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Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) Care

Light:

Fiddle leaf figs require bright indirect light and can even tolerate some direct morning sun.  Best placed in an east-facing window. Don’t worry too much if your tree drops some leaves when you first bring it home. Ficus often lose foliage when they’re moved to a new location and can take 2-3 weeks to become acclimated again. 

Water: 

Let the soil become dry 1-2 inches from the top in between waterings for all Ficus.  Water more sparingly in the winter. Use tepid water if possible.   

Temperature:

Ficus Trees grow well at high temperatures. It will survive at temperatures as low as 15°C, but will not produce new growth. Ficus Trees enjoy humidity and would definitely appreciate a humidity tray or regular mistings.

Fertilizer:

Fertilize during the active growth period in summer. Use a general-purpose fertilizer diluted to half strength and fertilize every three or four weeks until the active growth period ends. There is no need for fertilizer during the winter. 

Potting

Repot young ficus every second year using a well-draining soil.  Fiddle leaf figs should have leaves gently wiped with a damp cloth occasionally.  Dust can prevent the leaves from absorbing sun and nutrients.

Pruning

Prune the Ficus to keep its small size and to shape the canopy. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth appears. Make cuts on branches just above a leaf node or a branching stem. New growth will appear from below the cut. Prune out dead branches any time throughout the year. 

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