A friend confessed to me via text that she has killed her last five fiddle leaf fig trees and said that she is ready to give up. DON'T, LADY. You go get yourself a new figgy baby and read this:
Plenty of light is key for the healthy growth of a Ficus lyrata 'Fiddle leaf fig' but specifically bright, indirect light and a ton of it. But you already know this, right?
What most may overlook when it comes to houseplants is the need for nutrients. Since indoor plants are contained, they depend on their people to deliver the necessary nutrients to ensure healthy, successful growth. I use a concentrated organic liquid fertilizer called Grow More Seaweed Extract that contains naturally occurring cytokinins, gibberellins, and auxins. Only 1 oz of the liquid fertilizer is needed per gallon of water so a bottle will last you quite a while. Apply fertilizer once a month.
In the hotter months you should water your fiddle leaf fig tree no less than once a week. When you water, do it evenly around the container. The media should never feel bone dry to the touch.
I keep saying "media" because I'm borderline anti-soil indoors. Well-draining container media is crucial and I've had such great success growing indoors with coco. I use an OMRI listed coconut coir/perlite blend made by a local, sustainably-focused manufacturer, The Coco Depot. The media is 70% coco and 30% perlite and is perfect for containers, large or small. I prefer this over potting soil because I never have to worry about my plants' roots rotting.
The fiddle leaf fig tree's large leaves accumulate a lot of dust. Keep the leaves clean by wiping them with a slightly damp rag once every couple months.
I hope this was helpful. I've had my fiddle leaf fig tree for almost three years and I plan on keeping her around a lot longer!
Recently I've had a few folks ask me why their echeverias are shooting up like beanstalks. If your indoor succulents start growing tall and lanky, that's an indication that they aren't receiving enough sunlight. The plants' cell walls are weakened by the lack of sunlight. Succulents that have very long internodes and smaller leaves are trying to reach a light source to photosynthesize. This is known as etiolation.
So here comes the bad news... Etiolation cannot be reversed. The lanky growth that occurred is now permanent. The good news is you can pluck the lower leaves off the stem to grow new babies or clip off the rosette and replant it. The more you grow, the more you'll know.
If you have air plants in your home, you may notice them blooming like crazy recently! Have you ever smelled their flowers? They're extremely fragrant- even the tiniest little blooms!
Native to Central and South America, Tillandsias (air plants) get their common name from the fact that they do not need soil to survive. However they do need water! They thrive in many environments from extremely high altitudes to the heart of tropical rainforests.
How to care for your air plant:
Spritz plant thoroughly with water or gently run under faucet 2-3 times per week. Always water in the mornings as evening watering disrupts the plant's nighttime respiration. Be sure to keep your air plant where it will receive plenty of filtered light- not direct sunlight! Direct sunlight will quickly burn the plants, causing irreversible damage. Keeping them within 6 ft of a window is ideal.
If kept as houseplants, temperature is not an issue as long as they are never exposed to frost. So, if you don't live in an igloo, air plants will grow just great in your home!
Once a month, spritz your Tillandsias with watered down orchid fertilizer (available at all nurseries).