Repotting Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: The Easy Way

If you’re planning to repot your fiddle leaf fig tree, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the size of the root ball or the perceived delicate nature of the plant. Many people claim that repotting a fiddle leaf fig is complex or difficult, but the truth is, it’s actually quite easy and not a big risk to the plant. In fact, your fiddle leaf fig will be much happier in its new pot, especially if you’ve just bought it. So, don’t delay any further. Let’s explore the easiest way to repot your fiddle leaf fig tree and add a decorative container.

Preparing to Repot a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

1. Don’t Wait to Repot Your New Plant

If you’ve purchased your plant from a wholesaler like Home Depot, it probably came in a plastic growing pot. These containers have side drainage holes that keep the roots dry, as the growers water their plants daily. However, once you bring the plant home, it can dry out and suffer permanent damage within just a few days in these pots. So, it’s best not to wait to repot your plant. If you need to wait a few days or weeks, make sure you water your plant every single day while it’s in the grower’s pot. Pour the water slowly so that it has a chance to soak in instead of running out the side drainage holes.

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2. Understand the Importance of Proper Drainage

Proper drainage is crucial for the long-term health of your fiddle leaf fig tree. These trees are susceptible to root rot, so you need to ensure that your container has perfect drainage. Use a container with a drainage hole and consider using materials like Smart Gravel or cactus mix to keep the root ball dry. Ceramic planters with drainage holes are excellent choices for this purpose.

Ceramic Pot with Drainage Tray

3. Select the Right Container

Choose a container that is 3-4 inches larger in diameter than your plant’s current container. Ensure that the new pot is wider and taller than the existing one. Avoid going too big, as oversized pots can promote root rot. Ideally, the new pot should be at most 6 inches larger in diameter than the current pot. I find that large ceramic pots work best for repotting fiddle leaf fig trees.

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4. Get the Right Potting Soil

The type of soil you use is essential for your plant’s nutrient intake, drainage, and moisture control. Avoid using soil from your yard or soil intended for other plants. Instead, opt for a premium fiddle leaf fig potting soil that provides proper air circulation and water retention. It’s also advisable to use a moisture meter to gauge when your plant needs watering, ensuring you avoid over or underwatering.

Repotting Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Now that you have everything ready, it’s time to repot your plant. Make sure to perform these steps outside or on an old bedsheet to contain the mess.

1. Fill the New Container with Soil

Add a layer of soil, approximately 4 inches deep, in your new container. This will provide a bed for the root ball to rest. Ensure that the top of the soil is slightly lower than the top of the container. If needed, add more soil to adjust the height.

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2. Remove the Plant from the Old Container

Carefully remove the root ball from the existing pot, taking care not to damage the roots. If the root ball is stuck, consider using scissors to cut down the side of the container. It’s not necessary to water the plant before repotting, as it can make the root ball messier and more likely to break apart.

Repotting Video

3. Place the Plant in the New Container and Fill with Soil

Hold the plant upright and add handfuls of soil around the base to fill in the sides of the container. Gently compact the soil until the container is full, but avoid overcompacting to allow room for root growth.

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4. Water Your Plant Generously

Water your plant generously, ensuring that any large air bubbles are filled with soil. Add more soil if needed to level the surface. Once you’ve watered your plant and the soil is even across the top of the container, you’re done! Give the leaves and container a quick rinse to remove any dust or dirt.

5. Let Your Plant Dry and Drain the Reservoir

Allow your plant to dry for about an hour, then tilt the pot sideways to drain the excess water from the reservoir. Make sure to drain as much water as possible before bringing your plant indoors to avoid leaks.

6. Wait One Month, then Fertilize

Give your plant one month to rest and recover from the repotting process before fertilizing. Use Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food each time you water, diluted at a ratio of 1 teaspoon per cup of water. This will promote healthy growth and new leaves.

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Additionally, protect your fiddle leaf fig from bacteria, fungus, and insects by using Houseplant Leaf Armor. This product also cleans and adds shine to the leaves.

Adding a Decorative Pot for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

To enhance the beauty of your fiddle leaf fig tree, consider adding a decorative pot. If your decorative pot has drainage holes, you can plant your tree directly in it. However, most decorative pots lack drainage holes, so it’s recommended to pot your tree in an interior container and then place it within the decorative pot. Choose a decorative container slightly larger and taller than the interior pot. For smaller plants, add self-adhesive felt pads to protect your surfaces, while larger trees can be placed on plant stands for easy movement and rotation. Once you’ve completed this final step, sit back and enjoy the beauty of your new fiddle leaf fig.

Repotting Video

Grab the Essentials for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig:

  • Premium Fiddle Leaf Fig Potting Soil
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food
  • Root Rot Treatment
  • Houseplant Leaf Armor to protect against insects, bacteria, and fungus (It also cleans and adds shine to a plant’s leaves!)
  • Moisture meter to keep track of your plant’s watering needs

To Learn More:

  • Read “The Most Beautiful Pots for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree” to find the perfect decorative container for your plant.
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