The Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of those plants that doesn’t go out of fashion!
People just love to gift them, but there’s a lot of questions the average buyer has about the care and maintenance, especially those who “always kill plants”!
Here we’re going to brush up on everything you need to know about owning a Fiddle Leaf Fig:
Name: FICUS LYRATA
Height: 10-12m Tall
Foliage: Dark flouncy green leaves, fiddle shaped leaves with prominent veins.
Climate: Prefers a warm-temperate or tropical growing environment outdoors, but will grow in indoor environments.
Soil: a premium potting mix should always be used indoors. A moist, humus-rich but well-drained soil is preferred outdoors.
Position: full sun to partially shaded position outside, or bright indirect light indoors.
Flowering and fruiting: long green figs are produced, but are usually hidden beneath the leaves.
Feeding: use a controlled-release fertiliser in spring and a water-soluble fertiliser every month from spring to late summer.
Watering: allow the potting mix or soil to dry out between each watering.
When growing as an indoor plant, they will keep growing until 2-3m or until they reach ceiling height.
Fiddle Leaf Figs originate in the Central and West African tropical regions, growing naturally in lowland rainforest.
Indoors, the fiddle leaf fig will grow in most temperate and tropical climates but requires a bright light or morning sun position, such as eastern-facing windows only, to avoid scorching of the foliage.
Apply a Controlled Release Fertiliser when repotting!
These should be applied every month during Spring and Summer.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Problems
Overwatering is the most common problem with a fiddle leaf fig in cool or low-light conditions. This usually shows up as yellowing leaves or leaf drop. To address this, place the plant in a brighter spot and reduce the amount of watering to nurse it back to health.
Dry air or people brushing past the plant may cause brown tips on the leaf edges. To increase humidity, mist the leaves regularly and move the plant so that it will not be in the way of people walking past. Wipe dull or dusty leaves with a clean damp cloth using water only, and allow them to dry. To enhance the look and gloss of the leaves, apply leaf shine products to the upper surface of mature leaves. Scale, mites and mealy bug are commonly encountered pests, which may be controlled with an insecticide.