Overall the plant looks great.. besides few brown spots, but worried about the soil taking so long to dry out. So it’s good to be able to read your plant and water accordingly! Two of the branches have dropped all leaves and have shriveled now. Both have leaves on their trunks from the soil to the top of the trunk. But a Fiddle Leaf Fig that is moved to a brighter, warmer location than its current one should not respond negatively. If it’s summer where you are, there wouldn’t be any harm in trying. Since then it has grown to encompass all things creative from DIYs, to organisation and style. Hope that helps! 🙂. Do I take one off? If they are separate or even if you’re not quite sure, you should be able to separate them when repotting. Will that send them into shock? I sometimes give newly-forming leaves a mist to stop them from ripping, and that’s about it. What are your thoughts on tying the branches together at the bottom to keep them aligned as each trunk grows taller? I do think it’s root bound – because when I water it seems like the water goes straight through. This may hinder their growth for a little while or require some time for them to recover. Let your single-stalk fiddle leaf fig grow to about 6 or 7 feet and then begin notching right around where you’d like your first lowest, largest, most prominent crevice, also known as the crotch. Do I cut them to save the tree? Hi! I will be notching my ficus lyrata to promote branch growth. Hi Joy, for any plant or FLF to respond to pruning or notching, it must have enough energy stored to produce new growth. The sun here is even its filtered through the window, you can still feel the warmth. If it takes a looong time for the excess to come out (or it doesn’t come out at all), the soil is possibly compacted and the plant could do with repotting. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Notching Your Fiddle Leaf Fig The notching method is a method of forming new branches but not pruning them or not removing the height of the plant. But for a plant, the lower light levels is much more noticeable! The fiddle leaf fig is a type of houseplant from the ficus family. Is it in the path of a heater or air con? FLFs love a bit of humidity so make sure its in a good location and you can even mist it with a sprayer. I initially brought it inside the house for a month in fall, and the leaves slightly began to turn brown at the edges. If it doesn’t, try it again. It was just bought and transported across London 3 weeks ago, so I don’t want to stress it too many times in a row. Thanks for your comments, hope the info helps 🙂. The new growth above them is fine. You could remove the less dominant trunk, but this may be a little risky and there may always be that ‘kink’ in the spot where it was removed. The method for branching is the same no matter the variety, so I’m sure you will get branches on both plants. 3-1-2 is the best ratio for Fiddle Leaf’s needs so it would be a good idea to switch over. Patience is key 🙂 hopefully you will get some growth soon! It seems to be thriving now – but not in the way we had hoped. As FLFs are tropical plants, they like to have upwards of 60% humidity. Hi Austin, it is pretty normal for the bottom of the pot to be more damp than the top. Trending: Indoor Plants with Pink Foliage. © Dossier Blog. A grow light can either supplement sunlight or can even replace natural light altogether in some situations (that’s how powerful they can be)! During most of the year, the weather is great here on the Gulf Coast for them to be outside. Hope that helps, it was a lot of info! Hope those tips help! Mar 15, 2020 - If you want your Fiddle Leaf Fig to branch, try these three simple methods - pruning, notching and pinching. Do you have any suggestions? I’ve been looking for an answer online that I can not seem to find it anywhere!! Sitting against the far wall of an east facing window. I try to separate now, risking that they may be too young and struggle to grow The crinkled, puckered leaves are definitely a sign of low humidity and 36% is very low. I think read about keeping it in the garage for winter. They aren’t huge plants… only about 2.5 feet. This can damage leaves or even cause leaf drop! I’ve got an amazing mature FLF tree, but I wondered as it only has leaves on the top third (it’s about 5ft tall)if I notch on a lower part of the trunk will it encourage lower leaves/new stems, or does it not work like that? If the branches were next to each other, it could be possible that something external to the plant itself caused the loss! The lower leaves provide support for the trunk and help it to grow strong, which is important for a tree-form as they are top-heavy and more prone to bending or tipping. If they do get direct sunlight, they just need to be acclimatised slowly so their leaves don’t burn. The pot came with about 12 very young Fiddle Leaf Fig plants, each