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Fiddle leaf lighting help

I just got a fiddle leaf and I currently have it in our living room. I want to make sure it gets a decent amount of light. My picture of it’s location are below. Camera is located north side of room and taken at 11:00am.  

Pic 1 is tree the placement in the room. 

Pic 2 is standing next to tree facing the French doors to back yard (north direction) 

pic 3 is standing next to tree facing left toward kitchen entrance where the East sun comes in. 


  • Welcome to the forums Cejordan02 .
    Where do you live?
    Ficus lyrata..common name fiddle leaf fig, is a beautiful very large tropical tree with huge glossy leaves.
    It is occasionally sold in UK garden centres...but I am not sure how many members  here in Britain actually grow it and can advise you. 
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • I actually live in the States. In Dallas, Texas. I was advised by a friend this is a good forum for tips. 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,420
    edited February 2020
    We do have at least one member in the USA that l know of, but it can be difficult sometimes for UK gardeners to advise. 
    It's difficult to tell from photos,  but looking at pic 2 l wonder if it's not getting quite enough light. If you haven't had it very long, it might be difficult to tell, but if it starts losing leaves, that could be the problem. I did find out this information which might help  :)

    Displaying: These grow well in greenhouses and conservatories because they enjoy high lighting conditions. They're the type of plant that looks great near doorways, hallways, fireplaces and other featured parts of a room, although enough light will need to be provided - wherever they are seated.

    Flowering: In their natural habitat and outdoors fiddle leaf plants will produce flowers and then fruits, however, indoors it rarely happens.

    Care level: I would say this ficus seems to be a little harder to care for than the F. elastica (rubber plant) which is mainly due to it's need for light and it' sensitivity to losing leaves. Worst thing to do is over water. Also, allowing the soil to dry too much with low humidity levels will cause leaves to turn brown and unattractive. It's not quite a beginner plant and in no need of an expert - so most growers will be fine.


    Origin:Western Africa.
    Names:Fiddle leaf fig tree (common). -- Ficus lyrata, [syn.] Ficus pandurata (botanical/scientific).
    Max Growth (approx):Height 10ft (3m).
    Poisonous for pets:Toxic to cats, dogs and horses.

    Fiddle Leaf Plant Care

    :Temperature:Temperatures between 60 - 75°F (15 - 24°C are suitable. Avoid lower than 55°F (12°C).

    A brightly lit spot is needed without direct sunlight, although a small amount of daily sun is good (not mid afternoon sun).

    Water when the top soil becomes slightly dry and reduce watering in the winter. The worst thing to do is to over water (not underwater) because lack of water is easily fixed, unlike the damage from over-watering.

    A good draining potting soil is needed which could include part bark and perlite.

    The ficus lyata does not have a strong need for fertilizer like some other ficus trees have. During the spring and summer I would provide the plant with a feed of diluted liquid fertilizer once a month.

    When the plant is young and growing re-pot it every spring. Once it matures you'll only need to replace the top soil each year.

    Normal room humidity is fine, but increase the humidity during the winter if artificial heating is used within the room.

    It's advisable for the average indoor grower to not propagate these because they're difficult, although it's worth trying. If you try you will need to take stem tip cuttings, add rooting hormone to the cut and replant them. Once planted use bottom heat to improve your chance of success. Air layering is also a method used to propagate these, which is more successful but difficult for most indoor growers.

    Remove leaves that have seen better days as soon as they start deteriorating (check there is no plant problems). Pruning the top is advised to keep the fiddle leaf at the desired height. You wont need to cut back any branches or leaves unless some begin growing quite straggly and the plant is becoming leggy.

    To improve humidity mist the leaves. Also clean the leaves with a soft sponge and water to remove dust and improve the glossy appearance.

    Potential Problems

    • Loss of leaves: Well- the problem could be one of any of these reasons. Some of the lower leaves will naturally drop when the plant is seeing new growth to encourage new leaves to grow. One cause can be lack of water (although leaf discoloration and becoming dry should be noticeable first) or low humidity (dry air). Also, if you have recently bought the plant or moved it to a new spot then this may have shocked the plant, which it will adjust to. Cold drafts can also cause leaf drop. You will need to go through a process of elimination to find the cause and eliminate the care conditions you are providing correctly first to find the reason leaves are dropping.

    • Brown edges on leaves and dry:. Humidity is probably too low which is causing the air to be dry, or maybe not enough water or both. This is quite easy to put right by improving the humidity or by watering the plant thoroughly. It's best to remove the dry and brown edged leaves.

    • Leaves softening and brownish patches: The problem here is more than likely over-watering - cold temperatures or both, which could eventually kill the plant. Check if the soil is too wet from the top and through the holes at the bottom of the pot. If its fairly damp or soggy it might be worth removing the old soil and replacing it. You will need to increase heat and maybe lower humidity. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,254
    In the 1st photo your plant seems to be well lit by indirect sunlight - which I think will suit it well, and it looks good there too, to me.
    The 2 and 3rd pics position looks rather dull and there may be a draught from the door (pic2) which it will not like.
    So position 1 would be my choice.
    Good luck

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,420
    It has been quite rightly pointed out to me, that in my post above, when l stated "l did find out this information which may help", l should have credited it to the website concerned.  
    Just to clarify,  the link was from
    My apologies for a genuine oversight. 
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