How to take care of a fig tree indoors

Growing Fig Trees in Containers for Indoor Winter Care – Perfect Plants Nursery

Can you grow a fig tree indoors?  The short answer is no

Here’s why you wouldn’t want to: The edible fig (Ficus carica) needs full sun in the summer, which is almost impossible to get indoors. In autumn, the deciduous fig tree loses its leaves and goes into dormancy for the winter, when it doesn’t need any sun at all. Most common fig trees get too big and gangly and too messy to be good houseplants. But you can grow fig trees in containers for a few reasons which we will explain below.

Most Popular Fig Trees

How to Grow Figs

Most fig tree varieties can be grown outside in USDA zones 7-10 (check your zone). When fully dormant (and with mulched roots) a fig tree can tolerate temperatures as low as 10º to 15ºF (-12º to -9ºC).

If you live where harsh winter temperatures get colder than that (hardiness zones 6 and below), you can grow fig trees in containers outside in the a sunny spot all summer. Then move the container to a warmer area like inside or in a garage before the really cold weather arrives. Once it gets warm enough outside it is safe to move your fig tree back outdoors. The Petit Negra is the best choice for growing fig trees indoors
The exception to the “no indoor figs” rule is the dwarf fig variety ‘Petite Negra’, which gets only 3-8 feet tall when grown in a container and usually keeps its leaves through the winter. Ficus carica Petite Negra produces normal sized figs, beginning when the tree is only a foot or two tall. It needs a south-facing window and at least 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Check out this videos of a tasting of the Petite Negra which is the best variety for growing figs in containers! The breba crop will bear fruit on the previous years growth.

Here are few tips for how to grow fig trees in containers:

Large, moveable containers like these are an excellent choice for growing in locations with colder winters where they can be moved somewhere warm during the cold months

  • Plant your fig tree in a lightweight container that’s as large as you can manage. One on wheels will make it easier to move around. (You can start out with a smaller container, then pot-up as the tree gets bigger.)
  • Use a soil-based potting mix and add bark chips or light-weight perlite to improve drainage. Maintain a nice layer of mulch to retain moisture and reduce the amount of watering you will have to do. Perfect Plants specially formulated Fruit Tree Planting Mix will work wonders as your potting soil!
  • Don’t let the potting medium get too dry. We recommend watering a containerized tree for 15 minutes every morning with a drip irrigation tube controlled by an inexpensive battery powered timer, available at garden supply stores. A treegator is a great option!

Figs grown in containers are a great option for those without a yard or land to put them in the ground. They will still produce loads of yummy figs!

  • Keep your potted fig tree in full sun during the summer.
  • Prune as necessary to maintain a size and shape you can work with.
  • Fig trees grown in containers need to be fertilized with a high nitrogen fertilizer every four weeks in the spring and early summer. An organic fertilizer such as compost and mulch will help retain moisture as well.

Figs are deciduous, meaning they lose their green leaves over the winter

  • When the leaves begin to drop in autumn, bring the container inside to an unheated room, such as a basement, garage, shed, or storage building. Throughout the winter, water only when the potting medium becomes dry. A dormant tree doesn’t take in water, but can die if the roots dry out.  Don’t fertilize in winter.
  • In early spring (if practical), allow your containerized fig to acclimate gradually to the warming weather by bringing it outside for a few hours each day, then move the tree indoors at night. When all danger of frost has passed, position the tree in full sun and get ready to harvest some fresh figs! Ripe fruit will appear in the summer growing season.

  • Perfect Plants has several other varieties of figs for sale like the Celeste Fig, Black Mission Fig, Brown Turkey Fig, and Chicago Hardy Fig that can be container grown however they will have the best fruit production outdoors in the ground depending on the variety.

  • Read more about How to Winterize a fig tree!

See Perfect plants’ Grow Guide for Edible Fig Trees (coming soon) for much more about growing figs. These trees are easy to grow and fairly cold hardy… they can be grown in many places across the United States. They are pests and disease resistant. Happy planting!

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Your Guide to Growing a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Indoors

Your Guide to Growing a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Indoors

The New York Times declared it the It plant of the design world. Open any copy of Elle Decor or Architectural

Potted Ficus Larata or Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Isolated on White

Digest and you’ll likely see one.

We’re talking, of course, about the fiddle leaf fig tree, the fashion-forward plant of the decade.

Some people love it, some people can’t stand it, but either way, no one can stop talking about it.

Looking for some greenery in a neglected corner of your house? Looking to flex your green thumb? We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about this fashionable houseplant.

What is a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree?

