plants & gardening

How To Repot A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

With spring in the air, I’ve received more plant inquiries than normal and one question in specific… you guys want to know how to repot a fiddle leaf fig tree. They really can be tricky plants and you don’t want to shock them (or worse, kill them).

fiddle leaf fig tree in modern planter

It just happens to be perfect timing because my tree is ready to be repotted, and I’m going to show you step-by-step photos of the process I use to upgrade planters. I’m moving this guy from the modernica pot to a larger basket.

Alright, let’s get to it! First of all, now is the time to replant… I’m giving you the green light. Remember this post: tips for healthy houseplants? I urged you not to repot your houseplants in the winter because they are in a dormant stage. Well, the best time to encourage growth is to replant in the spring during a plant’s natural growth cycle- that’s happening right now.

STEP ONE: find a planter. Be sure to buy a planter that is 2″ – 3″ larger in diameter than your existing pot. Drainage or no drainage… it truly doesn’t matter. I personally prefer no drainage hole because it’s less messy.

STEP TWO: if you’ve purchased a pot without drainage, fill your planter 1″ – 2″ full of rocks or gravel. Once the gravel is in place, top with soil.

repotting a fiddle leaf fig

STEP THREE: What type of potting soil is best? You guys know I have a serious obsession with houseplants, so I have a lot of gardening supplies in my garage. I actually prefer to mix soils….

best potting soil for fiddle leaf fig

I combined three Miracle Grow products: Cactus, Palm, & Citrus Potting Mix, Moisture Control Potting Mix, and Twice As Big Potting Mix. I used equal parts of each. You obviously don’t have to go to the trouble of combing a million different containers of dirt, but it’s what I had on hand and what works for my tree. If I had to choose just one, it’d probably be the Moisture Control.

STEP FOUR: Remove your tree from the existing pot. I’d recommend doing this outside; it definitely takes a lot of clean up later. Gently pull on the base of the trunk; if the tree is ready to be repotted, the entire rootball should come out, as shown below.

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STEP FIVE: Position the tree into the new planter. Center the trunk and make sure there are 2″ – 3″ of negative space around the root ball.

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STEP SIX: Backfill the edges with potting soil and gently press until firm. If the soil isn’t well compacted, once watering the tree, you might have to add additional soil around the outer edge as it settles.

repotting a fiddle leaf fig tree

ficus lyrata fiddle leaf fig

STEP SEVEN: Prune any leaves that are yellowing. On my tree, these leaves are usually very small and located at the bottom… they pluck off very easily.

bad fiddle leaf fig leaf

STEP EIGHT: Clean the leaves with a damp sponge or towel. I usually use warm water and a dish towel- no soap required! Removing the dust will allow the plant to absorb more sunlight and promote growth.

cleaning fiddle leaf fig trees

STEP NINE: Wait and water. I usually wait a day prior to watering my tree after repotting. This is a debated topic, it’s just what I’ve always done and what has worked for me. I know a lot of people like to water immediately after planting and that’s ok too! Whatever works for your plant. Most definitely wait a day before placing it back in direct sunlight because the sun can be harsh on a weakened plant.

fiddle leaf fig tree in basket

That’s all there is to it! For those of you wondering about the basket, I just bought a cheap plastic planter to sit inside it… they didn’t come together. I hope my detailed notes are helpful once you’re ready to repot your fiddle leaf fig. Isn’t it funny how this is the same tree, but it looks different in every photo? My tree definitely has a good side. Ha! I should probably spend more time rotating it.

The ficus lyrata remains a staple in design and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but I’ve been keeping an eye on other trendy interior plants (I’m looking at you, palms). Check out my pinterest board for more.

If you’re looking for cool planters, here’s a roundup of my favorites (of all prices)…

 

91 Comments

  • Reply
    Leah Prevost
    March 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I just repotted all my plants earlier this week and I mixed my potting soil too. I spent over an hour at Home Depot with my 6yr old son picking out succulents. It was a blast. I also stopped at Ross and picked up 5 planters, 2 big ones and 3 small ones, for the same price I would’ve paid for 1 at Home Depot! I don’t have a fiddle fig but I do have a fern in my living room, it’s beautiful.

