Grow a stylish fiddle leaf fig in your house!
The hothouse plant of the moment the fiddly fig or as we like to call it the Ficus Lyrata.It’s a banyan plant which means it starts its life at the top of another tree and then it shoots its roots down towards the Soil. They’re beautiful and modern, but let’s be honest can be a bit of a diva sometimes, Although it can be found all over the world. It is indigenous to In its natural habitat and can be found in tropical rainforests where it thrives in dense, warm, and wet surrounds.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is a stunning plant with huge green leaves and a gorgeous, architectural statement in any room of the house. But with its shiny, violin-shaped leaves, is not the easiest houseplant to look after, but its visual impact in space is unmatched when given proper conditions and care.
The fiddle leaf fig from the Ficus genus of trees is an exciting species to grow with larger leaves and is one of the best houseplants for purifying indoor air. Most fiddle leaf fig trees serve as floor plants and perfect as focal points of a room if you can situate them in a floor-standing container where the plant is allowed to grow to at least 6 feet taller, the younger fiddle leaf figs can temporarily live on shelves while they’re small and, making it a stunning statement piece. They’re fairly fast growers and can be potted at any point in the year.
The F. lyrata compacta and Suncoast cultivars are smaller and bushier varieties of the traditional fiddle leaf fig, but the main F. lyrata variety is the one you’re most likely to find.
Start your fiddle off on the right foot by placing it in the absolute best spot in your home. These tropical plants hate drafts, so choose an area that isn’t directly in line with an exterior door, drafty window, or near an air vent. They also thrive in a lot of very bright, indirect light. Situate your fiddle leaf fig in a bright room or close to a window, but not where the light will touch it directly. Once you’ve chosen the perfect place, don’t move it! Fiddles are creatures of habit and will flourish once they’ve found a happy, sunny home. Once a week, when you water, turn the plant slightly so that the leaves receive equal sunlight and don’t start to grow toward a light source.
To successfully propagate a fiddle-leaf fig tree, you will need to start with a tip cutting a stem that is preferably 6 inches or more long attached to a leaf.
How do you care for a fiddle-leaf fig?
Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees are particularly sensitive to environmental changes. They will likely take a little time to adjust to their new home. Be sure to follow the care instructions, and, Keep your fiddle leaf fig routinely dust off the leaves. House plants and tropical plants alike hate being dusty.
Light: Fiddle leaf figs prefer lots of bright, filtered light. Keep it in bright and sunny (but indirect!) light; the fig tree grows best in these conditions. You may want to keep it facing the window light.
Water: Water only when the entire top inch of soil is dry (brown spots or leaf drops are usually related to too much or too little water). Make sure to include drainage holes in your pot and avoid giving the plant excess water.
Soil: Soil is important. make a mix of good quality potting soil with a heaping load of perlite, a handful of vermiculite, and a handful or two of good organic compost. It should be fluffy and airy but well-draining.
Temperatures: These plants prefer warm, humid climates similar to the weather in their native rain forests. House your fiddle leaf figs in rooms that are around 65-75°F. Do not keep them in a room below 50°F or else they will start to develop brown spots.
Fertilizer: Fertilize this popular houseplant once a month during the growing seasons.
- Remove dead, infected, or damaged plant parts.
- For any insect attack or disease, you can use Neem oil, Eucalyptus oil, or Citrus oil spray for primary treatment.