Is It Possible to Keep My Fiddle Leaf Fig Outside

Plant lovers have often wondered can I put my Fiddle Leaf Fig outside. The answer is yes, you can, but only if environmental conditions suit the plant.

As the Fiddle is native to West African rainforests, it thrives in a warm, humid climate. This plant is sensitive to cold weather and frost. It’s possible to keep the Fiddle outside in certain regions that resemble its native environment.

You can also keep your potted Fiddle in the house and only place it outside during summer. A great place to keep this plant is on a patio or near an entryway. This is because this plant grows well in the shade.

About the Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig, or the Ficus Lyrata, is a plant native to the African rainforests. It has large, violin-shaped, dark green leaves and can be large. It can grow up to ten feet in height when planted indoors.

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is known to create a tropical vibe wherever planted. It is a popular houseplant option in the United States but can also grow outdoors, given the right conditions.

The Fiddle Leaf Fig can sometimes outgrow indoor spaces due to its large size. This is when either it can be placed outside or pruned back.

This is a hardy plant that is not very high maintenance. However, some basic needs to be met. This plant is native to Africa’s warm, tropical climate, so it needs plenty of moisture to thrive.

When planted in the United States, Fiddles can grow outdoors only in Hardiness Zones 9 to 11. This includes most of California, Florida, and parts of southern Louisiana and Texas. The temperature and humidity levels prevalent in these regions can suit this plant.

Native Conditions

As mentioned above, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is native to tropical West African rainforests. These usually grow under thick forest canopies and receive partial sunlight. In the forest, they can grow in direct sunlight if the environment is humid enough.

These rainforests usually have humidity levels as high as 60 percent. The temperature usually ranges between 65 to 85 degrees F. When growing your Fiddle outdoors, you need conditions as close to this as possible.

That is why it’s important to know the specifics of your climate and determine if the Fiddle can grow outdoors or not.

Can I Put My Fiddle Leaf Fig Outside?

The Fiddle Leaf Fig can grow indoors and outdoors, given the right conditions. If you are growing this plant in a pot indoors, you may want to put it outside due to a few reasons. This could be if the plant has grown too large or you want it to get some fresh air.

When placed outdoors, Fiddles can grow well if the climate is warm and humid. Conditions must be as close to the Fiddle’s natural environment as possible.

This plant must also be protected from harsh, direct sunlight and strong winds. It also requires plenty of water and high humidity levels. These factors and the right balance of nutrients can make Fiddles thrive outdoors.

Fiddle Leaf Figs can grow as high as fifty feet when planted on the ground! It’s also possible to grow this plant as a shrub in a  container outdoors.

If you live in a  cold region in the US that frequently receives frost, it’s impossible to grow this plant outdoors. Fiddles can only adapt to hot, humid climates. A good place to grow Fiddles outdoors is by the California and Florida coast. Fiddles can be grown outdoors in a container or the ground all year round.

One must also be mindful of where they place this plant when growing it outdoors. Fiddles can quickly shade small gardens, thus making it hard to grow other plants around them.

Influencing Factors         

Placing your Fiddle Leaf Fig outside is possible, but it needs to be moved at the right time. Take your Fiddle outdoors when temperatures exceed 50 degrees F at the start of summer. This is when the plant can easily transition from indoor to outdoor temperature.

However, do remember to bring it back inside at the end of summer or the beginning of fall. The plant should not get stressed by the incoming chill. If stressed, it can begin to drop leaves or can also easily die.

Let’s look at some factors influencing Fiddle’s growth when placed outdoors.

Location

Be mindful about where you place your plant when keeping it outdoors. Once you place the Fiddle, it’s best to leave it for a while. These plants don’t appreciate moving around much.

The space you keep your Fiddle should be humid and sheltered from the wind. Strong winds can dry the plant out and damage its branches. The area should be well-lit but should receive soft, partial sunlight. Strong, direct sunlight can also hurt the plant.

A great spot to place your potted Fiddle Leaf Fig is on the patio or near the home’s entrance.

Water

When you move your Fiddle Leaf Fig outdoors, its water requirements vary. Its watering requirements also differ in summer and winter seasons.

The Fiddle Leaf Fig comes from tropical regions; it’s not used to cold temperatures. When temperatures fall, this plant becomes dormant. Its growth slows down, and it requires lesser nutrients and water.

So you don’t need to water your Fiddle as frequently in winter as you would in summer. If you water it once in ten days in summer, water it once a month in winter. Also, be mindful of your plant’s needs and only water it when needed. Check the soil’s moisture levels with a probe and water only when the soil has dried out.

If you live in a warm, humid region, your Fiddle can be kept outdoors all year round. This plant gets thirsty frequently and needs to be well watered when outside. Water it a few times a week in the summer.

In the winter, water it as required. Check its soil’s moisture levels and then assess when to water it. Also, use a well-drained soil mix and ensure your plant does not stay in water-logged soil.

Also, be mindful of not under-watering your Fiddle Leaf Fig. Signs of underwatering include drooping leaves and leaves turning brown from the sides.

Also, if you over-water the plant, it gives out a bad odor, and the leaves develop dark brown spots. Root rot can also take place, which will require repotting the plant.

Sunlight

As the Fiddle Leaf Fig originally grows in rainforests, it has adapted to growing under the shade of large trees. It usually requires soft, partial sunlight to prosper. This factor also makes them such great houseplants.

If your Fiddle has been growing indoors, you should not suddenly move it outside. The sudden change in light conditions can shock the plant. Also, carefully assess how much sunlight your garden or patio receives before placing the plant outside.

Ideally, when placed outside, the Fiddle requires indirect sunlight. It can also tolerate full sun if protected from the harsh afternoon sun. Strong sunlight can burn the plant’s foliage. This plant requires at least five to six hours of indirect sunlight every day to thrive. Morning sunlight is also very beneficial to this plant.

Temperature

Before taking your plant outside, you must ensure it is warm enough. The temperature out tends to fluctuate more than inside the house. Therefore you need to be sure it’s warm during the day and at night.

The Fiddle can tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees F but cannot endure frost. Take your potted Fiddle outdoors when the temperature is consistently over 60 degrees F.

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is quite sturdy when it comes to tolerating heat. The plant starts showing symptoms of heat stress only when temperatures reach as high as 95 degrees F. This is when their leaves start drooping and falling off. The leaves also start turning brown or yellow.

The perfect temperature to grow Fiddles outdoors is between 65 to 75 degrees F.

Maintaining the required humidity levels can also be tricky when you place your Fiddle outside. Nestling your Fiddle close to other plants can create an adequately humid environment. This also provides your Fiddle with the shade it needs when outside.

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Final Thoughts

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a popular indoor plant throughout the United States. You may wonder whether I can put my Fiddle Leaf Fig outside. You can keep your potted Fiddle outside but only under certain conditions.

 It has to be warm and humid for the plant to survive outdoors. The Fiddle must also be protected from direct, harsh sunlight and must be watered as required. If outdoor conditions suit the plant, it can easily be kept outside. It’s also possible to keep your potted Fiddle in the house and place it outdoors in the summer season.

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