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Thursday #trend. Today we got this "not so little" fig from @littlefig, think our studio cat Julian approves. #thankyou @littlefig we just love!  

After months and months of research, we finally found a fiddle leaf fig supplied and we have been thrilled with their product and service, now remains the challenge looking after it! For more info or shop here.

How to look after your fiddle leaf fig

Below we have provided some easy to follow information, tips and trouble shooting about how you look after your Fiddle leaf fig to keep him happy and healthy in his new home.

A bit about your Fiddle leaf fig

Your Fiddle leaf fig or Ficus lyrata is an evergreen tree from tropical Africa growing to around 30m (100’) tall. It has leathery, big and glossy fiddle-shaped leaves with wavy margins and hairy undersides. It is a low maintenance plant, needing around ¼ of a cup of water each week. However on really warm days, give it a little more water!  Dont let the soil dry out.

The fiddle leaf fig grows best in a well lit position.. The fiddle leaf figs are slow growing but some do reach ceiling height in optimum conditions. As they grow the trunk becomes progressively thinner. Fiddle leaf figs can be propagated from stem-tip cuttings.

Top tips for how to care for your fiddle leaf fig

Watering – ¼-1/2 cup of water each week! Do not over water your fiddle leaf fig.  Over watering can cause your the roots to rot or what we call ‘wet feet’.  This is the top tip in how to care for your fiddle leaf fig, so don’t get too water happy!  We find our figs like more water in the warmer months in Summer or if they are in a well heated house in winter.

Clean the leaves -  Make sure to give your fiddle leaf fig leaves a little dust every now and then to help your fig to absorb light. Your fiddle leaf fig may also drop its leaves if it is exposed to too much dry heat or drafts.  If this occurs it may go into a dormant recovery mode.

Soil – any good, fast draining potting soil will do. If your Fiddle leaf Fig sits in water it get root rot or ‘wet feet’

Fertilizer – feed with a weak liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season, spring and summer.

Sun light - your fiddle leaf fig requires indirect light, not direct light.  You will notice that if your fiddle leaf fig doesn’t have enough light it may cause the fiddle leaf fig to loose it’s leaves and thin out! Your fiddle leave fig will also grow towards the light, so make sure you rotate your fiddle leaf fig every so often to keep your fig growing straight.

Night time – Try not to leave your fiddle leaf fig outside during the night, especially when its really cold at night

Pruning - Prune your fiddle leaf fig to encourage branching and bushiness. And make sure you stake or wire your fig stem to support it to stay upright. If you want your fig to look more like a tree than prune your fig from the top. The best time to prune your fiddle leaf fig tree is in the spring time (September, October, November). Make sure you give your fiddle leaf fig a prune every year or two.

When things go wrong
If you over water your fiddle leaf fig and there is excess water in the soil, the lower leaves will fall off.  Mealy bugs and fungus infestation can be the common issue with the Fiddle Leaf Figs.  Fungal disorders, including root rot, or weet feet, develops when the fiddle leaf fig’s soil is constantly wet.  the leaves may turn brown to black and curl up, eventually falling off.  Root rot or wet feet is best treated by withholding water until the soil to drain fully.

If your fiddle leaf fig has anthracnose leaf spot remove the infected leaves and avoid wetting the foliage when you water.  Your fiddle leaf fig  can recover from either disorder if damage isn’t severe.

If your fiddle Leaf Fig is exposed to prolonged cold weather, over wateringit may deteriorate quite quickly.

If you  fiddle leaf fig is exposed to a draft or too much dry heat it may drop off its leaves and can go into a dormant recovery model. You might see this if there is browning of the fiddle leaf figs plant’s leaves begins on the tips and edges of the fiddle leaf fig, and spreads into the rest of the leaf.

Winter – If you live in Melbourne where it is freezing in winter, your fiddle leaf fig growth will be appear to slow  or be dormant.

Remember – do not over water, and your fiddle leaf fig does not like dry heat and drafts!

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