has a separate stem but they are still green which I’m taking to mean they are really young. Thanks, Hey Doug, I would say it would be fine to prune your FLF back to about 8′. Don’t expect to see any improvement before April (and warmer temperatures). Hey Rhi, yes notching will encourage branches at the location where you make a notch. Thank you for your help. Its best to only go up one pot size at a time to help them grow better and prevent overwatering, so the pot you purchased sounds like it would be way too big for the plant at this stage. It’s been so helpful. More info in this post on brown spots. Hi Randy, I would leave it at this stage as plants will often come with a slow release fertilizer in the soil from the nursery. Hope that helps! Unless your plant is not draining and there are signs of overwatering (dark brown spots on leaves or yellowing), I think you will be fine to wait until spring to repot. Hi there, FLFs are renowned for their thin trunks and are therefore prone to leaning! Be aware that it’s normal for there to be some possible negative side effects of transitioning a plant indoors. thank you for the helpful info! When you notch, if you don’t see any small new growth within a week, go over the notch again. I’m sure you’ve noticed that dry-skin feeling that comes with the cooler months. A bushy FLF generally occurs when there’s multiple trunks in the one pot – some FLFs are sold like this while others are sold as single trunks. It is one plant though, not 2 or 3. Plants grown for sale are often grown in ideal, greenhouse-like environments. Maybe you can help me, my FLF is doing great, the only thing, it’s getting really tall and starting to lean pretty bad. Grow lights are great for this purpose and also for helping plants through winter in colder climates like yours. Misting only helps with humidity for the minute or so that the water particles are sprayed into the air. Humidifiers can help if the air is dry however the crinkling leaves are kind of like an adaptation to our environment, as they are tropical plants in nature. I have a FLD plant and would really like to encourage it to grow into a tree and I’m well aware that it will take time 🙂 Thanks nonetheless for this post! It’s fun and so rewarding to be able to do this process yourself! I wanted to ask about drainage – I recently bought a FLF, but the drainage holes are quite small at the bottom of the pot. These forums go into a lot of depth about FLFs and are a great resource! There are a few factors involved in making sure your FLF ends up looking like a tree. If so, the branches are still alive and should regrow leaves from the top when ready. Hi Liz, have a look at this forum link which talks a lot about notching in detail and also shows some photos: It sounds strange but it does help! I guess I could stake it with a taller stake……… any other suggestions? If the top inch is dry, its time to water again. Now I have kept my potted tree in the garage for winter, I covered it up so no light goes through and covered the base with bubble wrap However I noticed before i covered it, the leaves were drooping but had no fallen the way they should in fall/winter. This method encourages your Fiddle Leaf Fig to form a branch on each part of the stem of the plant and focuses on the bottom. Winter often means less light for our plants. If you’re confused about exactly how to care for your fiddle leaf fig plant, you’ve come to the right place. My question is – in the interest of getting him to grow into the mighty tree I know he can be, what do I do with these two diverted stems? If you run a type of air conditioning or heating system during winter, beware of the affect it can have on your plants. Also how would you go about splitting them? I have seen others have success this way. Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation. When you say your FLF has 5 branches, do you mean 5 trunks coming out of the soil, or a single trunk with 5 branches further up? Hi, Emily. All the best! The best way to tell if your FLF needs water is by feeling if the top two inches of soil are dry. you can read it here. Keep in mind that there will always be some damage to the roots when you seperate them, because they will be so intertwined. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. It is a really fun plant to grow! Possibly filling it up with rocks and then soil? Thanks Ruth! Summers can reach well over 95 deg and in the winters we drop down to the 40s. Wow! Does this mean that it will never grow taller anymore? Hi Judy, you could rope the three branches together as an option. I haven’t braided any myself but I know its best to start early (or as soon as you can) while the trunks are still young and flexible. Taking a while to dry out in this plastic pot with the type of soil Lowe’s used. This guide is sure to give you all the info you need to see your indoor fiddle leaf fig THRIVE! I think when we take plants out of their natural climate its best to understand that they may just not grow as lush as if they were in a tropical rainforest! So you recommend watering until it drains through approx every two weeks In Winter? You can find more details on notching here. Brown spots around the edges of leaves are usually a sign the plant is too dry. I hope you now feel confident about caring for your Fiddle Leaf Fig in winter! Testing to feel if the top 1-2 inches are dry with your finger is a great way to know if your FLF needs water. Did I kill the branch when I pinched that top bud? mine has three trunks rather than one… is pruning it to a tree still possible? Such as being near a draft or heater. If you see no change within a week to the bud below, go over the same spot again. You may want to wait until the stem matures and thickens. I really am after a “tree” look. Mine is the same. Make a Mid-Century Modern Greenhouse from Photo Frames. When you fertilize your Fiddle Leaf Fig it also has other health benefits for the plant. It’s my suspicion that it’s not draining optimally. It’s already a good size. I would say the main steps for thickening the trunk is giving them lots of light and using a quality fertlizer. Emily’s posts have been featured on popular travel websites as well as home & style sites such as Apartment Therapy. Fiddle leaf fig plants are sold as trees or bushes. I would say unless there’s signs that the plant is suffering from it, it isn’t necessary to repot. You’ve heard this before, but have you … The sudden yellowing & leaf drop sounds like it could be exposed to cold air or a draft though – can you check if there’s any cold air coming through the window or if there’s an air vent or heater blowing onto the plant in its new location? Hi Katrina, notching is a way you can encourage branching without impeding growth from the top. Less light and less growth during the cooler months means that your plants will be using less water! Hi Chad, that’s amazing growth! Thank you! Similarly, you can prune any unwanted branches, but just be aware of the affect it will have on the plant – don’t leave your plant too bare. Hi Matt – the plant won’t keep growing from where it has been pruned, but it can still grow taller from branches that form after pruning. Growth depends on three factors: light, soil and water. Hope that helps 🙂. All the best! Hey, I am experiencing my first winter with my fig tree. As your FLF sounds quite mature, I would say you’d have to cut the roots apart to do this, which can be a little risky. Make sure you are ready to prune these leaves as a last resort. 🙂. There’s a few reasons why: Short of putting your plants front and centre in the brightest window of your house, the next best way to increase light is with a grow light. It’s normal for most plants to slow down growth during the cooler months. All the best! Lastly, I saw huge improvements in my FLFs trunk when I started using a quality fertiliser. I did notice it likes me to water it 2 or more times a week with a lot of water. i have learned that the Fiddle leaf fig tends to grow a tall single stem when indoors. Thanking you, Watering is dependant on so many individual factors rather than than a set schedule! You may have heard that FLFs don’t like to be moved. Hi Emily, love your informative post! As long as the leaves aren’t being taken over by browning I don’t think it’s too much to worry about. I use this method as some moisture meters can be unreliable. I mean I don’t want to burn it, but is that enough for them? I know I can trim off the brown on the edges, but these leaves are mostly brown. I’ve had my FLF for about a year – after I moved it started to drop leaves and was not looking healthy. Grow lights are special plant-lights that simulate sunlight to give plants the energy they need to survive. Thank you! Your local nursery should be able to help with specifics! Sometimes I prefer to bring home smaller plants, as you can then experiment and grow the plant to the size and shape you like. If its getting hit with dry air for extended times this could be a reason. Or will the trunk begin to form as it grows and then I can begin pruning smaller leaves off the lower portions, as you described? Encouraging New Growth Notch your fiddle leaf trunk to encourage it to grow new branches. It may take a little trial and error to figure out. FLFs do like to be snug, so I would go with a pot that is no bigger than twice the size of a single pot, maybe even just 1.5 times. Fiddle Leaf Figs are tropical plants that LOVE humidity. This is true, but it’s mostly if they’re moving to an environment that is less ideal than their current location. This post of branching may have some tips if you’d like to try shape your plant into more of that tree shape! Firstly be patient – it takes time for a tree to grow! Any suggestions on