It is a really fun plant to grow! Should I start the braiding now? I have seen others have success this way. I’m sure there is some info if you look up braiding 🙂. Have you had success notching? Any suggestions on how to make my FLF look healthier and continue to grow? There are two semi mature trunks in the pot, meaning theres actually two trees. Thanks for the tips, very 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? I would like to try and take some of the smaller plants and separate them to grown in their own pots but I’m not wondering if it’s a bit too soon. When you notch, if you don’t see any small new growth within a week, go over the notch again. Hi!!! Does this mean that it will never grow taller anymore? Yellow leaves Hope that helps 🙂. If there is, it sounds like it needs to be repotted! Let me know if you have other questions. More FLFs is always better, haha. Overall the plant looks great.. besides few brown spots, but worried about the soil taking so long to dry out. In my opinion the attribute that makes the FLF appear most like a tree is the removal of the lower leaves when it gets big enough. Great article and great advice! The fiddle leaf fig from the ficus genus of trees is an exciting species to grow with larger leaves than the others from the genus. The soil on top is dry, but moisture meter is reading wet in the middle downward. 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! Use a pair of clean and sharp cutters, or a razor if your FLF has a thinner trunk. When multiple stems share the one root system, its riskier to separate them and may cause more harm to the plant if you do. I have 2 FLFs and would be interested in experimenting with a shrub look on the other one. It is possible to grow yours into a tree but you may need to assess further when you repot. How do I promote new leaf growth to get the lollipop shape I want. Undulate, fiddle-shaped glossy leaves up to 40cm long and 30cm wide form a bushy dome of foliage on top of an upright growing trunk or stem. If you would like your FLF to branch or it is growing too tall, pruning will definitely help the trunk. I read not to stake the plants. How exactly do I encourage branches and get a thicker trunk to support a tree? It’s not very common, but I have seen FLFs where the trunk has been braided as it grows. There are many types of fig trees, ranging from the hardy Brown Turkey Fig to large jungle trees. I put it in a new spot out of the direct sun and it seems to be doing better now. You’ve heard this before, but have you … The fiddle leaf fig’s leaves are large and dark in colour– glossy and leathery, with yellow veins. As you probably have seen, the fiddle leaf is making quite the appearance in every design mag, retail store, restaurant and blog (I am sure you even have one in your home). When there’s enough light, the leaves grow closer together and support the trunk better. Growth depends on three factors: light, soil and water. 3-1-2 is the best ratio for Fiddle Leaf’s needs so it would be a good idea to switch over. They are very fun to grow and bring so much joy 🙂. The lower leaves provide support for the trunk and help it to grow strong, which is important for a tree-form as they are top-heavy and more prone to bending or tipping. Excessive leaf loss. Hi there, Apologies if I missed you explaining this one but my question is, my fiddle leaf is about 50cm tall. Dossier Blog is a collection of notes on and about creativity, travel & style. Founded in 2015, Dossier started as a place to record notes from Emily’s travels. It is the indoor plant of the decade. Cheers. Notching has a similar affect and you may want to use this method if you have a precise idea of where you would like a branch to grow. FLF came in a pot that is 4”Hx6”W My FLF had a brown spots on a few leaves when I bought it. To be even more sure, feel if the top 1 inch of soil is wet or dry. The plant comes in two forms: a plant and a bush. If there’s not enough leaves, your plant will not be able to get the nutrients it needs from sunlight and heightens its chances of being unhealthy or dying. Just water little by little or wait until it fully dries out and then water fully? 🙂. But with a little extra work it’s possible to get them to support themselves. 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. While I don’t feel confident in my ability to separate them and re-pot, I still would like each trunk to grow straight-upwards and relatively close (grouped) together (i.e. This post of branching may have some tips if you’d like to try shape your plant into more of that tree shape! If you have multiple trunks in the one pot, you could try separating them when you repot. I would say that if you don’t want to risk disturbing the roots of the tiny ones, you could instead cut them at ground level and propagate them in water. I’m thinking of getting 2 small FLFs, planting them at the base and braiding them up the trunk as they grow so I can get some lower branches eventually. Thanks for your help! strengthening a weak or leaning trunk here, http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1465570/pruning-ficus-lyrata-to-branch, 12 DIYs of Christmas: Coastal Napkin Rings, 12 DIYs of Christmas: Create a Faux Wood Fireplace, 12 DIYs of Christmas: Furoshiki Plant Gifts, A post shared by Emily Connett – Dossier Blog (@dossierblog). All the best! 1. I’m lost and would appreciate your help. You must have the knack for FLFs! growing and pruning your Fiddle Leaf Fig. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of the most attractive, with large leaves that are shaped a little like the body of a violin.This evergreen tree will grow outdoors in any area free of frost, but everywhere else it makes a great houseplant, with a real personality. It is very healthy and loves it’s location but it is getting way too big. The adjustment was hard as we figured out where it would thrive and it lost many leaves at the beginning. It lost a few leaves at first, but now is doing well in a sunny window and the smaller leaves on top are getting bigger. If you are really after a single-trunk tree FLF look, you may be better off getting another FLF with a single stem that you can then more easily train into a tree style. The leaf can still grow roots and live but it isn’t likely it will grow into anything else from a single leaf. 