Everything You Need to Know About Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees and Soil! 

While fiddle leaf fig trees have a reputation for being a bit difficult to care for, it’s worth the challenge to add one of these beauties to your home. One way that you can make sure your fiddle leaf fig stays happy is by choosing a proper soil mix. Luckily, with a little bit of knowledge, you’ll be able to buy or make a Fiddle Leaf Fig potting soil your plant will love. Here we’ll take you through everything you need to know about the primary considerations related to soil and Fiddle Leaf Fig care and the best soil recipe to whip up at home.


The Best Soil Mix for Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees – The Essentials

Fiddle leaf fig trees do best when planted in a well-draining soil mix with a pH between 5.5-7.0. A soil mix containing 1 part peat moss/coco coir, 1 part perlite, and 2 parts organic soil will ensure your Fiddle Leaf Fig has the best chance to thrive.

Why Soil Choice Matters

Why Soil Choice Matters

Soil isn’t just something that holds plants in place. When you choose a soil, you want it to provide the following.

  1. A place to anchor and support growth
  2. Proper gas exchange
  3. Access to water
  4. Temperature control
  5. Nutrients

Since each plant species is a bit different, you need to choose a soil mix that works for each type of plant.

Signs You’re Using the Wrong Soil Mix for Fiddle Leaf Figs

Signs You’re Using the Wrong Soil Mix for Fiddle Leaf Figs

The wrong soil mix can cause a variety of issues with your fiddle leaf fig. If you see any of the following symptoms, it may be a sign you’re using an improper mix.

Drooping leaves 

Yellowing, drooping, or dropping leaves can be a sign that your plant has either too much or not enough water. Even if you are watering your plant at seemingly proper intervals, the wrong soil mix can lead to problems.

If your mix doesn’t contain materials that contribute to good drainage, your plant may sit in water for days. This can lead to rotting roots, which prevents plants from taking in the water they need.

Alternatively, if you’re using a soil mix that barely holds any water, your plants will not be able to take up water.

Poor light conditions can also be a factor for drooping leaves on your Fiddle Leaf Fig. You may need to consider pruning your fiddle leaf fig as well to manage past-prime or decaying leaves.

Brown spots 

Brown spots are a common problem on fiddle leaf figs. One of the most likely causes of these unsightly spots is overwatering.

Even if you are only watering your plants every few weeks, they may still be sitting in water. Poorly-draining soil mixes can cause your plants to sit in water for days on end, which leads to brown spots.

Falling leaves 

Are another possible indicator of root rot. Root rot is most common when you are using a poorly-draining potting mix that leads to your plant sitting in water.

The Importance of Well-Draining Potting Soil for Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

The Importance of Well-Draining Potting Soil for Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

Fiddle leaf fig trees hate sitting in water. While watering too often can lead to problems, another common cause of root rot is using the wrong potting soil.

When you are choosing a potting soil for your FLF, you need to make sure it drains well. That means when you pour water into your container, the excess should flow through the bottom of your pot. Even when your soil is fully saturated, it should still contain air pockets.

What Soil pH is Best for Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees?

Fiddle leaf fig plants (including freshly propagated plants) grow best in soil with a slightly acidic pH, between 5.5-7.0. However, they aren’t too picky and can handle a pH that is a bit outside this range.

How Pot Shape and Plant Size Impact Soil Choice

How Pot Shape and Plant Size Impact Soil Choice

Your pot shape and plant size will not impact what soil you choose. All sizes of fiddle leaf fig plants in all types of pots prefer a similar potting soil.

However, these two factors will impact how often you’ll need to water your plant.

Mature plants in large pots will require a larger volume of water than little plants in small pots. However, you may need to water smaller pots more frequently since their soil will dry out quicker.

The important thing to remember is to always choose a well-draining potting mix and adjust your watering schedule from there.

The Best Soil for Repotting Fiddle Leaf Fig Plants

When it comes time to repot your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, use a potting mix that has the same qualities mentioned above. Always switch out your soil when you repot your plants in order to remove any issue with compaction and diseases

The Ultimate Fiddle Leaf Fig Potting Mix Recipe

The Ultimate Fiddle Leaf Fig Potting Mix Recipe

Creating a potting mix for fiddle leaf figs is easy. All you need is a few common materials you can find at most gardening stores.

Components of a Fiddle Leaf Fig Potting Mix

The Best Soil Mix for house plants

Sphagnum peat moss

Is a natural material that provides both water retention and drainage. Peat moss allows your plants to have access to the water they need while also providing aeration.

Coco coir

Is made from fibrous coconut husks. Its texture and properties are similar to peat moss, but it compacts a bit more over time.


Is great at increasing the aeration and drainage of a soil mix. This substance is a type of volcanic glass that has been heated until it expands.

Organic potting soil

Is typically made from materials including compost, peat moss, bark. It may contain added nutrients in the form of materials such as blood meal and bone meal. Not all potting soils are the same, so sample a few until you find one you like.

The Best Fiddle Leaf Fig Potting Mix Recipe

The following soil blend will provide great aeration and drainage while also providing your fiddle leaf figs a place to anchor and source nutrients. Since all organic potting soils are a bit different, you may need to tweak this recipe a bit over time.

This mix contains:

  • 2 parts organic potting soil
  • 1 part perlite
  • 1 part sphagnum peat moss OR coco coir

Find a large container where you can mix your materials. Add the three materials following the ratio listed above. Add a bit of water so the soil mix is moist but not wet and then mix thoroughly. After everything is well mixed, you can fill your pots and begin planting.

Storebought Fiddle Leaf Fig Potting Mix

If you don’t have the time or space to make a mix at home, you can use a pre-blended potting mix. When you’re looking for a potting mix for your fiddle leaf fig, make sure it is labeled as well-draining. However, avoid mixes that contain a large amount of sand, such as those designed for cacti or succulents.

The Professional Grower Mix Soil is a good choice since it contains plenty of materials that improve drainage as well as a dose of compost.

Wrapping Up

When you’re choosing soil for your fiddle leaf fig, remember the most important thing is to choose a well-draining mix. If you notice any problems with your plant’s soil, don’t be afraid to swap it out for a better mix.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Soil Tips FAQ

Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees do best in soil with a slightly acidic pH. Remember that a neutral pH is 7.0, and any number below this is considered acidic. Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees do best in a mix with a pH between 5.5-7.0.

Cacti or succulent soil mixes tend to have similar beneficial characteristics (such as slight acidity and good drainage) which is suitable for Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees.

Always switch out your soil when you repot your Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees in order to remove any issue with compaction and diseases.

To make the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree soil mix, add all the ingredients to a large container then add water until just moist. Thoroughly mix the ingredients together and then fill your Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree pots.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees do best in a potting mix that holds some moisture yet also drains very well. Ensure your potting vessel has a drainage system so excess water can disperse during watering cycles.

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Briana holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences from Penn State University. She manages a small market garden where she grows vegetables and herbs. She also enjoys growing flowers and houseplants at home.

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