how to make my FLF look healthier and continue to grow? Any breeze will help strengthen the trunk and within a few weeks you should notice a difference (I helped one of my weak FLFs this way). Hey Jaime, I think the plant will keep growing from the top when it is ready, unless the branches themselves have died. Plus they explain things better than my attempts: We’ve had our very small FLF since last December and it’s always been fine. So unless you’re planning on quitting your day job to become a full-time plant mister, it’s really not worth it! It’s up to you what you decide to do, depending on if you feel confident to do it and if you think your FLF is healthy enough to adapt to the change. Unfortunately, some leaf drop may be unavoidable. There’s a myriad of different colours and styles of grow lights, which can be confusing. Hi Anne, unfortunately if you trim the edges of the leaves, they won’t grow back! See if you can tell if they are attached (a low fork) or separate trunks. Let me know in the comments if this was helpful or if you have anything else you’d like to know! Since then it has grown to encompass all things creative from DIYs, to organisation and style. With a little extra care, you can have them continue to grow through all seasons. They can be affected by lower temperatures, a lack of humidity and less light – just for starters! I live in NC where I can take it outside in the summer months so I do. With less leaves to support up top, it won’t be as bendy. This post will go into more detail on the subject and hopefully answer any questions you have. All the best! But, your FLF doesn’t have to stop growing and thriving in cooler weather! Would love your input. However seeing as its winter, if it gets an hour or two of direct morning light I think it will do fine and be very happy. Thank you! I love your advice. Hey Nicole! Can I rope these limbs together? I recently noticed when I put water on the plate underneath orchid ..it drank it up so fast.I put a little at a time.. we get fierce Santa Ana winds and humidity drops from 35 to 50 in minutes. Even grew in Oregon winter! I feel like keeping the together would stunt the growth of them. Can I grow my FLF bush into a tree? It is a little tricky to give exact advice without knowing what your FLF looks like, however I would probably suggest repotting first and then pruning once your FLF has adjusted to the new pot. If they are planted in a large pot, sometimes they spend all their energy spreading out their roots rather than growing new leaves! All the best! Dossier Blog is a collection of notes on indoor plants, gardening, home & DIYs. I’m still not sure what I should do about my bush Fiddle leaf tree… And make sure it’s above a leaf node. These ones don’t need too much maintenance and should happily grow bushy-looking all by themselves 🙂. It is now all the way to the ceiling and still giving off new leaves. It keeps growing but the trunk does not support it. When performing this method, you can perform two tactics Hope this helps you. FLFs need a well draining soil with a good fertilizer (this one is best for FLF’s) to get maximum growth. 🙂. Fertilizing your FLF when they’ve slowed or stopped growth can result in a buildup of unused fertilizer in the soil, or it getting flushed out of the pot and wasted. It sounds like your plant may share the one root system, which would make it harder to grow into a tree-form unless you did the braiding. Yes, there was an issue with the image in the link but hopefully it will be fixed. The distance between the leaves on the stem can shorten (making your FLF more lush-looking) and it will help the plant grow a strong root system and trunk. But FLFs do prefer to slightly dry out between waterings. It won’t affect the health of your plant so much, its just a natural response to not quite ideal environmental conditions. I’m sure there is some info if you look up braiding 🙂. Apart from that a grow light would be very helpful, fingers crossed you can get your hands on one over there! Hey Sarah. I’m afraid the trunk won’t be strong enough if I cut them. (the trunk should be tended to last out of these three components). Perhaps cutting larger holes in the bottom on the plastic pot until the spring, or is it all right to change the soil now? I’m sure its best to start this process while the plant is still young. This is a sign of life. There should be a link to a great FLF one in this post if you need. A good way to know is if your FLF is regularly pushing out new leaves at the top or not. It’s always good when you find something that works! Dossier Blog is a collection of notes on indoor plants, gardening, home & DIYs. Hope that helps! I need help with my fiddle-leaf fig. Hope it helps! Hoping it recovers for you! Hi, I’ve done a lot of search but can’t seem to find the answer I need. Will the leaves remain on it all winter and if so should