Guys! It’s about time I put together a post with all my recommendations for products, tools and accessories that can help with your Fiddle Leaf Fig.
I’ve been growing Fiddle Leafs since 2016 and became a little obsessed with learning about them ever since. I brought my first Fiddle Leaf home when it was about six inches tall. And now it’s taller than me!
Along the way I’ve learnt what works (and what doesn’t) so as a bit of a shortcut, I thought I’d list out the things you might find yourself reaching for when caring for these plants. Most of the items on this list I’ve mentioned in my other posts, but I’ll list them here so you can reference them all in the one place!
Want the quick version? To shop for any of the products in this post, find them in my Fiddle Leaf list over on my Amazon store!
Top Fertilizer for Fiddle Leaf Figs
As you might already know, Fiddle Leafs do best with a fertilizer ratio of 3:1:2 (or 9:3:6). This Botanicare Grow CNS17 fertilizer is the perfect ratio for these plants, along with having all 17 micronutrients that plants use.
I saw the biggest change in growth when I first started using a fertilizer on my FLF. If you’d like more details on why that ratio is best or how you should fertilize, head over to my Fertilizer for Fiddle Leafs post.
Note: If you are outside of the US, the above fertilizer may not be available in your area. That’s where the NPK formula comes in handy! Search your local area (or ask at the local nursery) for a fertilizer recommendation that has an NPK ratio as close to 9:3:6 as possible! In Australia, there’s one called Nitrosol (available at Bunnings) which works quite well.
An Accurate Water Meter
Water Meters enable you to test how damp or dry a plant’s soil is, and water accordingly. I generally use my finger to test, but some people prefer to use water meters, which is fine!
The tricky thing with water meters is that not all of them are accurate, and they can lose accuracy over time. If you’re after a reliable water meter that can be recalibrated over time, this ReoTemp water meter is my pick.
If you haven’t heard me bang on about how important light is for Fiddle Leafs, you’re about to! Light really is one of the most underrated aspect of care for this plant. The more light they get, the healthier they’ll be, the more able they will be able to fight pests and issues and the better they will grow!
If you’re unable to give your plant adequate light (or would just like to help it live its best life), using a grow light is ideal. Give this one a try – the bulb can be placed in any regular lamp or pendant fixture, as long as it’s close enough to the plant.
You can also read more info and instructions on how to use grow lights here.
Rooting Hormone for Successful Propagation
Now – it isn’t necessary to use a rooting hormone when propagating. I’ve done it successfully with and without using it. But I know you guys like the best for your plants, and rooting hormone is formulated to help promote root growth, which is what you’re after if you’re wanting to propagate your Fiddle Leaf!
I prefer using gel rooting hormone – it just seems less messy and you can re-cap the bottle rather than tearing open a packet of powder.
If you need more instructions or info on propagating, read about the three ways to propagate a Fiddle Leaf.
Pruning Shears for Pruning & Propagating
While we’re on the topic of propagating, you can’t make this happen unless you’ve first managed to take a cutting from your plant!
While there isn’t a specific set of pruning shears to look for, you do need to cut your plants using a pair that is clean and sharp. Regular scissors may be fine for smaller, thinner plant cuttings but for a really clean and sharp cut, pruning shears will give the best result.
Horticultural Charcoal for Drainage
Fiddle Leafs prefer a well draining soil, and if you’re planning on repotting your plant, horticultural charcoal is great to help with drainage and it also has antibacterial properties.
I add it into a premium soil mix, which you can read about in my soil and repotting post.
Neem Oil – The Ultimate Safe Pest Treatment
Unfortunately Fiddle Leafs can be prone to pests like spider mites, mealy bugs and fungus gnats in the soil. Well, I’m excited to let you know that there’s one product that can conquer them all! Organic Neem Oil is a safe and eco-friendly pest treatment that won’t harm your plant.
The great thing is that you don’t need to use a lot either, so a small bottle will last possibly years. It’s a great product to have on hand in case any issues pop up – you’ll want to address them immediately!
Here’s some more details on treating spider mites if you need.
Check your Humidity Levels with a Hygrometer
Fiddle Leafs are tropical plants and therefore they love humidity. A lot of the time, our homes can’t match the humidity levels they love, but they can adapt to lower levels. Low humidity can result in crinkly dimpled leaves, cracks or brown crispy leaf edges.
Ideally, 60% humidity or higher is best for these plants. Homes generally sit at about the 40% level. If you’d like to measure the humidity, you can do this easily with a hygrometer.
If you find the humidity at home is low, or your plant has a few symptoms, you can read more about tips for increasing humidity here.
Hopefully these products will get you on your way to maximum Fiddle Leaf Fig growth and health! You can always shop this list directly over on my Amazon store.