This method encourages your Fiddle Leaf Fig to form a branch on each part of the stem of the plant and focuses on the bottom. Use a pair of clean and sharp cutters, or a razor if your FLF has a thinner trunk. Sometimes, this sort of 'damage' will induce the stem to make a branch. It’s a lot of people asking for help. When your fiddle leaf fig’s soil starts to feel slightly dry to the touch, water it until the soil is moistened. Well, it wasn’t long before the fig started sulking. I usually use 1/2 perlite and 1/2 peat moss mix just because I always have those soil amendments on hand. Cut around 1/3 of the way across the trunk and around 1/3 deep, at an angle. When your Fiddle Leaf Fig is looking too big for the pot it may be time to pot-up (aka move it to a larger pot). Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fake Floor Plant Faux Ficus Lyrata in Woven Pot 28 Inch for Home Office Decor-1 Pack 4.0 out of 5 stars 14 1 offer from $37.99 Fiddle Leaf Fig Notching. NOT completely around the stem, just a small cut. Fiddle-leaf figs WANT to be trees and sometimes won't branch until they are much larger. FLFs naturally grow larger and larger leaves higher up, which adds to their top-heavy nature. Fiddle-leaf fig trees are the “it” houseplant that refuses to go away. Notching a Fiddle Leaf Fig may seem scary but it shouldn’t be! A lot of people don’t know if they’re under-watering or over-watering their plant —it can be confusing!—but your plant will really do a lot better if you err on the side of too little water. Do not remove any bark. Other developed black and brown edges – never a good sign. There are over 10,000 people in this thing! If you only learn one thing about fiddle leaf fig care from this article, please don’t over-water your fiddle leaf fig. Notching works best on larger branches or stems. Water your fiddle leaf fig about once per week when the soil feels dry. It needs to be wider than the petioles footprint, i.e., wider than the area covered by the leaf stems attachment point by 1/8-1/4", with 1/4" being preferred. One by one, big, fiddle-shaped leaves dropped to the floor. Leave the plant in the sink or outside for a few hours to let the water drain out the bottom so that the roots don’t … Whatever propagation mix you use, you want to make sure it’s: Heavy enough to hold water and support the cuttings, but light enough that it doesn’t hold as much water as a normal planting mix because the cuttings don’t have roots at first, and you don’t want them to rot.. If it were mine, I would make a small nick with a sharp knife about 4" above soil level. The notching method is a method of forming new branches but not pruning them or not removing the height of the plant. I don’t recommend you try that. I also found this fiddle-leaf-fig support group on Facebook that you might want to join. Notching Your Fiddle Leaf Fig. I recently bought a new FLF where one of the stems was bending under the weight of its new, large leaves. I notched my ficus lyrata and cut off the top about a month ago and FINALLY have some progress to show. This can eventually lead to a leaning Fiddle Leaf Fig through the weight of their enormous leaves. When performing this method, you can perform two tactics. Most notching fails because the grower isn't aggressive enough in creating the notch. If you’ve done it correctly, some milky white sap will drip. This will give it more room to grow and get taller. Diagonal Cut I tried misting it daily to increase humidity, but it didn’t work. Do this above a leaf node. If you try pinching and it doesn’t work, take it to your local nursery and ask for help. 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