Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

Y’all ready for another week? This weekend I was totally taken by surprise on how fast Summer went by! Seriously, it feels like we did nothing the last few months even though we were out and about ever weekend. There was so much on my To Do List that I wanted to knock off over the Summer, not at all happy about the little progress I’ve made in that area. 🙁 One thing I can at least check off the list is taking care of my Ms.Dee. You know, the other day while I was dividing the house plants that I haven’t touched in 14 yrs I thought why not show some love to our dear Fiddle Leaf Fig too. It has been sitting in the same IKEA container that I bought it in for exactly a year! Luckily that didn’t seem to deter it from growing.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

The Basic of Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree care:

  • Plenty of indirect sunlight
  • Water once a week or longer i.e. only when the soil is dry to touch
  • Warm room temperatures (60 to 90 degrees F)
  • Keep away from vents, drafts or drifts
  • Try to keep the plant in the same spot, turning if necessary. They do not like to be moved around a lot.

When repotting;

  • Once you buy from the store repot only when new growth is visible.
  • After it is established repot only when Fiddle Leaf Fig has grown so much that the roots are visible on the bottom of the container. Their roots like to be tightly packed.
  • For the same reason when you repot use a container that is an inch or two larger than the root ball.
  • Gently pull the plant  out.
  • Loosen the root ball and repot in a container that is an inch or two larger than the root ball in a good potting mix that is fertilized.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

The large leaves of these show stoppers almost always end up as big dust collectors if not cleaned frequently. I’ve got to admit over the year I may have cleaned the leaves maybe once.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

Here’s a close up of how bad it is.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

Yuck! From what I’ve read so far you can use these to clean and make your indoor plants’ leaves shine;

  • A solution of half milk and half water
  • Inside of Banana peels
  • Few drops Olive oil
  • Organic Mayo
  • Coconut Oil (My method)

I usually clean my indoor plants with a damp towel but this time around I used a few drops of Coconut oil on a soft Cotton kitchen towel instead of water. See the difference?

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

Why did I use Coconut oil?

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

I kinda sensed that the principle behind using Olive oil or Mayo is that the oil (in Mayo) naturally makes the leaves shine. Coconut oil is lighter than either of these and I always have it around. So I thought why not? Actually we have a long history and love affair with Coconut Oil. The part of India where I’m from, Kerala means the land of Coconuts. Naturally our cuisine relies heavily on Coconut and Coconut oil. We use the latter for literally everything; cooking, as a moisturizer for the skin and hair, even as medicine!

Seems to be working, don’t you think?

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

The important thing to remember is to;

  • Use only 2 drops and to pour it into the towel.
  • Rub the towel on itself so that you spread the oil over a larger area and then gently rub on the leaves. This ensures that only a minimal amount actually coats the leaf. Again ‘coz the oil is really light it will not clog the pores on the leaf.
  • Also remember to not use the oil on the underside of the leaf. Water would suffice for the underside.

Want to see how much dirt I removed?

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

Ok, I’m hanging my head in shame! 🙁

What do you use to make you indoor plant’s leaves shiny?

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  1. I just bought a second fiddle leaf tree from Ikea after killing my first. I’m determined this time around. Gonna try some new strategies. Usually I use milk on my plants to keep their leaves clean but I’m gonna give coconut oil a try since I have some on hand. Thanks for your tips!

  2. I have spent so many dollars on plants, I could have bought a house for that money, OK, I am exaggerating, but how or why am I killing plants? I do everything they ask me to do, I tend to them and I talk to them, still..I never brought home a fiddle leaf , I am talking about smaller ones like snake plants,succulents…

  3. Hey Vidya! I just found your blog today, when I was browsing instructions for repotting a fiddle leaf fig. It took me a few seconds to realize you are from Kerala too, when I saw the Parachute bottle 🙂 Coincidentally, my sister’s name is also Vidya! Thanks for the tips on this post , and lovely blog!

  4. I have purchased a braided fiddle leaf fig tree and my question is using the coconut oil is it states using a couple of drops on a soft towel. If I’m doing the whole tree I’m going to need more ? I don’t want to over do it.

    • Hi Michele,
      With a couple of drops you can clean about 2 leaves. If you feel that the towel is dry add a few more drops as you go. Hope this helps.


  5. Thank you! I was just wondering because I bought a huge braided trunk fiddle leaf fig, I just started on wiping it down today and the couple of drops wasn’t going to work because it has a ton of leaves…

  6. I put coconut oil on my fiddle leaf tree the other day and now the leaves are dried up and/or wilting. We’ve had it for one year and it’s been doing great until now, so sad! Any tips on how to revive it?

    • Sorry to hear that Annette. Did the watering change? I’ve used coconut oil may times on the leaves without any issue. I’d say try watering once every week or when the soil is dry to touch. They really hate soggy roots.


  7. I have had my fig for years…about twice a year I put dawn dishwashing liquid and water into a spray bottle and heavy spray it…let it sit then turn the shower on it