The ficus lyrata, or fiddle leaf fig, is a tropical tree native to the West African lowland rainforests. It can live for up to 25-50 years (if cared for properly in non-tropical conditions).

What makes it so popular among design circles? Most people credit the big, floppy round leaves of the tree, shaped like violins. These are often equated to the big eyes of babies–people anthropomorphize the plant in a way that makes them want to take care of it.

Of course, most designers would also tell you that the plant is highly photogenic, which definitely helps.

Growing a Fiddle Leaf Fig

Anyone who’s ever tried to grow a fiddle leaf fig may well have wailed about our projected lifespan and launched into a laundry list of stories about the fig trees they tried and failed to nurture.

Remember: the fig tree is tropical. And if it’s not living in a tropical environment, it’s going to need a bit of tender love and care to thrive.


If you decide to plant a fig tree outside, you should first do a realistic assessment of your home climate.

Fiddle leaf figs are native to the lowland rainforests of West Africa. That means they’re used to heat, but more than that, they like humidity. If your climate is dry or cold, your fig plant will die quickly.

We recommend leaving your ficus lyrata in a pot on a lanai, patio or porch where it can be brought inside in the event of a cold front.  If the weather gets to 45 degrees or less than your plant will not survive.

Another reason we recommend keeping your plant in a pot, fiddle leaf figs can get massive. Think up to 50 feet tall with a spread only slightly smaller than that. Trunks can grow several feet thick.

If you have a small garden, this is probably too much for your garden to handle.

If you decide to go ahead, try to plant the tree in a location with lots of sunlight, preferably one that’s also protected from the wind.


If you live in a cooler climate, you should grow the ficus indoors. However, you should still have enough humidity and light for the plant to be comfortable.

It should be in a place with direct light exposure. There is a chance that intense direct light may burn the leaves, so keep an eye to ensure you are providing the optimal light level.

It’s a good idea to choose a spot for the plant before you buy it–moving the plant around too much will stress out the plant (we’re not kidding, it’s kind of a drama queen that way).

How to Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

You would think that a plant that’s so popular would be easy to grow.

Not the case with the fiddle leaf fig.

Some people would have you believe it’s a hardy plant. Ignore them. If anything, it’s a highly emotional plant that doesn’t like change that much and is decidedly fussy about the conditions it grows in.

On the flipside, when you can get one to survive and thrive, it’s like being handed a gift from the gods. The plant becomes something magical, something you’re emotionally attached to, almost like a dog or a child.

With that in mind, let’s talk about what you need to do to keep your fussy new housemate happy.

Pot Size

Let’s start with the basics: pot size.

The size of all houseplants depends on the size of the pot they’re planted in. If the roots have more space to spread, the plant will get larger.

This is why you’re always told to be careful of buying a pot that’s too small for your plant–it’s like putting your foot in a shoe that’s too small. It cramps your toes and leaves you uncomfortable all day.

Except for your fig, that shoe is its house.

On the flipside, you shouldn’t plant your fig in a pot that’s too big, either. The plant will get…well, freaked out, for lack of a better word.

Luckily for you our plant care specialists have chosen grow pot sizes for you to maintain the happy life of your plant.  There is no need to repot your plant when it arrives.  We recommend against repotting as it can shock your plant in a way that will be detrimental to its survival.


You also need a planter that will offer plenty of drainage.

Remember: fiddle leaf figs are fussy. They like humidity, but they don’t like being wet all the time. If they’re too wet, you run the risk of root rot.

We ship all of our plants in pots with plenty of drainage holes and have custom designed a wicking system to ensure your soil wetness can be easily maintained, with your proper care.

To Water or Not to Water?

To water, or not to water?

That is the question.

Or rather, the real question is how often are you supposed to water your fiddle leaf fig?

Some sources tell you to water your fig regularly, others will tell you to treat it like a cat or a cactus and just ignore it.

Either way, it doesn’t like to sit in water, so you want to make sure that it doesn’t throw a tantrum over water buildup.

As a rule, water only when the soil is dry to the touch. The best way to check the soil dampness is to use a Soil Sleuth.  A Soil Sleuth is a tool that every plant owner needs.  It allows you to test the water level of your soil at 5 different depths within your plant without disrupting the roots of your plant.  Just touching the top soil will not tell you how much water is down below where the roots are and can cause over or under watering as a result. At each of the 5 levels on your soil sleuth, you’ll know it’s dry if the soil doesn’t stick to your finger when you touch it. When you do water it, water just until water starts to drain into the saucer underneath and then let it dry out.


This brings us to our next topic: soil.

