Ficus Lyrata or Fiddle Leaf Fig

Ficus Lyrata

    Commonly Known As:
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig,
  • banjo fig

Ficus Lyrata, commonly known as Fiddle Leaf Figs, are popular ornamental plants native to the rainforests of western and central Africa. These stunning house plants have large, oval shaped green leaves that resemble the size and shape of a fiddle, hence its name. Fiddle Leaf Figs are slow growers but mature into tree-like houseplants after four years of growth, making them great for living rooms or entry ways needing a focal point. However, they are not the easiest to care for.

  • light

    Fiddle Leaf Figs need bright, filtered light. They will rapidly deteriorate in dim lighting. Turn your Lyrata weekly to ensure all sides get adequate light, but avoid moving too much.

  • water

    Keep soil evenly moist at all times. Water your Ficus Lyrata about 2-3 times per week,when the top two inches of soil are dry. Do not overwater or leave plant sitting in water.

  • temperature

    Temperatures between 60⁰F - 80°F are suitable for the Fiddle Leaf Fig. However, these houseplants are very sensitive and do not like drafty areas, or being moved to new locations and will object by dropping leaves.

  • fertilizer

    Fiddle Leaf figs prefer fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to encourage leafy growth. Use a slow-release fertilizer with a NPK ration of 3-1-2, (3% Nitrogen 1% Phosphorus 2% Potassium) during the growing season, spring to summer.

    Plant Facts
  • Ficus Lyrata can grow as tall as 10 feet indoors and can be the focal point of any room. These houseplants can grow 12-18 inches each year in the right environment.

  • Also known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig because of the shape of their large, broad leaves.

  • Native to the rainforests of western and central Africa.

  • Difficulty level: Difficult

  • The sap of the Ficus Lyrata is toxic and, for that reason, should be kept away from pets and children.

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