    • Reply
      Sarah
      March 18, 2016 at 12:04 am

      I always spend forever in the garden center at Lowes and Home Depot! Sounds like you came out with a lot of great stuff ;) xo

      • Reply
        Velonda
        March 12, 2017 at 10:17 pm

        Sarah ~ I just re potted my fiddle fig tree I followed your directions to a T it already looks much happier, is there anything else I should do for it? What about firtilizer? Or plant food? Do you ever use any of that kind of stuff for Fiddle fig trees? :)

        • Reply
          Sarah
          March 13, 2017 at 2:37 pm

          So glad to hear that, Velonda! I do use fertilizer and this is the perfect time of year to start. Read this post for more. xo

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      Mendy
      March 24, 2017 at 3:31 am

      Please help – my fiddle leaf only has 2 leaves left but just sprouted a new baby leaf. The only problem is that I have a ton of gnats in the soil. Is this bad? Should I report? It’s so delicate, I’m afraid of shocking it and killing it.

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    Erin
    May 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Do you water your tree a few days ahead? I’ve heard that can help makes the roots not so brittle. I’m about to repot mine so I need all the advise I can get! Thanks

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      Sarah
      May 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Hi Erin! Yes, water it 2-3 days in advance… it just helps to transport the root ball (making it not so dry and crumbly). Mine is doing great! There are 4 new recent leaves this week. xo

  • Reply
    Kyla
    May 15, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Where did you find your basket? And how big is it?

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      Sarah
      May 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Kyla, it’s 18″ tall by 20″ in diameter. You can find it here or here.

      • Reply
        Nina
        August 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm

        Thanks for sharing Sarah! I will pick up my Fiddle Fig Tree this Sat. Can’t wait ☺️! Where do you buy your no drainage pots?

        • Reply
          Sarah
          August 15, 2017 at 7:41 pm

          You can find them at local greenhouses, big box stores (Lowes) or online… they’re pretty accessible! I like Modernica planters.

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    jyothi krishna
    May 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Sarah,I recently bought our first house and i am very much interested in having few indoor plants. I bought a ficus Pandurata Bush tree from Home Depot.
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Delray-Plants-8-3-4-in-Ficus-Pandurata-Bush-in-Pot-10PAN/203380954.

    Should i repot this tree now or wait till next spring to do so?do you suggest a self watering pot for this tree or a regular planter with a drainage?

    Thanks in Advance.
    Jyothi

    • Reply
      Sarah
      May 19, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Hello! It’s just fine to go ahead and plant it now- just make sure the planter you select isn’t too large for it. I prefer a regular planter with drainage as opposed to a self watering pot. Hope this helps, good luck!

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    jyothi krishna
    May 20, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Thank you Sarah

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    Ali
    June 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Hi there,

    Kinda late to this party but I just brought home my fiddle about a month ago. Some of her roots are poking out of the top of the pot she came in but otherwise seems very healthy. Have I missed my chance to repot until next spring? If the roots are coming out the top will she be unhappy all year if I wait that long!? Any advice helps!

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      Sarah
      June 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Ali! I’d say go ahead and replant her now… from what I’ve read, the growth season can last from spring til the end of summer. In fact- my fiddle leaf is sprouting two new leaves this week. The main point I was trying to avoid replanting during fall or winter. Hope this helps! xo

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        Ali
        June 27, 2016 at 11:15 am

        Thanks so much for your advice!

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    Malarie
    June 30, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Miracle Grow Moisture Control is so bad for Fiddle Leaf Figs because the soil retains so much water that the roots eventually rot.

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      Sarah
      June 30, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Mine is doing really well with it… it’s going on five years and each time I transplant, I check for root rot. It’s been growing really well! What type of soil do you prefer. Thanks, Malarie

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        Malarie
        July 4, 2016 at 6:19 pm

        wow, you’ve been potting with this soil for 5 years! no issues – that’s great news. i should have spent a little extra $$ and combined 3 soils like you did. i made a big mistake and repotted using only moisture control soil, which retains so much water that the roots are crushed under the weight.

        i just bought all the ingredients online to make “al’s gritty mix” (equal parts crushed granite, clay with calcium, shredded pine bark).

