Why is My Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaning Over?

Fiddle leaf figs, commonly called Ficus Lyrata tend to lean to the other side because of inadequate irrigation, lack of light, and the insufficient fertilizer. The towering beauty can reach 49 feet, a tall Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is likely to lean because of a insufficient support.

Fiddle leaf figs are part of the Moraceae family. The species is native to the western African lowland rainforests.

With their large leaves, violin-shaped leaves and Instagram-worthy looks These statement plants can be often found in elegant indoor areas.

They are notoriously finicky plants that require constant care. But when you take the right maintenance and attention to detail the fiddle leaf fig will flourish in your house – and the stunning greenery is worthy of the time and attention required.

What do to do when you’re beloved plant is starting to lean? In this article I’ll discuss the most common causes and suggestions to help a plant that is leaning.

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Common Causes for Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaning Over

The main causes of the sagging the fig’s fiddle leaves is excessive watering, the underwatering process, a insufficient lighting, and insufficient nutrition for the plant. In the next section, we’ll examine each of these factors and the way it affects your plant.

1. Lack of Light

Fiddle leaf figs thrive in light to medium intensity. They love plenty of sunlight from above. While other houseplants can thrive in bright or dim light however, the fiddle leaf fiddle leaf is not the same in this regard.

When your fiddle leaf figure is not getting enough light, it will look for an light source and then turn toward it. Other signs of inadequate light are yellow spots, brown spots and fallen leaves.

It is recommended to keep them in a sunny area with enough indirect light as well as only a few minutes of sunlight each day. While they love the bright sunlight, it’s recommended to stay clear of bright afternoon sunlight because it could cause sunburn.

Remember these If you find that your plant is being sluggish due to lack of light

  • The fig tree with the fiddle leaf thrives in indirect, bright light , while dim light hinders the growth of the plant, and a deficiency of light can cause the plant to sag
  • To bring back the fiddle leaf leaning indoor plants, put them in a place that receives plenty of lighting
  • Be sure that the fiddle leaf figure is receiving six to eight hours of indirect, bright sunshine per day
  • It is possible to rotate your plant every week to make sure all sides are getting enough sunlight.
  • To ensure healthy growth in the winter months, you can make use of the electrical grow light

2. Improper Watering

Poor watering habits are the main reason for the leaning of fiddle leaf figs. Overwatering and underwatering can affect the health of your plant.

To find out if your plant is suffering from dehydration or an excess of water, take an eye on the visual indicators that are that are displayed.

The figs with the fiddle are tropical species which require adequate water to thrive. If you notice leaves that are floppy they are likely to be to be a sign of underwatering. Lack of water can lead to a weak plant that has dry, crisp leaves.

If you overwater, you’ll see dark brown spots on your leaves. Overwatering excessively is detrimental and may cause root decay and fungal infections and nutritional deficiencies within your plant.

Fortunately, plants are able to recover from water loss and even underwatering based on the severity.

Here’s how to handle it If you notice your plant being swayed by improper wateringpractices:

  • Make sure to check the soil prior to watering your fig tree with a fiddle leaf
  • You should water the fiddle leaf fiddle leaf after the top 3-4 inches of soil are dry
  • It is possible to water your plant each week at least once However, you must alter your schedule to suit.
  • Your plant will need less water during the winter months when temperatures drop.
  • Make sure that your planter pot is equipped with drainage holes that will prevent excessive water from accumulating in the pot.
  • Make use of the water meter to prevent over or submerging

3. Inadequate Fertilizer

Plant fertilizer supplies fiddle leaf trees with the needed minerals and nutrients for healthy growth. A lack of fertilizer causes a deficiency of nutrition as well as a weak and leaning plant.

It is essential to supply the plants with enough fertilizer to ensure that they thrive. Along with fertilizer, fast-growing plants require regularly repotting.

If you haven’t repotted the fig’s fiddle leaf for longer than two years, it will result in a root-bound and leaning plant.

A root bound fiddle leaf fig is in a position to not absorb the water or nutrients. What can you tell whether your plant is root bound? If you see roots appearing in the drain holes in the pot, this is an indication of a plant that is root bound.

Here are some suggestions that you can do to protect your plant from insufficient fertilization and the lack of ability to take in nutrients:

  • It is recommended to use mild or diluted fertilizer to provide your fiddle leaf fig with food like a 3:1:2 fertilizer for NPK
  • It is possible to fertilize your plants every two weeks during the growing season (spring as well as summer)
  • Do not fertilize during winter since most plants do not develop during winter.
  • Replace your fiddle leafed fig each one to two years
  • It is recommended to stay clear of repotting in the winter months.

Important: If you want more details read this article on fertilizer specifications.


Fiddle leaf figs are somewhat finicky, with a variety of needs to flourish within your home. To assist you in caring for your gorgeous indoor tree I’ve listed a few frequently requested questions in the following section.

How Do I Keep a Tall Fiddle Leaf Fig From Learning?

A simple solution to help support the fiddle leaf fig using stakes for your house plants. The stakes will allow the plant develop strong roots and develop straight. If your fig’s fiddle leaf is excessively tall or leggy, think about pruning your plant.

How To Thicken a Fiddle Leaf Fig Trunk

In order to revitalize a leaning or weak fiddle leaf fig tree’s trunk, it is essential to give the plant enough light, airflow and movement. The shaking of fiddle leaf fig trees can help them grow and increase the size of the trunk. It is possible to shake the tree every two weeks for about a minute or two.

Note: It is recommended to not remove lower leaves because a weak tree cannot support a tree that is top heavy.

Why Is My Fiddle Leaf Fig Drooping?

The main cause of the droopy leaves is dehydration caused because of the water’s evaporation. Other causes of floppy leaves include lack of sunlight, excessive watering roots, root rot, as well as insufficient fertilization.

How To Stake a Tree To Grow Straight?

Staking is an often-used method of supporting the fiddle. You’ll require indoor stakes for your plants and hooks, or the plant’s tape. Make sure you insert the stake carefully into the soil so that it doesn’t damage the roots.

It is possible to use two stakes to either side of your plant , if required. The stake should be secured to the plant using hooks or tape for your plant.

It is recommended to remove the stake at any time after few months or to observe the progress of your plant. If the plant is able to stand upright without stakes, you don’t need to attach the stakes.

Final Thoughts on Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaning

The sight of a fiddle leaf leaning the fig tree is a source of sadness for the plant’s owners But don’t worry. If the plant’s leaning is towards over or under water it is possible to correct it.

After we’ve discussed the primary reasons and strategies for a plant that is leaning and you’ll be able to solve the issue within a matter of minutes.

If you’ve revived an existing leaning plant you, please share your experience in the comments section below.



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