Thank you!! The explosive popularity of fiddle leaf fig trees—formally known as Ficus lyrata—is likely due to some combination of their speedy growth rates, attractive large leaves, and overall size and growers’ decisions and supply, Bullene says, though that doesn’t mean it’s the perfect house tree … Your site is so hopeful – caring doe FLF can be confusing with all the info out there. Before giving up on your plant, try working your way through some easy fixes. I have gone down a serious rabbit hole of information on your website and I’m SO thankful! If you can help me that question you will be a legend!!! It lost a few leaves at first, but now is doing well in a sunny window and the smaller leaves on top are getting bigger. Hey Teresa, I’m still experimenting with notching myself, but have a look at this link which talks really specifically about how to notch for new branches. Hi Rob, I probably can’t answer that question as one way or the other, as there’s so many factors that go into the health of a plant! Hey Shianne, thanks for your feedback! Totally unexpected for me! You may want to do multiple notches, as not all of them may take. How exactly do I encourage branches and get a thicker trunk to support a tree? I actually wrote a post on strengthening the trunk, and the tips in that post will help with thickening the trunk too. Try pruning or notching to create branches that might help balance the weight. Instead, it’s energy would be focused on rebuilding the roots. I’m still not sure what I should do about my bush Fiddle leaf tree… It’s up to you what you decide to do, depending on if you feel confident to do it and if you think your FLF is healthy enough to adapt to the change. It sounds strange but it does help! If it takes a looong time for the excess to come out (or it doesn’t come out at all), the soil is possibly compacted and the plant could do with repotting. Dossier Blog is a collection of notes on and about creativity, travel & style. Founded in 2015, Dossier started as a place to record notes from Emily’s travels. Should I start the braiding now? Thanks, Hey Doug, I would say it would be fine to prune your FLF back to about 8′. Glad the post could be helpful. It’s already a good size. Hope this helps you. So what would you recommend me doing? Taking a while to dry out in this plastic pot with the type of soil Lowe’s used. There are a few factors involved in making sure your FLF ends up looking like a tree. Another thing to do is to embrace the Y shape! FLFs love sunlight and I’ve found that it’s a major factor in getting them growing large and healthy 🙂 Just remember they do need to be acclimatized to any direct sun. Hey Mary! I pinched the top bud (main trunk) of my FLF. I want to cut it back to about 8′ and to be bushier, lollipop shaped if you will. of soil is dry to the touch. I think you could try and it’s not likely to shock the plant (notching isn’t really a huge stress on the plant) but the chances of seeing results may not be as high! My question is do you think it’s possible to separate three the almost 5 foot trees at this point? All the best! Overwatering is only an issue if you water too frequently (the amount you give the plant doesn’t cause an issue)! I will check for root rot and repot tonight. They are the same type of plant, but to get a bushy look you’d need to start with a plant that has multiple trunks growing out of the soil. When you water, it’s best to fully soak the soil until the excess runs out the bottom. I find they often need a lot more light than they’re getting, so consider if yours is getting enough! It keeps growing but the trunk does not support it. Hope that helps! I recently removed few leaved from my FLF because they had big hole or had big brown spot. Mine is really fast growing and I have it indoors in less light than it should have and in the NorthEast. Hello, thanks for the information! If you cannot get it outside to experience the breeze, wiggle the trunk every second day or so to mimic the wind. My thoughts are either: ? I haven’t braided any myself but I know its best to start early (or as soon as you can) while the trunks are still young and flexible. Wow! I guess I could stake it with a taller stake……… any other suggestions? But then there is also three more smaller trunks that aren’t as mature. Let’s first address the common indications that your fiddle leaf tree is suffering. The Best Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree September 25, 2017 If you can’t tell by now, I am pretty obsessed with fiddle leaf fig trees and while I have been pretty darn successful at taking care of the live one in my living room, I ventured into the artificial territory with this one in my dining room. Thank you for this post! Revered by interior decorators and houseplant enthusiasts alike, the fiddle leaf fig is a medium to large-sized houseplant with a thin trunk and large fiddle-shaped leaves. I have a whole post with details on soil and repotting that you might find helpful! There’s more info on branching here. Keep an eye on it and see what it responds to in terms of how much water and light it needs. Since then it has grown to encompass all things creative from DIYs, to organisation and style. This plant is perfect for those who are looking for some hardy indoor greenery, which requires