        • Reply
          Sarah
          July 4, 2016 at 7:01 pm

          Yeah! I just use whatever I have on hand mostly… but I definitely mixed them. Good to know though!! Thanks for sharing your input and success with a different soil. I was super pumped to find 3 new leaves this week :) Isn’t that the best?! Ha! Thanks, Malerie! Happy 4th.

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    Krishanna
    July 9, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I bought my fiddle leaf fig in May and about 2 weeks ago the leaves on one entire branch turned brown and brittle and fell off in what seemed like overnight. Since then, every few days another branches leaves are doing the same. I’m down to 2 branches of leaves and they are starting to droop. I’ve held off from watering because the soil is damp from last weeks water. I’ve tried putting it outside to “dry out”, I’ve tried rotating it and now I’m lost. I’m thinking I should replant it because maybe I’ve overwatered or its root bound? Any suggestions?!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      July 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Hi Krishanna! I think if it were my plant and since it’s already doing poorly, I’d go ahead and try to replant it with dry soil. Even though it could shock it, I think this might be your only option. Fingers crossed it doesn’t have root rot. I’d also try moving it to a South facing window, so it gets an adequate amount of light. I try to water my tree once a week… I usually do half a pitcher (about 4 cups)- but my tree is larger. I hope this helps! Good luck!

  • Reply
    MaJa
    July 13, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Do you ever trim the root ball when transplanting?

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      Sarah
      July 13, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Maja! Yes, sometimes… I’ve done it once with trimming and once without. I didn’t really notice a difference, but that was just my experience.

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    Katrina
    July 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I have a problem I need your help with. I purchased a Fiddle tree a week ago (last Tuesday). The tree was in a grow-pot. I watered it the first day and put a tray under it to catch the water I bought a new planter for the tree. I had watered the tree lightly on Monday to prepare it for re potting it in a few days (I did not want the dirt to be too dry causing it to crumble once I started to re pot). I received the planter yesterday. I re potted the tree. I made sure to loosened up the roots so it could grow.

    I have noticed on the some of the leaves black spots This is very concerning to me. Please let me know what the problem is and how to fix it.

    After re potting the tree I did not water it. I don’t know if I should wait to water or not. I really need to know what is wrong with the tree. Please advise.

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      Sarah
      July 13, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Katrina, I’m not an expert, but my guess is your tree is a little shocked from the transplant or maybe overwatered. When I first got my tree, it ended up getting a few spots, but after moving it to a more suitable location it’s been growing like crazy ever since. I’d recommend finding a window or light source that faces south. My tree does best on that side of my home. Don’t water it again until the soil is completely dried out (dig down and take a sample). Just give it a bit to adjust! Hope this helps.

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    Michelle
    July 16, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    I have never seen directions for potting a plant with no drainage holes. Wouldn’t the sitting water be bad for the plant? Or do you just water very sparingly? Curious, as I find watering my fig so difficult in the winter when I can’t put it outside to drain. Thanks for this great post — beautiful photos!

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      Sarah
      July 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Hi Michelle, my tree is doing really well and it’s never had drainage holes. You just have to make sure there is someplace for excess water to go (the reason for lining the bottom with rocks). In the summer, I water my tree a couple times a week. In the colder months, usually only once a week. Be sure to check the soil each time before watering. Hope this helps!

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    Kayla Wolofsky
    July 25, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Sarah!

    Great site,

    I bought my fig last week, it was in the potter for the week and did great. I bought a new pot that unfortunately had a narrower top than I expected. I repotted my plant, but it took some removing of the dirt and loosening up the roots so I could get it in ( it was not a pretty process lol). I am 100% sure I shocked my plant, the bottom leaves are doing o.k but the top seem to be droopy. I haven’t watered it since I brought it back from the store because every where I read says to leave it alone. Any suggestions on how to get it through this “shock period”. Is there a good chance I have put it on the path to dying? Unfortunately the repotting process was not as simple as just putting it into a new pot, like I said I had to remove some dirt and separate the roots to get it in ( It was an expensive pot that I couldn’t return). I don’t think I actually removed any of the roots tho. Is the best thing to do just leave it in indirect light? Or should I water it since I haven’t since I brought it home? The new soil itself was pretty moist.

