Hey Teresa, I’m still experimenting with notching myself, but have a look at this link which talks really specifically about how to notch for new branches. Thank you in advance for your help! The fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) is a popular indoor specimen plant featuring very large, heavily veined, violin-shaped leaves that grow upright.These plants are native to tropical parts of Africa, where they thrive in very warm and wet conditions. Cheers. When you say your FLF has 5 branches, do you mean 5 trunks coming out of the soil, or a single trunk with 5 branches further up? Hey Kimberly, thanks so much – I’m always happy to help and reply to comments 🙂 It’s normal for the soil to be more wet/damp the further into the pot, and it will dry out first at the top. Hello! There will always be some inevitable damage with separating them so that is something to consider and may cause a little bit of leaf loss too. It is the indoor plant of the decade. If you wanted to encourage more growth at the top, make sure it is getting lots of light on these areas or add a grow light to the top to help stimulate the new growth 🙂. Digest and you’ll likely see one. I live in NC where I can take it outside in the summer months so I do. Before giving up on your plant, try working your way through some easy fixes. Hosing it down probably isn’t making much difference to increasing humidity. Thank you! Pruning the tip tells the plant the that the main growth tip has been hindered and it needs to send out other shoots to survive. They are healthy,beautiful and bushy and about 2 feet tall. 🙂. mine has three trunks rather than one… is pruning it to a tree still possible? These forums were an amazing resource for me and I would definitely recommend checking out more! I have 2 FLFs and would be interested in experimenting with a shrub look on the other one. You can still split them but how successful it is will partly depend on how close together the trunks are or how intertwined the root system is. Hey Claire! All trunks are brown and woody looking. I have mine on my patio. But with a little extra work it’s possible to get them to support themselves. Yes, there was an issue with the image in the link but hopefully it will be fixed. All the best! Let me know if you have other questions. However, I haven’t found a lot of advice about leaving them outside. Mine is more of a small bush,but i’ve got big plans for my little guy (Newt). Hey Miah! Hi! The fiddle-leaf fig, formally known as f icus lyrata, is a species of fig tree, native to western Africa. Notching has a similar affect and you may want to use this method if you have a precise idea of where you would like a branch to grow. These are the same plant, but one has been manipulated through pruning and shaping. I would say unless there’s signs that the plant is suffering from it, it isn’t necessary to repot. Overall the plant looks great.. besides few brown spots, but worried about the soil taking so long to dry out. The humidity is 36% today which is probably about average. If you go to a garden center to buy a fiddle leaf fig, you’ll most likely find a bushy plant in the 2-3 foot range in size. 🙂. I would always let the lower leaves stay on as long as possible, regardless! of soil is dry to the touch. I don’t recommend watering little by little as all the roots need to be watered, and watering until the excess drains allows the soil to be flushed of any chemical or salt buildup that can be present in the water you use. The new growth above them is fine. The plant is still in the 10 inch nursery pot that I got it in. Keep in mind that the branches will grow at the height you prune, so that may determine how much you want to prune off. Thanks for all the great info! Hi Judy, you could rope the three branches together as an option. If you can remove all the old dirt with some help from the hose you may be able to detangle the roots a bit better and cut cleanly any that can’t be detangled with clean, sharp cutters. Can I use those to propagate a new plant? Hi Anne, unfortunately if you trim the edges of the leaves, they won’t grow back! I don’t think I am strong enough to carry the tree outside and divide it. I’m in Australia too and pruned one of my FLFs just this week to get more branches. Plants that are staked or tied generally rely on that for their support. But Im not really good in planting and no green thumb as well, just trying my plants to stay long. You should be able to tell if its rootbound by checking if there’s lots of visible roots on the soil surface, or if there’s roots poking out the bottom of the pot. They are growing amazingly well and are constantly getting new leaves. I’ve just got a 1 foot tall fiddle leaf fig..its been 1.5 months now and the plant was doing fine and it even sprouted two new leaves but recently i am noticing some brown patches on most of the leaves mostly near the edge..i am not able to understand what’s wrong..i water it once in 10 days and its placed in a south facing room with large glass doors..although its a little away from the glass door but i think it receives moderate light..i am concerned if the brown leaves are a result of cold air passing through the doors.. Hey