Or if you think the ‘Y’ shape is too low, you could choose a dominant one and cut the lesser one off. But I would say that while this is happening, the plant probably wouldn’t respond well to notching. I would say the main steps for thickening the trunk is giving them lots of light and using a quality fertlizer. As you probably have seen, the fiddle leaf is making quite the appearance in every design mag, retail store, restaurant and blog (I am sure you even have one in your home). There are two semi mature trunks in the pot, meaning theres actually two trees. Would love your input. Multiple trunks: If your FLF seems to have more than one trunk in its pot, it is possible that it is actually more than one plant! If they are still young, it will be easier to try separate them than if they are older (and therefore have a larger root system). I bought a fiddle leaf fig, probably 2 years ago. Its leathery leaves are thick and shiny. Whatever you decide, try to imagine how you’d like the plant to look in the long run. Thanks, I’ll go out and add a few notches right now. All the best! The Best Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree September 25, 2017 If you can’t tell by now, I am pretty obsessed with fiddle leaf fig trees and while I have been pretty darn successful at taking care of the live one in my living room, I ventured into the artificial territory with this one in my dining room. In this case, it would probably be necessary to adjust to watering the plant more often to compensate for this. http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1465570/pruning-ficus-lyrata-to-branch After some years the lower leaves can drop off by themselves. Just gotta have patience for these ones to grow. Any tips for leaving them outside? With proper care and attention, you can turn your new fiddle-leaf fig plant into a towering tree that fits your space perfectly. It is getting huge and I live in a small cottage. It lost a few leaves at first, but now is doing well in a sunny window and the smaller leaves on top are getting bigger. If they’re small, it’s better to leave them on the plant! Also, some of my leaves are getting puckery looking, not smooth but still green. I donât think I am strong enough to carry the tree outside and divide it. Thank you for your help. My dog took a bite out of a lower leaf on my FLF and the teeth marks are still there! Cut around 1/3 of the way across the trunk and around 1/3 deep, at an angle. Will I ever be able to achieve the tree shape? Does notching make the tree stop growing taller, or does it just slow it down and send that energy into the branching? Patience is key ð hopefully you will get some growth soon! I found this post while searching for an answer for my leaning branches. You could also try nothing in several places, as not all notching will end up being successful. To be even more sure, feel if the top 1 inch of soil is wet or dry. Taking the steps in this post will strengthen the trunks as well as help them grow straight, rather than leaning. Seems nice and strong. I have 2 FLFs and would be interested in experimenting with a shrub look on the other one. Hell!! I’m in Australia too and pruned one of my FLFs just this week to get more branches. Let’s first address the common indications that your fiddle leaf tree is suffering. Hope that helps! What should I do with it? It is a little earlier in the season than I would normally prune, but I think as long as your plants are getting good light there shouldn’t be any issues with branching. So my FLF is about 5 feet tall right now, and regularly puts out new growth (it just put out another round of leaves a couple weeks ago). Firstly be patient – it takes time for a tree to grow! And if they are in a brighter or sunnier location, you may need to adjust your watering schedule! Using the above steps, with time your FLF should begin to take on a more tree-like appearance. I try to separate now, risking that they may be too young and struggle to grow First and foremost, you have the best site on FLFs that I have seen, so thank you! Do I take one off? The common name comes from the "rubber" sap that oozes out of the leaves and woody stems if they are scratched or cut. Which one is my best bet to try and maximise the amount of full size FLF’s I’ll end up with? My branches start too high. It is possible to grow yours into a tree but you may need to assess further when you repot. With all this being said, I have to mention that fiddle leaf figs aren’t the easiest indoor trees out there. 1. Hey Mary! If the stem was green, this could be why you didn’t see results from notching. But with a little extra work it’s possible to get them to support themselves. Hey Nathan, that’s what I originally thought too! I recently removed few leaved from my FLF because they had big hole or had big brown spot. If you wanted to encourage more growth at the top, make sure it is getting lots of light on these areas or add a grow light to the top to help stimulate the new growth ð. Quite useful tips however I do not agree that they are slow growing and I’ll explain why..I have had my flf bush since 6/2017 and it was but 3 feet tall when it was purchased. It won’t affect the health of your plant so much, its just a natural response to not quite ideal environmental conditions. If you’re new to using a fertilizer, read these tips first. Hi!!! Here’s a post on propagation that might help. Even grew in Oregon winter! Hi, I’ve done a lot of search but can’t seem to find the answer I need. Keep in mind that FLFs like to be snug in pots so unless its very root bound, it should be ok in the same pot. If you have any more questions about brown