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 FLF, 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 FLFs, try to look for a fertilizer that has an NPK ratio (Nitrogen – Phosphorous – Potassium) as close to 3:1:2 as possible. This is the ratio that is best for a FLF’s needs. Alternatively, check out this Botanicare GROW Fertilizer, which already has the perfect ratio required for your FLF’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 mainly 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. You can also fertilize weekly or bi-weekly with a more diluted mix for maintenance.
Make the mix up according to the instructions. Then water the plant until the excess pours out the bottom of the pot. For mine, this is generally about 3-5 litres worth – make sure it’s saturated! For this step it is SO important to make sure your FLF pot has a drainage hole in the bottom. If it doesn’t, it can cause root rot, it may drop leaves or have other problems! I then leave it outside for a couple hours until it has stopped dripping before I bring it back inside. I don’t often fertilize mine during winter, and if so I use a weaker mix. During winter, your FLF won’t be growing very much and you don’t want it to stay wet too long either.
FLFs prefer a lot of water but less often, which is why it’s best to fully saturate it when watering and fertilizing. This makes sure all the roots receive nutrients evenly. Most people will water once the top inch of soil is dry, but you can even wait a little longer than this. Check the soil further down into the pot or use a reliable moisture meter to check if the soil is dry enough to re-water.
If you don’t normally fully saturate your FLF when watering, you may find you’ll need to leave more time between watering for the soil to dry out once you begin this method.
Fertilizing has other benefits for your FLF too, such as growing a strong root system, shortening the distance between leaves on the stem and helping the trunk grow strong. This is great for FLFs, as their trunks are naturally thin and leaves so enormous, which means they are prone to leaning.
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 Ficus Lyrata growing in lush leaps and bounds. There are a few other factors that can affect your FLF’s growth, so make sure you address all of them to see your Ficus turn into a Frankenstein plant.
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.