Also, you can take the brace off and wiggle the tree as if its swaying in the breeze, it will strengthen the trunk. However it can take longer, and will take even more time for the new leaves to … I have a FLF that I have had for just over a year. Although otoh... perhaps there are not that many overall shapes? I'd heartily recommend a soil with drainage so sharp (fast) that when you to water to beyond the saturation point you needn't worry about prolonged periods of soil saturation wrecking root health/function. There aren’t many plants that are capable of producing an entire new plant from a leaf cutting. Stephanie, your plant is lovely!! Today, I’m sharing my imperfectly perfect tips for fiddle leaf fig tree care. This indoor tree type plant grows over 15 metres tall in it's natural habitat and up to 3 metres indoors, although they can be topped to prevent them growing taller. Unfortunately, after wilting the leaves of F lyrata often don't recover to occupy their former spatial positions. Thank you for the quick response, Dave! I dont think I'll be cutting or notching anything now as we are approaching fall where I live but if anyone has some tips or recommendations of what may help I would greately appreciate it. If you’re trimming a single leaf, you can do that at any time. It's a banyan fig, which means that it begins its life high in the branches of another tree, then sends its roots down to the ground where it slowly strangles the host tree to death. Read on for detailed tips on caring for your Fiddle Leaf Fig. Though I really do like what you have going on in that corner right now - just thinking out loud..... For the most part, plants decline and die in situations where the amount of food/energy they're able to create (with the help of the sun) is less than they are expending to drive their metabolic processes. I have a few dormant buds after chopping and am wondering the same thing. Al, Stephanie Burke thanked litterbuggy (z7b, Utah), Strike a dramatic chord in a minimalist scene or a country note in a rustic setting — fiddleleaf fig plants harmonize with any style, What’s going to be next season’s biggest paint trend? That's exactly what happened with my plant; the stem got woodier and stronger with time. Remove branches in unwanted positions as soon as they appear, and when a plant shows you it intends to grow out of bounds to the point it detracts from the tree's o/a appearance, terminate it (cut off the growing tip of the offending branch so it can no longer extend) so it is forced to remain in bounds. here is the plant in question right at the end of summer. The difference between what a plant is and what it could be is described as lost potential. If so, it's a physiological thing (cell rupture from high internal pressure, something like that..) rather than a disease or infestation. If the sheath is dried out there's a possible it's dead. I was considering reporting the plant, but the nursery I purchased it from said there was no need. It is VERY reluctant to form anything like a trunk or become self-supporting, yet with regular cutting back I've made it into an upright tree with a pronounced weeping branch habit. When your tree is at the ht you want it, you can remove the lower branches and start pinching to increase ramification. It literally couldn't stand on its own. The peace lily is extremely forgiving so I would assume that it would work just fine, but I thought I would ask. I'm not sure what you mean by hollow tips. If you get a young tree, you should be able to see it grow and mature over time. Watering schedule fixed and working on the root bound issue. Or was it something else that happened? Here's a pic of two branches that were originally buds. Use stakes until the plant can stand up on its own. Stick the dowel through the soil to the very bottom of the pot, leave it for two seconds, and withhold water until the whole dowel comes out completely dry (don't worry, at that point there's still water within the soil particles that the roots can access but we can't feel). Maybe someone who knows more about it will pipe in with advice. :) those buds did not just randomly show up on a trunk they are a result of pruning and appeared after someone has pruned it. And while the new leaves are certainly pointed toward the light, it isn't enough to straighten out the stem. The concept makes sense to me, but intuitively, I would think that dirt is required. Repotting fiddle leaf fig trees does not have to be hard. It slows transpiration and increases turgidity. That is, in Dave's situation, did the removal of lower branches not re-direct that energy because the plant kept trying to replace those lower branches? So, the top of the tree will bend toward the light, and certainly all new growth will follow in the same vein, but wood that is already well-lignified will be set in position unless it's mechanically manipulated, which is also an easy option (at this point in the tree's development) if she wants to straighten the trunk. All the fun of fiddle leaf figs in a smaller package. So let's say you are careful to remove and rub off newly occurring branches on the lower 2/3 of the plant. If that plan is followed, you'll get to where you're going much faster and your tree will be self supporting for the duration or soon after, even in low light situations. * Avoid misting or getting water on foliage. Under a variety of circumstances/cultural conditions, a plant's internal water pressure (turgidity) can become so high that some leaf cells rupture and leak their contents into inter-cellular spaces in leaf tissue, creating wet or weepy areas. At this