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Ficus Lyrata | Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

The Ficus Lyrata, otherwise known as the fiddle leaf fig tree is characterized by its presence in many modern homes and current trending nature. The fiddle leaf fig tree has large, glossy, violin-shaped leaves and a then trunk which makes it very visually pleasing. These plants originated in Australia, Melanesia, and Southern Asia.

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Plant Information

Botanical Name: Ficus Lyrata

Nicknames: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Origin: Australia, Melanesia, and Southern Asia

Size: The tree can get as tall as 40 ft, but stays much shorter indoors. The plant likes to be root bound, plant in a smaller pot.

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Plant Care

Lighting: The Fiddle Leaf Fig thrives in bright indirect light. Be sure to turn the plant frequently for even plan growth.

Watering: Allow the top half of the soil to dry before watering the fiddle leaf fig tree.

Fertilizing: Feed fiddle leaf fig every 2 weeks spring and summer with a half diluted fertilizer.

Temperature: Between 60°-80.° F. Keep plant away from cold drafts.

Humidity: The fiddle leaf fig does well in normal humidity but prefers high humidity.

Soil: Use a well-aerated potting soil for fiddle leaf fig.

Pruning: Trim tree roots if the plant becomes too tall. Root trimming can be done every few years during winter and fall. Trimming branches encourages the fig tree to become bushy.

Propagation: Use air layering and cuttings.

Potential Problems:

Pests: Mealybugs, thrip, whitefly, spider mites, and Aphids

Disease: powdery mildew

Poison Information: Plant not very poisonous, level 1 toxicity.