How to Grow and Care for Fiddle-Leaf Fig

This fig can be grown if you have a window that gets good morning light. When planted in good soil and given regular irrigation, it will grow to a height of six to ten feet with little trouble and fairly quickly. People and pets should not handle fiddle-leaf figs.

Fiddle-Leaf Fig Care

To get filtered light, put your plant next to a window. Use high-quality soil for houseplants and annually repot young trees.

Aim to maintain a moderately wet soil while avoiding overwatering. Increase the primary stem's support. Turn the container every few days so that the sunlight is shining on all of the leaves.

To increase photosynthesis, dust the leaves every few weeks with a moist cloth. As leaves emerge, trim those that are damaged or dead.


Bright, indirect light is ideal for the growth and aesthetics of fiddle-leaf figs. Leaves can get burned by direct sunlight, especially in the afternoon.


As long as the indoor plant potting mix drains properly, any high-quality kind will work. Good drainage can be achieved with a peat-based soil mixed with perlite or with a 50/50 blend of cactus and houseplant potting soil.


Fiddle-leaf figs prefer soil that has a reasonable level of moisture. The plant's leaves will wilt and turn a dull green color if it doesn't receive enough water. If you give it too much water, it could rot its roots and drop leaves. 

Temperature and Humidity

It is sufficient to maintain average home temperatures between 60°F and 85°F at reasonably constant levels. Aim for a humidity level of between thirty and sixty-five percent, and give your plant enough room to breathe.


During the growing season, feed with a high-nitrogen plant food once a month. A suitable option is an NPK 16-5-11, which has a three-to-one nitrogen to phosphorus ratio. For houseplants, you can use liquid fertilizers, such as those made especially for fiddle-leaf figs, or water-soluble pellets.