Anamika, if the brown spots are on the edges of the leaves creeping in, I would say it has something to do with moisture levels or the environment its in. Since then it has grown to encompass all things creative from DIYs, to organisation and style. You must have the knack for FLFs! Some people love it, some people can’t stand it, but either way, no one can stop talking about it. Hey Cindy, notching does work best on the older, woody part of the trunk so you can definitely try notching below where your FLF branches! I have done top pinching for my Lyrata and thinking about doing it to my Compacta which is about 35inch tall, i am in early Spring of Australia, do you think Compacta will branch out as well as Lyrata? Let me know in the comments if this was helpful or if you have anything else you’d like to know! Brown spots around the edges of leaves are usually a sign the plant is too dry. This means they end up needing to be tied indefinitely, rather than the plant supporting itself! There are many types of fig trees, ranging from the hardy Brown Turkey Fig to large jungle trees. There’s more info on branching here. I tried shaking them each day, but that made it worse. More FLFs is always better, haha. Hope that helps 🙂. That link for “good fertilizer (this one is best for FLF’s)” – for a second, i thought it was a flat iron LOL 🙂 It won’t stand up on its own and I have stakes holding it up. thank you for the helpful info! I got mine just a year ago and it was 36” tall. Would you recommend switching to a 3-1-2 and how long should I wait to switch after I stop using the 6-12-6 spikes? My FLF is about 7ft tall and is one branch with leaves. Thanks, I’ll go out and add a few notches right now. You’re only in danger of overwatering if it gets watered too often. If the branches were next to each other, it could be possible that something external to the plant itself caused the loss! I try to separate now, risking that they may be too young and struggle to grow This is because the plant generally has the most energy stored during this time and can therefore respond favourably to it. If there is, it sounds like it needs to be repotted! Hi Matt – the plant won’t keep growing from where it has been pruned, but it can still grow taller from branches that form after pruning. Let me know how you go! Hi, I’ve been looking for an answer online that I can not seem to find it anywhere!! Pruning is definitely the best way to get branches, so I would consider pruning it back to a point where you’d like it to branch. The lower leaves provide support for the trunk and help it to grow strong, which is important for a tree-form as they are top-heavy and more prone to bending or tipping. Now is a great time to be fertilizing them (if you aren’t already) as a quality fertilizer will give it a nutrients boost. Hello, thanks for the information! Weird! On the other hand, fiddle leaf fig trees are single mature fiddle leaf figs. Keep in mind that any work you do on a FLF (including repotting, pruning and fertilising) should be done in its natural growth time of Spring and Summer to allow the plant to adjust to the changes and react in the best possible way. Thanks. But FLFs do prefer to slightly dry out between waterings. 1. It seems that it would be way too difficult to try to separate and repot them as they are very close together. Dossier Blog is a collection of notes on and about creativity, travel & style. Founded in 2015, Dossier started as a place to record notes from Emily’s travels. The top is VERY sparse with 4 branches that have 1-7 leaves on them. To be even more sure, feel if the top 1 inch of soil is wet or dry. It is very healthy and loves it’s location but it is getting way too big. This post of branching may have some tips if you’d like to try shape your plant into more of that tree shape! The crinkled, puckered leaves are definitely a sign of low humidity and 36% is very low. I have seen others have success this way. Hey I’m still very new to caring for indoor plants and I’m not very sure what you mean by pruning or pinching (where and how – Pictures would be very helpful!). I found this post while searching for an answer for my leaning branches. I have a whole post with details on soil and repotting that you might find helpful! I did not know this for an embarrassingly long time. I’ve just bought another FLF with three stems in the pot, to grow bushy and lush. I read a comment by someone who said that their FLF grew to 6’. Trending: Indoor Plants with Pink Foliage. The plant has multiple green stems coming up from the roots with small leaves beginning to grow. If you can, putting your FLF outdoors will help the trunk. I’m guessing you’re thinking of repotting as the soil isn’t seeming to dry out in the middle? Thank you! The ficus family, which includes the fiddle leaf, is full of other beautiful plants too, like this one—also called a rubber plant. There are two semi mature trunks in the pot, meaning theres actually two trees. With small ingestions of the plant material, there is a risk for mild gastrointestinal irritation. I would hate to do something too dramatic and damage my plant. This article on encouraging a Fiddle Leaf Fig to branch might have some more useful info too! Sometimes we will just send you new and interesting things. The explosive popularity of fiddle leaf fig trees—formally known as Ficus lyrata—is likely due to some combination of their speedy growth rates, attractive large leaves, and overall size and growers’ decisions and supply, Bullene says, though that doesn’t mean it’s the perfect house tree … I have one of both, I for a while I just wondered why one of mine looked like a waif-y 90s fashion model and the other looks like a bush. We’re talking, of course, about the fiddle leaf fig tree, the fashion-forward plant of the decade. Keeping it in a consistent location should help too 🙂 Hope that helps! But just like trends roll through fashion and homewares, they also influence our greenery. All the best! 