The fiddle leaf fig is one of the most popular plants around. It’s easy to grow, it has a beautiful appearance, and it smells amazing! However, not everyone knows how often they need to water their fiddle leaf fig.
In this article, we’re going to look at how often you need to water your fiddle leaf fig.
How Often To Water Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Generally, it’s best to water a fiddle leaf fig every 7-10 in summer and water a fiddle leaf fig every 14-21 days in winter. The most accurate way to test this is with a moisture meter or by sticking your finger into the top inch of the soil.
If the top few inches are dry, then it’s time to water your fiddle leaf fig. If you would rather not use your finger to do this, then moisture meters offer a cleaner alternative.
Can I Give Tap Water to My Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Only give tap water to your fiddle leaf fig if you can dechlorinate it first. You don’t want to give your fiddle leaf fig chlorine or fluoride because they are both deadly for plants!
If you want your plant to thrive, tap water should be avoided. The last thing you want is to kill your lovely fiddle leaf fig because you gave it water that had chlorine and fluoride in it.
If you live near a river, stream or lake then give this water to your plant as the chemical composition of these waters is usually perfect for plants! If not, use filtered tap water with dechlorination drops added if necessary.
Can I Use Bottled Water on My Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Bottled water is ideal, but you need to make sure that the brand of bottled water that you use isn’t fluoridated. If not, then this will work perfectly fine too. Just stick with one brand so that you know how much fluoride and other minerals your fiddle leaf fig has had during its life cycle.
Can I Use Cold Water on My Fiddle Leaf Fig?
No, using cold water will shock your fiddle leaf fig and inhibit its ability to absorb water. It’s best to use room temperature water, which can be achieved by running the water for a few minutes before giving it to your plant or leaving it out overnight.
Failing to do this will result in your fiddle leaf fig leaves turning yellow and falling off, so make sure to consider the temperature of the water.
How Much Water Should I Use on My Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Water your fiddle leaf fig until the soil is saturated with water. This means that the water has run through all of the soil and reached its final resting place (flowing from the bottom of the pot).
When this happens, your fiddle leaf fig will be watered properly and won’t experience any problems with underwatering. However, only do this when the soil is dry, as adding more water when the soil is already moist will cause root rot and other issues.
Can I Use Distilled Water on My Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Yes, distilled water is fine to use on your fiddle leaf fig, but it’s important that you don’t overdo it. Distilled water that lacks minerals may cause yellowing and other problems for your plant if used too often.
However, at least it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is the most important factor when deciding what water to give your fiddle leaf fig.
Can I Use Alkaline Water on My Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Yes, alkaline or mineral-rich waters are perfect for giving your fiddle leaf fig an extra boost! This is especially true when you’re using bottled water, as these types of waters tend to be heavily saturated in all sorts of useful nutrients.
However, keep an eye out just in case there’s a problem with any particular brand of bottled water due to its high levels of fluoride or chlorine content. Only give your fiddle leaf fig alkaline water if you’re sure that the brand is safe to use.
What Happens if I Water My Fiddle Leaf Fig Too Much?
Overwatering a fiddle leaf fig is the most common mistake that growers make. If you give your fiddle leaf fig too much water, then it will cause root rot and yellow leaves.
While the yellow leaves are a bad sign, root rot is the biggest problem with overwatering. It can result in your fiddle leaf fig dying if you don’t take action.
You can save your fiddle leaf fig from root rot by taking the plant out of its pot and removing all of the soil. Next, prune any rotten roots and discard them away from all plants to avoid fungus.
Clean up any residue moisture on the surface with a wet towel, then allow your fiddle leaf fig to air dry before repotting it into fresh new soil that has been mixed with perlite or sand.
To avoid problems with root rot in the future, make sure to follow a strict watering schedule and use a pot with drainage holes. This means that you should only water your fiddle leaf fig when the soil is dry.
What Happens if I Underwater My Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Underwatering a fiddle leaf fig can result in wilting leaves and yellow spots on its leaves, but it’s not too difficult to fix! If this happens to your plant, then it’s time to water your fiddle leaf fig.
Allow the underwatered fiddle leaf fig to sit in a bath of water to fully saturate the soil with water. This will remove any air pockets in the soil, allowing your fiddle leaf fig to absorb water more easily.
Once it can’t soak up any more water, remove the plant from the bath and allow it to sit for about an hour before allowing the water to drain from the bottom of the pot.
Afterward, you shouldn’t have any problems with underwatering again.
In conclusion, how often to water a fiddle leaf fig depends on its location and what time of year it is. You should always consider the temperature of the water as well!
Follow these tips and you should be able to avoid common mistakes that most growers make when it comes to watering fiddle leaf figs.
I hope that you’ve learned a lot about how to take care of your fiddle leaf fig after reading this post! If so, please do check out my other posts on this amazing plant.
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.