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Fiddle leaf fig plants are one of the trendiest house plants out there. They have something to them that instantly adds magic to any interior space. Although they look robust from the outside, they need as much attention as your delicate petunia. They need their soil to be kept evenly and consistently moist. When they don’t receive the care they need, they begin to wither slowly.

Essentially, fiddle leaf fig is not the right fit for a neglectful household.

But then these plants are so attractive that a lot of people buy them on an impulse. And you don’t really feel too committed to taking care of plants when you buy them, not out of love for them but because they looked stunning at the shop.

Fiddle leaf fig needs proper care. You will need to choose a spot for it in indirect sunlight, let the soil dry between two watering sessions, and place it in a container ideal for it to grow properly.

If you are a time-constrained plant lover and haven’t been consistent in taking care of your fiddle leaf fig, then it’s highly likely that it will show its resentment. The leaves might begin to turn brown. The buds at the base of the mature leaves might become shrivelled and crispy. You will know it’s in a bad state. Wait some more time without putting in efforts to revive it, and it will indeed bid you farewell. In such desperate times, it is natural for you to wonder: Is it too late to try to revive my fiddle-leaf fig now?

Well, not really! You can revive a dying fiddle-leaf fig. Read on to find out how—

  • Exercise caution while pruning—

Do not prune brown, bare branches unless you see them as moldy. You should also leave any brown husks alone. They could be protecting new growth. Wait for the spring season— it will promote new growth.

To be honest, there is nothing more beautiful than a healthy fiddle leaf fig tree. All you need is to have some patience and watch it grow back to being healthy.

  • Be consistent with the care—changes aren’t going to happen overnight—

Be patient. Fiddle-leaf figs are slow growers. In winter, they almost go dormant. You shouldn’t expect any improvement in your plant before April. Also, don’t expect miracles to happen immediately. A recovering fiddle-leaf tree fig tree could take up to a year to start looking really good.

  • Give time to the stalk to grow—

A shrivelled stalk is a sign that the damage is too widespread. But it can still recover if it is strong and hardy. Give it time.

  • Not all brown leaves need cutting off—

Do not pull the leaves off, although you might feel tempted to do so. You can remove the brown outer edges of the leaves without causing any damage to the plant.

  • Check for new growth—

Find the damaged areas on the stalk. Don’t pull the buds off; just keep monitoring these areas. Here is where you should expect to see new growth.

  • Water right—

Don’t allow an ailing fiddle leaf fig tree to dry completely. As mentioned above, it likes its soil to be consistently and evenly moist. It should be watered once a week, and you should let any excess water drain out of the pot. You can water your plant in the bathtub and let it drain for a while before putting it back in its pot saucer.

  • Wait before you transplant—

Do not transplant until you see new growth, even if the pot is so tight that the roots are visible on the surface.


Fiddle figs, like other houseplants, can also be affected by bacteria, mildew, and insect infestations. This complete guide will help you save your fig tree no matter what it has been through.

The best thing that you can do for your fiddle-leaf fig plant is to let it recover naturally. It will thrive in indirect sunlight, warm temperatures, and watering every other week. If the temperature drops below freezing, don’t leave it outside.

Remember, it’s only with proper care that you will see new leaves grow on your dying fiddle leaf fig.