Ficus Lyrata – Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant
Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant (Ficus Lyrata) is a popular indoor plant featuring very large, heavily veined, and glossy violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a sleek trunk. A Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant is perfect as a focal point of a room if you can situate it in a floor-standing container where the plant is allowed to grow to at least 6 feet tall. If you are looking for a Ficus with a difference, this one packs a punch with its amazing flamboyant foliage. Leaves are much larger than most other Ficus, growing up to 30cm long and 13cm wide.
Light & Temperature
Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant require bright, filtered light to grow and look their best. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves, especially exposure to hot afternoon sun. And plants that are kept in very low light conditions will fail to grow rapidly. Fiddle-leaf figs don’t like extreme temperature fluctuations. A room that’s between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit is typically fine, though you must position the plant away from drafty areas, as well as air-conditioning and heating vents.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant like a moderate amount of moisture in the soil. If the plant doesn’t get enough water, its leaves will wilt and lose their bright green color. And if it gets too much water, the plant might drop its leaves and suffer from root rot, which ultimately can kill it. During the growing season (spring to fall), water your fiddle-leaf fig when the top inch of soil feels dry. And over the winter months, water slightly less.
Fertilize throughout the growing season with a high-nitrogen plant food, following label instructions. There are fertilizers specially made for Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant available. You generally won’t have to feed your plant over the winter. Any quality indoor plant potting mix should be suitable for a fiddle-leaf fig. Ensure that the soil drains well.
Propagating Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant
The best way to propagate a Ficus tree is with a stem cutting. Here are the steps:
- Use a pair of sharp shears to cut a stem about 12 to 18 inches long with a few leaves. Pinch off all the leaves except for one.
- Place the vase of the cutting in a jar or vase of clean, room-temperature water and put it in a warm place with bright, but indirect light.
- Change the water only when it appears cloudy.
- In a few weeks, small white bumps will appear on the stem’s base that’s sitting in the water. In a couple of weeks after that, roots will grow in the water from those spots.
- When the roots reach 1 to 2 inches long, plant the cutting in a 1-gallon pot filled with potting soil and water until damp, and continue to keep the soil moist, but not soggy or overwatered.
Potting & Repotting
Plan to repot a young Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant annually every spring. Select a sturdy container that is roughly 2 inches larger in diameter than the existing one. Gently loosen the plant from its current pot, lift it out while supporting its base, and place it in the new pot. Fill in the spaces around the plant with potting mix. Once the plant is mature, it likely will be too large to repot. In that case, remove the first few inches of soil each spring and replace it with fresh soil. Moreover, if you will be doing the potting work outdoors, do so when the temperature is at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
A Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant benefits from having its leaves pruned every so often. Cut back any damaged leaves, overgrowth, or crossing branches to let the plant breathe. Make any cuts about an inch away from the trunk to avoid any damage. If you are taking off a dead brown leaf, pull on it very gently before trying to cut it because it may come off by itself.
Plant Care Tips
- Plant drooping are signs of a thirsty plant in need of more frequent or deeper waterings. Dry and parched soil causes the plant to lose its natural stiffness and droop.
- Yellow Leaves: It indicates a bacterial problem. It may be too late to save the plant. But try cutting off the affected leaves and repotting the plant in fresh soil.
- Brown spots on leaves: If your green leaves develop dark brown spots or browning edges, the plant may be suffering from root rot from sitting in too much water. Cut away the spotted leaves and gently cut mushy parts of the roots. Repot and monitor your watering to make sure the plant is not overwatered.
- Bleached Leaves: If you see light brown or bleached spots on the top of the leaves, the plant may be getting too much direct sunlight. Prune the leaf with sharp shears and relocate your plant away from sitting near the direct and harsh rays of the sun.
Our Favourable Aspects
- Self-Watering Pot: Excess water gets stored in the reservoir below, the roots then absorb water via capillary action and the plants get water as and when required. It allows you to water less frequently making the plant easy to care for.
- Potting Mixture: It’s a mixture of appropriate amounts of soil, cocopeat & organic vermicompost. Provides best environment to the plant’s roots. It also contains slow-release Fertilizer which gives nutrients to the plants every time it is watered for 6 months.
- Packaging: Plant is secured in a good quality cardboard packaging. Inner Box holds the potted plant in place so that any movement during transit does not affect the plant. Outer box has slits which allow the plant to breathe freely during transit.