Propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig

Propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig | Ficus Lyrata care

Want to propagate your Fiddle leaf Fig Tree? If so, you came to the right place. Ficus Lyrata, commonly known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is a popular houseplant. Although, this diva can be a bit finicky, when it is happy, it is just stunning. Furthermore, keep reading to learn more Fiddle leaf fig care and propagation tips.

In this How to Propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig Video below we share our best tips on keeping your Ficus Lyrata happy and healthy. Watch or keep on reading for more care tips.

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 (2-2.4 m) tree. I just love how green and lush the leaves are.

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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 the picture below, I made a cut right where I am pointing. Also, 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 picture below.

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Healthy fiddle leaf fig tree

Below you can see another spot where I made a previous cut on my Fiddle Leaf Fig. Now there are new shoots that are growing nice and healthy.

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Cut made on Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

In fact, it has actually encouraged growth. And, it is much more full where I made the cut. Aren’t these such beautiful plants?

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Two new branches after a previous cut was made

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

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Lower leaves removed off my 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 pruning 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.

Propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig | Ficus Lyrata care
Red arrow pointing to cut made

Below is the branch that we cut off. I 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. 

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Remove lower fiddle leaf fig leaves

For the first Fiddle Leaf Fig cutting, I will be leaving two leaves on the stem.

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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. Therefore, I like to leave only one or two leaves.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig cuttings in water

Next, set the fiddle leaf fig cuttings in some water. Then, 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 cutting

In about a month or so you’ll get some white bumps on your stem cuttings. This is totally normal. Eventually, roots will grow from the white bumps on the stem. 

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Fiddle leaf fig roots
Growth can take several months depending on your climate, so be patient. Definitely worth the wait! Before placing your cutting in soil, make sure you have about a golf-ball size amount of roots. 
Propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig | Ficus Lyrata care in Soil
Planting Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagated Stem Cuttings in Soil

How to propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig in soil

First, find a pot with drainage holes to plant your cuttings in. Then, place the Fiddle Leaf Fig stem cuttings in the pot and add well-draining soil. Next, gently pat down the soil. Leave a few inches above the rim of the pot. 

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Planting Fiddle Leaf Fig Stem Cuttings in well-draining soil

Finally,  add 1-2 cups of water. Be sure to keep your freshly potted cuttings out of direct sun to avoid leaf sunburn.

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Watering Fiddle Leaf Fig Stem Cuttings planted in soil
Here are my tips for growing a healthy fiddle-leaf fig. First, find a spot where they will get some bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sun can lead to sunburn and cause the plant to develop brown spots. Read more about fiddle leaf brown spots here
Once you find a good location, try not to move them too much. These divas do not like too much change. Although, you can rotate it occasionally to ensure it is receiving even lighting to the entire plant.
Water your fiddle leaf fig tree when the top inch of soil is dry. Lukewarm or room temperature water works best. In fact, cold water can put plants into shock.
When watering a larger Fiddle Leaf Fig (pictured below), I use about two cups of water every week. Again, this will vary on how much light your fiddle leaf fig gets, your climate, and location. Additionally, you can use a moisture meter if you are in doubt. It’s my favorite fool-proof tool to help with watering. Indeed inexpensive and really helped me when I was a new plant parent.
Propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig | Ficus Lyrata care
Large Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
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Dusting Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves
Another way to keep your fiddle-leaf fig happy is to dust them regularly. Dust obviously makes them look dirty. However, heavy dust also blocks the light absorption on the leaves. The leaves cover a large surface, so they do tend to get dusty. 
Let that light shine and make sure you dust off those leaves. I use a damp microfiber cloth to gently wipe the leaf surface. 
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Fiddle leaf fig tree in a perfectly sized pot

Make sure you put your plant in a container that’s good for your Fiddle Leaf Fig’s size. In fact, you do not want a really large container. Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees prefer a smaller container. They actually prefer being slightly root bound.

Read more Fiddle Leaf Fiddle Tree care tips here!

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