A Side-By-Side Comparison: Meet Dwight and Kelly
Test the soil by sticking a finger and if it’s somewhat dry, water the plant until some water drips down. I find that my first tree, Dwight, requires less watering than the lusher tree, Kelly. I live in Southern California, and I have to water Dwight once a week and Kelly every other day. So it’s not just the local weather, but how lush your tree is.
Confession: Dwight started losing leaves after under watering. Tips online always warn you about overwatering and I just got too scared. So instead of following a recommended schedule, check if your plant needs watering.
Both trees are in the same room with bright light. I like taking them outside for a bit more sun, but I have to do morning sun and for no more than 15 minutes. I burned Dwight’s leaves after leaving him outside for too long. My neighbors in Southern California leave their trees out in the patio with indirect sun all-year-long, and they seem to thrive.
TIP 1: when I see a baby leaf growing I make sure it gets the most light indoors. The early stages of leaf growth affects how large the leaf will eventually grow into
TIP 2: Rotate the plant so it doesn’t start leaning on one side and ensure that each side gets equal amount of sunlight.
I use an organic powdered fertilizer. It’s the same one I use for all my houseplants. I fertilize my fiddle leaf fig trees every 2 months, year-round. I understand that this might not be ideal for colder places.
On Dusting the Leaves
Dusty leaves compromise photosynthesis, so make sure your plant eats well by keeping the leaves dust-free. Fill a spray bottle with water and use a soft cloth. Gently wipe the leaves. Too much force and risk tearing them. I dust about every 2 weeks.
On Talking and Singing
The carbon dioxide expelled is supposed to help with plant growth. I don’t have direct evidence for this, but I know that it helps me connect with my plants. I say hello and bid them good night.
I got Dwight online. The plant arrived in good condition. I bought Kelly from a local garden store. I don’t think buying online contributed to Dwight’s not-so-good condition.