With their elegant and large, glossy leaves, fiddle leaf plants have become an enchanting symbol of indoor greenery. Whether you're a seasoned plant enthusiast or just beginning your botanical journey, fiddle leaf plants are sure to effortlessly transform any space into a lush oasis! Read more about how to take care of your fiddle leaf plant below!
Fiddle leaf plants require bright light but should not be placed in direct sunlight at all times. This can cause damage to the leaves. Also, you should rotate the plant to guarantee even growth.
When watering a fiddle leaf plant, the top inch or so should dry out before being watered again. It is also beneficial for the plant to have drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. It is important to note that this type of plant should not be overwatered; this can lead to root rot.
For people who live in the Midwest (us!) or somewhere with a dry climate or a household with low humidity: you may want to think about getting a humidifier. An alternative to a humidifier would be a tray of water near the plant! It is good to mist the leaves, but not too much!
Let’s talk temperature. Fiddle leaf plants thrive in temperatures between 65°F and 75°F (18°C to 24°C). Try not to expose the plant to random temperature changes, which include cold drafts.
Use a well-draining potting mix that is designed for indoor plants. You should repot your fiddle leaf plant every 1-2 years or when it becomes root-bound. It is recommended that you choose a pot that is slightly bigger than the current one.
During spring and summer, which is the growing season for fiddle leaf plants, use a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks. Be careful to avoid over-fertilizing to avoid salt buildup in the soil.
As for pruning, the fiddle leaf should be pruned to maintain its shape and get rid of any dead or yellowing leaves. Pruning also helps stimulate branching. Clean and sharp pruning shears should be used to prevent damage to the plant.
Here are a few more tips for taking care of your fiddle leaf plant:
Watch out for indoor plant pests like spider mites and mealybugs!
Fiddle leaf plants can grow fairly tall with heavy leaves. If your plant starts leaning or becoming unstable, consider using a support system like a stake to help it stand upright.
If your plant’s leaves are turning brown, drooping, or showing other signs of distress, it could be an issue relating to watering, light, or humidity. Gauge the plant’s condition and make adjustments.
Remember that fiddle leaf plants can be a little tricky, so it may take some trial and error to find the right care for your plant but we know YOU can do it! So whether you’re in your oversized sweatshirt or best Sunday church clothes, there’s always time to care for your fiddle leaf plant to get it healthy and thriving!