Can You Grow a Fiddle Leaf Fig From Seeds? 

Have you ever wondered how your gorgeous fiddle leaf fig plant came to be? Maybe you look at all the trees in the nursery and wonder how they are grown. This leads many to ask, can you grow a fiddle leaf fig from seeds? 

The short answer to the question is YES. Fiddle leaf figs can be grown from seeds. However, think twice about ordering fiddle leaf fig seeds online as you will not be able to grow a plant from the seeds because they require specific conditions to grow. 

How Fiddle Leaf Figs Are Grown From Seeds

Plants grown from seeds require pollination. A fruit and a flower and a pollinator come together to germinate the seed and help it to grow. The pollination part is where things get interesting for fiddle leaf figs. 

Fiddle leaf figs are native in the wild in only two places on earth. Fiddle leaf figs are native to Western Africa and Australia. There they need to be pollinated by a certain type of wasp that only lives in these regions. Without this particular wasp, pollination cannot occur. Without pollination, a fiddle leaf fig cannot grow. 

How Fiddle Leaf Figs Are Grown for U.S. Distribution

I spoke with one of the top fiddle leaf fig producers in the U.S.; they supply nearly 70-80% of the plants to nurseries in the United States. 

They explained that germination can occur from a seed but the process takes nearly 3 months and the failure rate is high. You might think that growers would use propagation as a means to produce more fiddle leaf figs, but they actually use a faster process. 

90% of fiddle leaf figs are grown from tissue cultures. This is a laboratory process where you take a cutting of a plant and multiply it into thousands of plants that are grown in sterile conditions. Once they have roots, they are planted and distributed across the U.S. 


Have you ever wondered if you can grow a fiddle leaf fig from seeds? Watch the video and read how fiddle leaf figs are grown for distribution in the US.

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Growing Fiddle Leaf Figs By Propagation

Propagation is an easy way to produce another fiddle leaf fig plant. This involves taking a cutting of your plant and placing it in water along with a rooting hormone to help it grow roots. 

It can take 4-6 weeks to see roots from the cutting. Once the roots have grown, you are ready to pot in fresh fiddle leaf fig soil and watch it grow! If you take 4 cuttings, you have a nearly 100% success rate of growing at least 1 healthy new fiddle leaf fig. 

This video shows you how to propagate your own fiddle leaf fig.

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