🙂. They are very fun to grow and bring so much joy 🙂. Do I take one off? http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1465570/pruning-ficus-lyrata-to-branch I appreciate the help! An indoor fiddle leaf fig tree. A specially-formulated one will also help the leaves grow closer together and the trunk to thicken. There should be a link to a great FLF one in this post if you need. I’ve also got a whole post about tips on leaning that might help too 🙂. FLFs do like to be snug, so I would go with a pot that is no bigger than twice the size of a single pot, maybe even just 1.5 times. I just purchased a FLF today! It … (We don’t recommend spending hundreds of dollars on a large tree-shaped plant if this is your first fiddle!) I don’t see any reason why you can’t plant a couple FLFs together, if that’s the look you’re after. Because they are tropical rainforest plants, they don’t do too well in cold environments. Overall, he’s very happy. It must love its location and conditions 🙂 Well done, I hope your FLF continues to do well! More info in this post on brown spots. If they are still young, it will be easier to try separate them than if they are older (and therefore have a larger root system). It’s not very common, but I have seen FLFs where the trunk has been braided as it grows. Your local nursery should be able to help with specifics! Pruning is the easiest way to encourage branching – you don’t need to cut a lot off if you don’t want. My FLF that I’m training into a tree is well on its way – branching at the top now! Make sure your FLF is getting enough light or move it to a brighter location. I read not to stake the plants. Spring brings plenty of rain and in the Fall we get breezy tornado weather. Hi Meagsie, thanks for the feedback! 🙂. You could still tie the branches together, however this won’t necessarily help the plant in the long-run, in terms of getting it to stand straight on it’s own. Hi Chad, that’s amazing growth! And you can definitely propagate what you prune – more info on propagation here. Its best to only go up one pot size at a time to help them grow better and prevent overwatering, so the pot you purchased sounds like it would be way too big for the plant at this stage. I really like the look of a really leavy fiddle. Hi Rob, I probably can’t answer that question as one way or the other, as there’s so many factors that go into the health of a plant! Or wait to see which one becomes more dominant -there’s not necessarily one answer for your situation 🙂 It’s possible that if you do prune one of them off, it will activate more buds that will grow into branches, so keep that in mind. You could remove the less dominant trunk, but this may be a little risky and there may always be that ‘kink’ in the spot where it was removed. If you’ve done it correctly, some milky white sap will drip. My FLF had grown to over 10′ tall and getting close to the ceiling. With all this being said, I have to mention that fiddle leaf figs aren’t the easiest indoor trees out there. Thank you! I would say that if you don’t want to risk disturbing the roots of the tiny ones, you could instead cut them at ground level and propagate them in water. They often have their lower leaves trimmed off to reveal a slim trunk. My flf has a sturdy trunk with five branches. Sometimes I prefer to bring home smaller plants, as you can then experiment and grow the plant to the size and shape you like. I’m SO SCARED to repot, since I’ve killed other plants by doing so and all the leaves fell off, even though I used terra cotta pots with cactus/succulent soil mixed with perlite. Or will the plant go into shock? Does this mean that it will never grow taller anymore? 