Fiddle Leaf Fig Care
As popular as Bird of Paradise, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of the best-loved indoor plants that people would like to place in their living room. The gorgeous plant, also known as the Ficus lyrata, adds vitality to your house and life with its tall stature and enormous, elegant leaves. This upbright and fascinating plant graces the covers and photos of many design publication and will definitely bring a unique, tropical flair to your space.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig needs to be positioned directly in front of a window that will receive direct morning or afternoon light. Thus the window with a mostly unobstructed eastern, western, or southern exposure is favorable. While if the window is large enough and without being shaded, the northern exposure can also work.
Note that if the plant is placed in front of a southern exposure, slowly increase the amount of time it spends in front of a southern window over the course of 1-2 weeks so as to help it acclimate. Otherwise the leaves could burn and form brown scorch marks. The light duration depends on the size of the Fiddle Leaf Fig, the larger it is, the more light it will need. When a plant fails to get enough light, its leaves may drop.
During the winter months, the light is relatively less, so it’s important to keep your plant beside the window. But remember to make sure it won’t get cold injury when the window is open. If you do have windows that are drafty, move your Fiddle Leaf anywhere from around 2-3 feet back from the window. This distance allows plants to avoid random bursts of cold air, while still receiving a similar amount of light.
Generally the Fiddle Leaf Fig needs to be thoroughly watered about once a week. Water it slowly in a circular motion around the plant in order to provide time for soil to absorb moisture rather than letting the water go straight down to the bottom of the planter. For watering frequency, when the top 5-8 centimeters of the soil is dry, give the plant a thorough watering. If it’s potted in a planter with a drainage hole, please notice the tray when watering. You’d better not let much water remain in your tray, as this allows root rot to set in easily.
Like most other plants, Fiddle Leaf Figs require some general maintenance. One important routine is related to its most obvious feature: its leaves. Since their leaves are so large, Fiddle Leaf Figs need to be dusted regularly. When dust accumulates on plant leaves, dust particles make it difficult for the plant to absorb sunlight and perform photosynthesis. Regular dusting goes a long way in helping your plant stay in top shape as it loves light so much. In addition to dusting leaves, rotating your plant weekly or bi-weekly is vital. It can ensure even light exposure for the whole plant.
Grow Fiddle Leaf Figs with Leizisure self-watering pots
Leizisure self-watering pot is featured in its sub-irrigation system, which helps plant to care for itself. The flowerpot is composed of inner pot, outer cover and water level indicator. The space left between the inner pot and the outer pot is named water reservoir and it holds enough water for your plants to keep hydrated for weeks.
How to plant
When planting, first, come with the Leizisure substrate, also called PON, which contains rich natural minerals. Place the substrate at the bottom of the inner pot. It works as a buffer between the water and soil, absorbing the moisture and slowly releasing it to the roots. Then take the plant into the inner pot, and fill it with nutrient soil. Next put the inner pot inside the outer cover to finish the potting process. All plants need to be watered after repotting. Water it slowly to provide chance for soil to absorb moisture rather than rushing it, making the water just run at the bottom of the planter. The planter has drainage, so the excess water would flow into the cover.
For the first 3-4 months, you need to water through the soil, for the roots need some time to grow and open up. When it adjusts to the new pot, the plant is in control of its water intake and ready to use the water reservoir. At this time, water it via the water supply shaft which is beside the water level indicator. There is a red stick in the indicator, when the stick rises to reach the ‘max’ line, stop watering. It means the reservoir is full. So whether you are on a business trip, too busy to take care of your plants, or even some occasional events happens, like the COVID-19 pandemic which keeps you away from home, the left-behind plants do can live well in 20 days with Leizisure self-watering flowerpot.