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      Sarah
      July 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks, Kayla! Based on the fact you’ve described your tree as “droopy”, I would give it a little water and see if the leaves return to their normal upright position. Anytime the leaves on my tree start to droop, I give them water and you can immediately see the difference (within the day of watering). My tree actually faces south and prefers a good amount of light… you could also experiment with the location! Hope this helps. xo

  • Reply
    Alicia
    August 19, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Sarah. Thanks for your thorough report on repotting. I have two single stem fiddle leaf plants that I was thinking of combining into the same pot. Is this possible? Or too risky from a plant stress point of view?
    Thanks! Alicia

    • Reply
      Sarah
      August 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Alicia, I honestly don’t have experience in combining two plants… I have tried propagating plants though. I think as long as the pot is large enough for the both of them and they’re in good shape- it should be fine. Like any repotting, it could potentially go into shock, but most of the time they’ll come out of it! Good luck!

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    Jessica
    August 21, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Hey Sarah – this is the exact post I’ve been scouring the internet for, thank you! One quick question, would you say it’s an ok idea to repot my fiddle fig now (late August)?

    • Reply
      Sarah
      August 22, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Hi Jessica! So glad you liked the post. My tree is surprisingly still sprouting leaves, so I’d say it should be fine to go ahead repot. Good luck!

  • Reply
    heidi adams
    August 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    How do you water your tree? I see some people like to water a scant cup every week while others flush it full and let it drip.

    • Reply
      Sarah
      August 25, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      I like to do a cup every week! Sometimes in the summer, I can tell that it will need a little bit more than a cup, because the leaves start to droop. It’s much easier for me to water it this way! xo

      • Reply
        Katrina Blackley
        September 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm

        Hi Sarah,
        I read your story when you repotted your FiddleTree to a larger planter. This was a great help to me when I reported my fiddle tree from a 10″ grow pot to a 15″ pot.
        You mention that you only water you tree with one cup of water weekly.
        My question is when you water, do you focus on watering around the tree only or try to water the entire pot? I am wondering when the roots spread will they have enough water if I only focus on watering around the trunk if only using one cup of water like you advise. Please advise. Thanks.

        • Reply
          Sarah
          September 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm

          Hi Katrina, I’m not too particular about how I water my tree… it typically gets poured down the trunk. I find once they’re established and doing well, even after being repotted, they seem to be just fine :) One cup is definitely sufficient for my tree, but it could be different for yours depending on your climate. Hope this helps! xo

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    Brianna
    September 10, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Hi there! I just bought a fiddle leaf fig plant about 2 months ago and needed to move it into an actual pot which I finally did last week. It’s fairly small right now and it started browning around the edges, a few bottom leaves fell off, it’s a little droopy and not as bright in color anymore. I’m worried it is going to die. I was wondering do you give your tree direct sunlight? I had read everywhere that it shouldn’t have direct sunlight but now I’m wondering if my plant isn’t getting enough light. I also put it in a pot without drain holes and didn’t do the rock trick like you suggested. Any suggestions or tips would be wonderful!

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      Sarah
      September 11, 2016 at 12:09 am

      Hi Brianna! Sorry to hear your tree isn’t doing so well right now. My tree loves direct sunlight, but maybe it’s a climate thing? I’d make sure it’s not in a drafty area as well. Overwatering and drainage might also be an issue. The soil shouldn’t be soaked and always check it prior to watering- make sure it’s completely dried out or you could cause root rot. Hope this helps!! xo

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    Brenda
    September 28, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    I just got my first fiddle-leaf fig yesterday, and it is beautiful! It is still in the plastic container from the nursery (9 inches tall x 7.5 inches across). It is just over 4 feet tall. Should I re-pot it now, or wait until spring- and what size pot? I have it in a south facing window with no draft or air-ducts nearby. I’m glad I found your blog!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      September 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Hi Brenda! Congrats on your newest plant addition. I’d check the roots and see how they look in the pot from the nursery. If it’s not too crowded, I’d try to leave it until next spring. Hope this helps! Good luck xo

