Hopefully you can help with this. All the best! Which one is my best bet to try and maximise the amount of full size FLF’s I’ll end up with? You can find more details on notching here. Hope that helps! 🙂. The adjustment was hard as we figured out where it would thrive and it lost many leaves at the beginning. Another option is to keep it away from the events but use a grow light for added light. Be sure to remember to dust your Fiddle Leaf Fig. I will check for root rot and repot tonight. This may hinder their growth for a little while or require some time for them to recover. The soil on top is dry, but moisture meter is reading wet in the middle downward. If it is getting to big, pruning is a great way to chop some of the length off and it also encourages branching, which can give you more of that tree shape. I just received a fiddle a couple weeks ago and so far so good. Would you recommend switching to a 3-1-2 and how long should I wait to switch after I stop using the 6-12-6 spikes? 🙂, I’m glad the info was helpful Virginia! If you’re new to using a fertilizer, read these tips first. Perhaps cutting larger holes in the bottom on the plastic pot until the spring, or is it all right to change the soil now? Thank you! Summers can reach well over 95 deg and in the winters we drop down to the 40s. I live in NC where I can take it outside in the summer months so I do. Plants that are staked or tied generally rely on that for their support. Hi! My branches start too high. Thanks for your helpful tips to help him grow up to be a beautiful tree❤. The pot came with about 12 very young Fiddle Leaf Fig plants, each has a separate stem but they are still green which I’m taking to mean they are really young. When you water, it’s best to fully soak the soil until the excess runs out the bottom. I’m wondering, what do you think is the minimum amount of direct light a FLF needs in order to survive? Will the leaves remain on it all winter and if so should i cut the leaves off in spring? As your FLF sounds quite mature, I would say you’d have to cut the roots apart to do this, which can be a little risky. Do I cut them to save the tree? My dog took a bite out of a lower leaf on my FLF and the teeth marks are still there! Read on for details on how to care for your Fiddle Leaf Fig during winter. Hi Emily, your posts are really helpful! My question is – in the interest of getting him to grow into the mighty tree I know he can be, what do I do with these two diverted stems? Be sure to place your FLF further enough away that it isn’t in the path of hot, blowing air. I just scratched the top a little (where I pinched it) and there’s still sap coming out of it. Carefully separate the roots and replant them in multiple pots. Multiple trunks: If your FLF seems to have more than one trunk in its pot, it is possible that it is actually more than one plant! Mine is more of a small bush,but i’ve got big plans for my little guy (Newt). Hi Meagsie, thanks for the feedback! Humidifiers can help if the air is dry however the crinkling leaves are kind of like an adaptation to our environment, as they are tropical plants in nature. Hi Liz, have a look at this forum link which talks a lot about notching in detail and also shows some photos: I have a 3” little one and want to repot but accidentally ordered a massive pot. Additionally, my windows are quite large and my heater only intermittently blows warm air, so temperature isn’t constant, but fluctuates every hour. But a sudden cold snap or temperatures close to freezing can result in shock and leaf loss for our lush, tropical friends. I wanted to ask about drainage – I recently bought a FLF, but the drainage holes are quite small at the bottom of the pot. The braiding does look stunning too, as long as you can plant them without doing too much damage to the existing roots. Hope my fig will groÅ¡ healthy:) have a lovely day! Other than that, some time outside in the breeze and a good fertilizer should help with leaning. FLFs can handle having no direct light (as long as they’re still close to a window) although the more light the better. Hi Matt – the plant won’t keep growing from where it has been pruned, but it can still grow taller from branches that form after pruning. It is one plant though, not 2 or 3. I bought my fiddle leaf fig in May and about 2 weeks ago the leaves on one entire branch turned brown and brittle and fell off in what seemed like overnight. I'm the new mom of a 3 foot Fiddle Leaf Fig tree. My flf has a sturdy trunk with five branches. The humidity is 36% today which is probably about average. If it all sounds a bit much, I would suggest to start with a new, smaller, singe-trunk FLF to get the lollipop shape you want and enjoy how much your original FLF has grown! More info on fertilizer here. During winter, Fiddle Leaf Figs can sometimes be ‘dormant’. All the best! I’ve spent years now researching and reading up on Fiddle Leaf Figs, as well as growing and experimenting with my own. Hope that helps! For the soil, what kind of soil would you suggest if I repot it? And make sure it’s above a leaf node. All the best! If you have a cluster of stems in a pot, its likely that a few may end up leading the pack while some stems may stay smaller. Dry air means low humidity, which can result in dimpled leaves or even crispy leaf edges. A monthly check should be fine. Hi Thais, I think it will depend on the type of cutting you did. Or if you think the ‘Y’ shape is too low, you could choose a dominant one and cut the lesser one off. It’s already a good