Houseplant Care Tips

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Houseplant Care Tips

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Fiddle Leaf Fig Care

Common Name: Fiddle Leaf Fig
Scientific Name: Ficus Lyrata
Lighting: Moderate to Bright
Watering: Moderate to Low

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is characterized by large, wide, stiff almost leather like dark green leaves radiating off wooden stems. The Fiddle Leaf Fig comes in both bush and tree forms. It is one of the easiest of the Ficus variety to grow, making it a good choice for beginners. This houseplant tends to grow slowly, so if you decide to prune it in order to make the plant more compact, due keep this in mind. The Fiddle Leaf Fig can grow up to 12 feet in height and up to 6 feet wide, therefore at some point you may need to prune it.

The Fiddle Leaf Fig prefers moderate to bright light. If it is not receiving enough light, the plant will appear to be reaching as well as new growth will be limited or smaller than older growth. Leaves may also begin to drop if the plant is not receiving enough light. If your Fiddle Leaf Fig foliage begins to discolor and look almost bleached, the plant may be receiving too much direct sunlight.

This houseplant requires moderate to low amounts of water. They tend to prefer to dry slightly in-between watering. If the edges of the leave begin to brown, you are most likely over watering the plant. On the other hand, if the foliage begins to droop and yellow leaves begin falling, chances are you are under watering the plant. Be careful not to continue over watering this houseplant because it is susceptible to root or stem rot.

This houseplant is semi temperamental to temperature. Normal indoor temperatures are fine, however do keep it away from drafts or heat sources. This is also on the list of poisonous houseplants if digested, so please keep it away from children and pets.

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Blogger Dan said...

I´ve just posted some great pictures of the Fiddle Leaf fig on my Tree-species blog if you are interested.

2:04 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Thanks for sharing the pics Dan!


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Blogger Skye Wonder said...

i am so glad that you have info on plants that i have difficulty with. I'm on my 5th Fiddle Leaf. Over watering was the culprit. thanks.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, the fiddle leaf fig (Ficus Lyrata)will grow much, much higher than the 12 feet you indicate. Otherwise, good site. Thanks

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

This is my favorite houseplant. Have been searching high and low in PA area for one since I moved. What is the buying season for this plant on East Coast - US?

12:17 AM  
Blogger Carole said...

I just purchased my Fiddle Leaf Fig at Fry's Grocery Store Nursery section, for $11.99 here in Green Valley, AZ. I love this plant. It is my second one.
The leaves are dirty. Can I clean the leaves with a tiny bit of olive oil or would it harm the leaves?

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My fiddle leaf fig tree was kept outside during summer and on into the fall. I'm in the deep south. It has turned reddish-brown underneath the leaves. Any idea what the problem might be?

4:59 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Does anyone notice the odor to these trees I don't know if I am sensitive to the smell but it smells a little like cat urine to me and I just bought it. I was so excited but after a couple of days I had to put it outside. Is there a solution to getting rid of the odor?

11:57 AM  

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