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Feb 17, 2018 6:25 AM CST
|My fiddle leaf fig is heading off into two different directions at the top. Is there any way to bring the branches back together or should I allow it to grow this way?
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Feb 17, 2018 8:19 AM CST
|Your Ficus lyrata looks healthy and well cared for. I personally think it looks fine, but that is a personal aesthetic choice, so let me provide some information that may help you.
The two stems will tend to orient their leaves and grow toward the light source (window). By rotating the plant, you can control the way it grows to a limited degree. However, both stems will continue to grow longer and are not likely to produce new branches or leaves on the lower portions of the plant.
If stems get too long, and they will eventually, the best way to control the future growth is to simply use your fingers to pinch out new leaf buds as they emerge. You will need to do this persistently once a stem has reached its desired length. Pinching out new growth does not affect the overall health of the tree in any way.
If you let the stems get way too long, then you will have to prune off a large end section of the stem, leaving that stem shorter but devoid of foliage. However, in time new growth will emerge on that stem just below the pruning cut. It is better to be proactive with your pinching so you can avoid pruning.
Finally, you can use soft string to pull the two stems closer to one another and more upright.
Let me know if this is unclear.
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