How to Keep a Fiddle Leaf Fig Alive

If you follow us on Instagram then you already know that I recently brought home this adorable ($14!) fiddle leaf fig, and I am very DETERMINED to keep him alive. I bought one of these last year (around the same time actually) but sadly, I didn’t give it the TLC it deserved and it didn’t end well. RIP little guy. fiddle-leaf-survival-tips

But this time it’s going to be different. I asked our amazing followers on Instagram what tips or tricks they use to keep their fiddle leaf fig plants alive and I was blown away by the feedback and unbelievable success stories! Someone shared that her fiddle leaf is taller than she is (!!) and several others noted that they have kept their beloved fiddle leaf plants alive for several YEARS. Needless to say, I took note of every. single. tip you guys had to offer because it was very obvious that many of you know what you’re talking about.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Survival Tips

Then I realized, why not share these simple + specific tips to the rest of the DIY Playbook team so that the rookies (like us!) can learn from the pros, and together we can all keep our plants alive… and thriving! Here’s what our Instagram experts had to say: 1-fiddle-fig-leafs-plants

  1. PERFECT SUN: Fiddle leaf plants need a lot of light but not necessarily direct sunlight.  Display your fiddle leaf in a place that provides this bright light throughout the day.   
  2. POTS: Do NOT transplant your new fiddle leaf fig into a pot that is too big for it. This plant likes its roots to be root bound*.
  3. What the heck is *ROOT BOUND? Root bound means that the plant’s roots fill the entire container. Keeping the plant in its original pot for now is good because you won’t disturb the cozy roots. Eventually you can transplant the plant into a larger pot when it’s big enough, but keep in mind that the roots do not like a spacious container.
  4. NO DRAFTS: Fiddle leaf figs do not like being placed in a room that may have a draft but let’s be honest, who does?!
  5. WATER: Water your plant one cup 1x per week. Someone on Insta mentioned that they water theirs every Friday and call it #FiddleFriday. I don’t always have the best memory when it comes to water plants so I really LOVE this idea. I plan on celebrating #fiddleFriday now and hope to never forget to give this cutie a drink. #FFbridget_fall_fiddle_leaf_family_room_light_plan
  6. ROTATE: Remember that bright light we discussed? Well, it’s important that ALL sides of the fiddle leaf sees this bright light, so rotating the plant every few days is a great strategy in making sure this happens.
  7. DUSTING: Wiping off the top of the leaves with a damp cloth can work wonders to keep the leaves clean. But whatever you do, do NOT use this cloth to wipe off the bottoms of the leaves because you could damage the leaf’s “veins”. I don’t know much about plants but damaging the veins sounds pretty darn serious to me!

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Like I said, all of these AMAZING tips were from our sweet and supportive Instagram friends and I cannot thank you guys enough for your words of encouragement and expertise! If I missed any important tips, I would LOVE to hear what works for you so that I can add it to the list.

bridget_fall_bedroom_plant_fiddle_leafSo far though…things are going well. #FiddleFriday and the rest of these genius tips have helped keep this little guy looking very healthy! Fingers crossed that this is still the case next time I pop in with a fiddle leaf update. =)fiddle-leaf-survival-tips

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P.S. For more rookie tips on indoor plants, check out this popular post!

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  • Heather

    Great tips! My FFL lost most of its leaves out of protest and now it sits on our covered porch during the summer. It looks pretty barren, so I am not sure if I should ditch it and start over or keep going.

  • Heather

    Great tips! My FFL lost most of its leaves out of protest and now it sits on our covered porch during the summer. It looks pretty barren, so I am not sure if I should ditch it and start over or keep going.

  • Whitney Regeth

    Fiddle Friday is such a great idea! Good luck to you, it’s so pretty!!

  • Whitney Regeth

    Fiddle Friday is such a great idea! Good luck to you, it’s so pretty!!

  • Jodi

    Where did you buy a fiddle leaf fig for $14???

  • Jodi

    Where did you buy a fiddle leaf fig for $14???

  • Caitlin

    I got a fiddle leaf fig at HD for $9.99 last year. I have looked almost weekly since then but I haven’t seen them. Do you think it is a seasonal thing?? My little $9.99 fiddle leaf is THRIVING and has grown over a foot this past year!

    • Yeah good question! We got ours for only $14 about a month ago. Maybe it’s a surplus thing?? No matter what, we’re happy about it! haha. Congrats on yours doing so well!

    • Lisa

      Where’d ya get it?

    • It’s from Home Depot.

  • Caitlin

    I got a fiddle leaf fig at HD for $9.99 last year. I have looked almost weekly since then but I haven’t seen them. Do you think it is a seasonal thing?? My little $9.99 fiddle leaf is THRIVING and has grown over a foot this past year!

    • Yeah good question! We got ours for only $14 about a month ago. Maybe it’s a surplus thing?? No matter what, we’re happy about it! haha. Congrats on yours doing so well!

  • It’s from Home Depot.

  • Loveland Lodge

    Great tips! I got a smaller one earlier this year (from Pike’s Nursery, which I think is local to Atlanta) and somehow, I’m keeping it alive. I can kill succulents like no body’s business (I don’t think I have the right lighting inside) but yet somehow manage to Mr. Fiddle alive! I do 1/2 c, of water 2x per week and he lives by our kitchen window and gets indirect sunlight all day long.

    • We feel the same way about our succulents! Must be a lack of light thing. But wow, congrats on your thriving fiddle & thanks for the tips!

  • Loveland Lodge

    Great tips! I got a smaller one earlier this year (from Pike’s Nursery, which I think is local to Atlanta) and somehow, I’m keeping it alive. I can kill succulents like no body’s business (I don’t think I have the right lighting inside) but yet somehow manage to Mr. Fiddle alive! I do 1/2 c, of water 2x per week and he lives by our kitchen window and gets indirect sunlight all day long.

    • We feel the same way about our succulents! Must be a lack of light thing. But wow, congrats on your thriving fiddle & thanks for the tips!