Never in my life have I kept a plant alive as long as I've kept my fiddle leaf fig tree thriving. I am SO PROUD of it. Every new leaf that sprouts is a personal victory. I've kept it going for 2.5 YEARS! YEARS! So, I wanted to quickly share a few things I've learned so that you too can have this wild sense of accomplishment.
I ordered my tree on Amazon. Yup. It was $18 and came in a little box. These trees can get pricey in big box stores so I figured worst case scenario I was out the cost of lunch.
(It's up to $35 right now, but I believe it fluctuates.)
I was pretty surprised when it showed up intact. I was half expecting to get shipped a twig.
Things I've learned while caring for my tree:
- Put it in a bright spot- but not too much sun so the leaves don't cook
- Spin your tree around when you see all of the leaves tilt toward the sunlight (every 3 weeksish?)
- Only water it when the soil is dry to the first knuckle of your pointer finger. Basically, for me, this means I water my tree once a week.
- Dust the leaves every so often...they collect dust just like shelves do.
- WHEN YOU WANT BRANCHES, chop the top of your tree off. YES! Chop it OFF! I recently learned this trick from my mom, plant goddess, and it worked! My tree did nothing for about 3 weeks and I was convinced I killed it. But then! Just on Monday...
I count 4! 4 new branches! So now, instead of my tree growing straight up with one long trunk, it will stem out and begin growing multiple branches.
Before getting this plant, I heard they were notoriously hard to care for. I really haven't found that to be the case...and this is coming from a girl that just killed her mint plant. (Mint is notoriously hard to kill. No idea why mine died. Story for another day?)
Go forth and Fiddle Leaf! I believe in you!