How to Prune Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

by Alex Kountry
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Keep your fiddle leaf fig tree healthy and looking its best by pruning it regularly. Learn how to prune your fiddle leaf fig tree with these tips.

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Pruning your fiddle leaf fig is an important part of plant care. Pruning helps to encourage new growth and maintain the plant’s shape. In this article, we will show you how to prune your fiddle leaf fig.

Before you start pruning, you will need to gather a few supplies. You will need a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears, a clean pot or container for the cuttings, and some rooting hormone powder. Rooting hormone powder is not required, but it will help the cuttings to root more quickly.

When you are ready to start pruning, begin by removing any dead or damaged leaves from the plant. Next, cut off any leaves that are growing in towards the center of the plant. Once you have removed all of the dead and damaged leaves, you can begin shaping the plant by trimming back any long branches. When shaping the plant, be sure to leave at least 3-4 leaves on each branch so that the plant can continue to photosynthesize.

After you have finished shaping the plant, take your cuttings and place them in the pot or container with some water. Add rooting hormone powder to the water if you are using it. Place the pot or container in a bright location but out of direct sunlight. Keep an eye on the cuttings and water them as needed. In a few weeks, you should see new roots beginning to form on the cuttings. Once the roots are 2-3 inches long, they can be transplanted into soil.

The Case for Pruning

Pruning your fiddle leaf fig is a important part of keeping your plant healthy and looking its best. Although it may seem like a daunting task, pruning is actually quite easy and only takes a few minutes.

There are several reasons why you should prune your fiddle leaf fig. Pruning will encourage new growth, which is important for maintaining a full, healthy plant. Pruning also helps to shape the plant and can be used to control the size of the plant. Finally, pruning will remove any dead or damaged leaves, which can help improve the appearance of the plant.

If you have never pruned a plant before, don’t worry! The following tips will help you get started.

When to Prune

Most fiddle leaf figs are pruned in late winter or early spring, before new growth appears. You can also prune in late summer or early fall, but avoid pruning during the dormant season (late fall to early winter), as this can shock the plant.

If your plant is overgrown, you may need to do some major pruning. To do this, start by cutting away any dead or diseased leaves and branches. Then, cut back the remaining branches by about one-third to one-half their length.

How to Prune

Pruning is a very important part of fiddle leaf fig care. Fiddle leaf figs are fast-growing plants and can become unmanageable quickly if not pruned on a regular basis. Pruning encourages new growth, which results in a fuller, healthier plant.

There are two main reasons to prune your fiddle leaf fig:

1. To shape the plant – You can use pruning to control the shape of your plant. If you want a fuller plant, you can prune the top of the plant to encourage new growth. If you want to control the height of the plant, you can prune the sides.

2. To remove damaged or diseased leaves – Over time, leaves can become damaged or diseased. Pruning these leaves helps improve the overall health of your plant by preventing the spread of disease and encouraging new growth.


We hope this guide has taught you everything you need to know about pruning your fiddle leaf fig. Remember to start slowly and be careful not to over-prune. With a little patience and practice, you’ll have a beautiful, healthy fig that will thrive for years to come.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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