All the best . Haha. I’d love to hear an update in a few weeks of how they’re going! However, I noticed a cobweb around a part of the pot/soil line, but have not seen any actual mites. The more younger, greener trunk won’t be successful with notching so the plant does need to be at a certain maturity. Some benefits of pruning your fiddle may include: Space - In prime conditions, fiddle leaf figs can grow like crazy and you may notice your fiddle becoming “crowded”. I don’t think it will make too much difference whether you use the everyday fertilizer or not – it won’t harm the plant if you did want to use it and if the other fertilizer is a long way off arriving. (It’s about 3′ from a south facing window.) With time the pruned stem should grow new buds from below the cut. Also, what type of soil should I use to help fill the pot? Hopefully with the right conditions, they’ll each be able to grow new roots and recover. I have a new larger pot at the ready – should I wait til Spring (UK) which seems so long away or go for it now with a good few months of sun left ? Also, I added more soil to its pot this spring but it looks low – would adding more soil (even to the bottom of the pot) encourage growth? Water … Hope this makes sense. Once a week may be a little much water for your FLF, depending on the climate where you live. Hi Kali, thanks for your comment! This will help it look fuller, but where the leaves themselves were removed, will stay bare. Over time a few leaves fell off the same side of the trunk. It now looks so awkward with nothing on the branches except the tips. Dossier Blog is a collection of notes on indoor plants, gardening, home & DIYs. Thanks! They like to be snug! Change something in your fig’s lifestyle and give it time to react: move it’s position, change water levels etc. Thank you for your time! Hey Claudia, if its growing out of the trunk it sounds like it is a branch! All the best! My impulse buy suddenly has me very anxious! If it is damp in any way, wait til it dries out more before you water it again. If you’re wanting to fill in some gaps on the stem, I would suggest to try notching. So I must be doing something right. I got a pretty sad looking FLF from Home Depot determined to bring it back to life. I know I have to do it slowly but I want a tree so bad. Hey Kari, having the leaves grow very close together like that is a very good sign that your plant is healthy and getting the light it needs! Yes, pruning allows the plant to branch out. And I noticed after a week from the time i bought it, most of the leaves are getting weak… what to do? You mentioned your FLF is long and gangly, which could be another sign it is wanting more light! I’m wondering if I should just let my FLF do it’s thing and let them grow or if I should trim them to keep it looking more like a tree. He’s currently growing one more leaf, but I’m wondering if that could be more bad than good. On reading your blog I discovered that I shouldn’t have done this! I have a 1 very tall fiddle leaf fig stem (1.5meters) with sparse leaves and with 2 much smaller stems (30cm) which appear to be coming from the same root ball. Hope that helps. Cheers Hey Mike, it’s natural for the top bud to appear brown and dry. I believe all the stems are connected, not able to be seperated. Water never touched the basket directly. I think they are more resilient than we give them credit for This post on branching might have some of the info you’re after! You can read more about the process on the post 3 ways to get a Fiddle Leaf Fig to branch. Hi I just purchased my second flf when I got home I noticed the roots are growing all the way at the top around the top part of the soil and out of the soil up top should I wait to repot it or let it acclimate for a couple of weeks in the nursery pot, Hi! I have a Flf that is only one trunk. Hey Amanda! its such a shame because its a tall tree (almost 7 ft) but the leaves are so small and sparse. So it all depends on where you’d prefer it to branch! Guess I’ll just work on being patient . My fiddle fig is about 7 feet tall and almost touching the ceiling. Several extremely healthy leaves that are growing larger every day! If you prune a branch back so there is 1 healthy leaf left on it, then cut that leaf in half & wait, you'll get back-budding proximal to (toward the trunk from) the half leaf. Hi Sharon, FLFs naturally have very thin trunks but you could always do some pruning if its getting too top heavy or to encourage more bushy branches. For example, pre-prepared cactus & succulent soil is well-draining as cactus & succulents prefer drier soil. That sounds like a great deal on two FLF’s, as you might know the bigger they are, the more expensive they get (and quickly!) That probably will not promote new growth below that but at least it will eliminate much of the bare stem above that point. Hope these tips help! Can you see roots at the bottom hole or does the plant look too big in proportion to the size of the pot? I hope that my fiddle fig will be able to overcome my mistake. ? Will this regrow? Make sure your FLF will still have the majority of its leaves left after pruning! Those waif-like trunks with leafy foliage are quite eye-catching! When I cut, I made sure to cut right around a node. Hey Maria, this can happen in humid, dark environments which is what inside the basket would be like. And is there a certain time of year that is better for that, or could I do it anytime? If you go straight to soil, try using cutting