How Much Light Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Needs

In this guide to care, you will learn how to cultivate figs with fiddle leaves indoors. Learned the best ways to water it, repot and reposition, trim and, most importantly, ensure that the plant is well-lit. If you follow the suggestions mentioned in the manual you will have an energized, healthy and glossy-green fiddle leaf the fig will result.

What is a Fiddle Leaf Fig?

As a natural epiphyte in nature, the fig tree has been known to establish its dominance over other trees by encasing its seeds on top of them and then spreading them downwards. As it develops, it could even strangle host plants to fight for the light.

Fortunately, the fiddle leaf home plant is a more gentle version of the tree-like equivalent. Houseplants in homes are able to share space and light.

How Much Light Does a Fiddle Leaf Fig Need? 

The real issue that brought you here is possibly a difficult one what is the optimal amount of sunshine a fiddle leaf figs should receive? The answer is that the plant likes lots of bright (but filtering) sunlight.

Like the majority of tropical houseplants, place it in a sunny, east-facing window. The plant should be rotated every couple of months as you notice the opposite aspect of your plant is reaching for the sun.

Another tip is to keep it clean and allow the plant to absorb sunlight.

Check out this article for a more lengthy and more thorough explanation of the fiddle-leaf fig’s requirements for sunlight.

Does a Fiddle Leaf Fig Like Direct Sunlight?

Fiddle leaf figs love sunshine and lots of it. If it isn’t getting sufficient sunlight, it’s as if the plant is not getting enough oxygen within the space. Think about the fact that they originate from Africa which is a hot continent and gets lots of sunshine.

Also, is it possible to plant the houseplant in direct sunlight? It depends on the plant.

When your plants are still young, they should be planted in filtered, moderate light. Once it has dried away, it is possible to place the plant in full sun for up to 6-8 hours.

The most effective method to make the transition from full to moderate light – if you really would like to do it gradual acclimatization of the plant to the new light.

The sudden change in position will result in dry and sunburned leaves. However, once the plant is accustomed to the new environment, it will expand rapidly and will reach its potential for growth.

When Should I Shift From Direct Sunlight?

The number and size of leaves on a Fiddle leaf fig can aid in determining the amount of light it needs to remain healthy.

For instance, the bigger the plant gets, the larger a window it will require. A larger plant will require more light and longer hours of sunshine to flourish. But, even when the plant is small or medium-sized and has plenty of leaves, it will require more sunlight to keep them healthy while it grows new leaves.

Related: Why Are My Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves Drooping?

The most effective way to determine whether your pet isn’t getting sufficient light is to observe when it starts dropping low or curving toward the window. Other indicators are:

  • Slowing growth

  • Leaves are growing at an odd distance

  • Greyish patches of dullness on the leaves

  • The leaves are yellowing and falling in a sluggish style

  • New leaves of small size

The plant is notorious for its erratic behavior when it is moved, however, when it’s done to get greater light, the fig can tolerate the change in environment.

Where You Should Place Your Fiddle Leaf Fig 

It might seem silly however it can cause a lot of confusion for owners of plants. Do you mean to keep the plant on the balcony or on top or in front of an opening window? 

Ideally, for your Fiddle Leaf Fig, the thing you should be looking for is a glass that is mostly unobstructed in its eastern, southern, or west exposure.

Place your pet in the middle of a large, most likely French window that faces south. Be sure that trees or nearby structures aren’t shading the window. The idea is to give sunlight from morning to afternoon to the plants.

Make sure you have an overhang in front of the window to shield the plant from scorching hot days. If there isn’t an overhang, you should consider maintaining a couple of feet from the windows to the plants.

Why Sunlight and Window Direction is Important

As a wild plant native to Africa, Fiddle leaf fig generally requires at least 6 hours of sunlight in order to flourish. It should be placed on the north side of a window, and it only gets morning and late afternoon sunlight, which isn’t enough.

fiddle leaf fig on window sill next to bookshelf

Because the plant is unable to conserve sunlight for later use, the plant must be placed in an area that is flooded with sunshine for the majority of the day. The best place to place the plant is right in front of a window facing south like the one mentioned earlier.

However, avoid taking the plant outside to windows facing west, as the sun’s harsh rays could cause the leaves to burn.

Note: These directions are for countries of the Northern Hemisphere. If you reside in a country that is in the extreme northern or southern regions of the equator the optimal sun’s orientation for the fiddle Leaf fig will alter accordingly.

