Updated: May 12, 2022

Fiddle leaf plants (Ficus lyrata) are an increasingly popular houseplant due to their large, lush leaves and tall, elegant stems. However, they can be quite expensive to purchase, which is why many plant enthusiasts choose to propagate their existing plants rather than buying new ones. In this article, we’ll go over the steps to propagate fiddle leaf plants successfully.

When to Propagate Fiddle Leaf Plants

The ideal time to propagate fiddle leaf plants is during the growing season, which typically runs from late spring through the summer months. This is when the plant is actively growing and has the best chance of rooting successfully.

Supplies Needed for Propagation

To propagate a fiddle leaf plant, you will need:

  • A healthy, mature fiddle leaf plant
  • Clean pruning shears
  • A rooting hormone
  • A clear plastic bag or plastic wrap
  • A pot with well-draining soil

Step-by-Step Guide to Fiddle Leaf Plant Propagation

  1. Begin by selecting a healthy stem on your existing fiddle leaf plant that has at least two or three leaves. The stem should be about 6 inches long.

  2. Use clean pruning shears to make a clean cut just below a leaf node (the point where a leaf meets the stem).

  3. Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone. This will help speed up the rooting process.

  4. Fill a pot with well-draining soil and make a hole in the center with your finger.

  5. Insert the cut end of the stem into the hole and gently press the soil around it to hold it in place.

  6. Water the soil until it is moist but not soaking wet.

  7. Cover the pot with a clear plastic bag or plastic wrap to create a humid environment. This will help prevent moisture loss and promote root growth.

  8. Place the pot in a warm, bright spot, but out of direct sunlight.

  9. Check the soil every few days to make sure it stays moist. If it starts to dry out, mist it with water.

  10. After about four to six weeks, you should see new growth on the stem, which means it has successfully rooted. You can remove the plastic bag or wrap at this point and treat the new plant as you would any other fiddle leaf plant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I propagate a fiddle leaf plant in water?

Yes, you can propagate a fiddle leaf plant in water. Simply cut a stem as described above and place it in a vase or jar filled with water. Change the water every few days to prevent bacteria growth and promote root development. Once the roots are about an inch long, you can transfer the stem to a pot with soil.

How long does it take for a fiddle leaf plant to root?

It typically takes four to six weeks for a fiddle leaf plant stem to root.

What is rooting hormone?

Rooting hormone is a plant hormone that helps stimulate root growth in cuttings. It can be found at most garden centers or online.

How often should I water my newly propagated fiddle leaf plant?

Water your newly propagated fiddle leaf plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

Why did my fiddle leaf plant cutting not root?

There are several reasons why a fiddle leaf plant cutting might not take root, including using a stem that is too young or too old, not using enough rooting hormone, or not providing enough humidity or moisture during the rooting process.