What To Do When Fiddle Leaf Fig Is Root Bound

It is the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is also known as Ficus Lyrata is an extremely popular houseplant in numerous states and homes. It’s simple to maintain and has huge leaves when it’s content. Do they enjoy being rooted?

The figs of the fiddle leaf don’t fight for root-bound. After they’ve removed all soil and require more space to grow. Fiddle leaf figs that are root bound require more frequent irrigation. An easy solution is to provide your fiddle leaf fig with a an all-new pot and new soil.

In addition to replacing the soil and expanding the dimensions of the pot, you’re creating a space that allows it to grow time and time.

What kind of soil mix do be used and at what proportion? How do you determine what is root-bound?

What about the type of fertilizer and frequency of use?

Do Fiddle Leaf Figs Like To Be Root Bound?

Fiddle leaf figs love to settle in their pots. They also tend to develop roots in a fast pace.

These elements create this fig a tree which can be root bound in a short time however, this does not mean that it is a good choice for such conditions. Therefore, fiddle leaf figs do not prefer to be root bound.

If you find that the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree’s root systems have begun to grow through the drain holes, you should consider buying the possibility of a new planter and soil as this tree is now root-bound.

If roots are sprouting through the drainage holes, they could cause water to get stuck inside the pot, causing root decay. In addition, it allows the water to pass through without having had the time to absorb itwhich means you have to replenish it with water more often.

Ideally, you should plant your fiddle leaf fig each 2 to three years. If you leave the tree in the original pot will slow its growth along with other issues.

How To Know When Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Is Root Bound

There are some indicators that indicate that your fig’s fiddle leaf is now root-bound.

The fig you are using for your fiddle leaf is root bound if you observe the following signs that are common:

  • The soil is drying out too quickly
  • The leaves have brown tips that are visible on the leaves.
  • The pot is light and is prone to tipping over.
  • The plant’s roots are emerging from the drainage holes.
  • The pot begins to crack.
  • It’s simple to take it from its pot.
  • It has roots that spiral in the bottom of the pot.
  • It hasn’t yet produced new leaves during the growing season.
  • Leaves are limp

Although a variety of factors can cause these symptoms Most often you’ll see it’s an issue with Fiddle Leaf Fig becoming bound by its root.

If it’s stuck in the roots it’s time to intervene and take steps to improve its living conditions by repotting it in fresh soil and putting it in an additional pot.

If you do have some space, you shouldn’t decide to keep the plant in its current state for too long . Otherwise you danger of allowing your plant to die.

Don’t be embarrassed If you take care of your fig with a fiddle leaf and it’s now root-boundit’s an entirely natural condition for the plant to be in, and you can very simply aid it by putting it in a bigger pot.

How To Fix A Root Bound Fiddle Leaf Fig

Now that you are aware of the fiddle leaf fig that is bound by a root and you are able to take the necessary steps to make it known.

Here’s how to get your fiddle back in the pot leaf fig:

1. Get A Larger Pot

Choose a pot that is 2 to 3 inches bigger. In general, you’ll want to find a pot that’s one size bigger than the one it’s currently in.

If you fill it up with too much pot too quickly could cause it to enter an apprehension state or hold excessive water, resulting in root decay.

It may also cause the plant to expend all of its energy to create new roots instead of new leaves. The plant will then stabilize itself and create an appropriate water pathway within the soil, which will increase absorption.

Another thing you’ll want to include in the new pot is drainage holes that let the excess water go away.

If drainage holes aren’t properly constructed the soil can become saturated, which causes the roots to soak up excessive amounts of water to evaporate, leading to root decay.

Fiddle Fig Tree next to Black and White Painting

2. Mix The Perfect Soil

After you’ve chosen the right size and type of pot, you’re now able to make the soil mixture.

The plants require a variety of nutrients for survival, so providing it with just one kind of soil will not work.

It is ideal to make an individual mix that is focused on the nutritional requirements while also retaining moisture without becoming waterlogged.

3. Remove From The Pot And Wash Away Remaining Soil

The removal of your fiddle lead fig is one of the most involved you’ll get in the process of repotting.

Start by gently squeeze the container that the plant is placed in to loosen the soil as well as the roots.

With one hand on the base of the plant , and the other hand on the pot and gently pull the pot away, opening up root of fig’s fiddle leaf.

You should proceed If you can see:

  • Many spiraling roots
  • Roots that have been shaped to resemble the pot in which it was placed
  • Onlyroot
  • A lot of roots sprout out of the drainage holes in the pot.

If it doesn’t look like this, put the fig with the fiddle leaf in the pot again and allow it to sit for a few months to get more root bound prior to attempting to pot it again.

Repotting the plant too often can result in a slowing of growth because of constant readingjustment.

After you have removed the plant and verified that it’s root bound then slowly “untangle” to root-ball to take as much soil out as you can.

It’s okay if small pieces of some of the roots fall off, but you should try to reduce the number of broken pieces. It is also possible to place the plant in water to eliminate the majority of soil.

