how to keep your fiddle leaf fig tree alive, how to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree, where to buy a fiddle leaf fig tree

Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees are very popular right now because they are so beautiful and really make a statement in a room. I found my two Fiddle Leaf trees at Lowe's and have managed to keep them thriving for about 6 months so far, even with one complete leaf droop episode with my little one. I do not have a green thumb and tend to prefer succulents because I can forget about them and they don't die. Although, truth be told, I have killed more than one succulent. Fiddle Leaf trees are known to be divas preferring a certain quality and quantity of sunlight, temperature, cleaning, fertilization, and water. But don't be discouraged, if I can keep them alive, I believe you can too!

healthy fiddle leaf fig tree leaveshow to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree, coconut oil on fig tree
how to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree

I water my Fiddle Leaf trees once a week with about 1 cup for the small tree and and 1 1/2 for the large tree. I water them outside since I have kept them in their original plastic containers so the water can drain and the roots dry out a bit (very important if storing in a basket). I put them in the shade and let them air dry before bringing them back inside.

At least once per month, dust the leaves gently with a clean cloth and either spritz with water or wipe the leaves off with a damp cloth. Once a quarter, I use coconut oil on the top side of the leaves to moisturize them and give the leaves a healthy shine. Be careful to only use a couple of drops or swipes from melted solid coconut oil so you don't "clog the pores" of the leaves. They need to be able to breathe and a little goes a long way. You are never supposed to put oil on the underside of the leaves. 

Fiddle Leaf trees prefer South Western light so put them by a door or window in that part of your house. You are not supposed to move them around a whole lot, if you do rotate them no more than once a month. We moved one of ours upstairs while we had our Christmas tree up and it got upset. The leaves were so droopy, it just looked hopeless. I finally, gave it more frequent waterings (once a week instead of once every 2 weeks) and moved it back to it's home downstairs and it came back to life. 

Tip: If you see the top leaves turning brown that could mean you have a fungus, see your local garden center for product recommendations if you think this is your issue. I have not had this problem but have heard of others who have so I am passing along this info. to you. 

Where to Buy?
You can visit Lowe's (where I got mine) or Home Depot locally or go online to order one from Home Depot for $29.97! I have also heard some people have found small trees at Ikea so you may want to check them out too.

baskets for indoor trees, fiddle leaf fig tree in basket

My Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are loving their baskets. Maybe because it allows more breathing room than a ceramic pot. Plus baskets are having a moment of their own in home decor (or did they every go away?). 

Here are my favorite baskets for Fiddle Leaf Fig trees: 

Hope these tips are helpful to you, if you have more recommendations, leave us all a comment below! 


  1. Great tips!! I have had my four foot tree for about a month now.I had planned on only watering it once a week although I saw the few top leaves this something I can ignore or should I water it more than weekly!??!? Any tips you have would great! Chrissy

    1. Hi Chrissy, from what I have been told top leaves drooping means it needs water. I now water mine every 4 days so that the water leaks out the bottom a little. The suggested method is to wait until the top inch of soil is dry but you can still feel moisture an inch deep. Factors like where you live, pot size, humidity can all affect how often this is. Good luck!

    2. Thank you so much Amber...that was the only thing I was worried about!!! All the best, Chrissy

  2. where did you buy your basket?


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