If you’re a fiddle leaf fig aficionado trying to grow your herd, you may start to consider fiddle leaf fig propagation. Why would you want to propagate your plant? So that you can grow many plants from one original plant. This saves you money and allows you to clone your favorite fiddle leaf fig plant!

You may be intimidated by propagation, but it’s actually easy. You should be pruning your existing fiddle leaf fig tree anyway, so why not try to root a few cuttings in water? It only takes 3-4 weeks for the roots to get started. If they don’t take off, you can try again. Done right, propagating your plant allows you the ultimate joy:  to grow a brand new plant of your very own from the beginning!

What is Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation?

Propagating a fiddle leaf fig plant means taking a stem or leaf cutting and allowing it to root in water or soil to create a new self-sustaining plant. You can propagate most houseplants, which varying degrees of difficulty. Fiddle leaf figs are actually relatively easy to propagate.

What Time of Year Should You Propagate Your Fiddle Leaf Fig?

The best time of the year to propagate is in the spring. This is when your plant is naturally prone to new growth and investing in its root system. The easiest way to be successful is by cutting from a branch that is already producing new growth, which is more likely during the spring. Propagation in the spring will also allow plenty of time for your new cutting to thrive before winter sets in.

How to Propagate a Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant

The first step to propagating a fiddle leaf fig plant is to take a leaf or stem cutting. Then, you’ll “root” the cutting, which means you’ll place it in water or very moist soil to allow it to grow new roots. Here are the steps to propagating your plant.

Step One: Prepare Your Propagation Container

You’ll want to have a container ready for your cutting with clean, chlorine-free water. Allow normal tap water to sit overnight to let the chlorine evaporate or use distilled water. Make sure the container is a good size and shape to support your cutting and keep it upright.

Step Two: Take Your Stem Cutting

I recommend cutting a stem with two or three leaves (no more than that or they’ll require too much energy to grow). Cut about 3 inches below the first leaf. This will give your new plant a short stem and enough leaves to sustain it. Choose a few of the healthiest leaves on your plant to take for your cutting. Don’t worry, they will grow back after you cut them. Use a clean, sharp tool to take your cutting and immediately place it into water.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation

Photo Credit: Jean Baik Shin

Step Three: Use a Rooting Hormone

Purchase a rooting hormone like this one to help your plant grow new roots more quickly. Follow the directions on the bottle and dip your stem in once before placing in water or soil. 

Step Four: Place in Bright Place

Place your rooting system in a bright place without direct sunlight and check it every few days to make sure it has enough water and light. Replace the water with clean, chlorine-free water at room temperature if it looks dirty or cloudy.

If you're a fiddle leaf fig aficionado trying to grow your herd, you may start to consider fiddle leaf fig propagation. Why would you want to propagate your plant? So that you can grow many plants from one original plant. This saves you money and allows you to clone your favorite fiddle leaf fig plant! Claire Akin

Step Five: Wait One Month

It usually takes about one month for your cutting to develop roots. You can see the roots forming at the bottom of the plant after about three weeks. Allow them to grow for another week or so until you’re ready to replant.

If you're a fiddle leaf fig aficionado trying to grow your herd, you may start to consider fiddle leaf fig propagation. Why would you want to propagate your plant? So that you can grow many plants from one original plant. This saves you money and allows you to clone your favorite fiddle leaf fig plant! Claire Akin

Photo from Jewels at Home Blog: https://jewelsathome.com/

Step Six: Plant Your New Rooted Cutting

Plant your new rooted cutting in moist soil and be sure to keep it evenly moist for the first two months of growing to allow the roots to take hold. After three months, begin fertilizing regularly with Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation

Photo Credit: Jean Baik Shin

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Plant Food is here! Click to purchase your Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food today. Claire Akin

It may take a year or so for your new plant to really get going, but with time, patience, and pruning, you’ll have a brand new fiddle leaf fig plant to enjoy! Propagation may seem technical or complex, but it’s actually easy. And, the joy of cultivating your own plant from a cutting exceeds any love you’ll feel for a store bought fiddle leaf fig plant!

Be sure to check out The Ultimate Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation Success Story with photos showing every step of the process and how to properly Prune and Shape your Fiddle Leaf Fig.

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By |2019-04-30T12:40:45-07:00February 21st, 2018|Fertilizer, Plant Care, Propagation|7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Kim March 26, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Can I propagate from a cutting in the Winter? I live in Australia so our winter’s are quite mild.

    • Claire Akin March 27, 2018 at 9:10 am

      You can! While the best time is in the Spring, if you give your cuttings plenty of light they may be able to propagate in the winter. Please let me know how it turns out!

  2. Julie March 30, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Claire, Always glad to meet another fiddle leaf fig lover. Your picture under step five is from my blog Jewels at Home, and I would appreciate proper credit.
    Thank you, Julie

  3. Marga Mej April 20, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Hi. I’m a new fiddle leaf plant lover and I’ve had this plant for 6 months now. Doing great until 2 days ago when I noted a whitish /grayish progressive discoloration on the leaf. Can you help identify what it is and what should be done to treat it? Many thanks

    • Claire Akin April 20, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks for sharing – it sounds like you could have a powdery mildew. Could you send photos to claire@indigomarketingagency.com? If this is the case, you would want to treat with a normal indoor plant fungicide and it will clear up quickly. Claire

  4. Charlotte July 30, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Hi, I have a cutting in water for 2 months and so far no roots.  What did I do wrong.

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