Repotting Your Fiddle Leaf Fig: A Guide to Healthy Growth

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When it comes to caring for your fiddle leaf fig, repotting is an essential part of maintaining its health and promoting growth. In this guide, we will provide you with valuable tips and insights on repotting your fiddle leaf fig plant, including the best time of year to repot, the ideal potting soil, and how to choose the right pot.

Should You Repot Your Fiddle Leaf Fig?

While repotting should not be done frequently, it is necessary for the well-being of your fiddle leaf fig. Ideally, repotting should be done every 1-3 years, particularly in the spring or summer seasons. When selecting a new pot, ensure it is 2-4 inches larger than the current one. Remember, fiddle leaf figs prefer a snug fit, so avoid going too large. Additionally, it is crucial to choose a pot with drainage holes to prevent root rot.

fiddle leaf fig and snake plant in corner of living room

Leo, my fiddle leaf fig, had been living in the same pot for three years. It was evident that he needed a new home. His roots were starting to show, so it was the perfect time for an upgrade to a bigger pot. I opted for a 10″ pot to allow him some room to spread out while preserving a snug fit. To keep it budget-friendly, I placed the pot in a decorative basket with a plant saucer at the bottom.

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new plant pot and current fiddle leaf fig plant pot

Repotting Process for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

Repotting a fiddle leaf fig can be a messy project, so it’s best to do it outside on a warm, sunny day.

What You Need for Repotting:

  • Well-draining potting soil
  • New pot with drainage holes
  • Clippers for snipping roots

Choosing the Best Soil:

A fiddle leaf fig thrives in a high-quality potting soil that offers proper drainage and aeration, along with essential nutrients. Although I opted for soil specifically made for fiddle leaf figs for Leo’s first repotting, any good quality well-draining potting soil will suffice. Before removing Leo from his old pot, I filled the new pot about one-third full with the new potting soil.

bag of potting soil for fiddle leaf fig plants

Next, I carefully removed Leo from his old pot, taking advantage of the fact that I hadn’t watered him in several days. I then cleaned off as much of the old soil as possible and inspected the roots. Although it is possible to trim long roots with pruning shears, Leo’s roots appeared healthy, so I opted not to cut any off.

root ball of a fiddle leaf fig plant

Once the root ball was prepared, I positioned Leo in the center of the soil in the new pot while my partner, Roger, held the plant steady. I filled the pot with more soil, ensuring to firmly tamp it around the fiddle leaf fig. Finally, I thoroughly watered the plant and rinsed its leaves to remove any dust. After letting it dry in the driveway for a while, I brought Leo back inside.

Important Note: If you choose to repot your fiddle leaf fig outdoors, remember not to leave it in direct sunlight for extended periods, as this can cause sunburn on the leaves.

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view out living room window with fiddle leaf fig in corner

Leo is now happily settled in his favorite summer spot by the window. So far, there are no signs of distress from the repotting process, which is a great relief. I decided to wait a month before applying any fertilizer since fiddle leaf figs don’t respond well to sudden changes. I will keep you updated on his progress.

In addition to repotting, I also explored the propagation of fiddle leaf figs and gained some valuable insights. Check out the results!

Remember, regular repotting is essential for the health and vitality of your fiddle leaf fig. By following the tips provided in this guide, you will create an ideal environment for your plant’s growth. For further information and supplies, visit the Ames Farm Center, where you will find everything you need to care for your fiddle leaf fig.