So this past weekend was kinda a special anniversary for me–it’s officially been four months since I brought home my first fiddle leaf tree! And it’s STILL ALIVE, people. Yep, I’ve managed to successfully keep my fiddle leaf tree alive and well for four months now. I know that might not seem like a lot to some of you, but I consider myself to be majorly plant-challenged, as in I’m awful at keeping any kind of plant or flower alive for more than a few weeks. My track record is pretty pathetic. BUT miracles do happen my friends and somehow I figured out how to keep my beloved fiddle leaf tree alive despite a few bumps along the way. So today I thought it might be fun to share my best tips for how to take care of a fiddle leaf tree—-they’re not as easy as you’d think. I’m also sharing a few great faux options for those of you that might now want the work of a real tree!
First off let me tell you about my fiddle tree. I purchased this from Home Depot back in June for $88. I was tickled pink when I found it because I’ve always wanted a real fiddle tree in our home. It was pretty big when I bought it, so I knew this corner in our front room would be the perfect spot for it. Over these last four months it’s grown several inches and it just keeps going! I did have some issues with root rot early on, which is why there are a few brown spots, but I’ll chat more about how I fixed that problem below.
How To Take Care of a Fiddle Leaf Tree–My 5 Best Tips
- Don’t Over Water It: That’s the most important thing you need to know right off the bat. Fiddle trees only need to be watered once a week. I usually do about 4-5 cups of water once a week. You can also do fiddle tree fertilizer, but I haven’t tried that yet.
- Make Sure The Roots Can Drain: You definitely do not want soggy roots when it comes to a fiddle tree. I made this mistake for the first month I had mine and it developed a nasty case of root rot, which caused the leaves to get large brown spots. I fixed this situation by putting the pot on a small layer of rocks. This allows the roots to fully drain and dry out!
- Give It Light: When you bring your fiddle tree home, make sure you put it somewhere it can get plenty of natural light. Indirect sunlight is best. Also be sure not to put it in a drafty spot or anywhere near a vent. I’ve learned they don’t like any kind of cool or warm air blowing on them! And once you find a good spot, it’s best to leave it there if you can.
- Rotate That Tree: One important thing I realized within the first few weeks of bringing home my tree was that it needed to be rotated every now and then. If not, the tree will start to lean towards the light. That’s a good sign that is’s time to rotate it so all sides get plenty of light.
- Clean the Leaves: I know this might sound silly, but it’s important to dust your tree. Yep. You gotta do it. I like to wipe mine down once a week or so, usually while I’m watering it, just to help keep the leaves clean. I just a damp rag with luke warm water.
Here is how I have my fiddle tree set up for drainage:
Well I hope that helps if you’ve been wondering how to take care of a fiddle leaf tree. I’m definitely not an expert by any means, but I have learned a few things over the last four months! Also, if you also have a fiddle tree, be sure to let me know if you have any great tips or tricks. I’d love to hear it! xoxo
If you love the look of a fiddle tree but don’t want all the work, here’s 10 faux options that are great:
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