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How to Propagate a fiddle leaf fig | Our Urban Box

Remember my story last month about my sad fiddle? How she is dying a slow death? Yeah well she is still dying, tormenting me leaf by leaf, as they fall to the floor. Leo the pooch isn’t helping either, he thinks its ok to pull leaves off my $120 plant. Bloody dog.

But don’t despair, there is some good news on the fiddle front. One of the clippings I used for propagation has survived and is doing well. Figgy.2 currently resides in the laundry and seems to like it there. I have high hopes for this one – part of Figgy will live on in Figgy.2. I thought I would share with you how I propagated the fiddle leaf fig. By no means is this a researched and well executed plan. Sure I googled but mostly had no idea what I was doing.


Well first you need some clippings. I just chopped off two stems that needed removing, chopped them in half and thought well, why not try and propagate them? Clearly no thought went into the correct spot to take a clipping, I just took to her with a pair of gardening secateurs and hoped for the best. I mean the secateurs properly weren’t even sharp, a gardener I am not.

I then stuck the clippings in some soil and proudly Instagram’ed my efforts. Proud as punch! Then two lovely ladies suggested I take them out of the soil and put them in water to give the roots a chance to sprout (thanks Ashlea and Katrina x). Again, clearly no idea what I am doing. So I put them in water and popped them on the window sill in the laundry. I changed their water every couple of days.

How to propagate a fiddle leaf fig | Our Urban Box

Of the 4 clippings, two died quite quickly and two seemed to do ok. After about 6 weeks I could see little white buds on the stems and knew for sure these would develop into roots. I kept changing the water and sure enough one morning I woke up to this –

How to propagate a fiddle leaf fig | Our Urban Box


A root had sprouted quite literally over night. After about 4 more weeks this one root turned into this and I thought it was best to pot this baby fig.




So far so good. Figgy.2 has remained in the laundry where she seems to like it. I’ve been keeping her soil wet/damp. I read some where that when you are propagating you should keep the soil damp, so thats what I’ve been doing. Fingers crossed come spring time she has survived the cold and we might see some growth. I’ll keep you updated.

*Disclaimer – this advice should be paired with the advice of your local garden centre – or perhaps don’t listen to me and talk to your local garden nursery and see what they say lol

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  1. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living

    June 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Hope Figgy 2 does well! My two are going okay for now (fingers crossed), it really is a novelty keeping them alive though isn’t it!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      June 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Me too Ash. I have almost admitted defeat with the other one. I think I will try a dwarf one next! SO happy to hear yours are doing well x

  2. Monique@The Urban Mum

    June 9, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I have quite the black thumbs in the family, everyone else has lush, cared for gardens. I have a slightly overgrown, relatively sparse courtyard…I think I could propagate, I actually think I could…Ill let you know how I go…x
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      June 9, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Me too! My mum has an award winning garden and I couldn’t give two hoots about gardening. I am sure she wonders where she went wrong sometimes lol. Keep me posted on your propagating adventures x

  3. Karin @ Calm to Conniption

    June 9, 2015 at 11:59 am

    It is like real like Dirt Girl World! Well done. Breeding plants is hard work. I have a couple of plants in a fountainey type Kmart thing on my wall at the moment. The Mr keeps asking me to water them. I love them but a cup of water a week is arduous! 😉
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      June 9, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Gardening is arduous and totally not my cup of tea, but who knows, if this clipping takes off I might have found myself a little money spinner lol!!

  4. Veggie Mama

    June 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I still need to get my FIRST fig! But when I do, I’ll do what you’ve done in the hopes I can finally get something to survive, haha.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      June 9, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      You might want to google how and where to take your clipping – doing a random chop isn’t advisable!! Its just luck one of my clippings took! Good luck finding a fig x

  5. Hugzilla

    June 9, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Yeah look, I kill fake plants so I’d probably have minimal success with live ones. LOL.
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  6. peregrinationgourmande

    June 9, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Wow! clever! I’m not at all good at plants. I always make them die!!! xx cathy
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  7. EssentiallyJess

    June 9, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Oh I hope there is a happy ending for Figgy.2 I do love a good plant story.
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  8. Natalie

    June 9, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    $120 for a plant? OMG, does it have magical powers or something?

    Here, my garden is a mystical wonder. Is it a plant? Is it a pretty weed? My mother in law takes pity on me and takes care of it from time to time. Things sprout and I have NO CLUE!
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  9. Jen

    June 10, 2015 at 2:29 am

    i always want to root clippings but I suppose I don’t have the patience. Husband’s granny has the greenest thumb. When we take her to the nursery, she wanders though breaking off little pieces, going home with a pocketful of stuff that she then roots when she gets home.
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  10. Jen @ Love Wednesday

    June 25, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Are you some kind of clever green unicorn?! This is amazing! And the patience and the photos! I love it all and I love that Figgy is going to live on ♥
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  11. safa

    November 1, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Hi fleur , i did what u said ,but i how long it takes for root to show up ? And one more thing the part of the branch i put in wather turneb brown and viscous ,is that mean that the branch is no more useful ?

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      November 2, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      It took about 4 weeks for a root to show. I think I left it in the water for about 12 weeks all up. The roots first appeared like little white dots. Just keep changing the water every few days. I don’t know about it turing brown and viscous though sorry! I hadn’t done it before this, so I really was just making it up as I went along.
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  14. katie

    February 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Did your propagated fig survive? i recently cut a clipping from an amazing 20′ high fig tree that is on the street i live and I’m trying to propagate it. it has sprouted little white dots all over the stem and I’m just waiting for the roots to grow. if you have any updated on our propagated fig or tips on how to keep him alive once i plant him it would be much appreciated!

    1. Fleur | Our Urban Box

      February 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      It sure did! Its is going really well. I did do an update on the blog. White dots is a great sign, so wait a bit longer till your have roots that are about 2-3cm long then plant into a pot. It will take a while though. Just keep changing that water every couple of days! I have no tips on how to keep them alive. My first one died. My other two I give a BIG drink every 7-10days. One is next to a window and the other one isn’t. Both are doing well so far!
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  15. Elaine

    April 3, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Hi , I just cut off a few leaves off my beautiful fiddle leaf plant. I’d like it to look more like a tree. I dip the ends in root starter. And put them in water. So I’m really glad to hear you started your leaves that way also.

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    March 21, 2017 at 10:06 am

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    May 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

    This is very interesting, I have been eyeing to grow this Ficus/fig for some time and will now try to grow them. Let us see how it goes, and the water process sure sound super easy, thanks for sharing the same.

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