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I did a few insta-stories the other day on all my fiddle leaf figs and how I kind of care for them and have for the past few years that I’ve had some of them and had lots of questions. So I figured I would answer everything I know and have done for mine. However – please know that I’m not a plant expert at all and this is just what has worked for me. SO with that said, let’s do this thing.
Where to buy a Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Hands down, best spot (if you don’t mind waiting for it to grow) is Lowe’s. They have the least expensive Fiddles I’ve seen and they’re typically in good shape! If you want a bigger one to start with, a local nursery is generally the best place to start shopping – however, the bigger, the more expensive. So my biggest Fiddle I bought about three years ago from a nursery and spent over $150 on it. So heads up there, but it is beautiful and about double its original size now.
What to look for when buying a Fiddle?
When I buy my Fiddles I look for 90% healthy leaves, full if possible (meaning don’t let the bottom part be bare) and the leaves to be a deep green. Some imperfections on the leaves are totally fine and normal, even my healthiest tree has imperfect leaves.
BEST TIPS WHEN CARING FOR A FIG:
- The more sun the better, they LOVE sunlight. If you were to walk around our house and look at our Fiddle Leaf Figs, you would see that every single one of them is right next to a window or VERY close and definitely in direct sunlight. You also have to ensure that if you close your blinds at night, to open them first thing in the morning, everyday, to ensure your tree gets the light it needs all day!
- They don’t like drafts, meaning air vents, doors, etc. However, that being said – we do have one by our back door and so far it’s done totally fine with the air, but I may need to move it for the winter, but I’m hoping not. They don’t like long periods of air on them for sure though, so don’t place them directly by an air vent and if you do, then make sure you’re okay closing the vent.
- Water once a week and no more! I call it “Fiddle Leaf Fridays” and that’s when I water mine every week, obviously how much water will depend on the size of your Fiddle, but they don’t love a ton of water. The rule of thumb that I use for mine is: 1 cup per foot tall essentially. 🙂
- Coconut oil it up! I just buy the cheap stuff at the grocery store, so the Walmart brand it works just fine. I coconut oil mine once a month! I don’t go overboard, but just take a paper towel, gently wipe coconut oil onto the towel and then onto each leaf.
- Don’t move it – Find a spot for it and leave it there, especially if it’s new, give it a couple weeks to get used to its new home. Fiddle Leaf Figs don’t like to be moved, so try to find a good home for it and leave it there! Don’t panic if it’s looking sad after moving it though, give it a couple of weeks!
- If there is a dead leaf or you’re in the process of helping your Fig out or it’s starting to lose a leaf, remove the leaf that’s dying. Don’t just remove any leaf with a little spot, I’m talking a leaf that’s totally dying only – this is a trick my Mom taught me. When you have a leaf that’s dead the tree focuses its energy there rather than the rest of the tree, so removing it will help refocus its energy on the whole tree!
That’s all I’ve got for you today! Happy Planting!
PS. If you have more good tips, share them below!