point I have successfully propagated two Ficus lyrata in water and they both gave me chubby, healthy roots. That's why we check soil moisture. unfortunately. Lush and large-leafed, this tree has been designated by the higher powers of décor as the final touch to polish off any space and breathe some life to your home, and we’re here for it. Plants use more water when they're growing and in low humidity, and use less in the winter, so check the moisture every day until you know how your plants behave . Avoid over-crowding your plants. I checked it over thoroughly for mites or any other pest and I see nothing at all. This is a great thread. I can’t even laugh. It was so reasonably priced and healthy -- probably not much more than I would have to pay for seed -- that I just did it. Even plants that LOOK good can be losing out on an extreme measure of potential; and in plants, lost potential can never be regained under ANY circumstances. So now the tree grew just one new branch per one old pruned branch so essentially the whole pruning did not make any difference as there's exactly the same amount of branches as there was before only now growing in weird directions :p. Here's how the tree looks now in September 2018: It grew a ton and seems pretty happy where it is. A stem cutting of such ficus plants, even only one with a single leaf, does have a dormant bud, found at the leaf base. Like most plants, aerated soil is as critical to a ficus's health as sunshine. Ficus, genus of about 900 species of trees, shrubs, and vines in the family Moraceae, many of which are commonly known as figs. I have attached a couple pics that shows the new leaf growth. This practice ensures the roots get substantial periods in moist, not wet, soil, when they can get oxygen from the air between soil particles and grow into a healthy system that takes up water and nutrients stores water for dry periods. I may have also been over watering for a week or two. With all of the above in mind and after evaluating the stem's woodiness, the lean certainly is a result of the green/young stem, which at this point accounts of ~40% of the plant's height. Not to derail, just wanted to add a quick comment. I'd at least prune the apex off for now to stop any additional elongation, which we know will be extra weak because it's almost winter/Christmas - only 55 more shopping days, and days are growing shorter and light intensity weaker with each passing day. This guide can help, Brighten a room and clean the air with a houseplant that cascades artfully, stretches toward the ceiling or looks great on a wall, Houseplants add so much to our homes — and can thrive when grown in the right conditions. All - thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback! I have to figure out the same thing bc I just adopted a little ficus religiosa, and it is cute as heck... but I don't know what I want it to look like! As I am getting into growing more, I am quickly realizing the necessity for air in the roots. It's only in extended periods of low light and allowing the plant to grow as tall as it wants to that we find remedial pruning necessary as a fix for trees that manifest tendency to flop over due to weak trunks. Thanks, Al. I really hope this thread is still open. FLF always grow new buds from the nodes also called auxiliary buds. Stephanie, it can be shocking to hear someone tell you the best thing for a plant is to chop off shiny new growth, but I've learned that there's a lot about plants that's counterintuitive, and that our love for any fresh green thing sometimes keeps us from recognizing whether new growth is a sign of health or a result of a cause of trouble. I should clarify a bit: The plant was bowing a bit when I received it. I was just wondering if the fact that so many buds remain inactive (dormant?) The more enthusiastic you are about learning, the broader will be the response you get from folks who thrive on your enthusiasm. I tried a little trick in June and made notches above few of the buds to see if it helps somehow but with no success. Those container grown fig trees that are moved into a garage or unheated area to spend the winter don’t need much attention but they do require a degree of special fig tree care and an occasional watering even during their dormant rest periods.. Today I wanted to share a technique to water those containers that has been just too convenient with all the snow that we have received this winter. The trees tend to grow straight and need prodding to shape them indoors. Sorry about that. Since I received it, I've positioned it so that it is leaning away from the light in hopes it would self-correct. something more shrubby and compact or rounded. You can expect the newest growth to still be phototropic (responsive to light stimuli), but that trait will diminish with the age of the wood. Ficus lyrata (edited photo from Houzz website). Often, it's better to perform a less individualistic search for the one most limiting factor in favor of a more holistic overview that has you evaluating the several factors most likely to lay waste to your best efforts to date. Comparing a tree with a foliage mass (FM) of 9 units (one where the lower branches haven't been removed) to a tree with a FM of 6 units (one from which you removed the lower branches. I guess the best thing the op could do is post a pic so we can all see what they're working with. You can strengthen the bottom of the plant by cutting back the top, but you can't strengthen the top by cutting back the bottom. Learn more. As noted, if the tree isn't self-supporting, it's asking for more light. It seems to love