Three Simple Secrets to a Healthy Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree


A post by resident plant expert Claire Akin of the Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Resource.

It’s not that fiddle leaf fig trees are hard to keep healthy, it’s more that many fiddle leaf fig tree owners are houseplant beginners. They don’t have the confidence of a houseplant veteran and they may second guess their decisions when caring for their new plant.

Novices may water their tree too often and inadvertently cause root rot. Or, they may forget about their tree completely and kill it with draught. Caring for their fiddle leaf fig tree may be confusing or overwhelming. 

Over and under watering are the two most common killers of a fiddle leaf fig tree. As a new plant owner, the best thing you can do for your tree is master the art of watering. Luckily, there’s one simple secret to water your plant the right amount and keep it healthy.

The Secrets to Watering Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

First, commit to watering your plant once a week. No more, no less. Set a reminder to water your plant at the same time each week. I prefer watering my tree on a Friday.

Then, water your plant the same amount each time you water. For fiddle leaf fig trees less than three feet tall, use only one cup of water. For trees more than three feet tall, water with two cups of water.

Finally, fertilize your plant each time you water (except in winter) with diluted houseplant food or Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food. Your plant will need nutrients for growth from March through October, which it can’t get from potting soil alone. Fertilizing with a diluted liquid fertilizer provides consistent nutrients without the risk of burning your plant.

That’s it, it’s as easy as one, two, three! Water your plant with 1-2 cups of water and fertilizer every Friday. That’s the secret to a healthy fiddle leaf fig tree!

About Claire

Claire Akin is a Fiddle Leaf Fig lover and created the Fiddle Leaf Fig Resource to share what she's learned about growing healthy and vibrant plants. She even created her own fertilizer specific to the needs of Fiddles! Learn all you'll ever need to know about these gorgeous plants at