Hope that helps! Hope that helps! By following this simple guide and utilizing our all-natural potting mixes, soil amendments, and fertilizers, you can keep your fig tree healthy (and Instagram-ready) all year round. Overall the plant looks great.. besides few brown spots, but worried about the soil taking so long to dry out. Don’t add water until the top inch (2.5 cm.) More info in this post on brown spots. You could still tie the branches together, however this won’t necessarily help the plant in the long-run, in terms of getting it to stand straight on it’s own. 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. All trunks are brown and woody looking. We found our rubber at Garden Life, Sydney. We won't bombard your inbox, promise. Thanks in advance! Keep in mind that FLFs like to be snug in pots so unless its very root bound, it should be ok in the same pot. and do I cut off the branches with no leaves? But then there is also three more smaller trunks that aren’t as mature. Or leave the three trunks in the one pot and enjoy how lush and bushy they get! My FLF had grown to over 10′ tall and getting close to the ceiling. Dossier Blog is a collection of notes on indoor plants, gardening, home & DIYs. My FLF had a brown spots on a few leaves when I bought it. These forums go into a lot of depth about FLFs and are a great resource! Thank you for this post! So my FLF is about 5 feet tall right now, and regularly puts out new growth (it just put out another round of leaves a couple weeks ago). Do I band them together? That link for “good fertilizer (this one is best for FLF’s)” – for a second, i thought it was a flat iron LOL 🙂 I got about 10 pots with leaves propagation that I have started in water and then placed them in pots. Overwatering is only an issue if you water too frequently (the amount you give the plant doesn’t cause an issue)! Great article and great advice! Thanks for the tips, very helpful! Try pruning or notching to create branches that might help balance the weight. If it takes a looong time for the excess to come out (or it doesn’t come out at all), the soil is possibly compacted and the plant could do with repotting. After searching for months, I finally ended up paying about $100 for a medium sized plant. I have a FLD plant and would really like to encourage it to grow into a tree and I’m well aware that it will take time 🙂 Thanks nonetheless for this post! It won’t affect the health of your plant so much, its just a natural response to not quite ideal environmental conditions. Hi Katrina, notching is a way you can encourage branching without impeding growth from the top. Can I braid these trunks? Hi Emily, Unfortunately, consuming fiddle leaf fig foliage can cause painful symptoms for your dog including skin and gastrointestinal irritation. I bought a bushy, 4.5 foot three trunk FLF six weeks ago. Its also best to wait til the growing season before making changes like this. It is getting huge and I live in a small cottage. Pruning will encourage branching and stop your FLF from being so top-heavy. Or if you think the ‘Y’ shape is too low, you could choose a dominant one and cut the lesser one off. There’s more info on branching here. 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. Hey Alissa, I think the plant would be fine if you wanted to cut these smaller growths off. I’m sure its best to start this process while the plant is still young. Such as being near a draft or heater. I bought my FLF as a mature tree. Would you recommend switching to a 3-1-2 and how long should I wait to switch after I stop using the 6-12-6 spikes? When I was only watering it once or less per week, the leaves had brown edges and there was not as much growth. The soil on top is dry, but moisture meter is reading wet in the middle downward. It is the indoor plant of the decade. I’m SO SCARED to repot, since I’ve killed other plants by doing so and all the leaves fell off, even though I used terra cotta pots with cactus/succulent soil mixed with perlite. Aw that’s great Janae! Hope that helps 🙂. You could also try nothing in several places, as not all notching will end up being successful. Thank you! 🙂. There should be a link to a great FLF one in this post if you need. There is a mix of about 4 which are 3f tish high and some much smaller ones. It sounds like your plant may share the one root system, which would make it harder to grow into a tree-form unless you did the braiding. For the soil, what kind of soil would you suggest if I repot it? Thank you! It has three branches and I really want just a tree-type. Because they are tropical rainforest plants, they don’t do too well in cold environments. I’m happy to share what I’ve learnt, especially since there can be a lot of misinformation out there! I have 2 FLF. Ficus lyrata, commonly known as the fiddle-leaf fig, is a species of flowering plant in the mulberry and fig family Moraceae. My question is- where exactly do I cut the top off in order to branch? Hey Jill! Just gotta have patience for these ones to grow. If the stem was green, this could be why you didn’t see results from notching. FLFs will also generally have the most energy stored at the peak of the growing season, aka late Spring-ish. I would say unless there’s signs that the plant is suffering from it, it isn’t necessary to repot. It may take a little trial and error to figure out. Pruning is definitely the best way to get branches, so I would consider pruning it back to a point where you’d like it to branch. 