Hello again plant lovers! It looks like there are more than a few of you out there who are just as obsessed with growing a healthy Fiddle Leaf Fig tree as I am! I’ve already written a few posts on caring for Fiddle Leaf Figs which have been some of my most popular posts.
Whenever I discover something new about my FLF, I like to share it with you and keep you up to date with everything I’ve learnt about looking after these house plants.
I have touched on the one thing that doubled my Fiddle Leaf Fig growth in a previous post. But I realised I may not have put enough emphasis on it, and it really deserves a post all of its own!
This one thing may not be ground-breaking. But what may be new to you is how and when to do it, and which type is best. Yep, you may have already guessed, its to fertilize your Fiddle Leaf Fig!
Firstly let me tell you, from when I first started fertilizing my Fiddle Leaf Fig, the growth has been AMAZING! The new leaves literally more than doubled in size, and my FLF tree grew twice its height in just one growth season. It grew more than it ever had before! This may seem like the greatest growth hack, but in fact, fertilizers for plants are kind of like multivitamins to humans. They make sure the plant is topped up on all the nutrients it needs for the best possible growth and health. And who wouldn’t want to give their FLF the best conditions for it to thrive!
So let’s talk about the type of fertilizer. All fertilizers are specifically made for different types of plants and their needs. For Fiddle Leaf Figs, try to look for a fertilizer that has an NPK ratio (Nitrogen – Phosphorous – Potassium) as close to 9:3:6 as possible. This is the ratio that is best for a FLF’s needs. Alternatively, check out this Foliage Pro fertilizer, which already has the perfect ratio required for your Fiddle Leaf Fig’s needs! Its also designed for lush and leafy growth. There are a few different bottle sizes available, depending on how much you’ll want.
How & When to Fertilize your Fiddle Leaf Fig
Its best to fertilize your FLF in the growth season, aka Spring and Summer. Typically I water my FLF weekly. Then once a month (or every 4 weeks) I’ll take it outside to fertilize as I water it. I give the leaves a spray-down with water to get dust off, and then give it a watering with the liquid fertilizer mix.
Make the mix up according to the instructions. Then water the plant until the excess pours out the bottom. For mine, this is generally about 3-5 litres worth – make sure it’s saturated! I then leave it outside for a couple hours until it has stopped dripping before I bring it back inside. I don’t fertilize mine during winter, or at least do it a lot less than usual. During winter, your FLF won’t be growing very much and you don’t want it to stay wet too long either.
So there you have it! FLF’s may be renowned for being slow-growing. But if you provide the best conditions for them, including the right fertilizer, you can have your FLF growing in lush leaps and bounds.
Fertilizing my Fiddle Leaf Fig is now something I’ll never go without! I can’t wait to see the amazing growth it gets in just one more season. Would you like more tips and info on Fiddle Leaf Figs? Check out my other popular posts here.