Fiddle Leaf Fig

Learn how to care for most varieties of Fiddle Leaf Fig!

Fiddle Leaf Fig

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Learn how to care for most varieties of Fiddle Leaf Fig!

Ficus lyrata is a species of evergreen tropical tree native to the tropical lowlands of western Africa (Sierra Leone to Cameroon). Belonging to the fig family, Moraceae, it is known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig because its leaves are similar to the size and shape of fiddles. It is extremely sensitive to environmental conditions and, like most figs, is cold-sensitive. Fiddle Leaf Figs are a tricky, but rewarding houseplants to keep.  They are temperamental and show signs of any distress by dropping leaves.

The family Moraceae is a family of shrubs, trees, and lianas, all of which will bleed a latexy sap upon wounding. Members of this family exhibit foliar polymorphisms, meaning that their leaf shapes will be different for different stages of life. This is a fairly odd characteristic, as most other plants make the same leaf shapes throughout their lives. Leaves are alternately arranged.

General Care

 

Sunlight

Thrives in bright indirect light. Can benefit from a few hours of full sun. 

Water

Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. 

Humidity

Normal room humidity is fine, but will benefit from higher humidity. Leaf crisp may occur if humidity is too low.

Temperature

65°F-85°F (18°C-30°C). It’s best not to let it go below 60°F (15°C).

Size

This plant will reach an ultimate height of about 30’ (10m) and will have a spread of about 10” (3.2m). However, as a houseplant, will be much smaller.

Common Problems

Fiddles are happiest in a stable environment and should always be placed right in or near a window. Keep away from air conditioners, heaters and drafts.

SYMPTOM: Yellow leaves, wet potting mix

CAUSE: Overwatering 

SYMPTOM: Crispy, curling leaves

CAUSE: Thirsty plant, underwatered or low humidity

Precautions

Poisonous to cats, dogs, and humans if consumed.  Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.

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