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pruning my out-of-control fiddle leaf fig

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Hi there,

I have a fig leaf tree for a few years now, that has been very happy in a sun-lit corner of our kitchen.  I water it once a week, sometimes using liquid plant food (10-15-10) that was recommended by the nursery where we bought it. 

I had been good about pruning it, and have successfully propagated it a couple of times.  However, as you can see in the photos, I had been a bit delinquent in the last year or so to prune it, and it has gotten out of hand.  Furthermore, due to a kitchen renovation, we need to relocate the plant.  

The photos will hopefully be its new location.  There is plenty of good natural light (a massive window above the stairs, as well as a skylight overhead).  

But how do I prune it back now??  I am tempted to cut off the entire long branch that is extending over the stairs, but I fear that such a large cut will shock the plant too much.  Do I do it in stages, starting at the top?  Or do I only cut where the leaves begin?

Also, the main branch/truck is out on an angle, and I’d like to attempt to re-pot it to straighten it out.  However, I’m afraid so much change at once (new location, a major prune, and a re-potting), will just be too much!

ADVICE NEEDED!!

Thanks in advance,
Rachel

   
 
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    Hi Rachel, thank you for your question! What a beautiful tree! You can prune it into the shape you like just making sure not to trim off any more than 10% of the total amount of leaves at one time. So if you want to prune multiple areas, it is best to do it in stages to help the plant recover in between. Here is a helpful pruning video for you to check out as well.

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