little love and attention. Let me know if you have other questions. Thanks for your help! I do have a question and since you’re great at responding back, unlike others, I will ask you… I have a FLF bush with about 7 stems in it. I do think it’s root bound – because when I water it seems like the water goes straight through. Fiddle Leaf Figs aren’t the fastest growing plants but you can speed up their … You don’t want the WHOLE pot to dry out – this would stress out the plant. Hey Whitney, I generally recommend to bring them inside if it reaches temperatures below about 50. I have two very big and beautiful fifis (how I call them) for a while now. Hope that helps! Hell!! Do this above a leaf node. The three main components of a tree-form Fiddle Leaf Fig over a bush-form are height, the single bare trunk and the branches. I bought a bushy, 4.5 foot three trunk FLF six weeks ago. 🙂. It keeps sending out leaves from the top seems to be growing well. When you do water, you can fully saturate the plant until water runs out the bottom (make sure the pot has a hole in the bottom, FLFs also need good drainage). Also how would you go about splitting them? These days though, things are a little different with the fiddle being very accessible. It is the indoor plant of the decade. I’m in the middle of separating my two trees and was told to cut the roots whilst it is still in its pot, to wait 6 weeks and then repot in separate pots. It is a little earlier in the season than I would normally prune, but I think as long as your plants are getting good light there shouldn’t be any issues with branching. Keep in mind that FLFs like to be snug in pots so unless its very root bound, it should be ok in the same pot. Hi Emily, I don’t think I am strong enough to carry the tree outside and divide it. It seems to be thriving now – but not in the way we had hoped. Or would that damage the plant? Will one of them become the main trunk? Which one is my best bet to try and maximise the amount of full size FLF’s I’ll end up with? ? Maybe you’ve found a smaller, bushy FLF to bring home. Hope that helps! I just scratched the top a little (where I pinched it) and there’s still sap coming out of it. Generally it’s best to prune no more than a third of a plant to prevent it from going into shock. Required fields are marked *. The new growth above them is fine. Hope my fig will groÅ¡ healthy:) have a lovely day! I try to separate now, risking that they may be too young and struggle to grow I have a FLD plant and would really like to encourage it to grow into a tree and I’m well aware that it will take time 🙂 Thanks nonetheless for this post! And I will be very thankful too of course! Its also best to wait til the growing season before making changes like this. If it is a single trunk with 5 branches, you shouldn’t have too much trouble pruning them back as long as you follow the ‘no more than a third’ pruning rule. I read not to stake the plants. If you’re concerned about the smaller branch not growing, you could try facing that side of the plant closest to the light! Notching is best done on more mature, ‘woody’ stems. Your email address will not be published. I’m pretty certain that FLF’s can’t be propogated from a single leaf – they need to have some stem attached. Bambinos need nutrients to support strong roots and healthy leaves, so make sure to regularly fertilize with a liquid 3-1-2 NPK fertilizer like Fiddle Leaf Fig Food, especially during the spring and summer when your plant is growing. Position your plant by a north- or east-facing window, which will give the fiddle leaf fig a consistent amount of rays with burning or drying it out. Patience is key 🙂 hopefully you will get some growth soon! Hey Miah! If the plant is otherwise healthy and growing, that’s the main thing 🙂. Does notching make the tree stop growing taller, or does it just slow it down and send that energy into the branching? I appreciate the help! I just purchased a FLF. Thanks for all the great info! Let me know how you go! Hi there, Apologies if I missed you explaining this one but my question is, my fiddle leaf is about 50cm tall. The repotting system you’ve used in the past (cactus soil, perlite & terracotta pot) I would say would be very well draining and the soil would dry out quickly, as terracotta sucks moisture out of the soil. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, now is a pretty good time to give it a go. Hey Rebecca, how often they need watering will vary from plant to plant, depending on how much light they get, the soil, environment, size of plant and a bunch of other factors. If you go to a garden center to buy a fiddle leaf fig, you’ll most likely find a bushy plant in the 2-3 foot range in size. I live in Texas (zone 8) and we get all of the seasons. Let me know if you have any more questions 🙂. I would like to get rid of them all together. I am wondering, the lady who potted my plant recommended I bind the stems together to make them form a stem and trunk, but I can’t seem to find any information on this! Hey Kimberly, thanks so much – I’m always happy to help and reply to comments 🙂 It’s normal for the soil to be more wet/damp the further into the pot, and it will dry out first at the top. Should it be just above a bud, just below one or doe it not matter? Emily’s posts have been featured