size. If you’re after more info on how grow lights work, read this guide to Grow Lights for Indoor Plants. Encouraging New Growth Notch your fiddle leaf trunk to encourage it to grow new branches. Have you had any luck notching the trunk below the branches? I water every Saturday 5 cups of water and there are no brown spots on any leaves. I really am after a “tree” look. Make sure that vents or fans are not blowing directly on or nearby your Fiddle Leaf Fig. While the bush-form generally have the trunk covered in leaves, the internet is full of whimsical pictures of the tree-form FLF with a bare waif-like trunk. Thank you! Two of the branches have dropped all leaves and have shriveled now. Pot I purchased is 14”Hx17”W. Hope those tips help! Hi Judy, you could rope the three branches together as an option. Both have leaves on their trunks from the soil to the top of the trunk. Fiddle Leaf Fig Notching Tutorial Video (How to Get Your Plant to Grow New Branches) By Claire Akin | 2020-06-26T05:49:21-07:00 January 16th, 2019 | Notching, Plant Care, Videos | If you've had a fiddle leaf fig tree for a while and it's grown taller, you may be wondering how to get it to grow new branches. Cheers. It is now all the way to the ceiling and still giving off new leaves. Even though ive had the plants for a couple years in the same pot could I still split them and get two plants or would you keep them together? Before he came to me, the grower must have chopped the main trunk (about halfway up) and there are two stems that have grown in a Y shape from that cut, so now the tree is growing out in two points rather than up. If the stem was green, this could be why you didn’t see results from notching. Don’t expect to see any improvement before April (and warmer temperatures). To be even more sure, feel if the top 1 inch of soil is wet or dry. Join our Fiddle Leaf Fig Community to ask questions and register for our free webinar to learn more about Fiddle Leaf Fig Care. I’m pretty sure the problem is that it’s not getting enough light — the brightest window in my new place is east-facing and so it only gets about five hours of sunlight. If you’re confused about exactly how to care for your fiddle leaf fig plant, you’ve come to the right place. And you can definitely propagate what you prune – more info on propagation here. Those large leaves can quickly build up a covering of dust particles, which can block light from the plant. There are two semi mature trunks in the pot, meaning theres actually two trees. More info in this post on brown spots. Will I ever be able to achieve the tree shape? Every time I top the FLF I only get 1 new branch instead of 2. 2. I hope you now feel confident about caring for your Fiddle Leaf Fig in winter! Fiddle Leaf Figs are tropical plants that LOVE humidity. And if they are in a brighter or sunnier location, you may need to adjust your watering schedule! Aw that’s great Janae! They do a lot to help support the trunk and provide nutrients for health and growth. 🙂. Hi, Emily. If you see no change within a week to the bud below, go over the same spot again. Thank you for your post it is very helpful foe me coz my FLF has 2 branches and it gives me an idea to see if its 2. Do you have any information on this? Coloured lights are more specifically designed towards a certain type of growth (such as flowers or fruiting). As your FLF matures you may find they eventually drop off, which one of mine has started doing. I don’t see any reason why you can’t plant a couple FLFs together, if that’s the look you’re after. The plant is still in the 10 inch nursery pot that I got it in. This could be low humidity or that the plant needs to be watered more often. Grow lights are special plant-lights that simulate sunlight to give plants the energy they need to survive. There’s a myriad of different colours and styles of grow lights, which can be confusing. Hi Sarah, splitting them or keeping them together is personal preference and it won’t harm the plant to keep them together. The fiddle leaf fig is native to western Africa and grows naturally in a lowland rainforest environment. I’m in Australia too 🙂 Sounds like that window would be perfect for your Fiddle Leaf! Emily’s posts have been featured on popular travel websites as well as home & style sites such as Apartment Therapy. If your Fiddle Leaf Fig normally lives outdoors and you live in a place that gets cooler than 55F (12C) at night, it’s best that it comes indoors to get out of the cold. Hey Ana, if the branches themselves appear to have died, you can prune back the branches to a spot where the inside is white/green and there’s sap. I know I can trim off the brown on the edges, but these leaves are mostly brown. I talk to my plants. If its getting hit with dry air for extended times this could be a reason. Thanks for your comments, hope the info helps 🙂. FLF came in a pot that is 4”Hx6”W I’ve also got a whole post about tips on leaning that might help too 🙂. Remember its always best to prune with the tree’s natural shape in mind! So it’s good to be able to read your plant and water accordingly! This post was so helpful in fact I’m wondering because I just started using miracleGro plant food spikes 6-12-6 on my newly purchased baby FLF. I guess I could stake it with a taller stake……… any other suggestions? It’s up to you what you decide to do, depending on if you feel confident to do it and if you think your FLF is healthy enough to adapt to the change. Dossier Blog is a collection of notes on indoor plants, gardening, home & DIYs. I got about 10 pots with leaves propagation that I have started in water and then placed them in pots. Let me know how you go! There are measures you can take if your plant is indoors (here’s a few ways to increase humidity), but outdoors is a different story. If you want screaming success with your fiddle leaf fig, read on my friend! How do I promote new leaf growth to get the lollipop shape I want. The sudden yellowing & leaf drop sounds like it could be exposed to cold air or a draft though – can you check if there’s any cold air coming through the window or if there’s an air vent or heater blowing onto the plant in its new location? Do I take one off? If you notice these symptoms, you may want to consider running a humidifier or putting out pebble trays to help increase humidity. Now patiently waiting for her to start branching out. Winter brings about a whole bunch of changes for plants. Did I kill the branch when I pinched that top bud? I’ve also found it has taught me more details on how to care for them, and I’d now feel confident I could get any size and shaped FLF thriving! Once you get the basics right, your FLF should stay happy! But Im not really good in planting and no green thumb as well, just trying my plants to stay long. Firstly be patient – it takes time for a tree to grow! Most of the leaves are small. Cut around 1/3 of the way across the trunk and around 1/3 deep, at an angle. If they are separate or even if you’re not quite sure, you should be able to separate them when repotting. I’ve left all the leaves on the trunk but I would like more of a tree look. Theres a few things you can do to help your FLF transition indoors well, such as supplementing light with a grow light (more info on using grow lights indoors here) and increasing humidity through a humidifier (read on for more info on humidity). If you have issues with signs of overwatering, then it might pay to repot now in a chunky, well draining mix with something like cactus soil & some horticultural charcoal. This is because the plant generally has the most energy stored during this time and can therefore respond favourably to it. If you’re a Fiddle Leaf Fig fanatic like me, you’ll want to know exactly what winter means for your plant and how you can help it thrive through the cooler months. I waited about 2 weeks to repot and it’s been in the same location (an easy facing window w white sheers) every since…I ignore her basically only watering about every 2 months and currently it is 6 feet tall and shows new growth weekly. Is there anything I can do for it now? 🙂. Try to prune in the spring or early summer. If your FLF isn’t responding well to what you’re doing – change something! Fiddle leaf fig plants are sold as trees or bushes. Because of this, your Fiddle Leaf Fig won’t have the same fertilizer requirements as it would during Spring or Summer. Young stems are green, and will then slowly turn brown. hi tamara! We’re getting very low light levels. Generally sudden drop like this is because of a change in temperature or drafts nearby. The distance between the leaves on the stem can shorten (making your FLF more lush-looking) and it will help the plant grow a strong root system and trunk. All the best! This article on encouraging a Fiddle Leaf Fig to branch might have some more useful info too! 1. I really like the look of a really leavy fiddle. Cancel reply. Should it be just above a bud, just below one or doe it not matter? Hey Alissa, I think the plant would be fine if you wanted to cut these smaller growths off. Hi Lerry, when repotting it is best to use soil that allows the plant to drain water easily – so go for a chunky mix or add in some small bark pieces. This is also why they can suffer when you first bring your Fiddle home. I would hate to do something too dramatic and damage my plant. Their large green leaves add a lot of life to indoor spaces, and they tend to do well with minimal care. But, your FLF doesn’t have to stop growing and thriving in cooler weather! If your FLF is in a sunny spot outdoors, before bringing it inside, transition it to an outside shady spot for a couple of weeks first. Hi, thanks for the info. Grow lights are great for this purpose and also for helping plants through winter in colder climates like yours. If you are happy with your FLF’s height and single trunk, you’ll need to work on strengthening the trunk so it can stand straight by itself. Maybe you can help me, my FLF is doing great, the only thing, it’s getting really tall and starting to lean pretty bad. I have gone down a serious rabbit hole of information on your website and I’m SO thankful! Its possible the white bits could be part of the soil (like perlite) or maybe some kind of funghus, which shouldn’t be harmful for the plant. Thanks for your help! Hey Alex, Spring is definitely the best time to encourage new growth & branches so I would wait til then before trying anything. Hi there, Apologies if I missed you explaining this one but my question is, my fiddle leaf is about 50cm tall. If they are still young, it will be easier to try separate them than if they are older (and therefore have a larger root system). When I was only watering it once or less per week, the leaves had brown edges and there was not as much growth. I live in zone 6. Let me know in the comments if this was helpful or if you have anything else you’d like to know! I’m not familiar with how the spikes work but it might depend on if they are a slow release fertilizer or not. 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