the spot, but is a dormant season a requirement for optimal health? Side shoots always will appear green, but the apical meristem has brownish reddish sheaths that give the appearance the meristem is dead when in fact it is not. Currently the plant is 6.5' tall when it's tied to the other branch. I think your right robin98. It's unlikely you'll find a medium on the shelf that is as good as you can make for half the price, if you can find a source of pine bark that is appropriate in size from the bag, or can readily be screened to an appropriate size w/o significant loss of volume. Hope this helps! Repotting Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees. So much to learn! I removed all side growth as I figured all the energy would be sent to the main leader and I'd get height faster. It is way cosmic. I encourage you to keep asking questions as they come to mind. I am just thinking out loud. Based on your post that you recommended, I think I only need to repot and not pot up. I figure it is due to my watering schedule and the fact that it is root bound? Ficus lyrata do not go dormant. Something I wrote about oedema: Oedema Oedema is a physiological disorder that can affect all plants. N2CG - An accomplished bonsai practitioner can literally make branches grow where they are needed by a variety of means. Oedema is most common in houseplants during the winter/early spring months, is driven primarily by excessive water retention in the soil, and can be intensified via several additional cultural influences. The plant tends to direct energy to this area to fuel extension and new leaves, strongly favoring the upper part of the plant. I've always been lucky enough to be able to find appropriate. IOW, once they wilt, their attitude usually changes at least partially so that droopy appearance becomes a permanent thing. In Dave's situation, removing lower branches deprived the upper 1/3 of the plant of 2/3 of the energy produced in those lower branches, so a net loss of potential growth. The plant with 9 units of foliage, because it's apically dominant, will concentrate about 2/3 of its growth energy in the top 1/3 of the tree ...... so 6 units./ The tree with 6 units of foliage will still concentrate about 2/3 of its growth energy in the top 1/3 of the plant, so about 4 units. Fiddle leaf fig trees make fantastic house plants. Dave said: I grew a small f Benjamin this past summer, kept removing lower branchesas they'd grow so I'd get the height I wanted. I was nervous about staking my FLF when it was leaning after a period of rapid growth bc I didn't want to make the stem reliant - I thought a bit of tough love was in order, ha! Gotta get dinner on the table. Try reading this. Ewing Irrigation has Turface MVP (tan particles), and you can use Manna Pro Poultry Grit in place of the white particles. I'm not particularly a fan of propping up a tree when it won't support itself. Fiddle Leaf Fig Care. If you have your framed images ready and can line them up and shoot them, I can help you arrange the wall. My first is that the new leaf that has come out has red speckles all over it, they are much more noticeable on the bottom of the leaf as shown in the pic. View fullsize . Thanks again for your advice Al! And I'm checking moisture when watering. More light would be. This time last year I had this amazingly tall fiddle leaf fig… Look at how glorious he was! As you read it, if you read it, pay particular attention to the strong emphasis on how much sway your choice of soils can have on your ability to keep plants happy. understanding how soils work, followed by understanding how plants work, are representative of the largest steps forward you'll likely make as a container gardener. And what would be solution to this if there's any? I think the consistent watering schedule may be the problem. I will have to dig up to investigate but anticipate having to nurse it back to life in a pot before putting back into the ground. ...which was a long-winded way to say: I'm going to stake it. If she has reason to believe a weak trunk will be an ongoing issue, she might consider pruning back to a point where the tree IS self-supporting, even if she waits until summer and leaves the tree staked until then. I'm in the middle of winter right now though it is very mild (today was a sunny but chilly 16 degrees Celsius:) I might wait until spring. In Frisco, you should be able to find fir bark prescreened to 1/8-1/4" easily. For a bit of context, it produced its largest leaves yet over the last two weeks. Long time reader, but first time poster here with a question about my beloved fiddle leaf fig plant. The green parts of the stem can still be influenced/altered, but once it starts getting more woody, it can't be and you could be stuck with unsavory angles forever. I know I should, but WOW look at him! It sits in front of a very bright big south facing window - not in direct light but close to it ( i tried to put my other fiddle closer to the window than that and it got burned so I guess this spot is optimal). So much of the upper portion of stem was green that I concluded that the plant has experienced rapid growth this summer and wasn't being turned wherever it was grown. If someone can give me some insight with my Fiddle leaf fig it would be so greatly appreciated. Also, removing lower branches doesn't increase extension of the leader, it inhibits it; so, if you were aiming for more ht, leaving the lower branches on until they got too large or the tree was as tall as you wanted it to be would have facilitated reaching that goal. 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