We make sure to pot your plant in soil that has the right balance of nutrients for your plant to thrive.  There is no reason to repot your plant just slide the grow pot we provide into your decorative planter.  For more instruction on how to care for your plant once it arrives click here.

You should also regularly check the soil, especially if your plant is struggling. If you have no idea what aeration means or what soil checks even entail, try these 10 tests. Repotting may be necessary down the road but be careful as this can be a dramatic process for your plant.


As with everything related to fiddle leaf figs, people argue back and forth about the merits of pruning.

Some people say it’s good for the health of the plant, other people say you’re creating open wounds that will make your plant stage a soap opera death.

The key is to prune properly.

If you need to prune off a couple brown leaves, please do so carefully. If you see brown husks, don’t touch those either–they may be protecting new growth.

A good rule of thumb is to check the health of the branch–if it’s shriveled up, it’s too far gone to save. A branch that looks pathetic but feels healthy can still make a comeback if left to its own devices.

Why Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Looks Dreadful

With all of that in mind, let’s talk about a few common mistakes that could make your fiddle leaf fig look like a desiccated husk (or, at least, a sad example of a houseplant crying for help).

Overwatering and Underwatering

Watering is one of the hardest things to get right with any houseplant. This is especially true of a temperamental plant like the fiddle leaf fig.

In its native climate, the fiddle leaf fig gets ample water from rainfall but is never soaking.

Alternately, too little water produces an equally sad plant.

The key is to maintain a happy medium of relatively consistent moisture.

To combat this, make sure you have soil and a pot with good drainage, and only water the plant when the top two notches of your soil sleuth have dry soil.

Too Much Light

You might think that tropical equals lots of sunlight, right?

Well, you’re right, this plant loves the sun, but keep an eye on it and if you see the leaves are getting burned, make sure to pull the plant back from the window a little.

The good news is that many houses and apartments naturally provide the level of light that figs like best–not excessively bright, not too dark, not too much and not too little.

We recommend placing your plant in a south, east, or west window in direct sunlight.  This will provide for a happy home for your fiddle leaf fig.

You should also make sure to buy your tree from a reputable seller to avoid the opposite problem–many people buy fig trees that are already on the decline after sitting in the dark for too long.


You might like it tepid, but the fiddle leaf fig is a native jungle dweller, which means this tree likes it hot.

That said, fiddle leaf figs will generally do alright in normal indoor temperatures. They’re not used to anything resembling cold, though, so they shouldn’t be left outdoors if you experience temperature drops below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

It doesn’t like drafts either, which is a problem because some of the best light for figs is often found in the number one spots for drafts (near big porch doors and windows).

Plus, drafts have a nasty habit of drying out rooms, which takes your home habitat even further away from the sticky heat that fiddle leaf figs love so much.

During the winter, it’s a good idea to mist your fig tree to make up for lost moisture in the air. And before you ever go out and buy a fig, take some time to find the right place in your home or apartment.

Common Problems

Even with all your best efforts, fiddle leaf figs are notoriously temperamental, so there’s a fair chance you’ll run into issues from time to time. We’re breaking down a few common ones.

Brown Leaves

Brown leaves are by far the most common issue with fiddle leaf fig trees, which is frustrating because they’re also one of the least aesthetically-appealing.

Brown spots could indicate any number of issues. In general, it’s often related to your watering habits. Whether you’re overwatering or underwatering, you’re putting your plant at risk of disease.

Start by diagnosing the issue to make sure whether your problem is overwatering or underwatering. From there, adjust your watering schedule to keep your plant happy. From there, brown spots should resolve themselves.

Dropping Leaves

Another common problem is your fig dropping leaves.

Again, leaf dropping is usually related to your watering habits, though it can also be the result of too much cold air to too much warm air.

If your tree is dropping leaves, start by moving it somewhere else and see if that resolves the problem. Try to find somewhere with consistent temperatures throughout the day.

Order Your Fig Plant Today

Like we said, the fiddle leaf fig tree is a fussy plant to cultivate. But once you’ve gotten one to flourish, it’s as if you accomplished a particularly difficult magic trick.

Thinking of buying your own? Click here to see what you need to know before you buy, or check out our available plants.

90,000. Growing figs at home: varieties, planting Care

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References of the Tutov family ficus. In the wild, it is common in warm, mild climates.

Since ancient times, many species of fig trees have been cultivated as garden plants, prized for their sweet, tasty fruit.

In addition, it is possible to grow figs at home, special varieties have been bred for this.


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    9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 Cultivation of figs under the open sky is permissible only in the south areas: in the Caucasus, in the southern regions of European countries.

    In central Russia and its northern regions, figs are grown indoors as a houseplant. For this, there are special varieties.