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    Jenny Smithers
    October 2, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    It’s October and I just bought a fiddle leaf tree. Should I wait until the spring to repot it? The roots are coming up out of the soil. Will it be ok if I wait until spring?
    Also, I’m on well water, is that ok to water with?
    Thanks!
    Jenny

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      Sarah
      October 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Jenny! If it seems happy in it’s original pot, I would wait…. otherwise, you should be fine to repot it now. I’m not certain about well water- I haven’t had experience with that. Maybe ask your local nursery? Good luck! xo

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    susan
    October 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    If there is no drainage hole in your planter how can you tell if you are over watering?
    I guess I could keep a stick in and see when it’s wet more than 1/2 inch?
    My house in Berkeley is filled with beautiful fiddle and palms plants but I hate the drainage mess.
    Never tried working with no drainage. Advice?

    • Reply
      Sarah
      October 10, 2016 at 1:06 am

      Hi Susan, I prefer planters without drainage holes for that very reason. I layer rocks in the bottom to help filter excess water, and feel the soil with my hand prior to watering. I haven’t had any trouble and I’ve been doing it for a few years… hope this helps!

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    Michelle
    November 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Hi, I have 2 fiddle leaf figs (2 trunks in each pot) that I just got in September. They are about 5 feet tall and are in 15″ nursery pots. The person I bought these trees from had re-potted them a couple of months before. Originally they were all in the same pot and he split them into 2 pots. Do you think it would be ok to re-pot these again so soon? I want to re-pot them into new planters that are slightly smaller in diameter. I live in Eastern Pennsylvania and these plants are very hard to find here. If you do find tall ones they’re very expensive. I don’t want to chance killing them..

    • Reply
      Sarah
      November 30, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      I’d give them a little while to get established, Michelle! I think you’re safer if you wait until spring (in my experience). xo

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    kpatel
    December 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Hello,
    I bought a HUGE fiddle fig, about 11ft tall, and it looks pretty good. It lost a ton of leaves in the beginning but its OK, as there are still some attached. I have some brown spots here and thre but for the most part its fine. Im watering it every Sunday and water is coming out of the base as well. Hopefully all thee are good things. The roots when i bought the tree are showing a lot, and wrapping around each other but thats how I bought it. The lady at the nursery said just leave it alone but should I repot it? You can see the roots…

    • Reply
      Shelcee Bingham
      December 30, 2016 at 6:31 am

      I have the same situation. My tree isn’t speaking to me like I expected.

    • Reply
      Sarah
      December 30, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      I’d leave it alone and wait until spring! This isn’t an idea time to replant because they’re in the dormat stage. Hope this helps. xo

  • Reply
    jmeyer
    December 28, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Sarah, my fiddle fig has only one stem. I would like to have a least 3 stems so it looks more like a fuller tree. Is this possible to force more stems? Thank you.

    • Reply
      Sarah
      December 28, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Hello! Unfortunately, I’m not certain there is a way to split the main stem or trunk. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. xo

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    Anna
    January 11, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    my fiddle fig has 3 stem’s, I have had for a while so I think I may have put them together in the pot. they are 2 years old. outside and doing well. would it shock them if I took them apart and replanted to make 3 trees? I live in Florida and have them on the porch. after reading through some of your blog I want to make sure I understand that if I place in a container that does not have drain holes it is best to have it in another plastic container to drain?
    I have wood floors and I am so nervous to have the plant on the floor so I like the idea of the roller but then I’m afraid it will scratch the floor…..will keep outside since they are doing so well!!

  • Reply
    Elen
    March 4, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Sarah! I love the fig plant. Do you mind sharing where you purchase it?

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      Sarah
      March 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      Hi Elen! The fig tree came from a local green house in Ohio… Siebenthaler’s. However, now that I’m in Salt Lake- I know they have a TON at Cactus & Tropical. If you’re not in Ohio or Utah, I’d recommend finding a local greenhouse. Hope this helps! xo

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    Jenn
    March 5, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Hi there! Where did you get the black planter you used to re-pot? I have a very tall fiddle that I got in December that I’ve been waiting to re-pot. The black pot it came in a believe is 16″ top to bottom (it doesn’t taper in at bottom like the one your pic) trying to figure out what I should buy? Any help would be appreciated! :)

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      Sarah
      March 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      The black planter came from Lowes. It was super cheap… under $20. It’s important not to increase the diameter of the pot that much- only 2-3 inches. Hope this helps! xo

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    Diana
    March 19, 2017 at 4:21 am

    I really enjoyed reading this and it helped a lot!! I also do have a question that I hope you can answer. My fiddle leaf fig has 3 stems growing and to grow the plant into a tree do I have to separate the 3 to make 1 tree that looks like yours? Will it harm the plant?

