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How to Care for Fig Leaf Plant

Updated: May 5, 2022

The fig leaf plant, also known as Ficus lyrata, is a popular houseplant that can add a touch of greenery and elegance to any indoor space. Native to the tropical regions of West Africa, this attractive plant has large, violin-shaped leaves and requires minimal care. Here are some tips on how to care for your fig leaf plant.

Light Requirements

Fig leaf plants prefer bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sun exposure, but too much sunlight can scorch their leaves. Place your plant near a window where it can receive bright, filtered light for several hours a day. If you notice that the leaves are turning yellow or brown, it may be a sign that the plant is getting too much direct sunlight.


Proper watering is essential for the health of your fig leaf plant. These plants prefer moist but well-draining soil. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot and other problems. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. During the winter months when the plant is dormant, reduce the frequency of watering.


Fig leaf plants thrive in humid environments. They prefer a relative humidity of around 50% or higher. You can increase the humidity around your plant by placing a tray of water nearby or using a humidifier. Misting the leaves with water can also help to increase humidity.


Fig leaf plants prefer temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (15-24 degrees Celsius). Avoid exposing them to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), as this can damage their leaves. Keep them away from drafts and air conditioning vents.


During the growing season (spring and summer), you can fertilize your fig leaf plant every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the package carefully. During the winter months, you can reduce the frequency of fertilizing to once a month.


Regular pruning can help to keep your fig leaf plant looking healthy and vibrant. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves as soon as possible. You can also prune back any leggy or overgrown branches to encourage new growth.


Fig leaf plants do not need to be repotted frequently. You can repot them every two years or when the plant has outgrown its current container. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one and use a well-draining soil mix.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your fig leaf plant healthy and thriving for years to come.


Why are the leaves of my fig leaf plant turning brown?
Brown leaves can be a sign of several problems, including overwatering, underwatering, too much direct sunlight, or pest infestation. Check the soil moisture level and adjust your watering routine if necessary. Move the plant to a location with less direct sunlight if needed. Inspect the plant for signs of pests such as spider mites or mealybugs and treat accordingly.

How often should I water my fig leaf plant?
Water your fig leaf plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This may vary depending on factors such as humidity levels and temperature. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

Can I propagate my fig leaf plant?
Yes, fig leaf plants can be propagated by taking stem cuttings in the spring or summer. Cut a stem that is at least 6 inches long and has several leaves attached. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and plant it in a pot with well-draining soil. Keep the soil moist and place the pot in a bright, indirect light location until the cutting has rooted.

Is it normal for my fig leaf plant to drop leaves?
It is normal for fig leaf plants to drop some leaves as they age or adjust to changes in their environment. However, excessive leaf dropping can be a sign of stress or disease. Check the soil moisture level and adjust your watering routine if needed. Inspect the plant for signs of pests or disease and treat accordingly.