Plant Care Profile: Ficus Lyrata 'Fiddle Leaf Fig'
Common Name: Fiddle Leaf Fig
Scientific Name: Ficus lyrata
Description: The Ficus Lyrata, commonly known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig, is a popular and elegant indoor tree with large, glossy, violin-shaped leaves. It adds a touch of tropical beauty to your living space.
Light: Place in bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid harsh, direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves. Rotate the plant occasionally to ensure even growth.
Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Protect the plant from drafts and sudden temperature changes.
Humidity: Moderate to high humidity is preferred. Mist the leaves regularly or use a humidity tray. Grouping plants together can also increase humidity around the Fiddle Leaf Fig.
Watering: Allow the top inch of soil to dry before watering. Water thoroughly and ensure proper drainage. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause leaf drop.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix with a mix of peat, perlite, and pine bark.
Fertilization: Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce frequency in fall and winter.
Pruning: Trim dead or damaged leaves to maintain the plant's appearance. Prune to shape and encourage bushier growth. Fiddle Leaf Figs can grow quite tall, so you can also consider pruning for height control.
Propagation: Fiddle Leaf Figs can be propagated through stem cuttings. Allow cuttings to air dry for a few hours before planting in a well-draining rooting medium.
Repotting: Repot every 1-2 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Choose a slightly larger pot with good drainage. Repot in the spring.
Pests: Keep an eye out for pests like mealybugs, spider mites, and scale. Regularly inspect the plant and treat with insecticidal soap if needed.
- Fiddle Leaf Figs are sensitive to changes in their environment. Avoid moving the plant around too often.
- Brown edges on leaves can indicate low humidity or underwatering.
- Wipe down the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to keep them clean and dust-free.
Remember that Fiddle Leaf Figs can be a bit finicky, but with proper care and attention, they can thrive and become a stunning focal point in your home.