How To Care For Fiddle Leaf Fig

How To Care For Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of the most popular houseplants kept by your favorite productivity, lifestyle, or slow-living Youtubers. So you might be interested in how they manage to maintain and care for such lush indoor plants. It is native to the rainforests of Western and Central Africa — a stunning plant with large deep green leaves. As such, it’s not used to the light- and humidity-deprived situation indoors, which makes it all the more difficult to keep them alive.  Worry not. It’s not as hard as you might think. With these tips, you can keep your Fiddle Leaf Fig healthy and vibrant.  

Where To Place Your Fiddle LeafIndoor houseplant Fiddle Leaf Fig is potted in a woven basket and placed on a sunny windowsill.

The plant likes a warm, humid environment and of course, plenty of sunlight. Make sure to place your plant near the largest window of your house where they can receive plenty of bright ambient light. Don’t expose your plant to the scorching noontime sun. It will damage their gorgeous leaves easily.  Fiddle leaf thrives in temperatures between 65℉ — 75℉. If it starts developing brown spots, it means the room is too cold for your plant.   

How To Water

Another thing you have to remember is that Fiddle Leaf Figs don’t respond well to changes. They need their environment to stay calm and stable. So make sure to only water your plants with room temperature or lukewarm water. Coldwater will put your plant into shock. Allow the top inch of the soil to dry first before you water you reach for your watering can. Thoroughly water your plant’s soil, but make sure to put enough drainage in your pots. Excessive watering can cause root rot and will kill your plant.  After every watering, check if the pot’s tray or saucer is dry. Look for the signs of overwatering like dark brown spots or unpleasant smell near the soil to remedy the problem immediately.  Lastly, mist your plant’s leaves every day or wipe them with a damp cloth. This will clear them out of dust so they can absorb light more effectively. It will also mimic the humidity of the rainforests. Try out our Brass Plant Mister for a stylish accessory to help you provide the right humidity for you indoor plant collection.  


Keep other indoor plants near your Fiddle Leaf Fig to increase the humidity even more. The plant is sensitive to drafts, so make sure to shut the windows near it and to keep it away from air conditioning units or air vents.  Also, don’t move your plant unless absolutely necessary. This also means only repotting it when its roots are already poking out of its drainage holes. Remember: your Fiddle Leaf Fig loathes changes.   

How To Propagate Your Fiddle LeafTwo Fiddle Leaf Fig leaves are propagated in mason jars with filtered water.

To propagate your plant, find a branch with a couple of healthy leaves. Cut right above the node (where the branch connects to the main stem). Put the branch in filtered water and place the jar in a bright spot. Allow it to root for a couple of months, and place it in a separate pot.   

Is Fiddle Leaf Fig Toxic?

The plant is toxic to cats and dogs so make sure to place it out of your fur babies’ reach. If ingested, it might cause oral and stomach irritation, drooling, vomiting, and loss of appetite.    And there you have it. Fiddle Leaf Fig may be intimidating for beginner plant enthusiasts, but with proper knowledge and patience, you can have a vibrant plant, a natural air purifier, and a humidifier brightening up your living space all year round. Find Fiddle Leaf Fig and other amazing indoor plants available for online plant delivery on PlantX!