Keeping Your Fiddle Leaf Plant Happy

This is my second go at attempting to successfully care for a fiddle leaf plant. I will be the first to tell you that I absolutely do not have a green thumb. Not even in the slightest. But as I grow out of the faux plant fad, I am trying to incorporate more live plants into our home. They make me happy, but the other way around not so much. So I took to my tribe on social media for help. LOTS of help!

What I learned are things I have heard in the past but never took the time to implement when caring for my first fiddle. I also learned some new tips and discovered that many of you were also looking for suggestions on how to help your fiddle thrive.

Fiddles can be very finicky plants, they remind me of my eldest daughter. Very picky. But if you have patience and the right tips I believe we all can successfully grow a beautiful fiddle plant.

I purchased my first fiddle about a year ago from Home Depot. It was a beautiful little guy; very full with large green leaves. I knew nothing about how to take care of this plant nor did I take the time to research. In turn, one by one my fiddle’s leaves began to turn brown, develop holes, and drop off. A year later I am now taking the suggestions from many of you and it appears I may be able to save this plant. There is new grown and he looks much happy. Its nowhere near 100% but this fiddle seems to be doing better.

the day I brought my fiddle home
happy and healthy
3 months in our home
some browning and leaf drop
today
he looks sad but I believe is on the mend
today
some new growth can be seen

I also recently purchased a slightly larger fiddle tree from my local grocery store. I was so shocked to find this plant there but it was a beauty and I had to have it. Neither of these plants were expensive. I believe both were under $20. With the new addition to our plant family I really wanted to make every effort to help this guy thrive and my original fiddle heal. Here is what I have learned.

new fiddle tree

What Makes A Fiddle Leaf Plant Happy

  • Fiddles prefer dry soil before each watering. Water only when soil is dry 2 inches down. You can check the soil by sticking your finger 2 inches down into the soil. If its dry, time to water.
  • Watering should usually take place every 7-10 days depending on if the soil is dry. This may vary so pay attention to your fiddles soil moisture level and try to get on a watering schedule.
  • When watered, fiddles like to be soaked. Make sure your pot has adequate drainage so that the roots are not sitting in water for too long. This can cause root rot. I’m guilty of doing just this. You can place your plant on a stand with a drip tray underneath to catch the excess water.
  • Avoid direct sunlight. Fiddles prefer bright but indirect light.
  • Fiddles prefer to remain in the same location. They don’t like to be moved from place to place. Find your fiddle a spot near a window that allows for plenty of light, avoiding any direct exposure and leave it there.
  • Rotate your fiddle at each watering. Fiddles will grow towards the sun. To encourage balanced growth, remember to rotate your plant 1/4 turn each time you water.
  • Avoid drafts. Fiddles are tropical plants and do not like to be cold. I made the mistake of putting my first fiddle near an air vent. lets just say it was not happy with me at all.
  • Clean your fiddles leaves with a damp washcloth by gently wiping down each leaf. This removes dust, water spots, and any mites that may be handing out on your fiddles leaves.
  • There is some conflicting info regarding oiling your fiddle’s leaves with coconut oil. Its a great way to getting your leaves clean and shiny however some say this can actually suffocate the leaves and make them prone to burning should the be exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Fiddles are toxic to dogs and cats. I was surprised to recently be informed about this. I had no idea and we have 3 dogs. Be sure to keep your furry friends far from your fiddles because when ingested it can cause oral irritation, drooling, and even vomiting.

I intend to take all of these tips into consideration and apply them to caring for and rehabilitation my fiddles. I will post with how they are doing and any new tips after a few months.

I hope this is helpful and would love for you to leave any other tips in the comments.

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