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4 Tips on How to Care for a Fiddle Fig Tree


I’ve been obsessed with the Fiddle Fig Tree for so long. If you know me well, you will understand my love and passion for all things horticulture. There’s something so therapeutic about taking care of plants. It brings out a maternal instinct in me. I treat my plants with great care and pride. If I had it my way, I would cover my entire condo with plants but compromise is necessary when you’re in a relationship. J and I settled with only 10 plants (I had 18 plants at one point).

This gorgeously gargantuan plant is all the rage these days. Surprisingly, not that easy to come by as these trees are seasonal. When I was first researching where to get one of these, it was near the end of summer. I called about 3 different nurseries and they had all said they have sold out of it and will not be getting them again until next season. There were a couple who still had one or two young trees (2 ft tall) but it would cost around $150 to $200!! Also, during my research, I’ve read so many blogs and articles talking about how difficult it is to take care of the Fiddle Fig Tree. Everyone mentions how quick they die if you neglect it for just a moment. At the time, I decided, no this is not meant to be.

However – fear not! I’ll help you stress less. Anyone can take care of a fig tree – even if you are the type to kill plants!

Luckily, my best friend (let’s call her K) was kind enough to gift me a fiddle fig tree on my 29th birthday. I can’t describe the pure joy that overcome my body that day. I don’t even know how she managed to find it considering the time of year (my birthday is in November) and the size of the plant. When I first got the tree. It was a little bit past its “youth” years. It was around 4ft tall already. Fair warning, this plant grows about a foot and a half per year. My tree is about 6 ft tall today and growing! These fig trees are meant to grow up to 10ft – 12 ft tall! I will need to figure out a plan B for when it gets to that point. I don’t think our condo is tall enough.

If you manage my tips below, you will be fine. Yes, it will die if you don’t give it enough water and yes it will die if you don’t put it in the right spot in your home. But if you follow these tips, you will have a gorgeous and huge Fiddle Fig Tree to enjoy.

A clear indication that you’ve neglected your tree or are not taking care of it properly is brown leaves near the top. Falling brown leaves at the bottom is normal as plants (like animals and human) need to shed old “skin” as well. It’s okay if some leaves at the bottom of the tree are brown and fall off. However, if you are noticing brown patches or brown leaves near the top or middle of the tree, then there’s something in your plant care routine you need to adjust. Either adjust the amount of water you give it or place it somewhere else in your home. This happened to me during the first winter and I was sure I’ve killed the plant but with a bit of adjusting, I got it back to full green.

    [1] Bright Room with Indirect Sunlight

    • Fiddle Fig trees are considered tropical plants. They like warmth. Keep your fig tree in a bright and warm room with lots of natural light. Make sure it is not in the way of any vents where air is pumping directly on it.
    • They do not like direct sunlight. It will dry out faster and the leaves will turn brown if you keep it in direct sunlight.
    • Keep it in a room that has a window with indirect sunlight
    • Turn your fig tree every month so that each side of the tree gets light exposure

    [2] Watering Schedule

    • As mentioned above, Fiddle Fig trees are considered tropical plants. In addition to warmth, they like moisture – a regular watering schedule.
    • You have to experiment with your watering schedule to see what works best for your fig tree. Not all fig trees will be the same. Depending on the size, every fig tree will require different amounts of water
    • In the beginning, I was watering my fig tree once a week with about 1 & 1/2 cups of cool water. However, now that the tree is much bigger I’ve been giving it about 2 cups of water. Sometimes I will give it around 1/2 cup of water mid-week if I noticed that soil looks dry.

    [3] Stay Clear of Dust

    • Ensure you’re dusting off the leaves of the fig tree with either a dusting wand or Swiffer swipes
    • My personal technique is a damp paper towel. Removing dust off the leaves of the fig tree allows the tree to absorb more light

    [4] Extra Organic Fertilizer

    • I don’t use store-bought fertilizer for my fig tree. I use leftover egg shells from my morning breakfast! My mom (who is a natural green thumb herself) gave me this tip. It works so well with all of my plants. I think the natural proteins in the egg shells helps nourish the soil

    I am about a year and 4 months into owning my fiddle fig tree and I haven’t changed the soil or re-potted it yet. I’ve been told it’s still too early to re-pot. I think I will re-pot once it reaches the 2 year mark and put the tree into a bigger pot to grow.

    How is your fig tree doing? Will you invest in one of these now ?

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