Welcome to our guide to variegated fiddle leaf fig care. Getting the best out of a variegated fiddle leaf fig is all about keeping it’s environment stable…
Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Fertilizer:||A high nitrogen feed once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A rich compost with 20% perlite.|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Moving the plant around, draughts.|
The variegated fiddle leaf fig is a rarer version of this much loved classic with a creamy border to it’s beautiful leaves. They have a lot of needs that are easy to meet, but tend to be fussy when their environment is changed, like if the plant is moved or it is exposed to draughts in winter.
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Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig Light Needs
Give them plenty of bright but indirect sunlight. Do not give direct sunlight as this may well burn the variegated areas.
How Often to Water
Let the soil dry out 70% or more before watering it again, check it once a week.
Use a high nitrogen content feed once a month in the spring and summer months. High nitrogen feeds are better for more leafy plants like this. Feeding can really help to encourage growth.
Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig Soil
A rich but well draining compost is ideal, you can use a standard potting compost but add about 20% perlite for drainage.
When To Repot
Pot them up a pot size when they outgrow their current pot and you see roots growing out the bottom. It won’t be that often as they tend to have quite slow root growth.
40-60% humidity is ideal for these plants, it’s a big range and they tend to do well in most rooms when it comes to humidity.
Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig Temperature
18-26ºC (64-79ºF) is the ideal daytime range, try to keep them above 12ºC (55ºF) in the winter or at night.
Tip: once you find a place for your FLF that they are happy with do not move them, they do best in the same spot and can die back and shed leaves if you move them.
Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation
To propagate your plant you’ll need a jar of filtered tap water, some clear scissors or a knife, and your plant. Follow these steps:
- Take a cutting with at least two nodes. from below one of You need to take it below one of the nodes, aim for a cutting with two leaf nodes.
- Take the leaves from the bottom node, but make sure their are leaves growing out of the top node.
- Let the cutting callous over for an hour.
- Put the cutting in a jar of water.
- Put the cutting in a warm and bright pot but out of direct sunlight (to the side of a south facing window out of the direct sun but with plenty of indirect sun would be ideal).
- It can take a long time for roots to grow on fiddle leaf figs so be patient. It can take 2 to 4 months easily.
- Top up the water level if it drops. If it gets cloudy then change it, as this can cause the whole thing to rot.
- Pot it up once the root system is fairly big.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They are toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and numbness. So seek vets advice immediately if your pet eats any.
Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig USDA Zone
They can live outdoors in zones 9-11. No direct sun though.
Where To Buy
FAQs and Common Problems
The main thing with fiddle leaf figs is once they are happy and doing well – do not move them! They tend to do badly if moved around a lot. Also be really careful of draughts in the winter especially as they can get brown leaves and eventually die off from the cold.