You all know that snake plant that’s called a plant of steel and is impossible to kill? Yeah, I almost killed it along with one fiddle. BUT I am happy to report that I have mended my ways and fiddle #3 is doing far better than I had ever hoped. I bought my fiddle a year ago and barely noticed any new growth. But after changing up her care, she sprouted a ton of new BRANCHES and dozens of leaves within two months. The first photo on the right was what it looked when I first bought it and the second was from a few days ago.
- Learn the trees watering cycle
Every fiddle is a different size and in a different climate. So the number of times your mom in Florida waters hers will differ with the number of times you may water yours in Oregon. The rule of thumb is to stick your finger into the soil, (about 2 inches deep), and water only when that space is dry. Keep in mind; consistent over watering can damage the tree faster than occasionally underwatering. With my first fiddle, I let the water run through the soil a few times in my bathtub and then waited for it to dry out before watering again. However, over time, the aggressive drenching was hurting my tree and browning the leaves.
I’m not much of a plant lady, but I do know that fertilization is key to a healthy plant! Therefore I hopped onto everyone’s beloved Amazon and found this fertilizer geared towards fiddles. It’s a tiny bag, but its a bag of MAGIC! I threw some fertilizer in, watered, followed steps 3 and 4, and the baby started BLOOMING!
You can purchase it HERE.
3. Minimize it’s stress
Find the perfect, sunny spot in your home and let it be the tree’s long term rental. It will pay you in leaves. Plants stress, therefore, many people tend to keep their plants in one spot. A few months ago, we were moving homes, and my fiddle took a trip with me. Lo and behold after all the moving, the leaves began to brown. Moving it to one more spot, I kept it there and once again, that baby was blooming.
4. Take it outside in the warm months
Fiddles love warm, humid spots. So if you’re in a warm climate, allow your tree a camping sesh all summer long. I promise this is the magical tip. I moved my tree outside, under an awning but plenty of INDIRECT sunlight, and it loved it! However, if you move it outside, DO NOT LET IT GET RAINED ON. Remember tip #1? Moving it outside will require more watering however. The outside heat quickly dries up the soil, which in turn means more watering, about 2-3 a week and 1-2 cups full. The amount of water, of course, depends on the size of your tree.
So there you have it, the 4 things I did to get my tree to sprout countless of branches and leaves! I hope these tips were helpful! Don’t forget to follow along on the gram and thank you so much for coming by!