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. My FLF is about 7ft tall and is one branch with leaves. FLFs are so versatile that they can take on a bushy appearance, or be grown and trained into a tree-shape. I have done top pinching for my Lyrata and thinking about doing it to my Compacta which is about 35inch tall, i am in early Spring of Australia, do you think Compacta will branch out as well as Lyrata? I appreciate the help! Emily. Can I use those to propagate a new plant? She’s been repotted once but I didn’t split them because I was too scared I would kill them. You’ve probably seen two kinds of fiddle leaf figs — the tall, tree-like type with a long, bare trunk, and the short bushy type with leaves that start at the base. Or would that damage the plant? 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. I feel like keeping the together would stunt the growth of them. They are all still green and looking like healthy but nothing changed!! Did I kill the branch when I pinched that top bud? Hey Sarah. This plant is perfect for those who are looking for some hardy indoor greenery, which requires little love and attention. The top is VERY sparse with 4 branches that have 1-7 leaves on them. These are the same plant, but one has been manipulated through pruning and shaping. Hi, I’ve done a lot of search but can’t seem to find the answer I need. Yes, there are smaller versions available, such as the bambino, although I haven’t heard of the ones you’ve seen. Younger (and therefore smaller) plants are cheaper and less of a risk to buy if you’re not sure how well you’ll be able to look after it – its less of a risk if it doesn’t last in your home. Re-potting a fiddle Leaf Fig Bush: Every 2-3 years repot the Fiddle Leaf Fig Bush or whenever you find that it is root bound, providing a container slightly larger than the previous one. Can I just lop off the longer branches? What Are the Differences Between Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree vs Bush Fiddle leaf fig bushes tend to have multiple fiddle leaf figs in it, and they generally are not in their mature form. I’ve just got a 1 foot tall fiddle leaf fig..its been 1.5 months now and the plant was doing fine and it even sprouted two new leaves but recently i am noticing some brown patches on most of the leaves mostly near the edge..i am not able to understand what’s wrong..i water it once in 10 days and its placed in a south facing room with large glass doors..although its a little away from the glass door but i think it receives moderate light..i am concerned if the brown leaves are a result of cold air passing through the doors.. Hey Anamika, if the brown spots are on the edges of the leaves creeping in, I would say it has something to do with moisture levels or the environment its in. The common name comes from the "rubber" sap that oozes out of the leaves and woody stems if they are scratched or cut. Thank you! These forums were an amazing resource for me and I would definitely recommend checking out more! FLFs will also generally have the most energy stored at the peak of the growing season, aka late Spring-ish. I’ve been looking for an answer online that I can not seem to find it anywhere!! If you have any more questions about brown spots on fiddle leaf fig leaves, black spots on fiddle leaf fig, fiddle leaf fig dropping leaves or other issues with these indoor trees, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Taking the steps in this post will strengthen the trunks as well as help them grow straight, rather than leaning. The humidity is 36% today which is probably about average. My thoughts are either: How long does it take for a leaf in the pot to grow into a little tree?! It is native to western Africa, from Cameroon west to Sierra Leone, where it grows in lowland tropical rainforest. I’ve staked it awhile ago, but as it continues to grow , it leans more and more. I haven’t actually heard of this method of separating trees and am a little unsure of the reasoning behind cutting them in the pot and waiting. Your email address will not be published. 🙂. Keep in mind that there will always be some damage to the roots when you seperate them, because they will be so intertwined. There will always be some inevitable damage with separating them so that is something to consider and may cause a little bit of leaf loss too. But just to get roots may take 6-8 weeks, so as you can see, it may take a few months before you see any new growth. Hi, Plants won’t always grow exactly how we’d like them to and sometimes embracing this can lead to a unique plant. These days though, things are a little different with the fiddle being very accessible. You may want to wait until the stem matures and thickens. The crinkled, puckered leaves are definitely a sign of low humidity and 36% is very low. It is one plant though, not 2 or 3. They are suited for growing indoors because it does not become excessively large. Mine is more of a small bush,but i’ve got big plans for my little guy (Newt). 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. It even grew a side shoot about two thirds up its main trunk. After that, one side of FLF looked empty so i did notching to encourage to grow the new branch a month ago but nothing happened….. Now it seems like scar 🙁 Is there any tip for notching? Hey Jaime, I think the plant will keep growing from the top when it is ready, unless the branches themselves have died. The ficus family, which includes the fiddle leaf, is full of other beautiful plants too, like this one—also called a rubber plant. Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation Series PART 5 with Moody Blooms! Otherwise they should sprout again at the growth tip of the branch. Trending: Indoor Plants with Pink Foliage. Hey Alex, Spring is definitely the best time to encourage new growth & branches so I would wait til then before trying anything. I’ve just bought another FLF with three stems in the pot, to grow bushy and lush.