A Guide to Thriving Fiddle Leaf Fig Care

A Guide to Thriving Fiddle Leaf Fig Care

Fiddle leaf figs (Ficus lyrata) have become popular choices for indoor plants, known for their large, glossy leaves that can add a touch of elegance to any living space. However, caring for a fiddle leaf fig requires attention to detail to ensure it thrives in its environment. In this guide, we'll explore the essential aspects of fiddle leaf fig care, from lighting and watering to pruning and troubleshooting.

House Plant Journal LTH Light Meter


Fiddle leaf figs are native to the rainforests of West Africa, where they thrive under the canopy of tall trees. Replicating this environment indoors is crucial for their well-being. Place your fiddle leaf fig in bright, indirect light. It is best to use a light meter such as House Plant Journal’s, LTH Meter. According to House Plant Journal your fiddle leaf fig will require a minimum of 400fc (foot candles) but will thrive better in 800fc. Hence, ensure that you have this sort of lighting for your fiddle leaf fig before going out and purchasing one. If your fiddle leaf fig doesn’t get the minimum amount of lighting, you can see it losing its leaves.

Fiddle leaf fig in LECA


Achieving the right balance in watering is key to fiddle leaf fig care. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering, and then water the plant thoroughly. Be cautious not to overwater, as fiddle leaf figs are susceptible to root rot. Ensure proper drainage by using a well-draining potting mix and a container with drainage holes. Adjust your watering frequency based on the humidity levels in your home and the season. If you are into LECA or would like to experiment with LECA, fiddle leaf figs do well in it. It will also take the guesswork out of when and how much to water your fiddle leaf fig. Click here to check out our blog on LECA!

Misted Fiddle Leaf Fig


Fiddle leaf figs appreciate higher humidity levels, mimicking their natural habitat. Increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly or placing a humidifier nearby. Grouping plants together can also create a microenvironment with increased humidity.

Pruning and Shaping:

Pruning is essential for maintaining a healthy and attractive fiddle leaf fig. Trim any damaged or yellowing leaves, and occasionally prune for shape to encourage a bushier appearance. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears, and make cuts just above a node. Regularly remove any debris from the soil surface to promote better air circulation.


For better growth, fertilise your fiddle leaf fig all year round, more so during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a balanced fertiliser such as Growth Technology Foliage Focus or if you prefer an organic fertiliser, We the Wild Grow Plant Food and Tonic or Support Slow-Release Pellets. Follow the recommended dosage on the fertilizer packaging, and avoid over-fertilising, as this can lead to salt build-up in the soil.

Fiddle leaf fig leaves

Support and Repotting:

As your fiddle leaf fig grows, provide proper support for its expanding trunk by staking it. Repot the plant every 1-2 years or when you notice its roots outgrowing the current container. Use fresh potting mix and choose a container that is 2 inches larger in diameter than the current one.

Common Issues and Solutions:

Keep an eye out for common problems like pests, yellowing leaves, or leaf drop. Spider mites and mealybugs are common pests that can be treated with insecticidal soap. Adjust watering if you observe yellowing leaves and troubleshoot other issues promptly to maintain your fiddle leaf fig's health. Regularly using We The Wild Protect Spray will help with the treatment and prevention of pests as well as keeping your fiddle leaf fig leaves clean and shiny.

Caring for a fiddle leaf fig involves a combination of proper lighting, watering, pruning, and attention to potential issues. By providing a well-balanced environment, you can enjoy the beauty of this majestic plant and create a vibrant, green focal point in your home. 


Fiddle leaf figs are toxic to pets. Therefore, ensure that this beloved indoor plant is kept away from your adored pet.

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