Fiddle leaf figs, or Ficus lyrata, are a popular houseplant known for their large, violin-shaped leaves. They are native to the tropical rainforests of West Africa and require specific care to thrive indoors. In this blog post, we'll go over everything you need to know to keep your fiddle leaf fig healthy and happy.


Fiddle leaf figs thrive in bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, but too much can cause leaf burn. A location near a north or east-facing window is ideal. If you don't have a spot in your home that gets enough natural light, you can supplement with a grow light. Be sure to rotate your plant occasionally to ensure even growth and prevent the plant from leaning towards the light source.

Temperature and Humidity

Fiddle leaf figs prefer warm temperatures between 60-85°F and humidity levels between 40-60%. If the air in your home is dry, consider using a humidifier or place rocks in the saucer along with water. Refill every few days or when dry. Avoid placing your fiddle leaf fig near drafts or air conditioning vents, as this can cause the leaves to dry out and drop.


Fiddle leaf figs prefer to be consistently moist, but not waterlogged. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the top inch of soil is dry before watering. When you do water, be sure to give your plant a thorough soak, allowing water to run through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. It's also important to avoid letting the plant sit in water, as this can lead to root rot. If you're unsure if your plant needs water, you can check the moisture level by sticking your finger in the soil or using a moisture meter. We prefer meters because it can go to the bottom of the pot and get a more accurate reading.


Fiddle leaf figs benefit from regular fertilization during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and follow the instructions on the package. Be sure to not over-fertilize, as this can burn the roots and cause leaf drop.


Fiddle leaf figs benefit from regular pruning to encourage bushiness and maintain their shape. Prune off any dead or yellow leaves and pinch back new growth to promote branching. Be sure to use clean, sharp shears and make cuts just above a leaf node to encourage new growth.

With proper care, your fiddle leaf fig can grow to be a large and lush indoor tree. Regularly check for pests, and if you notice any, take action immediately to prevent them from spreading. With a little bit of patience and attention, your fiddle leaf fig will reward you with stunning, tropical foliage.

Have you ever encountered any challenges while caring for your fiddle leaf fig? If so, how did you overcome them and what tips can you share with other readers?


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