Is Indirect Sunlight Bad For a Fiddle Leaf Fig?

If the transition from full to moderate sunlight is difficult, or the plant is constantly falling out in full sunlight, it is possible to place it in indirect light. What does this be for the indoor plant? It means the houseplant you have to continue expanding, however, the growth may be slow and will not be at its fullest potential.

Lack of enough sunlight for a maturing, hardened-off plant could result in health problems too. But, you can avoid it by enhancing its growth by using grow lights.

How to Measure Sun Exposure  

This is an absolute win in the field of the care of fiddle leaf figs. It’s not mandatory, but it’s worthwhile to consider if you’re new to indoor gardening. For this, you should consider using an exclusive Fiddle leaf fig instrument that measures the pH of soil, sunlight, and also the amount of moisture the plant is getting. 

If you are using the meter, any reading that is lower than 200 lux is dark, and up to 400 Lux is considered medium, and anything above 400 is bright. Take the sun’s reading between 9 AM and 3 pm. If it’s 600 lux or higher, the fig will become well.

If buying technical equipment doesn’t seem like the best choice at the moment, you can opt for an alternative that is efficient at home, such as white paper. For the paper to measure the amount of sunlight, simply place it against the windows with your fingers. The darker the shadow, the more bright the sun. Try to find the shadow that is dark.

To calculate the light with the paper method, assign a number to the shadows. Let the light shadow be 1, medium be 2, and dark be 3. Do the same thing you use meters. If your total is between 4 or 5 the plant is receiving enough sunlight.

How to Care For a Fiddle Leaf Fig 

How to Clean Fiddle Leaf Figs Properly

The best method is to clean the leaves one at a time using a damp cloth.

The most effective method to keep your leaves free of dust is to take your plant outdoors and spray using the water hose. Because it will soak in the water. you can leave the plant outside for a couple of hours to let it dry. Make sure to keep it in the shade and away from direct sunlight.

If you wish to be extra cautious, you can take the plant to the bathroom and wash it using water that is lukewarm. After it has been cleaned then, drain it for a few hours. Be aware that if you are using a water softener, you should avoid soaking the soil of the plant, lest the salt could cause damage to it.

How Much to Water a Fiddle Leaf Fig  

When it comes to drinking water, the plant can be selective. It prefers being well-watered, but it doesn’t like to sit in the water. The best method to determine the right balance is to allow the topsoil layer to dry and for drying of the plants prior to giving the plants water. Room temperature or Lukewarm water is ideal because cold water could put the fig in shock.

Be on the lookout for warning signs, as well. When the foliage turns brown around the edges, it is a sign that the plant is not being adequately watered. If the leaves are becoming brown and smelly of bad odor, the plant is probably overwatered.

Best Temperature Range for Fiddle Leaf Fig

The optimal temperature range for a houseplant is 17 degrees to 23 degrees C. The plants are a fan of warmth all the time and prefer temperatures that are higher than 16 degrees Celsius. What can you tell whether the climate is colder than what the plant likes? It’ll begin to show dark brown spots.

Related: Why Are Leaves Turning Brown on Fiddle Leaf Fig?

Alongside the warmth, ensure that there is a little humidity around your plant as well. It can be done by keeping it close to other plants or placing the planter in a tray of dirt.

The houseplant is also prone to drafts and breezes. To prevent them from causing the suction of excessive humidity, keep the plant away from open windows, as well as other sources of the draft.

When to Repot Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

It could be the most straightforward thing to spot. If plants’ roots start to grow out of the planter and begin to emerge in the drainage hole, it’s time to re-pot. Another indication is when the water begins to settle on top of the soil and doesn’t absorb. It is also possible to repot it if it’s been a while.

How to Prune a Fiddle Leaf Fig Properly

The most ideal time to trim fiddle leaves is in the spring or the beginning of summer. In the summer, there is plenty of sunshine to help in the regeneration and growth of the plant.

If you’ve made the decision to trim your fig houseplant begin by cutting back only a couple of (damaged) leaflets at one period. This encourages growth and lets the plant concentrate on supplying nutrients to healthier leaves.

Related: How to Prune a Fiddle Leaf Fig

The most effective method to trim the fiddle leaf fig is using a sharp pair of pruning shears. Make cuts that are at least an inch of the trunk. If two branches grow, this means that your fiddle leaf fig is healthy.




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