Houseplants are the ultimate home accessory, adding color + gentle energy + fresh air to any space. And they’re easy to take care of – IF you know what you’re doing.

Michelle Slatalla, editor in chief of Gardenista, is bringing us houseplant care guides all season long, so you can greenify your home this season and keep your new friends alive!

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Light Requirements: Indirect sunlight
Water Requirements: Let the surface of the soil dry out before watering.

Nature has wired us to feel protective of babies, with their oversized, floppy heads… The big, round leaves of a fiddle leaf fig tree make it the houseplant equivalent. Like a newborn, it likes to be swaddled.

Keep your fiddle leaf fig tree in a pot barely bigger than its root ball and give it indirect light. A transplant from West African lowland rainforests, it likes humidity but not to be drenched.

Water once a week.

Michelle Slatalla of Gardenista

Michelle Slatalla is the editor in chief of Gardenista, a sourcebook for practical, design-focused gardening. You can follow all of their tips + news + inspiration on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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June 22, 2014

Should a fiddle fig leaf plant be replanted. I’d like to get a 6ft plant I saw at home depot but am concerned about repotting it. Would it be fine if I kept in the original pot and placed it in a basket? Or other planter?

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October 21, 2014

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May 25, 2015

My fiddle leaf fig is losing leaves, its in indirect light and i water once a week. Any ideas?


January 20, 2016

I’ve had my fiddle leaf fig houseplant about 2 years. It has been doing great, but just recently it has lost a few leaves. The dropped leaves had turned yellow and each leaf has a brown dry spot them. I water once a week and it is NOT in direct sunlight.

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