Propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig | Ficus Lyrata care

Propagate and care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig

Want to learn how to propagate and care for your Fiddle leaf Fig Tree? Ficus Lyrata, commonly known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is a popular houseplant. It can be a bit finicky, but when it is happy it is just stunning. Keep reading to learn more.

How to Propagate and care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig

In this HOW TO video we share our best tips on keeping your Ficus Lyrata happy and healthy. Watch or keep on reading for more care tips.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
Quick Care Guide

Water

Wait for the top inch soil to dry before watering. Lukewarm or room temperature water works best.

Light

Prefer lots of bright, filtered light. Keep your fiddle leaf fig near a sunny, east-facing window for sunshine throughout the day.

Humidity

Thrives in warm, wet conditions. Mist to increase humidity around your plant, especially in the drier winter months.

Temp

Performs best temperatures between 65-75° F

Soil

A well draining soil mixture will need to have chunky particles to allow water to move through the mix freely.

Fertilizer

Fertilize plants once during the spring and monthly throughout the summer. 

Pests

Susceptible to mealybugs, aphids, mites and scales. 

Pronunciation

FYE-kus leer-RAY-tuh

Common Name

Fiddle Leaf Fig, fiddle-leaved fig, banjo fig

Scientific Name

Ficus Lyrata

Toxicity

Can cause stomach irritation for your pets if ingested.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

This Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree below is about four years old. As you can see it’s growing really well. It has continued to grow into a tall, bushy 7-8 foot tree.
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4 year old Fiddle leaf fig tree
Remember, wherever you make your cut, that is where you will most likely get two new shoots. As you can see in this picture, I made a cut right where I am pointing. Notice there are 2 shoots now growing on either side. 
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Cut made on FLF with new branches
It has actually encouraged growth and it is much more full where I made the cut. See pic to the right.
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Healthy fiddle leaf fig tree

 Here is another spot where I made a previous cut and now there new shoots that are growing nice and healthy.

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Cut made on Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
It has actually encouraged growth and it is much more full where I made the cut. 
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Two new branches after a previous cut was made

I took off some of the lower leaves, because I wanted to make it more of a tree instead of a bush. You could definitely leave them if you prefer a bushier fiddle leaf fig tree.

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Lower leaves removed off my fiddle leaf fig

Propagate a Fiddle Leaf Fig

Now lets propagate and make some more fiddle-leaf fig trees! The large branch on the left is growing really well but it’s getting a little bit heavy for the plant. I will propagate that branch. This will help me multiply my Fiddle leaf Fig Tree collection for free.
I find the best spot to make a cut is right below a leaf. Grab a really sharp knife or some cutting shears and then make your cut. You can see my cut in the picture below (see giant red arrow). It still gives some room above the lower leaf to grow some new offshoots.
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Red arrow point to cut made

Below is the branch that we cut off. I am going to make two new plants from this one cutting. Technically, I could propagate this cutting as one plant, but I want to make two plants. If you only want one cutting, be sure to remove most of the lower leaves.

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Top portion I cut off my fiddle leaf fig
To make two cuttings to propagate, I make a cut right above the leaf in the center of the stalk. You will see some white milky sap on the cutting and that is totally normal. It easily wipes off.
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I made two cuttings from the top portion I removed
The lower leaves just snap right off easily when removing them. I like to leave one to two leaves on my cuttings that I propagate. For the first cutting I am leaving two leaves.
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Remove lower fiddle leaf fig leaves
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Leave 1-2 Fiddle Leaf Fig leaves

Leaving more than 2-3 leaves will make it harder for the plant to develop roots. It will be sending energy to keep all the leaves alive instead of sending energy to grow new roots. I like to leave one or two leaves.

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Fiddle leaf fig cutting
Set the fiddle leaf fig cuttings in some water and wait for it to grow some roots. Change your water about once every four to five days just to make sure the water stays clean.
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Fiddle Leaf Fig cuttings in water
At about a month or so you’ll get some white bumps on your cuttings. Before placing your cutting in soil, make sure you have about a golf-ball size amount of roots. Growth can take several months depending on your climate, so be patient. 
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Fiddle leaf fig roots

Tips for Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

Here are my tips for growing a healthy fiddle-leaf fig. First thing you want to do is find a good spot for them where they are going to get some indirect sunlight. They do not like direct sun as they can sunburn and develop brown spots. Read more about fiddle leaf brown spots here. Once you find a spot then try not to move them too much. You can rotate it occasionally but try not to move them too much.
Water your fiddle leaf fig tree when the top inch of soil is dry. Lukewarm or room temperature water works best since cold water can put plants into shock. 
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2 cups of water every week for this size Fiddle leaf fig
When watering a Fiddle Leaf Fig of this size above, I use about two cups of water every week.
As for the smaller ficus lyrata in the black pot above, I water with about one cup every week.

Dust your Fiddle leaf leaves

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Happy dust free fiddle leaf fig leaves
Another way to keep your fiddle-leaf fig happy is to dust them regularly. Dust obviously makes them look dirty.  Heavy dust also blocks the light absorption on the leaves. The leaves cover a large surface, so they do tend to get dusty. So let that light shine and make sure you do dust the leaves.
Make sure you put your plant in a container that’s good for their size. You don’t want a really large container. Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees prefer a smaller container.

Read more Fiddle Leaf Fiddle Tree care tips here!

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