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. Or is there any way to encourage the new growth on the same spot i did notching? I actually purchased two with the thought of putting them on my covered patio in a tall planter to create a living privacy screen. Keeping it in a consistent location should help too 🙂 Hope that helps! Is that unusual? I’m in Australia too and pruned one of my FLFs just this week to get more branches. Hey Rebecca, how often they need watering will vary from plant to plant, depending on how much light they get, the soil, environment, size of plant and a bunch of other factors. Thanks for your helpful tips to help him grow up to be a beautiful tree❤. Hi Liz, have a look at this forum link which talks a lot about notching in detail and also shows some photos: Thanks for all the great info! If you start growing fiddle-leaf figs in containers, you’ll need to repot them every year. Another thing to do is to embrace the Y shape! Can I just cut them at the base? I live in Texas (zone 8) and we get all of the seasons. The Best Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree September 25, 2017 If you can’t tell by now, I am pretty obsessed with fiddle leaf fig trees and while I have been pretty darn successful at taking care of the live one in my living room, I ventured into the artificial territory with this one in my dining room. You may want to dig into the soil a little bit to see how connected the trunks are before repotting, to see whether you’d be up for attempting it! Hi Judy, you could rope the three branches together as an option. I have a three branch fiddle that quickly found it’s happy spot in my house. The method for branching is the same no matter the variety, so I’m sure you will get branches on both plants. If you are happy with your FLF’s height and single trunk, you’ll need to work on strengthening the trunk so it can stand straight by itself. I pinched the top bud (main trunk) of my FLF. Can you recommend how I can get them from leaning to the sides? Thanks! 🙂. Hope those tips help! Maybe you can help me, my FLF is doing great, the only thing, it’s getting really tall and starting to lean pretty bad. All the best 🙂, Your email address will not be published. So for best results, the best thing to do is to make sure your FLF is getting enough light, water and nutrients through fertilizer. I’ve left all the leaves on the trunk but I would like more of a tree look. FLFs have naturally thin trunks so it will take time for them to thicken as the plant matures, too. Will they ever sprout leaves again? If it all sounds a bit much, I would suggest to start with a new, smaller, singe-trunk FLF to get the lollipop shape you want and enjoy how much your original FLF has grown! Hi, Before giving up on your plant, try working your way through some easy fixes. Hi, thanks for the info. 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? HI! Let me know how you go! It’s already a good size. This article on encouraging a Fiddle Leaf Fig to branch might have some more useful info too! Just water little by little or wait until it fully dries out and then water fully? Any breeze will help strengthen the trunk and within a few weeks you should notice a difference (I helped one of my weak FLFs this way). Hi Matt – the plant won’t keep growing from where it has been pruned, but it can still grow taller from branches that form after pruning. A specially-formulated one will also help the leaves grow closer together and the trunk to thicken. (the trunk should be tended to last out of these three components). 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. The braiding does look stunning too, as long as you can plant them without doing too much damage to the existing roots. thank you for the helpful info! Pruning is the easiest way to encourage branching – you don’t need to cut a lot off if you don’t want. As your FLF matures you may find they eventually drop off, which one of mine has started doing. I appreciate the help! 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. Thanks again for all the great info! I use this method as some moisture meters can be unreliable. Hey Rhi, yes notching will encourage branches at the location where you make a notch. Do I cut them to save the tree? It’s up to you what you decide to do, depending on if you feel confident to do it and if you think your FLF is healthy enough to adapt to the change. Hell!! I have a 3” little one and want to repot but accidentally ordered a massive pot. growing and pruning your Fiddle Leaf Fig. Appearance and characteristics of a fiddle leaf fig Fiddle leaf figs are large spreading evergreen trees that can reach between 15 and 30m tall in tropical climates. For more general tips, see my post on growing and pruning your Fiddle Leaf Fig. This is a lot of info but if you do each of these things, they will definitely help your FLF! Does notching make the tree stop growing taller, or does it just slow it down and send that energy into the branching? I just purchased a FLF today! My question is do you think it’s possible to separate three the almost 5 foot trees at this point? Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree vs. Fiddle Leaf Fig Bush. I’m pretty certain that FLF’s can’t be propogated from a single leaf – they need to have some stem attached. There are two semi mature trunks in the pot, meaning theres actually two trees. If the branches were next to each other, it could be possible that something external to the plant itself caused the loss! http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1465570/pruning-ficus-lyrata-to-branch Hi there, FLFs are renowned for their thin trunks and are therefore prone to leaning! I’ve got an amazing mature FLF tree, but I wondered as it only has leaves on the top third (it’s about 5ft tall)if I notch on a lower part of the trunk will it encourage lower leaves/new stems, or does it not work like that? If you were to pinch or prune the top bud, this would stop the growth at that point. They are suited for growing indoors because it does not become excessively large. My tree also needs repotted, can I do it all at the same time? Hi, I’ve done a lot of search but can’t seem to find the answer I need. If the top inch is dry, its time to water again. This type of fig tree has been the recipient of the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Keep in mind that there will always be some damage to the roots when you seperate them, because they will be so intertwined. As the fiddle fad begins to become saturated, the next plant starting to turn up in our pots is the rubber tree plant. 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. Other than that, some time outside in the breeze and a good fertilizer should help with leaning. This indoor tree type plant grows over 15 metres tall in it's natural habitat and up to 3 metres indoors, although they can be topped to prevent them growing taller. How long does it take for a leaf in the pot to grow into a little tree?! Thank you Sarah! I have seen others have success this way. This may look like waiting until your FLF is growing again (a sign of health) before attempting to prune. Thanks for all the great info on FLF. This creates room for excess water to drain. Totally unexpected for me! You don’t want the WHOLE pot to dry out – this would stress out the plant. I was wondering – throughout these 6 weeks can I try notching to encourage new branches? These forums were an amazing resource for me and I would definitely recommend checking out more! If they are still young, it will be easier to try separate them than if they are older (and therefore have a larger root system). 🙂. How do I get leaves to come back to the top of the tree? Hope it helps! Revered by interior decorators and houseplant enthusiasts alike, the fiddle leaf fig is a medium to large-sized houseplant with a thin trunk and large fiddle-shaped leaves. One thing to note is that it’s best to just water until the excess drains out the bottom, rather than giving them a set amount (5 cups). Your FLF can handle a lot of wiggling, so don’t be afraid to really move it. Any other tips are welcome 🙏🏽. If it’s summer where you are, there wouldn’t be any harm in trying. If they’re small, it’s better to leave them on the plant! Hi Breanna, check out the link to the forum below which has some more specific information – These forums taught me a huge amount! Hope that helps! The fiddle leaf fig’s leaves are large and dark in colour– glossy and leathery, with yellow veins. Let me know if you have any more questions 🙂. If it is too difficult to separate the three trunks, it may be best to keep them together to prevent too much damage from trying to untangle the roots. Dead branches will have no sap within them, so you could scrape near the top of each branch to see if it is white/green inside and has sap. Testing to feel if the top 1-2 inches are dry with your finger is a great way to know if your FLF needs water. In my research i’m finding that the smaller versions are actually a different variety (“compacta” or “suncoast”?) If it is a single trunk with 5 branches, you shouldn’t have too much trouble pruning them back as long as you follow the ‘no more than a third’ pruning rule. Ideas on that? If there is, it sounds like it needs to be repotted! 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. Staking is great for short-term help but it doesn’t help the trunk to grow stronger or support itself. Pruning the tip tells the plant the that the main growth tip has been hindered and it needs to send out other shoots to survive. The … Otherwise they should sprout again at the growth tip of the branch. Then before I could move it back inside two leaves got direct sun and turned brown. 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