Fiddle Leaf Fig Care

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Name: Fiddle Leaf Fig
Also Known As: Ficus Lyrata, Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, FLF
Natural Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Fertilizer: During growing season

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Care Instructions



Bright Indirect light



Water when top 1/3 of soil is dry



Average to High Humidity






Well-Draining soil



50 °F – 95 °F



Foliage is toxic to pets and humans

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tips

  • When grown indoors, avoid direct sunlight.
  • Rotate your tree every other week to encourage even growth.
  • Wipe leaves with water and mild dish soap (optional) to remove dirt and improve photosynthesis.
  • Avoid moving your fiddle leaf fig to different areas.
  • Attach your fiddle leaf fig tree to a stake if it bends.
  • Mist beneath leaves to increase humidity.
  • The milky sap that comes from cutting your fiddle leaf fig can irritate skin.
  • Fiddle leaf fig trees like to be a little pot bound.
  • Notching about 1/8” deep between nodes encourages branching.
  • Pinching stops vertical growth and encourages branching.
  • Misting new buds will help soften the brown shell and prevent new leaves from tear and damage as it grows.
  • Fiddle leaf fig trees thrive in bright indirect light and high humidity.
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees are often sold in pairs and can be separated.
  • Cold drafts can harm your tree so avoid placing it too close to a window in colder climates and keep it away from air conditioners.

Common Problems

  • Fiddle Leaf Fig trees can lean without support. Use a stake or trellis to hold them upright.
  • The red spots on fiddle leaf fig leaves is called edema. It’s common with new leaves and will go away as it grows. For larger leaves, it may be a sign of too much moisture.
  • Leaves dropping from the bottom are natural. 
  • Brown stems is a sign of overwatering or root rot.
  • Insects and outside factors may cause holes on leaves.
  • Spider mites on your fiddle leaf fig can be removed by spraying the tree with water or neem oil.
  • Ficus Lyrata are known to be finicky and can be sensitive to environmental changes and temperature changes.

Fun Facts

  • Fiddle Leaf Figs will grow vertically until it is notched, pinched, or the main stem is cut.
  • When grown in the wild, fiddle leaf fig trees can grow over 40 feet tall.
  • There is a smaller version of the fiddle leaf fig tree called ficus lyrata bambino.
  • Fiddle leaf fig gets its name from the fiddle shape of its leaves.
  • Ficus Lyrata in the wild are known to strangle their host plant.


How often do you water a fiddle leaf fig?
When the top 1/3 of the soil is dry.
Do fiddle leaf figs need direct sunlight?
Fiddle leaf figs thrive in bright indirect sunlight when grown indoors. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves of fiddle leaf fig trees grown indoors.
Why do fiddle leaf fig leaves turn brown?
Leaves can turn brown for multiple reasons including overwatering, fungal infection, sunburn, and root rot.
Can fiddle leaf figs go outside?
Fiddle leaf fig trees can go outside as long as the temperature is between 50 °F – 95 °F and away from direct sunlight. Moving a ficus lyrata outside permanently requires time to allow it to adapt to its new environment.
Should I mist my fiddle leaf fig?
Misting a fiddle leaf fig will temporarily help improve humidity. You should mist the underside of the leaves with distilled or filtered water.
How do you keep fiddle leaf fig leaves shiny?
Occasionally wipe the leaves of your fiddle leaf fig tree with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep the leaves shiny.

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