Oh, the ever trendy fiddle leaf fig (ficus lyrata)! This darling houseplant has grown in popularity due to it’s beautiful wide green leaves and height potential. If you flip through any home magazine you’re sure to find a fiddle leaf fig showcased within the pages.
Yes, if you must know, I finally picked one up at Home Depot. And I am so excited for this beautiful little tree (or four baby trees) to grow and flourish in our home. However, it wasn’t in the best shape when we picked it up. So, I thought I would write a little post about caring for your own fiddle leaf and house plants.
My husband gifted me with being able to get a fiddle leaf for our 5 year wedding anniversary. He asked if I wanted cut flowers or a plant. I said, “I know exactly what I want!” Our nearest Home Depot does not have fiddle leaf figs–so we took a trip to Omaha and were able to snag one up. However, many of the leaves had been burnt and it had a good bunch of spider mites and aphids all over the leaves and stems.
Now normally I would of just left the little plant in the store and waited for a better one to come along. However, fiddle leaf figs, while trendy, have started to become extremely pricey and rare to find in our area. This four part (four baby trees in one pot) fiddle leaf fig was a steal at $25.
Tips to a Healthy Fiddle Leaf Fig
So, the next day I set off to work! We didn’t want to risk the plant contaminating any of my other house plants–so I took it immediately to the back deck and started preforming what I will call emergency plant surgery.
What was more of a fiddle leaf bush is now more of a fiddle leaf tree–as I pruned off all the lower leaves and sick leaves. I encourage you to do the same to keep your fiddle leaf healthy and thriving. Any sick leaves waste the energy of your house plants. It’s best to prune them off instead of letting them fall off naturally, or cause damage to anymore of the tree.
Next, I dealt with the aphid and/or mite problem. I noticed tiny white eggs along the veins on the back of the leaves–something I didn’t see in store. Other leaves and steams had fluffier spider web looking eggs. So, I knew I needed to treat the plant immediately.
When dealing with aphids or spider mites, the best treatment is to take Dawn dish soap, warm water, and a cloth and gently wipe down all the leaves. I did this method on every single leaf and steam to make sure I got them all. Gently cradle the leaves to make sure you don’t accidentally prune them or break them.
After the tree had been throughly cleaned, I set out to mist the tree–fiddle leaves love humidity. I set my garden hose on mist and proceeded to give it a good drink of water, leaving it on my back deck for about an hour to throughly drain before setting it up to be brought back inside.
A Word About Repotting
Since, I did so much work to ensure this little plant makes it I decided to keep it in the original plastic pot for now. Fiddle leaves can be extremely finicky–so repotting can be a little tricky. They like tighter spaces, so if you do replant don’t use a pot that is too big and use an organic potting mix.
I was so happy to find a beautiful little basket that was the perfect size for this fiddle. The best part? It was $12 at TJ MAXX! I made sure I protected it by placing a plastic pot plate to catch any potential moisture or dirt from the pot.
While I may work on placement in the future, it’s important that it gets plenty of filtered light in the morning hours. Do not place your fiddle leaf near air vents, doors, or in direct bright light. These will all cause major issues depending on the season and environment.
Here are 5 Quick Tips on Keeping a Fiddle Leaf Healthy
1. Prune off any sick, burnt, or dead leaves.
2. Wipe down leaves with soapy water to rid of any pests. Dust regularly.
3. Fertilize (with a house plant safe fertilizer) during the growing months, typically spring and summer.
4. Allow the plant to drain–don’t let it sit in water.
5. Place away from drafts, direct bright light, or air vents. Make sure it gets good, filtered light in the mornings and early afternoon. Too much sun can burn the leaves.
I hope this article is helpful when dealing with your own plant babies. Many of these tips can be applied to other house plants beyond the magnificent fiddle leaf fig. For more inspiration be sure to follow along on my social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Now, go and make today beautiful!