The Ficus Lyrata (Fiddle Leaf Fig) makes a stunning addition to any indoor space. With the right care, it will reward you with lush, vibrant foliage. Keep an eye on its needs, and you'll have a green companion that adds beauty to your home.
Light: Place your Fiddle Leaf Fig in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. A spot near a window with filtered sunlight is ideal.
Watering: Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering. Water thoroughly, and ensure that excess water drains from the bottom of the pot. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's better to err on the side of under watering.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix. A mix formulated for tropical plants is suitable. Repot your Fiddle Leaf Fig every 1-2 years or when it outgrows its current pot.
Temperature and Humidity: Ficus lyrata prefers warm and humid conditions. Keep the temperature between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Regular misting or placing a tray of water nearby can help maintain humidity.
Fertilizing: Feed your Fiddle Leaf Fig with a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer). Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging, and avoid over-fertilizing, as it can harm the plant.
Pruning: Prune your Fiddle Leaf Fig to control its size and shape. Remove any yellow or damaged leaves. Regular pruning can help maintain a bushy and attractive appearance.
Pets: Keep in mind that Ficus lyrata can be toxic to pets if ingested. Place it in a location that is out of reach of curious pets.