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      Sarah
      March 20, 2017 at 1:13 am

      So glad you liked the post, Diana! I honestly have never split any fig trees. I’d consult with your local greenhouse. xo

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    Gwenette Spann
    March 22, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I bought my fig leaf plant from Home Depot beautiful, but after a month dark spots started showing up. I read that I was to remove them. I also noticed that the roots were at the top of the pot so I bought a new one and repotted it. But now I only have 4 leaf left. Please tell me it we grow back it will recover?

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    Carolina Esquivias
    March 28, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    What it be OK to fertilize when repotting?

    • Reply
      Sarah
      March 29, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Yes ma’am! In fact, I did the same thing last time around… repotted and immediately fertilized. Hope this helps!

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    Michelle
    March 29, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Hi there! I have 2 very happy fiddle leaf fig trees. I’d like to re-pot them because I don’t like the pots they were purchased in. This is the only reason for me wanting to re-pot. I’m soooo afraid I’m going to mess up a good thing. I don’t have a green thumb and the plants are very happy with whatever I’m doing or not doing.
    I live in Eastern Pennsylvania and I’ve had a plant light on them for the winter to subsidize some indirect sun light. I’ve had a few new leaves over the winter too. :)
    I really love them. They weren’t cheap and are hard to find in my area.
    What are your thoughts on this? Are there any precautions I should take?

    • Reply
      Sarah
      March 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Michelle! It sounds like you’re doing great with your trees. I was also nervous to repot mine and it was MUCH happier after I did so. Just follow the tutorial and continue as you were. They’ll thrive in a slightly larger pot. xo

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    Daniel
    March 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Hi Sarah – how did you keep the ficus so neat and straight with only leaves at the top? I’m new to this and bought a baby one because all the adult ones were messy and crooked. I want one that would look exactly like this and hoping for some tips to grow it into this shape!

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      Sarah
      March 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Daniel! Surprisingly, this one was pretty straight and balanced on it’s own. I didn’t have to tie it off or trim leaves or anything, but in the case that they are crooked, you can use a stake and ties to straighten it. You can also trim leaves that grow too close to the bottom. Hope this helps!

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    courtney
    March 31, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    This is helpful! I can’t see your planter roundup at the bottom – is there another way to share?

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    Kendra
    April 7, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Hi Sarah,

    Quick question for you… I just ordered a Fiddle Leaf from Home Depot – it arrived today and looks great. It isn’t a proper tree yet, probably about 30 inches high (from the bottom of the pot to the top of the plant) – but it came with two plants. I will eventually be repotting this into a bigger pot, but do you think I should separate the two plants? My eventual goal is for it to looks similar to what you have, more tree like (just the stalk on the bottom and then bushy on top). Any thoughts on separating them? Here is a link to what I bought…
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Delray-Plants-8-3-4-in-Ficus-Pandurata-Bush-in-Pot-10PAN/203380954

    THANK YOU!!!

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    Samantha
    April 23, 2017 at 6:18 am

    HI Sarah, thanks for all this great info here. I have two huge ficus lyratas — over 12 ft tall — that are outdoors south facing beneath an overhang. The top leaves are great but the bottom leaves are turning yellow with brown spots. I did see spider webs and determined a spider mite infestation and have been washing the leaves with Castille soap (pretty hard to do since they are so tall!) and warm water. But now I’m also worried about lack of drainage — they came in self watering pots that I don’t rely on and water them. It’s very hard to tell how much water is the best amount. What would be the best and how often? We are in a dry, warm climate in L.A. and I am worried about root rot. Should I re-pot them? They are so huge this would be no small task! thanks for any tips.

