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Fiddle Leaf Fig Care Guide

5 Steps to Growing Fiddle Leaf Fig

  • Select a suitable sized pot with good drainage 
  • Add a layer of indoor plant mix to plant into 
  • Choose a spot in bright light near an east facing window 
  • Water thoroughly every 7-10 days and allow to properly drain 
  • Apply a general purpose fertiliser once a month during the growing season 

Follow our full guide and plant care tips to growing Fiddle Leaf Fig below. 

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of the most popular houseplants and you can see why! It makes a beautiful statement in any home with it's tall upright nature and glossy 'fiddle' shaped leaves. Fiddle Leaf Figs are tropical plants and known to be a little tricky to take care of, but with the right growing conditions they can thrive.

Fiddle Leaf Figs can grow a couple of feet every year if given the right conditions, and can grow up to about 1.5m tall.


The better the soil, the better your indoor plants will grow. Healthy soil is especially important when growing in a limited area. Choose a potting mix that is free draining like Tui Indoor Plant Mix, specially formulated with the right blend of nutrients to give your indoor plants in pots and containers the best start.

Select a container that is a suitable size for your plants. Ensure the container has enough capacity to house the roots of the plants you want to grow. Drainage is also essential, so keep this in mind when choosing your perfect pot. The bigger the pot the bigger your plant will grow. 


Check plant labels for individual planting instructions. 

  • Water plants thoroughly before potting and allow to drain.
  • Partly fill your container with Tui Indoor Plant Mix.
  • Gently take the plant from the current container (be careful when handling the roots of this plant as).
  • Position the plant in the centre of the new container and fill with Tui Indoor Plant Mix up to 3cm from the top.
  • Gently firm the mix around the plant. The mix should be at the same level on the plant as it was in the previous container.


The right plant in the right place is the secret to healthy indoor plants. Fiddle Leaf Figs do best in lots of bright, unfiltered light. Close to an east facing window is a good spot so it can take in enough sunshine during the day, but not too much so that it burns the leaves. If your tree begins to lean and grow towards the light, turn it around every few weeks. These tropical plants don't like drafts, so keep them away from any exterior doors or windows.



Fiddle Leafs like to we watered well about once every 7-10 days. Water thoroughly, but don't let your plant sit in water, allow the water to completely drain out of the pot. Being a tropical plant they also thrive In warm, humid conditions. Make sure to mist the leaves daily to help increase humidity.


Tui Indoor Plant Mix contains a starter fertiliser to provide instant nutrients and prevent transplant shock, along with a controlled release fertiliser for sustained feeding for up to six months, however continuing to replenish nutrients will ensure your plants remain healthy. Apply a general purpose fertiliser like Tui Enrich Pour & Feed Indoor Plant Liquid Fertiliser once a month during spring and summer, or for a sustained feed for up to 6 months use Tui Enrich Pots & Containers.

Common problems 

Root rot can be a common problem with Fiddle Leaf Figs and can be caused by over watering and improper drainage. It will show in dark brown spots on the tree.

These plants can be particularly fussy and don't like to be moved. If you've recently brought yours home or moved it's spot, it might drop a few leaves.

Underwatering your Fiddle Leaf Fig will show in a brown colour and crispiness on the outside of the leaves.

Well nourished and cared for plants will be more resilient to common problems including temperature fluctuations, pests and diseases.

Pet friendly

This plant is considered toxic, so keep away from pets or small children.

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  • Can be a fussy plant
  • Bright, unfiltered light
  • Up to 1.5m
  • Once every 7-10 days
  • Once a month