spots on fiddle leaf fig leaves, black spots on fiddle leaf fig, fiddle leaf fig dropping leaves or other issues with these indoor trees, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Your FLF can handle a lot of wiggling, so don’t be afraid to really move it. If there’s not enough leaves, your plant will not be able to get the nutrients it needs from sunlight and heightens its chances of being unhealthy or dying. It is a little tricky to give exact advice without knowing what your FLF looks like, however I would probably suggest repotting first and then pruning once your FLF has adjusted to the new pot. When I was only watering it once or less per week, the leaves had brown edges and there was not as much growth. My thoughts are either: Hi Sarah, splitting them or keeping them together is personal preference and it won’t harm the plant to keep them together. In my research i’m finding that the smaller versions are actually a different variety (“compacta” or “suncoast”?) Hello! When multiple stems share the one root system, its riskier to separate them and may cause more harm to the plant if you do. Hey Cindy, notching does work best on the older, woody part of the trunk so you can definitely try notching below where your FLF branches! If they are planted in a large pot, sometimes they spend all their energy spreading out their roots rather than growing new leaves! Keep in mind that the branches will grow at the height you prune, so that may determine how much you want to prune off. And you can definitely propagate what you prune – more info on propagation here. The fiddle leaf fig’s leaves are large and dark in colour– glossy and leathery, with yellow veins. There is a smaller variety called bambino, but the leaves are so teeny tiny you would know if that’s the variety you had ? Can I grow my FLF bush into a tree? These forums go into a lot of depth about FLFs and are a great resource! FLFs love sunlight and I’ve found that it’s a major factor in getting them growing large and healthy ð Just remember they do need to be acclimatized to any direct sun. I have an 8 foot tall fiddle leave who has lost most of its leaves on top leaving exposed branches with no leaves on them. Then before I could move it back inside two leaves got direct sun and turned brown. All the best ð. The new growth above them is fine. Taking a while to dry out in this plastic pot with the type of soil Loweâs used. I’ve staked it awhile ago, but as it continues to grow , it leans more and more. When you do water, you can fully saturate the plant until water runs out the bottom (make sure the pot has a hole in the bottom, FLFs also need good drainage). After the leaves dry you can give your Fiddle Leaf Fig Bush a glossy look by using Bonide Leaf shine and Moisture Guard. What Are the Differences Between Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree vs Bush Fiddle leaf fig bushes tend to have multiple fiddle leaf figs in it, and they generally are not in their mature form. Hey Nichole, there’s definitely a few things you can do to help, depending on how you’d like your FLF to look! I find they often need a lot more light than they’re getting, so consider if yours is getting enough! That’s why it’s best to make changes to plants (such as notching or pruning) during the peak of the growing season (eg late Spring), which gives the best chance of seeing results. Just water little by little or wait until it fully dries out and then water fully? 2. FLFs love a bit of humidity so make sure its in a good location and you can even mist it with a sprayer. If so, other options could be to propagate a stem, which you can then grow singularly in a pot to form a more tree-like shape. Once every 10 days is generally a good time to water. If you would like your FLF to branch or it is growing too tall, pruning will definitely help the trunk. Hey Shianne, thanks for your feedback! One of the 3 trunks isnât growing as well (and not as pretty) as the other 2. They are the same type of plant, but to get a bushy look you’d need to start with a plant that has multiple trunks growing out of the soil. Re-potting a fiddle Leaf Fig Bush: Every 2-3 years repot the Fiddle Leaf Fig Bush or whenever you find that it is root bound, providing a container slightly larger than the previous one. Any breeze will help strengthen the trunk and within a few weeks you should notice a difference (I helped one of my weak FLFs this way). I live in Texas (zone 8) and we get all of the seasons. It is very healthy and loves itâs location but it is getting way too big. Both have leaves on their trunks from the soil to the top of the trunk. Iâve seen great results except for a few dead leaves. Read my full guide on strengthening a weak or leaning trunk here. I wrote a post of strengthening FLF trunks, which could be helpful. Summers can reach well over 95 deg and in the winters we drop down to the 40s. But then there is also three more smaller trunks that aren’t as mature. My flf has a sturdy trunk with five branches. The … At the beginning of this growing season, two branches started from the very bottom of the trunk and have now grown to be 3-4 feet long with 10-12 large leaves on each. The lower leaves provide support for the trunk and help it to grow strong, which is important for a tree-form as they are top-heavy and more prone to bending or tipping. By following this simple guide and utilizing our all-natural potting mixes, soil amendments, and fertilizers, you can keep your fig tree healthy (and Instagram-ready) all year round. This may hinder their growth for a little while or require some time for them to recover. you can read it here. Yellow leaves The Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of the most attractive, with large leaves that are shaped a little like the body of a violin.This evergreen tree will grow outdoors in any area free of frost, but everywhere else it makes a great houseplant, with a real personality. Wow! Hi Breanna, check out the link to the forum below which has some more specific information – These forums taught me a huge amount! Iâm SO SCARED to repot, since Iâve killed other plants by doing so and all the leaves fell off, even though I used terra cotta pots with cactus/succulent soil mixed with perlite. Plants won’t always grow exactly how we’d like them to and sometimes embracing this can lead to a unique plant. If it takes a looong time for the excess to come out (or it doesn’t come out at all), the soil is possibly compacted and the plant could do with repotting. They are suited for growing indoors because it does not become excessively large. I read a comment by someone who said that their FLF grew to 6â. Hey Kimberly, thanks so much – I’m always happy to help and reply to comments ð It’s normal for the soil to be more wet/damp the further into the pot, and it will dry out first at the top. All the best ð, Your email address will not be published. Sometimes I prefer to bring home smaller plants, as you can then experiment and grow the plant to the size and shape you like. Can I braid these trunks? Hi Liz, have a look at this forum link which talks a lot about notching in detail and also shows some photos: But FLFs do prefer to slightly dry out between waterings. A specially-formulated one will also help the leaves grow closer together and the trunk to thicken. Make sure your FLF is getting enough light or move it to a brighter location. How do I get leaves to come back to the top of the tree? The fiddle leaf fig from the ficus genus of trees is an exciting species to grow with larger leaves than the others from the genus. Hi Anne, unfortunately if you trim the edges of the leaves, they won’t grow back! Hi Rob, I probably can’t answer that question as one way or the other, as there’s so many factors that go into the health of a plant! They talk specifics about pruning and notching for FLFs to branch: It is now approximately 8 feet tall. I have mine on my patio. But again, if there’s no unhealthy signs of this already on the plant, I would say the soil is most likely fine. If you can help me that question you will be a legend!!! FLFs have naturally thin trunks so it will take time for them to thicken as the plant matures, too. Most fiddle leaf fig owners start out with a bush-shaped plant. If you notice any pale looking leaves or see any brown spots on your plant, then you might need to move your fiddle leaf fig to a new location. I think you could try and it’s not likely to shock the plant (notching isn’t really a huge stress on the plant) but the chances of seeing results may not be as high! Cheers. Hope this helps you. Pruning is the easiest way to encourage branching – you don’t need to cut a lot off if you don’t want. You may want to do multiple notches, as not all of them may take. Even though ive had the plants for a couple years in the same pot could I still split them and get two plants or would you keep them together? I have three individual plants that are planted in one pot. I read not to stake the plants. (We don’t recommend spending hundreds of dollars on a large tree-shaped plant if this is your first fiddle!) I do have a question and since youâre great at responding back, unlike others, I will ask you… I have a FLF bush with about 7 stems in it. Thanks for the tips, very helpful! Thanks for all the great info! These days though, things are a little different with the fiddle being very accessible. This means they end up needing to be tied indefinitely, rather than the plant supporting itself! Hope that helps ð. If I was in your position I would probably try to take one or two out now with the roots, see how they go, and then decide to take the rest out now or later depending on the how the first one responds after a few weeks. I put it in a new spot out of the direct sun and it seems to be doing better now. Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation Series PART 5 with Moody Blooms! If you have a cluster of stems in a pot, its likely that a few may end up leading the pack while some stems may stay smaller. Before he came to me, the grower must have chopped the main trunk (about halfway up) and there are two stems that have grown in a Y shape from that cut, so now the tree is growing out in two points rather than up. Instead, it’s energy would be focused on rebuilding the roots. Or would that damage the plant? If you wanted to keep them, you could even try propagating them in water! Hello! Remember its always best to prune with the tree’s natural shape in mind! Have you had any luck notching the trunk below the branches? If it all sounds a bit much, I would suggest to start with a new, smaller, singe-trunk FLF to get the lollipop shape you want and enjoy how much your original FLF has grown! Hey Miah! Thank you! It must love its location and conditions ð Well done, I hope your FLF continues to do well! The leaf can still grow roots and live but it isnât likely it will grow into anything else from a single leaf. If you see no change within a week to the bud below, go over the same spot again. All the best! Sometimes the trunks are weak because they have grown without enough sunlight – you can confirm this if there are gaps between the leaves. I’m happy to share what I’ve learnt, especially since there can be a lot of misinformation out there! 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