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      Samantha
      August 2, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Just wanted to follow up here and tell everyone I did repot the plants because they were DYING before my eyes… when I took them out of the pots, I discovered they had been sitting in about 6 inches of black stinky water. Horrible! I put them both in larger pots with drain holes, organic cactus soil and watered them and then let them sit for 2 weeks. About 4 weeks later all the places where the plant had lost leaves started sprouting new leaves — amazing! Now my fiddlehead fig trees are healthy again. I saved them. The lesson here is definitely have a pot with drainage and NEVER use fertilizer — it is too harsh on the roots for this tree. This tree thrives with VERY LITTLE ATTENTION and a good watering system which you figure out by “watching them.” Just wanted you all to not make the mistake I did!

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        Sarah
        August 2, 2017 at 7:09 pm

        Hi Samantha! Sorry I missed your first comment. Repotting was definitely the thing to do! I’ve used rocks as drainage with pots that don’t have a bottom hole, along with fertilizer for years and have had great success with my trees. The key is not to overwater, check the soil (they should NEVER have sitting water), and fertilize as directed. If you fertilize too closely or on the tree, that’s when it can burn the plant…. otherwise, it helps accelerate growth. Thanks for your feedback.

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    Teng
    May 5, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Sarah! I have a ficus lyrata that is about 3 feet tall but the leaves cluster at the base. How do i get leaves to grow along the stem? I can send pictures if you let me know where to send them. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Emily
    May 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Hi there! Great post, it’s nice to read tips from someone who has had success with their fiddle leaf fig. I wanted to pick your brain about light….many of the sites I am reading advise to keep it in bright/indirect light but it sounds like you have yours right in the direct sun and it does well? I’m trying to find the ideal spot for my little guy and he is doing pretty good but some of the leaves have brown crispy edges or brown crispy holes in the centre of the leaf. Thanks!

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    Anne Connors
    May 21, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Hi, A friend gave me a cutting from a Fiddle Fig, and it is doing well, sprouting lots of roots. It is time to move it to soil. Do you have any tips? Thanks, Anne

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    Sophie Elliott
    June 19, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Hi :)

    I purchased a 5ft Fiddle Leaf Tree from William Sonoma. What size planter would you recommend repotting it into?

    Thanks!

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      Sarah
      June 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      It really depends on what size it arrives in… You could even sit the temporary pot inside of a decorative planter. They don’t like having a ton of excess space. Good luck! xo

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    Lauren
    June 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I just purchased another fiddle fig leaf tree, but the pot actually has two separate trees in it. The roots appear to be at least slightly intertwined. Do you think it’s safe to split the two trees? Or should I just repot them together in a larger pot? I’d love to get two out of it, but I don’t want to risk killing both!

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      Sarah
      June 22, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      I’m guessing you can probably gently separate them!

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    Jill
    July 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Where did you get that black planter? I love how simple and clean looking it is :) all of the planters i can find locally are too fancy for me =P
    Thank you SO MUCH for all of this helpful info that you are sharing!!

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      Sarah
      July 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      So glad this is helpful, Jill! The planter was actually under $20 and came from my local Lowes. xo

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    Diana
    August 2, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    My plant has tiny tiny white bugs. How can I rid them. Only on top of the leaf. How can I get rid if them without loosing my plant?
    Thank you- Diana

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      Sarah
      August 2, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Oh no! I haven’t had that experience before, so I’m honestly not 100% certain. I’ve heard of people using products like Sevin on their plants, but it’s not super safe for kids or pets. Sorry!

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      Samantha
      August 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Diana,

      One way you can get rid of them is to dilute orange oil in water 1/2 ratio and mist the plant. Basically the oil coats the bugs and kills them because they can’t breathe. Just make sure your plant doesn’t get direct sunlight because you could burn the leaves (with the oil). Hope that helps!

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    stu
    August 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    this was helpful … thank you!

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    Patrick
    September 20, 2017 at 12:10 am

    The original planter from the store (with drainage) is 14″ diameter and I want to buy a 13.5 diameter pot because 15″ diameter pots are too tall. Do you think this is a bad idea? I was planning cutting the original planter and then trying to shave off the soil to get the diameter to around 13″.

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      Sarah
      September 20, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      It should be fine! Hope this helps.

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