Pruning and Shaping

To Prune or Not to Prune: What to Do with Damaged Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves

By |2019-09-27T11:25:06-08:00July 10th, 2019|Plant Care, Pruning and Shaping|

When fiddle leaf figs (and many other plants) develop problems, the main place it shows up is the leaves.  Root rot, underwatering, sunburn, fungus, bacterial infections, insects, and lack of humidity can all damage the leaves and form brown spots, yellowing, or holes.  The trouble is, what do you [...]

When to Remove the Lower Leaves From Your Fiddle Leaf Fig (And When NOT To!)

By |2019-09-27T11:26:28-08:00June 27th, 2019|Plant Care, Pruning and Shaping|

What do you like best, the look of a tall, tree-shaped fiddle leaf fig, or a bushy one with many leaves covering the bottom? If you're like most ficus lyrata owners, you prefer a tree, and hope to someday grow your fiddle into that iconic trunk-and-canopy shape. See? You're [...]

How to Shape A Fiddle Leaf Fig Into A Tree

By |2019-10-03T13:50:40-08:00June 14th, 2019|Notching, Pruning and Shaping|

Lopsided, Lanky and Leaning, Oh My! Shape Your Mature Fiddle Into a Tree Do you have a mature fiddle leaf fig tree that is really tall? Maybe it is leaning heavily to one side and you are considering cutting it down a few feet. If your goal is to [...]

How to Separate Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

By |2019-10-04T11:39:26-08:00March 12th, 2019|Plant Care, Pruning and Shaping|

Wondering how to separate two fiddle leaf fig trees? Watch this video from Meg Miller. She shows you how to separate the trunks of a fiddle leaf fig bush to eventually shape it into a single stalk tree. The Guide to Separating Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Trunks Most fiddle-leaf [...]

A Fiddley Rescue: How to Revive a Dead Fiddle Leaf Fig

By |2019-10-04T11:41:24-08:00March 11th, 2019|Notching, Plant Care, Problems, Pruning and Shaping|

I get a lot of questions about whether you can revive a dying fiddle leaf fig. Plants can be extremely resilient with the proper care, so bringing a plant back from the edge is definitely possible!  I received this amazing story from a reader who rescued a fiddle leaf fig [...]

3½ Ways to Grow a Taller Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

By |2019-10-26T06:28:31-08:00February 18th, 2019|Containers, Plant Care, Pruning and Shaping|

Oh, no! Last month I was delighted to find what I thought would be the perfect size fiddle leaf fig tree for my space. As you can see, though, the result was anticlimactic: As with most expectations, reality failed to live up to the glossy interior design magazines. Perhaps you [...]

The Best Grow Lights for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

By |2019-10-04T11:51:33-08:00January 25th, 2019|Plant Care, Pruning and Shaping|

Rule number one about your fiddle leaf fig: It loves light!  The more light, the better. In this case, more is more if you want to grow a big, healthy fig. (Just make sure to give it a rest at night!) If you live in a darker climate, if it’s [...]

How Fast Do Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees Grow? 
(With a Photo Timeline)

By |2019-10-04T11:54:56-08:00January 22nd, 2019|Plant Care, Problems, Pruning and Shaping|

Nurturing a ficus lyrata is like the ultimate adult houseplant version of “Choose Your Own Adventure.” You remember those interactive kids’ books, don’t you? At the end of each chapter, you, the reader, are presented with a choice. Each selection produces a wildly different outcome than its alternatives.   So [...]

Fiddle Leaf Fig Notching 101: When, Why, and How to Encourage Branching (With Before and After Pictures)

By |2019-10-04T12:32:52-08:00October 6th, 2018|Fertilizer, Plant Care, Problems, Pruning and Shaping|

If you own a celebrated Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, you've probably thought about what you can do to get it to grow new branches. Fiddle leaf fig notching is a fairly advanced strategy. Today, we'll break down what you need to know to get new growth right where you want it [...]

How to Strengthen and Thicken a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Trunk (Video)

By |2019-10-04T12:36:00-08:00October 1st, 2018|Plant Care, Pruning and Shaping|

Every fiddle leaf fig plant owner wants their ficus lyrata to grow into a tall, tree-shaped statement. Unfortunately, though, many indoor gardeners end up with a smallish, lopsided, unappealing version of the same. What can you do to strengthen your fiddle leaf fig tree trunk? One of the reasons weak fiddle [...]

Just Released: The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert is Available Now! (Buy Now)

By |2019-10-04T13:53:00-08:00August 2nd, 2018|Bonding, Cleaning, Containers, Drainage, Fertilizer, History, Plant Care, Problems, Propagation, Pruning and Shaping, Soil, Watering, Where to Buy|

We are thrilled to announce that our book, The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert, is finally available on Amazon now in full-color paperback or on Kindle! The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert is an easy-to-understand guide for growing healthy and happy ficus lyrata plants. The book includes actionable information to improve the [...]

How to Prune a Fiddle Leaf Fig (Video)

By |2019-10-04T14:06:35-08:00July 7th, 2018|Plant Care, Pruning and Shaping, Videos|

Pruning a fiddle leaf fig is an important part of keeping your plant healthy and looking its best. In this video, we'll discuss how to prune a fiddle leaf fig, the tools to use, and what to look out for to keep your plant safe. After you prune your plant, don't [...]

Register Now for Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care 101 (Webinar)

By |2019-10-04T14:25:19-08:00May 9th, 2018|Light, Plant Care, Problems, Propagation, Pruning and Shaping, Watering, Where to Buy|

Join us for an exclusive webinar to learn everything about taking care of your fiddle leaf fig plant! In this 30 minute presentation, we'll review care tips, tricks, and answer your questions. We'll discuss: The Benefits of Your Plant Fiddle Leaf Fig Care 101 The 10 Commandments of [...]

Pruning and Shaping Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant

By |2019-10-30T05:20:54-08:00May 1st, 2018|Plant Care, Pruning and Shaping|

Given proper care, plenty of sunshine, and enough soil to expand its root ball, your fiddle leaf fig will grow quickly. Healthy plants may grow several inches or even a few feet each year. They can get lopsided or too big for their location in a hurry. Pruning will keep [...]

Where Should You Place Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant?

By |2019-10-04T14:36:13-08:00April 25th, 2018|Light, Plant Care, Pruning and Shaping|

Perhaps one of the most important choices you can make for the health of your fiddle leaf fig plant is where you place it within your home. Your plant needs plenty of sunlight, but not too much strong sunlight on its leaves. Without enough sun, it will grow slowly, be [...]

How Much Light Does a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Need?

By |2019-10-04T14:38:10-08:00April 18th, 2018|Light, Plant Care, Pruning and Shaping|

There's a lot to think about when considering how much light a fiddle leaf fig plant needs. Getting enough natural light for your houseplants can be an ongoing challenge, especially during the winter months. Lack of sunlight is one of the most common problems for fiddle leaf figs, which results [...]

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