Fiddle leaf figs prefer humid environments and are typically fine with the ‘climate’ inside a home. However, if artificial heating or cooling is used, help increase humidity by misting the leaves on a daily basis with a spray bottle.
Fiddle leaf figs are native to tropical rainforests in Africa, so they like humidity and will enjoy having their leaves misted with water when it’s hot and dry.
Keep the potting mix only slightly moist. Fiddle leaf figs do not like to be overwatered or sit in a saucer full of water, as their roots can start to rot. Check moisture levels in the potting mix by inserting your finger into the top few cm of mix. If it feels dry or dusty, it’s time to re-water. If the mix still feels quite moist, leave watering for another few days.
They can be left in the same pot for several years, but when you see roots starting to grow out of the base it’s time for a slightly larger pot. Re-pot plants in early spring into a larger container. Alternatively, you can keep it in the same pot, just prune back the roots – no more than 20 per cent of the rootball – and return to the same pot.
Encourage straight, upright growth by turning the pot by 90-180 degrees every few weeks, so all sides of the plant are exposed to the maximum amount of light. And if your fiddle leaf fig does start to grow too tall, you can pinch out the top of the stem.
Dust fig leaves regularly with a soft cloth. Dust can clog up the pores of the leaves and make it difficult for the leaves to function.