I don’t give a fig (enough attention)!
I don’t give MY fig enough attention. My other houseplants, tillandsias and terrariums are very self reliant and pretty much take care of themselves but we are going on holiday soon and I just realised I don’t know how to take care of this glossy little fella. He has sat in our living room filling an awkward spot beautifully for the last 3 months and I haven’t done a thing for him other than an occasional water. Besides a few brown leaves underneath and some very dry soil (as expected) he seems to be ever so resilient and low maintenance but after a little research, there are a few things you can do to help your fig stay healthy and most importantly ALIVE!
- These fellas love bright, indirect light. They are pretty easy to please, just put them near a window and avoid direct sunlight
- Brown spots could indicate a number of problems, but they’re generally related to too much or too little watering
- You definitely want to keep your tree’s leaves clean so give it a dust and a wipe every now and then
- Figuring out how much to water may be a bit of trial and error but start with once a week allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering is actually the biggest killer. I take mine outside and give him a good soaking allowing all the water to drain through before putting him back inside
- Increase your watering in summer or if you have the heating on particularly high. Their natural environment is warm and humid so its best not to dry them out too much
- Leaf dropping is generally caused by getting too much or too little water, or being exposed to cold air or too much warm air (as from a heater). If your fiddle fig is dropping leaves try moving it to a different spot making sure it gets bright filtered light