How to Repot a Fiddle Leaf Fig

Last Updated on November 19, 2022 by Stephanie

How to pot your favorite house plant is an easy process and the ideal method to enjoy a beautiful spring day.

Examine your fiddle leaf each year, whether in summer or spring. Once youve figured out what to look for, your fiddle leaf will inform you when its time to be replaced!

If youd rather cut off the root ball to make it smaller or repot it and then watch it become a tree, repotting is an essential aspect of maintaining your plant.

When You Should Repot Fiddle Leaf Fig

If you find the fiddle leaf from the nursery pot, it is recommended to transplant it into an adequate size pot within one month. The plants dont thrive for long periods of the period in these pots as the FLF is a sensitive plant and prone to abrasion, so its recommended to start it off early.

It takes a period of time to adjust to its new surroundings, so you shouldnt try to overburden it.

Or, you might have been using your fiddle leaf for a while, but you realize that its getting too large to fit in its boot. Fiddle leaf trees may begin as a desktop plant but eventually become - youve guessed it - an actual tree.

Particularly when its properly cared for, and its naughty needs are satisfied.

The beautiful plants must be replaced every 1.5 to three years. It is crucial to repotted before the roots become too confined in their pots, and the plant may begin to weaken.

Its a good thing that its simple to determine when its time to be relocated. The roots will pop out of the bottom of the pot, or in a circle around the top.

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What You Need to Repot a Fiddle Leaf Fig Properly

Before you dive into the details of repotting, its important to be sure to consider a couple of points to consider.

If you already have your soil, pot, and other items in the order and ready to go, avoid this part! In the event that not, well dive into the things youll need to be a healthy and happy plant over the next couple of years.

Choose the Planter for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig 

Its not just about looks. When you are repotting your fiddle leaf fig tree, it is recommended to select a pot that is 2 inches larger than the diameter of your rootball.

You might be thinking why dont I just buy an even bigger pot and then I dont have to keep repotting for years. However, this has been shown to be a poor concept.

Fiddle leaves are very snug in their pots and may drown a little in pots that are larger.

A smaller pot can help avoid problems with the soil holding more water than the plant needs. Fiddle Leaf Figs are sensitive and do not want to be dry or too wet, which is why you dont want them sitting in water for any length of time.

Drainage is Important

Before you leave the process of picking out your pot, take an eye on drainage. It is essential that your pot has adequate drainage, and its essential that it has an outlet for drainage. This isnt an herb that is happy with water sitting in it.

If youre the first FLF, the best alternative is to select an auto-watering gardener that takes the uncertainty out of drainage and watering.

Rich Potting Soil is Important

The soil of the fig tree needs to supply good nutrition as well as easy drainage and adequate aeration for your plant. Fortunately, the best quality soil is ideal for this.

Therefore, while you arent able to go to the dirt, put it into a pot, and then look around for the right pot soil. Find a good organic indoor potters soil, and youll be taken care of.

When is the Best Season for Repotting?

Although you might wish to transfer your fiddle leaf into an even larger pot as quickly as possible, its better to plant it in the spring or summer.

The plants have a natural growth pattern. Like many other species like them, the Fiddle leaf fig tends to do the majority of its growth during the summer months.

In winter, they can conserve energy by sitting in a dormant state. Therefore, moving them at this time could cause shock.

Repotting shouldnt carry the risk of damaging your plant, therefore, be careful not to repot during a time when weather alone could cause damage.

How to Repot a Fiddle Leaf: Step by Step Guide

Are you ready to pot your gorgeous Fiddle Leaf Fig? Follow these steps, and youll be thriving and growing quickly.

  1. Add Soil to Pot: Youve chosen the new pot, and youve ensured its about 2 inches bigger than the existing one or your root ball. The next step is to add soil to the pot. It should be at least two inches and less than 1/3 the size of your pot.

