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How do you care for fiddle leaf fig tree?

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Care for a fiddle leaf fig tree by finding a suitable location, watering and fertilizing when needed, replanting, pruning and watching for pests. You need potting mixture, fertilizer, pruning shears, gloves and containers with drainage holes.

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  1. Choose a location

    Place a fiddle leaf fig tree in an area that gets plenty of indirect sunlight. Rotate it a quarter turn each week so every side gets light and the plant grows evenly. Keep the plant away from drafty doors, windows, heating ducts and air conditioners. Give it enough space for its broad leaves and 3- to 6-feet of indoor height. Keep the temperature between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Water and fertilize the plant

    Use well-draining potting mix and a container with a drainage hole. When the top layer of soil is dry, water thoroughly until you see water draining out of the hole. Do not over-water, though, or the plant develops root rot and loses leaves. If the air is too dry, mist the leaves with water. Fertilize the plant with diluted fertilizer during the growing season.

  3. Repot the plant

    Repot the plant into a larger container once a year until it reaches its optimum size.

  4. Prune the plant

    Cut the top of a young plant to encourage bushier growth. Remove dead leaves and twigs as needed. Be sure to wear gloves because the sap is caustic.

  5. Watch for pests

    Watch for fungal diseases caused by excessive moisture and lack of air, and also pests such as spider mites, aphids, scale, mealy bugs and white flies. Treat these pests with mild insecticides.

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