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Keep your Fiddle Leaf Fig fit as a fiddle

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is rapidly becoming Australia’s most popular indoor plant.  It has attractive, big glossy leaves and is a low maintenance evergreen plant that is troubled by few pests.  A truly  beautiful feature piece for the home or office,  it is easy to see why it has grown so quickly in popularity. Follow our tips below to keep your fiddle leaf fig fit as a fiddle.

Position
The fiddle leaf thrives indoors in a well-lit position away from direct sunlight.  Generally, the fiddle leaf fig enjoys the kind of bright light environment most houses and apartments provide. The fiddle leaf fig prefers some humidity and will tolerate indoor temperatures just fine.  To ensure even growth, rotate the plant every on occasion.

Water
Your Fiddle Leaf Fig should only be watered when the surface of the potting mix becomes dry.  When watering give it a drenching so water is draining from the bottom of the pot and leave it to slowly dry out again.  Fiddle Leaf Figs enjoy consistent watering to keep them moist but not soggy. Water well during the growing season (spring and summer) and reduce watering in the cooler months.  Don’t let your plant sit in too much water as it may develop root rot.  If you notice the leaves are limp and floppy you are probably under watering your Fiddle Leaf Fig. Brown spots on the leaves are generally related to too much water.

Soil
Managing soil moisture is critical to success with Fiddle Leaf Figs. Grow plants in a rich, well-drained potting mix including part bark and perlite. It’s generally time to re-pot your Fiddle Leaf Fig when the roots are growing out of the drainage holes.  When your Fiddle Leaf Fig is still small and growing rapidly, you may need to re-pot it every year.  Liquid fertiliser application monthly during the growing season (spring and summer )will ensure vigorous growth.

Hot Tip
Wipe the leaves of your Fiddle Leaf Fig regularly with a soft cloth to remove dust and improve the glossy appearance.  Dust can affect the pores of the leaves and make it difficult for the leaves to function.

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