Learn how to water a fiddle leaf fig as well as how to care for your fiddle leaf tree in general!
Honestly, fiddle plants aren’t as hard as some say they are. They definitely have preferences on light and water, but once you get those things down … you are on your way to owning a thriving fiddle leaf tree.
I’ve kept four fiddle leaf fig trees alive for four years now, so I’m calling myself an expert* on their care (* not). Ha! Fiddle leaf fig trees aren’t the easiest plants to care for if it’s your first rodeo, but honestly, once you learn when to water your fiddle leaf fig, that’s about it.
Watering A Fiddle Leaf Fig
I have four Fiddle Leaf Figs. They range from 3ft-7ft. I’ve had them all for at least four years and have definitely learned a thing or two when it comes to caring for them.
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I’ve randomly found them in town (once at Walmart and once at Home Depot). Before that, they could only be found at local nurseries and most of those I found to be really expensive.
So, my first one I bought from Home Depot. Here’s the exact one that I bought.
It arrived quickly and was exactly like the picture. If you’ve been wanting a real fiddle leaf fig and haven’t seen them in stores, then I’d definitely recommend that one.
How Much Water For A Fiddle Leaf Fig
I’d been following directions that I heard from all over. The general consensus, from what I heard, was one cup of water every week or so. So, I did that. My little plant (the one from Home Depot) was doing fine but I wasn’t getting a ton of growth.
Then, I picked up my Fiddle Leaf Fig from a local nursery that was trying to get rid of them. I think I paid $50 for the 5ft fig and that’s a steal. Anyways, I was talking to the owner of the store and he recommended baths for the fig trees. I’d never heard that before but I’ve been doing it ever since!
*Disclaimer: I posted this on my Instagram stories last year and had lots of good/bad feedback. Here’s the deal, I live in an area with lots of water and we have a well, so I don’t feel like this is a bad use of my water. HOWEVER, if you do feel like that then I totally understand.
How to Water a Fiddle Leaf Fig : Here’s what I do:
I fill up my bathtub (aren’t you jealous of my gorgeous, 50-year-old bathtub?) with lukewarm water.
I take my fiddle leaf figs out of whatever vessel they are in and get ready to dunk them.
I hold them down in the water until all the air bubbles escape (this was recommended to me). I’ve never timed this but I’d say this takes about 30 seconds.
From what I was told, this allows the roots to really soak the water in.
After that, drain the tub and let the fiddle leaf figs dry in the tub. Don’t try to clean the tub up at this point. If you do, you will only spread mud and soil around and make a mess. Wait till the tub dries and then grab a broom and just sweep it up.
After I do that, I give it a quick cleaning but it’s really not very dirty once you sweep up the dirt.
**Another thing about water usage, if you do this method and like it, make sure to use the water in the tub for all your other plants too. I have tons of plants so I will just use this as my watering day and it works great.
Another way to do the fiddle leaf fig watering is to place the container in a plastic bucket or plastic container. Water from the top to thoroughly soak and then fill the bottom of the second container with water until the water line is covering the plant bottom. Allow the plant roots to soak up the water for thirty minutes or so.
How Often Should I Water My Fiddle Tree?
Honestly, look at your fiddle plant and it will tell you! The leaves will get droopy and then you know it’s time. If you don’t notice that the leaves are droopy but want to test it, stick your finger in the soil about two inches. If the soil is dry, then it’s time to water.
If I HAD to give you a timeframe for what the fig tree watering looks like at my house, I would say that I probably water them about every two weeks.
Here’s a perfect example of what a fig tree can do when it needs water:
Do you see how the fiddle leaf fig leaves are drooping? At this point, it definitely needs water. I’ve found that it can be best to just watch for the leaves to droop and then water immediately when you notice it.
Best Light For Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ok, now onto lighting. I’ve heard a bunch of different things about fig trees wanting certain types of window lighting. For most of mine, they sit very close to south-facing windows, but I do have two that have liked north- facing windows in my house as well.
Honestly, they just love indirect window lighting. As long as you have decent window light and they are close to the window light, I think your fig tree will be fine.
Hopefully, this post helped you figure out how to care for a fiddle leaf fig! I know it can be intimidating to learn about new plants and especially ones that are deemed “finicky”. Honestly though, all there is to know about fiddle leaf trees is the the watering and the sunlight. Once you have those two things down, you are good to go!
Where To Buy A Fiddle Plant
Honestly, I think it’s great to shop at your local nursery but if you can’t find any locally, then here’s some fig trees that you can buy online.
So, tell me… have you ever watered your plants like this?
p.s. If you are looking for a unique planter pot idea for your fiddle leaf fig, then try a plant bag. Or, if you aren’t ready to buy a fiddle leaf fig but want houseplants…. Check out my favorite easy houseplants.