Light. Fiddle Leaf Figs should be placed in front of a window that will receive direct morning or afternoon light. Ideally, what you’re aiming for is a window with a mostly unobstructed eastern, western, or southern exposure — you don’t want trees or close buildings shading the window.
Can fiddle leaf fig live in low light?
Unlike other plants that can tolerate both low light and bright light environments (looking at you, monsteras!), the fiddle-leaf fig will have none of that. It needs to be put in a spot that has a lot of bright, indirect light. It also needs a few hours of direct sunlight every day.
How do you know if a fiddle leaf fig is not getting enough light?
To recap, the 7 signs your fiddle leaf fig plant needs more sunlight:
- Slow (or no) growth.
- Leggy reaching.
- Dull spots on leaves.
- Turning toward light sources.
- An inability to handle healthy changes.
- Yellowing leaves.
- Small new growth.
How many hours of light do fiddle leaf figs need?
You can use a normal floor lamp with a fluorescent or LED bulb near your fiddle leaf fig or you can purchase special lights for houseplants. Aim for at least six to eight hours of artificial light per day.
How much light does a fig tree need indoors?
Fig plants are known as “long-day” meaning that they develop faster with over 12 hours of light (and only need 6 hours of darkness to rest) so setting your timer to light your plants for 14+ hours is best.
Should you mist your fiddle leaf fig?
Fiddle leafs are happiest at 65% humidity, which is much higher than most homes. The best way to mist is to fill a spray bottle and leave it beside the plant. This way, you can mist it with room-temperature water regularly. It is especially important to mist your plant after you’ve dusted its leaves.
How often do you water fiddle leaf figs?
The number one way to kill a fiddle leaf fig is to overwater it or not allow for proper drainage. Water your plant about once a week or every 10 days. As we mentioned earlier, FLFs are native to a rainforest-like environment, which means they’re used to receiving a huge deluge of water with dry spells in between.
What does an overwatered fiddle look like?
Overwatering Symptoms: Brown spots or brown shaded areas in the middle of the leaves along with around the edges, yellowing leaves, and leaf drop (lower leaves often dropping first). Overwatering is one of the most common Fiddle Leaf Fig problems.
How do you encourage a fiddle leaf fig to grow more leaves?
7 Steps to Make Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Grow Bigger, Faster!
- STEP 1: OPTIMIZE THE POT SIZE.
- STEP 2: ENSURE EXCELLENT DRAINAGE.
- STEP 3: FULL, REGULAR WATERING.
- STEP 4: CHECK FOR GOOD SOIL AERATION.
- STEP 5: DO AN ANNUAL SOIL TREATMENT.
- STEP 6: FERTILIZE LESS, MORE OFTEN.
- STEP 7: GIVE IT LIGHT!
What does an unhealthy fiddle leaf look like?
The telltale sign of bacterial leaf spot in your Fiddle Leaf Fig is yellowing of the leaves in addition to the brown spots. With root rot, the leaves will typically remain dark green with brown spots, but with bacterial leaf spot, the leaf will turn yellow as the brown spot spreads.
Do fiddle leaf figs like LED lights?
You can choose fluorescent lights, but we recommend LED grow lights for your fiddle leaf fig because they’re more energy-efficient, which means they’re easier on the environment and your energy bill.
Can fiddle leaf fig grow with just grow light?
Fiddle Leaf Figs prefer lots of bright indirect sunlight, or a few hours of direct sunlight each day. If it’s not getting enough light, your Fig may have slow, or leggy growth, start leaning towards windows, or drop its leaves. Grow lights are an easy solution when your plant isn’t getting enough light indoors.
How long do fiddle leaf figs live indoors?
How long do fiddle-leaf figs live? In its native Western Africa, fiddle-leaf figs may live between 25 and 50 years. Fiddle-leaf figs may live up to 15 years as an indoor plant before reaching maturity.
Why are fiddle leaf figs so hard to keep alive?
The most common cause of fiddle leaf fig death is over-watering. Poor drainage and lack of sunlight can make this problem worse. Be sure to never water your plant more than once a week and be careful not to water until the roots have a had a chance to dry out between waterings.
Where should I place a fiddle leaf fig in my house?
Fiddle Leaf Figs should be placed in front of a window that will receive direct morning or afternoon light. Ideally, what you’re aiming for is a window with a mostly unobstructed eastern, western, or southern exposure — you don’t want trees or close buildings shading the window.