powder (can be found at nurseries) which helps new roots to grow. Notching works best on trunks that are more mature or have turned ‘woody’ brown. This post has more info on them if you need. I recently bought a new FLF which had one stem that was weak and leaning, but after being outside for 2-3 weeks, it is now growing upwards and not longer leaning. Hi! Pinching is similar to pruning, but instead of pruning off a section of the stem, you just take off the top growing tip. Generally it lives off damp soil and can be caused by the soil constantly being damp or wet. All the best! Hey Kaitlin! What a great blog just when I needed it. Hope that helps . Fiddle leaf figs like to be watered well, but they also love to dry out slightly in between waterings. One trunk, very happy, but he’s near the ceiling. Thanks for your comment Anna Glad that these posts were helpful for you! They may become less noticeable as the plant matures. Hi my tree was moved during winter and all its leaves fell off .now its just a tall stem but its starting to grow leaves at base of trunk all the way down looks like there coming out of the dirt .do i need to prune the top because it looks dead or just leave it alone .theres 4 leaves on the bottom babys .about size of my hand the leaves are but the poor trunk is bare .help, Hi Kathy, sorry to hear the leaves have fallen off! Hey, great question! As long as you’re only pruning 1/3 or less of your FLF, it should respond fine! Unless the plant is extremely root bound with roots circling the outer edge of the pot, it won’t need to be repotted. This is a good way to make sure you don’t overwater. Hi! Hope this helps! Thanks! Use very sharp, strong pruning shears or clippers so you don’t smash the stems while cutting them. If you are heading into the cooler months, it might be best to wait until Spring. Often I find the biggest learning curve is understanding how to care for these plants, and then once you’ve got that down pat, their growth can generally take off. ? After about a month of having the FLF it started to develop brown spots which grew in size, eventually dropping to the ground. I’ve had my fiddle leave fig for about a year now and I love it dearly but it’s started to grow a bit strangely and I’m just wondering if you have any suggestions. Once those leaves start to mature, you can pinch/prune back to the most proximal (closest to the trunk) leaf, and the same back-budding will occur proximal to the leaf you left at the second pruning. My FLF has some leaves with brown tips. I cut off quite a few of the lower leaves too soon and now the tree can’t support the weight of the new growth. Or should I try to notch it? Do you think this will work? All the best! It’s so lush and I’m afraid I’ll kill it. I bought a water meter and was keeping it in line avoiding to over water the tree. There’s lots more specific info in the plant forums linked above if you need! I’ve noticed a few more leaves are going that way – all from the bottom! Please help me!! and then propagate the top (which would be around 80cm in soil or water…..or 2. should I cut the top a little just below the ceiling, to stop growing up the sky light, and then should I notch it lower down the stem? Hello! Oh no! . My friend dropped a 6 ft. Fiddle Fig plant off she no longer wanted. Thanks! I know you mentioned to repot in the growing season “Spring” do you think this far into spring will harm my FLF? After more info for your Fiddle Leaf Fig? That sounds like edema! Hope that helps! I’ve wanted a Fiddle Fig for such a long time and today I finally bought one! The fiddle leaf fig tree features heavily-veined, oval-shaped leaves that grow upright. A quality fertilizer may also help with growth if you think your plant could do with some extra nutrients. Hey Naomie! I want to cut a foot off the top but I don’t want it to branch out that high… any suggestions on what to do? The large and lovely leaves are at the top of the trunk. Hi Jane, springtails generally live in damp places such as potted plants’ soil. Hope that helps your FLF , Hi there, I have a tree about 8 ft high. This post on leaning might have some tips for you that could help . yes its brown woody stem so I’ll try taking it outside. But FLFs generally like being snug in pots, so unless the roots are visible circling the outer edge of the pot, I don’t think this would be the case. Hope that clears it up! Its quite normal for them to go through times where they don’t grow too much – but light is key to growth so I would try to move it to a brighter location. Should I prune down the one branch to where it should be? You could definitely prune some of the smaller stems if you wanted to propagate! You can prune these leaves if you choose, but if they are still green and healthy, they’ll be producing energy for the plant and I would preferably leave them be! Doing this is a little bit more tricky and risky and it may take a little while for them to recover. I’m thinking of repotting them by introducing something that will aid drainage. You could also try pruning the tip to encourage branching, but you won’t have much control over where the branches grow this way. If I have removed leaves from the trunk, do they ever grow back? There are two seperate stalks in the pot and it’s over a year old. Also remember its fine if you end up having to cut some of the roots apart but keep in mind the smaller, delicate roots are the most valuable for the plant’s health. 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