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Fiddle Leaf Fig

Ficus lyrata
Ficus lyrata, the Fiddle Leaf Fig, earns its name from the shape of the large, leathery leaves, resembling a violin or fiddle. Use smaller plants as table-top accents and larger plants as floor specimens. Fiddle Leaf Figs make a relatively easy care, textural feature in the home. The sap can irritate sensitive skin, so use gloves when pruning leaves or branches.
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Quick Facts

  • Attractive foliage
  • Easy care
  • Common floor plant

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Ficus lyrata, the Fiddle Leaf Fig, earns its name from the shape of the large, leathery leaves, resembling a violin or fiddle. Use smaller plants as table-top accents and larger plants as floor specimens. Fiddle Leaf Figs make a relatively easy care, textural feature in the home. The sap can irritate sensitive skin, so use gloves when pruning leaves or branches.

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About This Plant

Type

Houseplants

Plant Safety

This plant is pet friendly and non-toxic. More information here.

Leaf Color

Green

Flowering

Infrequent flowering

Mature Height

Up to 144 inches

Mature Width

Up to 80 inches

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Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
For plants that have filled their current containers, select a container one inch wider than the container your plant is currently growing in. Plants that haven't filled out the soil in their current pots don't need a larger container, but can be repotted into a container of the same size or slipped into a cache pot to hide the plastic nursery container. Select a potting soil suitable for indoor plants, one that is light and drains freely. If the soil is dry, add enough water and mix it in to make the soil just damp. Add enough soil to the new container so that the top of the root ball will sit a bit below the rim of the container, 1/4-inch for smaller plants up to an inch for very large plants. This will help prevent spills when you water. Remove your plant from its old container and gently tease the roots from the surface of the root ball. Place the plant in the new container, adding or removing soil to bring the top of the root ball to the desired level. Add soil around the root ball, firming it in lightly. Water in to settle the soil, adding more if needed. Water your newly repotted plant lightly for the next several weeks while the roots are growing into the new soil. Indoor plants can be especially prone to rot from overwatering at this point.
General Care Description
A Fiddle Leaf Fig requires bright indirect light. In low light, new leaves are small and mature leaves may fall off. Turn a Fiddle Leaf Fig frequently to keep it from growing toward the light and becoming lop-sided. Too much bright light causes the leaves to fade and lose their dark green color. Fertilize monthly in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Too much fertilizer, when the plant is not actively growing, causes leaf tip burn. You can move a Fiddle Leaf Fig outside for the summer as long as you keep it in the shade and transition it slowly when you decide to move it back inside your home. A Fiddle Leaf Fig , like other ficus trees, doesn’t do well when there are sudden changes in light or temperature.

Effort of Care

High

Soil Type

Use a well-aerated potting soil that holds water but still drains quickly.

Humidity

Moderate to High

Temperature

Fiddle Leaf Fig trees do well in temperatures between 60°-80°F (15.6° 26.7°C). Keep all types of ficus trees away from air conditioners, cold drafts, and heating vents. Intense cold or heat causes leaf drop.

Growth Rate

Moderate

Light Needs

A Fiddle Leaf Fig requires bright indirect light. In low light, new leaves are small and mature leaves may fall off. Turn a Fiddle Leaf Fig frequently to keep it from growing toward the light and becoming lopsided. Too much bright light causes the leaves to fade and lose their dark green color.

Water Needs

A Fiddle Leaf Fig requires less water than other ficus trees. Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out and the leaves to become soft and flexible before watering. Keep the leaves dry and water off of the large fiddle shaped leaves to prevent mold. Too much water and water on the leaves can also cause ugly brown spots on the leaves.

Disease and Pests

The broad leaves of a Fiddle Leaf Fig attract Mealy Bugs, thrip, whitefly, spider mites, and Aphids. Spray every other week with warm soapy water to ward off plant pests. Spraying a Fiddle Leaf Fig also keeps the large leaves dust free and clean so they can absorb more light. Dry leaves after spraying. Fiddle Leaf Figs are prone to powdery mildew, root rot, and Leaf Spot Disease.

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