🙂, I’m glad the info was helpful Virginia! If the top inch is dry, its time to water again. I bought my FLF as a mature tree. If you notice any pale looking leaves or see any brown spots on your plant, then you might need to move your fiddle leaf fig to a new location. Hey Jill! Hey Maryan, glad the blog could be helpful! The … Its leathery leaves are thick and shiny. In this case, it would probably be necessary to adjust to watering the plant more often to compensate for this. I’ve seen great results except for a few dead leaves. Can I grow my FLF bush into a tree? Thanks for the tips, very helpful! While the bush-form generally have the trunk covered in leaves, the internet is full of whimsical pictures of the tree-form FLF with a bare waif-like trunk. Can I rope these limbs together? Test the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry with your finger before watering fully again. Some people even plant 3 or 4 together and braid their trunks as they grow. It is a really fun plant to grow! This plant is perfect for those who are looking for some hardy indoor greenery, which requires little love and attention. I’ve staked it awhile ago, but as it continues to grow , it leans more and more. Ideas on that? I’ve spent years now researching and reading up on Fiddle Leaf Figs, as well as growing and experimenting with my own. The fiddle leaf fig from the ficus genus of trees is an exciting species to grow with larger leaves than the others from the genus. If you’re concerned about the smaller branch not growing, you could try facing that side of the plant closest to the light! If you start growing fiddle-leaf figs in containers, you’ll need to repot them every year. The branches are all getting top heavy with all the new growth. When you notch, if you don’t see any small new growth within a week, go over the notch again. When I got her I noticed it had two trunks. So: water the plant fully until the excess drains. ? Hello! Hi Breanna, check out the link to the forum below which has some more specific information – These forums taught me a huge amount! If it is a single trunk with 5 branches, you shouldn’t have too much trouble pruning them back as long as you follow the ‘no more than a third’ pruning rule. Hi there, I purchased a FLF and it’s growing really well it’s pretty much doubled in size 1.5ft to 3ft in about 2 months. That’s great Brenda! It is getting huge and I live in a small cottage. © 2021 Provider Store. She’s been repotted once but I didn’t split them because I was too scared I would kill them. Summers can reach well over 95 deg and in the winters we drop down to the 40s. Hey Ana, if the branches themselves appear to have died, you can prune back the branches to a spot where the inside is white/green and there’s sap. Sometimes the trunks are weak because they have grown without enough sunlight – you can confirm this if there are gaps between the leaves. Even though ive had the plants for a couple years in the same pot could I still split them and get two plants or would you keep them together? Yes, there are smaller versions available, such as the bambino, although I haven’t heard of the ones you’ve seen. Undulate, fiddle-shaped glossy leaves up to 40cm long and 30cm wide form a bushy dome of foliage on top of an upright growing trunk or stem. My tree also needs repotted, can I do it all at the same time? It is a little tricky to give exact advice without knowing what your FLF looks like, however I would probably suggest repotting first and then pruning once your FLF has adjusted to the new pot. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me 🙂. I think when we take plants out of their natural climate its best to understand that they may just not grow as lush as if they were in a tropical rainforest! Thanks for your comments, hope the info helps 🙂. I’m pretty certain that FLF’s can’t be propogated from a single leaf – they need to have some stem attached. Taking the steps in this post will strengthen the trunks as well as help them grow straight, rather than leaning. Such as being near a draft or heater. They talk specifics about pruning and notching for FLFs to branch: Let me know if you have any more questions 🙂. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, now is a pretty good time to give it a go. It won’t affect the health of your plant so much, its just a natural response to not quite ideal environmental conditions. It’s grown about a foot since I bought it with at least 15 leaves since last August. It is one plant though, not 2 or 3. My question is- where exactly do I cut the top off in order to branch? It may take a little while to understand what your FLF needs. The answer is yes! Will they ever sprout leaves again? Similarly, you can prune any unwanted branches, but just be aware of the affect it will have on the plant – don’t leave your plant too bare. Hey Chris. For the soil, what kind of soil would you suggest if I repot it? Hey Nichole, there’s definitely a few things you can do to help, depending on how you’d like your FLF to look! Brown spots. If you wanted to keep them, you could even try propagating them in water! Thank you again. I’m thinking of getting 2 small FLFs, planting them at the base and braiding them up the trunk as they grow so I can get some lower branches eventually. Your FLF can handle a lot of wiggling, so don’t be afraid to really move it. Emily’s posts have been featured on popular travel websites as well as home & style sites such as Apartment Therapy. You could either prune the two trunks part-way down, so that the trunks will grow further branches and become the bushy, tree-like shape themselves. Notching a Fiddle Leaf Fig may seem scary but it shouldn’t be! My Fig Tree is Dying: How to Save Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. strengthening a weak or leaning trunk here, http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1465570/pruning-ficus-lyrata-to-branch, 12 DIYs of Christmas: Coastal