i cut the leaves off in spring? While the bush-form generally have the trunk covered in leaves, the internet is full of whimsical pictures of the tree-form FLF with a bare waif-like trunk. Your email address will not be published. Should I start the braiding now? FLFs will also generally have the most energy stored at the peak of the growing season, aka late Spring-ish. Thank you Sarah! You don’t want the WHOLE pot to dry out – this would stress out the plant. When you do water, remember that it’s still best to water until the excess drains to ensure all the roots get watered. However, I live in NYC and I’m anticipating a really dark and dry winter. At the beginning of this growing season, two branches started from the very bottom of the trunk and have now grown to be 3-4 feet long with 10-12 large leaves on each. My branches start too high. Overwatering is only an issue if you water too frequently (the amount you give the plant doesn’t cause an issue)! Fiddle Leaf Fig Notching Tutorial Video (How to Get Your Plant to Grow New Branches) By Claire Akin | 2020-06-26T05:49:21-07:00 January 16th, 2019 | Notching, Plant Care, Videos | If you've had a fiddle leaf fig tree for a while and it's grown taller, you may be wondering how to get it to grow new branches. Click to read exactly how to do each one! You may want to dig into the soil a little bit to see how connected the trunks are before repotting, to see whether you’d be up for attempting it! If you notice these symptoms, you may want to consider running a humidifier or putting out pebble trays to help increase humidity. FLFs can handle having no direct light (as long as they’re still close to a window) although the more light the better. How do I get leaves to come back to the top of the tree? One thing to note is that it’s best to just water until the excess drains out the bottom, rather than giving them a set amount (5 cups). Or is there any way to encourage the new growth on the same spot i did notching? Hi Emily, your posts are really helpful! That is good!! I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me 🙂. To be even more sure, feel if the top 1 inch of soil is wet or dry. I’ve seen great results except for a few dead leaves. Thanks! Like other species of ficus, these plants like a lot of light, minimal water and they don’t do well with sudden changes in environment. If you want screaming success with your fiddle leaf fig, read on my friend! This means you’ll need to water less often (and not on a schedule!) If you can help me that question you will be a legend!!! So glad this post was helpful for you 🙂. The leaf node below the notch should begin to grow in a few weeks. I’ve only brought home a cute FLF (oh I’m in Australia, it’s Winter here) my ideal location for it is my massive east-facing window where it gets morning sunlights. FLFs do love light but they’ll do fine without any direct light. In my opinion the attribute that makes the FLF appear most like a tree is the removal of the lower leaves when it gets big enough. I have mine on my patio. Make sure that vents or fans are not blowing directly on or nearby your Fiddle Leaf Fig. in terms of no new leaves growing, I’m sure it is just settling into its new environment as Fiddle Leafs generally don’t like change. If so, other options could be to propagate a stem, which you can then grow singularly in a pot to form a more tree-like shape. Keep in mind that the branches will grow at the height you prune, so that may determine how much you want to prune off. Another thing to do is to embrace the Y shape! I’m down to 2 branches of leaves and they are starting to droop. Hello, thanks for the information! If I understand what you’re saying, your FLF gets about 5 hours of direct sunlight a day? It seems that it would be way too difficult to try to separate and repot them as they are very close together. I have a FLF that is about 2 feet tall with 7 small(er) trunks. You could either prune the two trunks part-way down, so that the trunks will grow further branches and become the bushy, tree-like shape themselves. Now that it’s spring, you could give it a fertilize to help encourage new growth. The name comes from the thick violin-shaped leaves that grow off the plant’s woody stems. t gets morning sun. A monthly check should be fine. Now patiently waiting for her to start branching out. Coloured lights are more specifically designed towards a certain type of growth (such as flowers or fruiting). If you don’t mind that, you can of course tie them together. There will always be some inevitable damage with separating them so that is something to consider and may cause a little bit of leaf loss too. I’m SO SCARED to repot, since I’ve killed other plants by doing so and all the leaves fell off, even though I used terra cotta pots with cactus/succulent soil mixed with perlite. 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