    Sochi 7 and Sochi 8

    Fig varieties with similar characteristics recommended for indoor cultivation. They were bred by Yu.S. Chernenko, a specialist in selection of subtropical crops, at the experimental station in Sochi.

    The varieties produce juicy fruit weighing 60 grams once a year. Sochi 7 and Sochi 8 do not need special pollination with wild fig pollen, called caprification.

    Variety Dalmatika

    Yields two crops a year, usually in July and October. The fruits are large, up to 130 grams in weight, with red flesh. In the first harvest, the figs are larger than in the second. Fruits Dalmatica without caprification.

    White Adriatic

    The fruits of the variety are very sweet, light, yellow-green in color, weighing 60 grams. Gives two crops: at the beginning and at the end of summer. The variety is self-fertile, does not need additional pollination.

    Seedling of Ogloblin

    Working on the variety, Ogloblin N. A. used the seeds of figs grown only in room conditions.

    An interesting feature of the obtained variety is that the fruits that set in autumn overwinter in the form of small green berries, in spring the berries start to grow and reach normal sizes by summer.

    Apsheron Sary

    Gives two harvests, fruits weighing 40 grams, set in large quantities, especially at the second harvest. The color of the fruit is creamy, the flesh is pink, the taste is very sweet. The variety does not need caprification.

    In addition to the above for indoor cultivation, such varieties as:

    • Kadota
    • Uzbek yellow
    • Kusarchai
    • October
    • Black Pearl 9000

    All room fig trees are different, they are different in low growth self-pollinated and do not need special pollination to increase the yield. Considering that Russian flower growers have been successfully cultivating figs indoors since the 17th century, even today planting and growing figs at home is no more difficult than growing ficus.

    Planting fruit-bearing figs for growing in a pot

    You can prepare the soil for planting an indoor fig tree yourself by mixing leafy soil with coarse sand, a little ash and peat.

    Pre-pour a drainage layer on the bottom of the peas, fill with the prepared soil mixture. Top the soil with a layer of clean sand.

    Planting material for growing figs can be seedlings obtained from seeds, rooted cuttings and root cuttings.

    Given that fig seedlings obtained from seeds do not bear fruit until they reach the age of five, the method is convenient to apply where it is impossible to obtain a cutting or root offspring.

    For sowing, small containers or seedling cups up to half a liter are suitable. Up to three seeds can be sown in each cup, which will subsequently allow you to choose the strongest one.

    Sprinkle seeds lightly with damp soil, cover with glass and place in a warm place. After about two to three weeks, shoots will appear, after another five weeks the seedling is ready for transplantation.

    Fig stalk can be cut from a semi-lignified shoot. Cut off the lower part with an oblique cut under the kidney, leave three kidneys and cut off the top with a straight cut. Shorten the leaf plates by 1/3, this will speed up the appearance of roots.

    Rooting takes place in a container with clean, damp sand. The process will be more successful if you put a transparent bag on top. After 20 days, the roots on the handle will reach a size sufficient for transplanting into a pot.

    The best time of year for rooting fig cuttings is April. If there is a shoot from the root, then it can also be used to obtain a separate plant.

    Bend the shoot to the ground, secure and cover with earth. After three to four weeks, the seedling will have its own roots and can be planted.

    It should be noted that figs planted in the last two ways can bear fruit after two years.

    A fig tree at any age needs some care, like every houseplant.

    Caring for figs at room conditions

    Good sunlight is important for fruiting figs, in the shade the fruits do not ripen.

    The optimum temperature during flowering and fruiting is not lower than 22 and not higher than 25 degrees.

    In winter, the plant has a dormant period, while the temperature in the room with figs should not exceed 10 degrees Celsius.

    Fig trees need regular watering during the growing season. An adult plant can withstand a long break in watering, and a young one is very sensitive to moisture, it can die from its lack.

    If the size of the tree allows you to transfer it to the shower, then a warm "rain" will do him good. large specimens can simply be sprayed.

    Since the end of October, the plant has a dormant period and watering is rare, no more than twice a month. At the end of February, the fig starts to grow and the regime of frequent and regular watering resumes.

    During flowering and fruit formation, apply mineral and organic fertilizer once every two weeks.

    If the crown of indoor figs has grown, then it can be subjected to shaping pruning. It is important to remember here that the more young shoots, the more fruit will be tied.

    As soon as the roots of the plant completely fill the pot, the plant is transplanted into a container 5 cm larger than the previous one.

    In general, figs are one of the exotic plants that do well indoors.

