Can a fiddle leaf fig bush turn into a tree?

Answered by Willie Powers

A fiddle-leaf fig bush can indeed turn into a tree with proper care and attention. Fiddle-leaf figs (scientifically known as Ficus lyrata) are known for their large, glossy, violin-shaped leaves, and they have the potential to grow into impressive indoor trees.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to transform your fiddle-leaf fig bush into a tree:

1. Choose the right pot: Start by selecting a larger pot that has good drainage. Fiddle-leaf figs prefer to be slightly root-bound, so don’t go too big with the pot size. A pot with a diameter 2-4 inches larger than the current pot should be sufficient.

2. Repotting: Gently remove the plant from its current pot, taking care not to damage the roots. Place the plant in the new pot, ensuring that it sits at the same depth as it did in the previous pot. Fill in the gaps with a well-draining potting mix specially formulated for indoor plants.

3. Sunlight: Fiddle-leaf figs thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Place your plant near a window that receives bright, filtered light for several hours a day. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, as it can burn the leaves.

4. Watering: Water your fiddle-leaf fig when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Use room temperature water and water thoroughly until it drains out of the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

5. Humidity: Fiddle-leaf figs prefer moderate to high humidity. You can increase humidity around the plant by placing a tray of water near it or using a humidifier. Misting the leaves occasionally can also help.

6. Fertilization: To encourage growth, feed your fiddle-leaf fig with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for the correct dilution ratio.

7. Pruning: As your fiddle-leaf fig grows, you may need to prune it to maintain its shape and encourage upward growth. Prune any leggy or drooping branches to promote a more tree-like form. Use clean, sharp pruning shears and make clean cuts just above a leaf node.

8. Training: To encourage your fiddle-leaf fig to grow upwards, you can gently guide the main stem using a stake or moss pole. Secure the stem to the support using soft ties or twine. As the plant grows taller, adjust the support accordingly.

9. Rotate the plant: To ensure even growth and avoid your fiddle-leaf fig leaning towards the light, rotate the plant every few weeks.

10. Patience: Growing a fiddle-leaf fig into a tree takes time and patience. It can take several years for a bushy plant to develop into a tall, tree-like form. Be consistent with your care routine and enjoy the journey of watching your plant grow and thrive.

Remember, every plant is unique, and individual growth rates may vary. It’s important to observe your fiddle-leaf fig closely and adjust your care routine as needed. With time and proper care, you can transform your fiddle-leaf fig bush into a stunning indoor tree that adds a touch of greenery and elegance to your space.