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Fiddle Leaf Fig- Ficus lyrata

Fiddle-leaf Fig trees are the trendiest plants around, and there's no denying they make the ultimate statement in your home with their impressively large, glossy leaves. These plants can grow quite tall, making them ideal for filling a bare corner in a room with lush greenery and providing the perfect backdrop for smaller plants.

 

Two stemmed Fiddle Leaf Fig tree provides a pop of colour and visual interest against a white back wall and pot.

General Care

Sunlight:
Place your Fiddle-leaf Fig in a brightly lit indoor spot, away from direct sunlight.

Water:
Water only when the top inch of the potting mix is dry.

Humidity:
Keep the plant away from cold drafts. It prefers warm indoor spots or frost-free, partly shaded areas outdoors.

Soil:
Use a good quality, premium potting mix.

Healthy bare roots of a thriving Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree ready to be potted up.

Common Problems

Pests:
Fiddle-leaf Figs are susceptible to common houseplant pests like mealybugs, scale, fungus gnats, and spider mites. If you notice an infestation, treat it promptly with neem oil.

Symptoms and Causes:

  • Brown spotting on leaves: This can be caused by root rot due to overwatering, infection, or sunburn.
  • Leaves curling inwards or outwards: This may be due to overwatering, underwatering, low humidity, or root disturbance.

Precautions

If you have animals or children, ensure your Fiddle-leaf Fig is out of their reach. The sap is mildly toxic if consumed by pets or children.

If you love big-leaf beauties, check out this blog post on how they can transform your space.