  2. Lift the Plant Out: Then, gently remove your plant from its current pot. If its a brand new Fiddle leaf fig thats still inside the plastic planter, use a pair of scissors and slice the pot open. This will ensure that the plant will emerge nicely. Be careful that you dont cut your roots. If youre repotting an established planter, dont fret. If the plant is ready to be repotted by a gentle tug on the bottom of your plant, should lift it upwards. It is possible to cut the roots that are beginning to emerge from the bottom of the pot. However, its not an issue. Be sure to perform this activity outdoors. It could be messy, and youll probably fall soil all over the pot. If your home doesnt have outdoor space, dont worry. You can bathe or shower, then vacuum it up after drying.
  3. Give Outter Roots a Trim: Its a great moment to trim the roots of your plant slightly. In the end, youll not pull out your fiddle leaf to trim its roots. The larger outer roots serve to stabilize the soil, while smaller roots collect nutrients for feeding themselves. Therefore, try not to remove any smaller roots, as the bigger ones are fine. This is merely a way of tidying up but is not necessary to ensure effective repotting.
  4. Position the Plant in the Pot: Plant the plant in the center of the pot. Be sure to leave an area of about 2 inches between the roots to allow it to develop. It is likely that you have done this prior to making the decision to repot.
  5. Fill the Pot with Fresh Soil and Firmly Press Down:  Then, you can complete filling the remainder of the pot with the rest of the new soil. Be sure to fill in empty spaces and then press the soil down with a firm.
  6. Water the Plant Well: There are a variety of opinions when it comes to the issue of watering your violin leaves after the repotting. It is possible to wait up to an hour or two and let it settle before you water it. You can also give it a quick watering to allow it to get familiar with its new surroundings in this manner. Be aware that you might need to add some soil after youve given the first watering. It will all depend upon how tight you were able to make it.
  7. Prune the Plant and Clean Remaining Leaves: Before you call it a day, you can use this time of care for your plant to trim the yellow leaves. When your plants are healthy, they are just the tiny leaves that are at the base of your plant, if they even exist. Its also the perfect time to wash your leaves. Use a soft, damp cloth to get the most effective results, and then remove all the dirt thats accumulated. So the plant you just repotted is in the perfect condition to flourish. It will also appear as beautiful as it did when it was new! Maybe its time to take an instant photo of your gorgeous potted fiddle leaf.

Related: How to Clean Fiddle Leaf Fig and Other Indoor Plant Leaves

What To Do if You Don’t Want to Repot Your Fig

If the fiddle leaf is to the size that your space could allow, repotting might not be the right choice for you.

The best aspect of home plants is the fact that they dont require an enormous house to enjoy an outdoor garden. Another option to transform your pot into an even larger pot - difficult to do but extremely effective - is to cut the roots.

If you pull the plant out of its soil, youll notice it has formed a sort of ball. You can cut as much as 20% of the root system without causing permanent damage.

After that, you can return the pot to its place with some new soil. The tree will continue to develop new leaves, but just a few and will remain the same size. Its best to wait until the roots have grown back and its time to trim them again.

How to Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Once Repotted

  • After youve repotted your Fiddle Leaf, do not be concerned when you notice that a few leaves are discolored. Tropical trees are extremely susceptible to changes in the environment and may require some time to adapt.

  • Make sure to rotate your tree each month to ensure it stays neat and straight. As with many other species, the fiddle leaf prefers to face the sun, so if its through a window, rotating is essential.

  • Find a place in your home where your plant will get just a few hours of direct sunlight. Fiddle leaf plants respond well to sunlight and warmth and thrive in such conditions.

  • If, however, the light you receive is very intense, it might be better to stay away from the direct sun altogether. Your tree will inform you if the amount of sun it is getting isnt enough, and you should be looking to see brown marks.

  • Clean your trees leaves whenever they become dusty. This is something youll do while you plant however its a good idea to clean them every couple of months. This helps them develop through improved photosynthesis since theres a larger surface area that is exposed.

  • Make sure to water your plant well once the top two inches of soil have dried Sooner or later, youll fall into a routine that you are comfortable with, so checking your soil wont be required. However, until then, its important to check the topsoil regularly. This is the most effective method to make sure you dont over- or over-water your plant.

  • Do not overwater your fiddle leaf. This is among the most common mistakes made by people since tropical plants require lots of water.

  • However, the Fiddle leaf fig is not good with sitting in water, in the pot as well, as in the tray. Dry the soil completely before watering it again, and then watch the watering to ensure that you dont overdo it. excessive.

  • The pretty plants love lots of sun and humidity and will be able to take advantage of having the air conditioning on. But, ensure that your leaves dont move even when the wind blows - they should not be directly affected by the cooling.

  • If you wish to see your plant expand quickly, fertilize it every month. Its not required for fertilization more than 2 or 3 times per year, but it needs food.



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