big to lift I’ll have to be more careful, using a drainage saucer and double checking that no water is left for the pot to sit in.

 Just The Facts

Height: This tree can reach up to 10 feet indoors.

Sun: Bright Indirect Sun, some say a west-facing exposure is best.

Water: Let it dry out, then water well, until it comes out the bottom. Do not let it sit in water.

Pot: You should re-pot once a year in the spring while the plant is young using a soil that drains well.

Now I need to find a nice planter to put the fiddle leaf fig tree nursery pot in. I’m thinking of buying a decorative basket and placing the nursery pot and the plastic saucer inside. That way I won’t have to disturb the plant until it’s time to re-pot. Additional resources: Gardenista HGTV House Plants Experts This video was great too.


About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. I live in Florida and I have kept my plant out side in full sun since I bought it a year ago and it is beautiful. I would like to transition it indoors. How can I do that without damaging it. Thanks.

    • Hi Emily,

      This is my first tree so I am no expert. All I can tell you is that if its happy outside it may take a while for it to get used to new growing conditions. Florida is somewhat tropical and that is the natural habitat for this tree. If you bring it inside, to say an air conditioned home, it may be a shock. If it’s not to big, try move around try moving it inside for a few hours every day then back outside. If that is not feasible, just find the best indirect sunny spot, away from any drafts and keep an eye on it. Even if it loses a few leaves in the transition phase, it may very well bounce right back. Hope that helps.

  2. Patti,

    I got a large fiddle leaf fig early this spring! I love it and it did very well until very recently. I had been giving it a small drink every Friday, because that is what some websites said they liked. However, in the past few weeks, it has started to drop leaves and some of the leaf edges are turning brown! I’m in a panic. I wonder if I should give it a good thorough water like you said and see if that helps. I don’t want to loose my fig!!!!

    • Hi Doreen,

      I’m so sorry you are having problems with your fig. Since this is my first fiddle leaf fig I can only guess at what might be the problem. Everything I have read says that they hate to be over watered but a small drink once a week hardly seems like too much. However, is there enough drainage? Even a small amount left for the pot to sit in may cause a problem. I’ve also read that you should wait until the top leaves start to wilt before watering again. How does the top look? Is it still producing new growth? I do think it is normal for a few of the bottom leaves to shed. Look under the leaves for any pest issues too. Perhaps a little diluted fertilizer would give it a boost. Has anything else changed? Is the light different due to the time of year? Too much direct sunlight can also be an issue? I hope this is only temporary and that your fig perks up soon.

  3. Oooh, I want one!! Off to Amazon I go!

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