4. Remove Damaged and Rotten Roots

After cleaning, you’ll want to get rid of any rotten or damaged roots with small scissors and cutting them off.

This will stop disease and root rot from forming in the pot that is newly made.

It also encourages plants to replenish the damaged roots with new, healthy ones.

5. Plant The “Cleaned” Fiddle Leaf Fig

After you’ve removed the most dirt and dead/rotten roots that you are able to from fiddle leaf fig’s roots, now it’s now time to put it in the new pot.

The new pot should be filled 1/3 full of the soil mix. After that, carefully insert the fiddle leaf fig in the pot, making sure that the base of the fiddle leaf fig sits just beneath the rim of the pot.

Make use of one hand to keep the plant and the other hand to fill in the rest of the pot by filling it with soil mix.

You could also ask someone to help you hold the plant up while you fill the remainder part of your pot.

When the pot is nearly full, gently press the soil with the palms of your hands to make sure that the plant is secure in the new pot.

Do not compact the soil excessively, but just enough to give stability and stop the soil’s top layer from falling away.

6. Give The Repotted Plant Clean Water

After you’ve made it through the toughest portion of repotting your plant It’s time to give your fiddle leaf fig as well as yourself with a glass of water.

The water will aid in helping the soil to naturally expand slightly and will help to recover it from strain of being potted again.

How Often Should I Re-pot My Fiddle Leaf Fig?

It is recommended to plant the fiddle leafed fig when you see signs of it becoming root bound, usually every 2 or 3 years.

Repotting your plant can restore its soil’s nutrient-rich environment to increase its nutrient content and boost the growth of your plant.

It is recommended to repot your fig fiddle leaf, if it’s root bound.

It is also recommended to repot the plants in warmer seasons when the trauma of transplanting will not be as severe as it is in the colder months, when it’s more dormant.

What’s The Best Soil Mix For Fiddle Leaf Figs?

As I said, you need to mix your soil according to the above steps But what exactly is it that you are mixing?

You want soil that can keep moisture in place but not become saturated with water.

Fiddle leaf figs don’t like sitting in water, which is why the soil should be well-drained. It is as important as making drainage holes in the pot.

The soil should be dotted with tiny air pockets even after having well watered your fiddle leaf fiddle leaf.

It is also important to make sure you have nutrient-rich soil that will help the plant through the time before it is re-potted once more.

Here’s the ideal ratio to soil mixture:

  • 2 parts potting soil
  • 1 Part perlite
  • 1 part peat 1 part moss

Alternately, you could make use of 2 parts cactus mixture to one part compost.

After mixing them mixtures, you should add a small amount of water prior to potting the plant. This will ensure that you don’t lose all the soil through drainage holes while watering the plant for the first time.

If you’d like to be certain that the soil mix is suitable for your plants You can purchase pH indicators. You should aim for the pH of your soil to range from 5.5 -7 (so it is slightly acidic).

When (And How Often) To Fertilize Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

An excellent way to keep the soil’s value in nutrients is by fertilizing!

The plants with a lot of foliage such as fiddle leaf fig trees can reward you with bigger leaves if you fertilize them regularly with high nitrogen fertilizers.

The majority of garden-variety fertilizers used for foliage plants are made up of Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), as well as Potassium (K). They are available in various proportions, but they are usually 3:1:2 or 3:13.

Each component allows the plant to develop in the following zones:

  • Nitrogen NitrogenResponsible for the growth of the shoot of the plant, or for non-flowering growth.
  • Phosphorus Responsible for flowering, setting seeds, and for forming roots.
  • Potassium PotassiumResponsible for proper functioning of cells and the regulation.

It is normal to want more K and N in relation to P since P is mostly for characteristics that ficus doesn’t have (flowering or setting seeds).

It is also a good idea to feed the fiddle leaf every time you plant it again. What kind of fertilizer are available?

Slow-Release Fertilizer

The slow-release fertilizer is an ideal choice when planting your garden again.

Mix the amount listed on the label instructions into your soil mix , and do not worry about fertilizing your plant for the three to four months ahead (perfect for repotting in the springtime! ).

Slow-release fertilizers release tiny amounts of fertilizer each when you water your plants.

Quick-Release Fertilizer

It is also possible to use the quick-release method with a water-soluble quick-release fertilizer.

The fertilizers can be used by purchasing a fertilizer that is already liquid or mixing the powder with water, then watering your fiddle leaf fig the way normally would.

To maximize the effectiveness of fertilizer it is important to cover the soil completely.

This means less of the fertilizer is wasted and you won’t harm the roots through burning them with the fertilizer.


To sum up: Don’t let the fig tree with fiddle leaves get too root tied. It could slow down development and raise the risk of other issues.

Ideally, you should plant the fig with fiddle leaves each 2 to 3 years to make sure that the plant does not become root-bound , and remains otherwise healthy.

Make sure you have a well-drained soil and a pot two to three inches bigger than the pot you’re currently in, and fertilize with the NPK ratio that is 3:1:2 approximately every month, when you’re using a quick-release fertilizer.



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