Napkin Rings, 12 DIYs of Christmas: Create a Faux Wood Fireplace, 12 DIYs of Christmas: Furoshiki Plant Gifts, A post shared by Emily Connett – Dossier Blog (@dossierblog). I just purchased a FLF. Younger (and therefore smaller) plants are cheaper and less of a risk to buy if you’re not sure how well you’ll be able to look after it – its less of a risk if it doesn’t last in your home. That’s why it’s best to make changes to plants (such as notching or pruning) during the peak of the growing season (eg late Spring), which gives the best chance of seeing results. © Dossier Blog. As you probably have seen, the fiddle leaf is making quite the appearance in every design mag, retail store, restaurant and blog (I am sure you even have one in your home). Any suggestions on how to make my FLF look healthier and continue to grow? It’s taken on a weird shape after I had to trim a few dying leaves and it also has a small trunk with no leaves on it (3 trunks total with possibly another one growing). I’m sure its best to start this process while the plant is still young. As the Fiddle Leaf grows, its lower leaves fall off, revealing a rough brown cracked-looking trunk. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree vs. Fiddle Leaf Fig Bush. I’m still not sure what I should do about my bush Fiddle leaf tree… It is now all the way to the ceiling and still giving off new leaves. After the leaves dry you can give your Fiddle Leaf Fig Bush a glossy look by using Bonide Leaf shine and Moisture Guard. When you do water, you can fully saturate the plant until water runs out the bottom (make sure the pot has a hole in the bottom, FLFs also need good drainage). My question is do you think it’s possible to separate three the almost 5 foot trees at this point? I use this method as some moisture meters can be unreliable. Just gotta have patience for these ones to grow. It’s already a good size. I actually wrote a post on strengthening the trunk, and the tips in that post will help with thickening the trunk too. If your FLF isn’t responding well to what you’re doing – change something! Dead branches will have no sap within them, so you could scrape near the top of each branch to see if it is white/green inside and has sap. Here are the main clues something has gone wrong and how to remedy them. Make sure you are ready to prune these leaves as a last resort. Thank you for your help. I’m assuming to start braiding I’d need to cut off the lower leaves, correct? Remember its always best to prune with the tree’s natural shape in mind! Once your FLF is at a height where you would like it to branch, prune or pinch out the tip or give notching a try to encourage branching. You can prune the top to remove some of the weight higher up, otherwise you can stake it higher – this will help stabilize it but may not help the trunk grow thicker. You could also try nothing in several places, as not all notching will end up being successful. There are currently 3 new leaves growing out the top (thanks to your fertiliser tip) and it seems ok after I cut through the roots. The common name comes from the "rubber" sap that oozes out of the leaves and woody stems if they are scratched or cut. This indoor tree type plant grows over 15 metres tall in it's natural habitat and up to 3 metres indoors, although they can be topped to prevent them growing taller. I just scratched the top a little (where I pinched it) and there’s still sap coming out of it. Even grew in Oregon winter! The Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of the most attractive, with large leaves that are shaped a little like the body of a violin.This evergreen tree will grow outdoors in any area free of frost, but everywhere else it makes a great houseplant, with a real personality. They aren’t huge plants… only about 2.5 feet. I really am after a “tree” look. I want to encourage branching by notching, but I’m worried this will impede its growth from the top. After searching for months, I finally ended up paying about $100 for a medium sized plant. It sounds like your FLF has a double trunk, you could still achieve the tree-shape letting both the trunks grow, it would be a unique FLF! So for best results, the best thing to do is to make sure your FLF is getting enough light, water and nutrients through fertilizer. I do have a question and since you’re great at responding back, unlike others, I will ask you… I have a FLF bush with about 7 stems in it. It seems to be thriving now – but not in the way we had hoped. FLFs will also generally have the most energy stored at the peak of the growing season, aka late Spring-ish. I’ve got an amazing mature FLF tree, but I wondered as it only has leaves on the top third (it’s about 5ft tall)if I notch on a lower part of the trunk will it encourage lower leaves/new stems, or does it not work like that? Did I kill the branch when I pinched that top bud? Patience is key 🙂 hopefully you will get some growth soon! I will check for root rot and repot tonight. Staking is great for short-term help but it doesn’t help the trunk to grow stronger or support itself. One of the 3 trunks isn’t growing as well (and not as pretty) as the other 2. 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