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You’ve seen them in photos, but you want to know just how tall Fiddle Leaf Figs (Ficus lyrata) will get? These happy house trees have grown in popularity and will really fill a space with their size. We’ve asked expert gardeners and have found answers for you about how big a fiddle leaf fig will get.
Fiddle Leaf Figs can grow as tall as 6 feet indoors, maybe a bit taller. Young Fiddle Leaf Figs can be displayed as smaller house plants.
Let’s look at these gorgeous plants and find out some more about them and how to care for them so they’ll reach that gorgeous height. We’ll also look at where they come from and how to tell if your fig tree is healthy.
Growing Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees
Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees are one of the most popular houseplants. They can grow as large as 6′ tall so are popular as standing floor plants. They are sold at nurseries all over and even at big home stores like Ikea. But what if you don’t want such a huge tree but still love the plant? Can it be smaller?
Control the size of your fiddle leaf with a few decisions. First, the size of the pot you choose will determine how much your fiddle leaf fig tree will grow. The smaller the pot, the more constrained its root system is, which will prevent it from growing overly large. Second, how you prune it can determine whether it is bushy or spindly. If you want it to be super full, you’ll prune it back more to encourage new growth from the stem.
This sweet fiddle leaf plant is sold potted in this white ceramic planter. The plant is about 12″ tall, and the pot has a 6″ diameter. You can have this shipped directly from Amazon. This is a great small plant that, if kept in the small pot, will stay small. Want it to grow? Scale the pots larger as it does so that it has plenty of nutrients.
How Tall Do Fiddle Leaf Figs Grow In The Wild (And Where Are They Native)?
Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are native to West Africa. Growing naturally in the understory of tropical rainforests, they love warm, humid air, filtered light, and abundant moisture. These trees can get as tall as 40-50 feet tall in the wild. They are closely related to the ficus tree, the banyan tree, and the rubber plant. If you can create this type of environment for your indoor plant, you’re going to end up with a beautiful indoor potted tree, but it will stop short of your ceiling.
Is A Fiddle Leaf Fig Fast-Growing?
Fiddle Leaf Figs grow quickly. In the right environment, these beautiful house plants can grow two to three feet per year. If you want them to keep a uniform consistency and fullness as they grow, be sure to rotate them, so every side gets an even amount of sunlight over time. Think of doing this every few weeks.
How Can I Get My Fiddle Leaf Fig To Grow Taller?
Providing the right environment for your fiddle leaf fig is the best way to get it to grow taller. This means providing proper soil, nutrients, water, and sunlight.
As we mentioned before, you’ll want to scale up the pots for your fiddle leaf fig as it grows.
A set of pots (this one has a 4″, 5″, 6″, and 7″ planter) allows you to have the right size on hand for your fiddle leaf fig tree as it grows. Of course, you can always start with the largest pot and have your plant look dwarfed, but it will eventually grow to fill out the pot. Click here for these on Amazon.
This 14″ pot on Amazon is even shown with a fiddle leaf planted in it. Click here for this textured lightweight pot on Amazon.
The Right Soil For Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees
Fill these pots with proper soil for your fiddle leaf fig tree, and be sure to refresh and replenish the soil at a minimum of once per year. Also, don’t shirk on the fertilizer. Your fiddle leaf fig tree will thank you for regular feeding by growing big and strong and beautiful.
Soils made specifically for fiddle leaf fig trees are available pre-mixed with fertilizer. This soil comes enhanced with Fiddle Leaf Fig Food to increase flushing and foliage. It also includes coconut coir to help retain moisture while moving it away from the roots, so they don’t develop rot or disease.
Finally, you want to make sure your fiddle leaf fig has adequate sunlight. It’s going to best in a light, dry spot that is not too dry. Avoid putting it near heater ducts or places where a draft could affect its environment. You may even want a humidifier to moisturize the air if you’re in a dry environment.
How Can You Tell If A Fiddle Leaf Fig Is Healthy?
Nobody likes having a sick house plant. How can you make sure your fiddle leaf fig is as healthy as it can be? If it’s green and growing and you’re following all the basic steps for care, then chances are it’s a-okay. But here are some things to look for.
- Overwatering. If your fiddle leaf fig has leaves that are browning at the edges, curling inwards, or dropping. Then chances are you have been giving it too much water.
- Root rot. This goes along with overwatering. If you see brown spots and leaves start dropping, it may be root rot. If this is the case, let your plant dry out and trim off any diseased foliage and roots.
- Underwatering. The tricky thing with underwatering is that the symptoms are the same as overwatering. But, if you feel the soil and it’s bone dry, there’s your clue.
- Lack of sunlight can cause yellowing leaves. If you see this, then move it to a sunnier spot or get it a grow light.
- Leaf drop can also be a sign of fluctuating temperatures. Make sure your fiddle leaf fig tree is not in a drafty spot.
Don’t have the right spot to grow a healthy fiddle leaf fig tree but still love them and want one for your home? Consider an artificial fiddle leaf fig. Because of this plant’s popularity, there are a lot of faux trees on the market. This one is 39.4″ tall on a single stem. It’s adjustable, waterproof, and made out of steel and plastic but looks super realistic.
A Good House Plant Makes The Home Happy
House plants can give us a sense of purpose. They bring the outdoors indoors and provide soothing calm and greenery to our inside world. The fiddle leaf fig tree is high on the list of beautiful trees to really fill an indoor space. Though they have definite likes and dislikes, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful plant.
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