A native of the rain forests of Central and Western Africa, a Fiddle Leaf fig is a very photogenic plant with glossy, leathery veined leaves. They add a certain artchetectural elegance to any indoor setting making them a favourite plant of designers, interior decorators and hobbyists who like to collect and showcase plants.
Adopting and caring for Ficus Lyrata
Adopting:Adding a sculpture-like Ficus Lyrata to a plant collection is a feeling only a plant parent can understand. At eplants, we bring you display-ready plants, with high-quality growth, compact shape and well-formed leaves
Locating:A Ficus is a versatile plant that can do well in brigh sun, shaded, lower light areas and even indoors. If you are growing them indoors, or a well shaded balcony we recommend that you move the plant around to an spot that has better light once every few weeks
Potting: Since these plants are natives of the tropics they need porus, well-drained soils. They do well in a 30:30:30:10 mix of cocopeat, compost, corse sand and Perlite
Watering:To mimic the conditions of a Cameroonian rain forests it is best to heavy water a Lyrata and let the soil dry out between waterings. So it’s a good idea to hold off watering them until the top layer of soil dry to touch. Drooping or yellowing leaves could indicate over-watering or poor drainage.
Fertilising: If your potting mix is right, these plants will not require too much fertiliser. However nourising them with an organic liquid fertiliser two or three times a year will help them do well. If you are using a chemical mix, ensure that they don’t touch the stalk or its leaves. This could damage the plant.
Ficus Lyrata is a naturally photogenic tree that can fit into any interior setting. Its gigantic leaf structure make it a very decorative plant, almost sculpture like, ideal for modern designer homes.
Did you know
Did you know? Only Fiddle Leaf Figs kept outdoors will produce flowers and fruit