    Video tips for caring for figs:

    Growing figs indoors and outdoors

    Not only indoor flowers can be grown on the windowsill. Many exotic fruits, such as lemons and tangerines, grow well on the window of the most ordinary apartment. And in winter, you can grow greens and even cucumbers on the windowsills.

    You can enjoy your own harvest all year round. There would be a desire. In our opinion, the most unpretentious exotic fruit plant is the fig. It is not as picky about the level of humidity as lemons and coffee tree, does not take up half the room like a banana. And figs can bear fruit 2 times a year. And there are many fruits! Already in the second year after the rooting of the cuttings, the fig begins to bear fruit.

    How to plant figs

    A fig tree, also known as a fig, feels best in a limited space. In a tight pot , figs start fruiting faster, so even an adult plant does not need to buy huge tubs. Maximum pot with a diameter of 30 cm. When growing figs in open ground , the root system is also limited to boards, slate or dense polyethylene along the perimeter of the planting pit. Figs do not need a large feeding area, so a 30x30x30 hole will suffice.

    Figs are planted in fertile soil with the addition of organic matter . Flower shops sell biohumus, which can be mixed with universal soil. In open ground, humus, nettles or other greens are added to the planting pit for figs. It will gradually rot and nourish the roots with nitrogen. Immediately place the fig in the sunniest spot. In the shade it does not bear fruit! Throws out huge leaves, but does not give fruit.

    Easy care for figs : Water generously once a week, occasionally shower or spray. With insufficient watering, the leaves curl, turn yellow. The plant may even shed all its leaves.

    Bathing in the shower and spraying is the prevention of spider mites, which multiply very quickly in a dry and hot room.

    A lot of water is needed during fruit setting. And this happens in February and August: with good care, figs bloom for the first time in March, and the second - at the end of summer.

    When the fruits have reached the size of a walnut, reduce watering. This will allow the fruits to gain sugar content, like grapes.

    How to feed figs

    Figs have a dormant period - December, January. At this time, it is not fed and watered to a minimum. In February-March figs are fed with a solution of nitrogen fertilizer.

    It can be azofoska, carbamide (5 grams per liter of water). Fertilizer for indoor plants is also suitable. After 2 weeks after the first feeding, the figs are watered with the addition of organic fertilizer. It is most often sold in liquid form: humisol and other biohumus extracts. Figs need to be fed every 10 days.

    In the open field, figs are fed with organic infusion: chicken manure, fermented grass or nettle once every 2 weeks.

    Why fig fruits do not ripen

    1. Not enough sun . With insufficient lighting, the fruits do not ripen.
    2. The plant is still too young . The first crop almost never has time to ripen in the open field. In the middle lane.
    3. You have planted the southern variety in the climate of the middle zone or even in the northern latitudes. The most popular Dalmatian fig variety is a variety for warm climates. Choose only winter-hardy varieties: Brunswick (Chapla), Kadota, Brown Turks.
    4. Yield Overload - cut off the top of the branch with small green fruit, leaving only the largest fruit. Let the plant spend energy only on them.

    Figs must be shaped. Without pinching branches and pruning thickening shoots, a poke grows almost as tall as a person. It is ugly and inconvenient, especially in an apartment.

    We recommend cutting off the tips of the branches every 20 cm so that they branch. Figs can be formed in the form of a tree in one stem, or you can leave 2-3 root shoots and form a lush bush.

    Our 50 cm tall fig bears excellent fruit and we do not allow it to “gain height”.

    Shelter of figs for the winter

    The aerial part of the plant dies at a frost of 15 degrees. And the roots survive under more severe conditions. Even if the entire crown of figs is frozen in winter, do not worry. During the season, he will fully recover and have time to grow to the height of a man.

    The only problem with growing figs outdoors is that the fruits do not have time to ripen before the cold weather. Especially if he had to rebuild the entire crown after the winter.

    We grow figs in flower pots 30 cm deep and 40 cm in diameter. In the summer we take it out to the street or to the balcony, and in winter the fig stands on the windowsill. This method of cultivation allows you to enjoy the fruits twice a year. In the middle lane, figs freeze almost every winter, so growing in tubs is the best option.

    We tried for several years to dig up garden figs and store them in the cellar in winter, but this did not bring any positive result. The branches rotted over the winter, the plant woke up for a long time and almost did not bear fruit. And in the apartment, figs quickly start to grow and bloom. Crown is not affected.

    Only cover figs with breathable material : spunboard, sugar bags. The branches are pressed to the ground and covered. Sprinkle grass on top. In open ground, figs should be planted at an angle of 45 degrees. Then it will be easy to hide it.

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