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- The fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) is a popular indoor specimen plant featuring very large, heavily veined, violin-shaped leaves that grow upright.
- These plants are native to tropical parts of Africa, where they thrive in very warm and wet conditions.
- This makes them somewhat challenging for the home grower, who is likely to have trouble duplicating these steamy conditions.
- However, they are relatively tough plants that can withstand a less-than-perfect environment for a fairly long time.
- Fiddle-leaf figs are 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.
- They’re fairly fast growers and can be potted at any point in the year if you're like most gardeners acquiring a nursery plant to keep indoors.
- Commonly known as Fiddle-leaf fig, banjo fig.
- Loamy, medium moisture, well-draining.
- Fertilize throughout the growing season with a high-nitrogen plant food, following label instructions.
- There are fertilizers specially made for fiddle-leaf figs available. You generally won’t have to feed your plant over the winter.
- Part shade.
- Fiddle-leaf figs 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.
- Furthermore, these plants are sensitive to high salt levels in the soil.
- So it's ideal to flush the soil until water comes out the bottom of the pot at least monthly.
- This helps to prevent salt build-up.