on popular travel websites as well as home & style sites such as Apartment Therapy. The plant comes in two forms: a plant and a bush. Hi Judy, you could rope the three branches together as an option. If there’s not enough leaves, your plant will not be able to get the nutrients it needs from sunlight and heightens its chances of being unhealthy or dying. We found our rubber at Garden Life, Sydney. Hi, Hey Ana, if the branches themselves appear to have died, you can prune back the branches to a spot where the inside is white/green and there’s sap. http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1465570/pruning-ficus-lyrata-to-branch Hope that info helps, sorry I couldn’t be of more assistance with the braiding! Seems nice and strong. Hi Anne, unfortunately if you trim the edges of the leaves, they won’t grow back! If you’re new to using a fertilizer, read these tips first. Trending: Indoor Plants with Pink Foliage. 🙂. Hi Chad, that’s amazing growth! Fiddle-leaf fig care includes adequate water, but the worst thing you can do to fiddle-leaf fig trees is to overwater them. All the best! Hi there, FLFs are renowned for their thin trunks and are therefore prone to leaning! FLF came in a pot that is 4”Hx6”W There are currently 3 new leaves growing out the top (thanks to your fertiliser tip) and it seems ok after I cut through the roots. The braiding does look stunning too, as long as you can plant them without doing too much damage to the existing roots. My question is – in the interest of getting him to grow into the mighty tree I know he can be, what do I do with these two diverted stems? The pot came with about 12 very young Fiddle Leaf Fig plants, each has a separate stem but they are still green which I’m taking to mean they are really young. They are growing amazingly well and are constantly getting new leaves. You may want to wait until the stem matures and thickens. You’re only in danger of overwatering if it gets watered too often. Hi there, I purchased a FLF and it’s growing really well it’s pretty much doubled in size 1.5ft to 3ft in about 2 months. Thank you! As the Fiddle Leaf grows, its lower leaves fall off, revealing a rough brown cracked-looking trunk. They will often lean towards the light source, so make sure you rotate the plant around weekly. I thought the bush variety was a different plant than the tree, so I was happy to hear that it just takes time! I really like the look of a really leavy fiddle. Hey I’m still very new to caring for indoor plants and I’m not very sure what you mean by pruning or pinching (where and how – Pictures would be very helpful!). (the trunk should be tended to last out of these three components). Great article and great advice! 🙂. strengthening a weak or leaning trunk here, http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1465570/pruning-ficus-lyrata-to-branch, 12 DIYs of Christmas: Coastal Napkin Rings, 12 DIYs of Christmas: Create a Faux Wood Fireplace, 12 DIYs of Christmas: Furoshiki Plant Gifts, A post shared by Emily Connett – Dossier Blog (@dossierblog). If so, other options could be to propagate a stem, which you can then grow singularly in a pot to form a more tree-like shape. I’m sure its best to start this process while the plant is still young. By following this simple guide and utilizing our all-natural potting mixes, soil amendments, and fertilizers, you can keep your fig tree healthy (and Instagram-ready) all year round. It’s taken on a weird shape after I had to trim a few dying leaves and it also has a small trunk with no leaves on it (3 trunks total with possibly another one growing). The … not a sprawling bush, but more of a bush-tree). My question is- where exactly do I cut the top off in order to branch? Lastly, I saw huge improvements in my FLFs trunk when I started using a quality fertiliser. These versions are referring to the size of the plant rather than if they are a ‘bush’ or ‘tree’, as their shape mostly comes down to how they are planted and are cared for. Once you get the basics right, your FLF should stay happy! Hey Kyra, I’m wondering if she meant to braid the stems together? I use this method as some moisture meters can be unreliable. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree vs. Fiddle Leaf Fig Bush. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrate) and Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Both the Fiddle Leaf Fig and Spider Plant are mildly toxic to dogs and cats. Or leave the three trunks in the one pot and enjoy how lush and bushy they get! I’ve staked it awhile ago, but as it continues to grow , it leans more and more. Every time I top the FLF I only get 1 new branch instead of 2. I wrote a post of strengthening FLF trunks, which could be helpful. http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1465570/pruning-ficus-lyrata-to-branch Keeping it in a consistent location should help too 🙂 Hope that helps! I have a three branch fiddle that quickly found it’s happy spot in my house. So glad this post was helpful for you 🙂. So my FLF is about 5 feet tall right now, and regularly puts out new growth (it just put out another round of leaves a couple weeks ago). Olive Trees are the new fiddle leaf figs and I’m loving the significantly smaller leaves which feels so fresh! 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