Pruning Advice odd shape Fiddle Leaf Fig

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  1. Christa Aleman

    Christa Aleman New Seed

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    We have a fiddle leaf fig with three branches that we have had for a few years now and it has become leggy and lopsided. There was a time when it wasn't getting a lot of light or watered enough so the lower leaves fell off but its in better conditions now and has had consistent new growth. The only thing is that I want it to look more tree like with a taller trunk and more condensed bushy top. I'm thinking both branches are too low and wide so I would like to cut them eventually. I want to create more branches but higher up than the current ones. So i'm not sure what I should do first and how much i should do at once. cut the sides branches off/ or one side branch off/ or try to get branches higher up by cutting the top off or notching it where i would like the new branches to be/ or potentially some combination of those things. Im also planning on putting a stake in it to straighten it out. Any thoughts or advice on the pruning of my tree would be greatly appreciated. (I know if this works it is going to be more of a long term thing and i wont see results quickly as it will take alot of time to prune and fill in)
     

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  3. mart

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    Not sure you are going to get the growth you need in its present location ! Or in that small pot !
     
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    waretrop Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    What a beautiful plant. I would gove it a big hair cut.. BUT...i would either air layet it to cut it back and save what ypoo u cut off ir just cut the stems back and try to root them on soil. If i did it in soil, in that house, i would put it in a pot with good potting soil, water it until it leaked out the bottom and then i would put the pots on a clear plastic bag and twistie the top so it would be like a greenhouse of sorts.....i feel with what you said, it is much too dry to pot and start them without a tent...and them keep watering your big plant and it shoud send sprouts down lower. ...
     

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