Hello! I’m going to a share with you how to repot your Fiddle Leaf Fig tree from its original planter to a new decorative one.
My first post! I think I’ve kinda figured this out… ish. So here we go, this is my large Fiddle Leaf that I purchased as just a little guy around 2 years ago from Walmart. I can’t believe how much it’s grown in just over 2 years!
I’ve learned Fiddle Leaf Figs like lots of indirect bright light and not a lot of water. On average, I water mine every 7-10 days with 2 cups of water.
I’ve noticed in the past month or so my Fig has really slowed down growing and it had a few roots showing on top of the soil so I decided to repot it. Another thing I recently learned is Fiddle’s only like being transplanted in the summer.
So here goes the process of Repotting a finicky 6 ft tall Fiddle Leaf
You’ll notice the planter I’m moving my Fig into is not a lot larger than his existing Walmart abode, but guess what?! Fiddle Leaf Fig’s enjoy living small! This pot will give it a bit more room, but still give it the small space it likes. I’m using Miracle Grow potting mix for the soil, I’ve always used it and its gets the job done.
***What wasn’t shown was myself wrestling a very large houseplant out of a very small container that it was stuffed into like a sausage casing.
Transferring to a new planter
The main objective is to get your Fig out of its planter without destroying the root system. After quite a bit of persuading and maybe a bit of colorful language I got mine out.
My Fiddle Leaf came out completely without the dirt disenegrating. Before I placed it into the new pot, I teased the roots a tiny bit to help them spread out in their new home. You want to make sure to place your Fig in its new planter at exactly the same height that it was planted before, to avoid rotting the stem of the tree (plant).
Further Fiddle Fig Advice
Obviously now I’ve successfully repotted a super finicky plant, I’m a plant farmer and know exactly what I’m talking about (once again sarcasm font), not really. What I do know is so far, neither one of my Figs have been picky.
They both have a bright corner to chill and live, they don’t like lots of water. I’ve moved both of mine a few times and never had a issue. Another thing Fiddle Leaf Figs like is clean leaves. I use coconut oil and paper towels to clean them. or you can use a damp, soft rag as well. They are able to absorb sunlight better when not covered with a layer of dust.
After I repotted this big guy I noticed his leaves were dusty and could use a good cleaning. So I thought now would be a great time to clean them!
Well much to my proud plant momma dismay, Biggie did not want to be cleaned. It was swaying and basically looking like he was going to flop on the ground. Oh My! I ran into the kitchen and grabbed my poultry twine. Then I wrapped once piece around the Fig and the other around the lock of the window. Hey, you’ve gotta give to me for hillbilly ingenuity!
Proud Plant Mom!
As I type this, my Fiddle Leaf Fig is still tied up with poultry twine. I haven’t made it to the Deeps (Home Depot) yet to get a stake. Actually, I think I’ll use a thin, long dowel rod and floral wire tied loosely to hold it up. I’d consider this a success, Biggie is green, shiny and besides being a bit floppy (he has sturdied up a bit) looking happy! I’m going to add a few more photos of my Fig in front of his favorite window. Thanks for reading my very first blog post on how to repot your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree! Laura