Fiddle leaf fig

Botanical Name: Ficus lyrata

 

Common Name: Fiddle-leaf fig

 

Mature Size: Approximately 10 feet tall

 

Sun Exposure: Indirect, bright light. Can tolerate full sun, but south or west facing window location may be too strong. 

 

Soil Type: Any good, fast-draining potting soil will do. You can mix with cactus potting mix to allow more drainage. 

 

Water: Even though there are many variables, on average you can water your fiddle about once a week. Make sure to keep your watering consistent and avoid over-watering- otherwise you’ll start to see red spotting on your new growth. 

 

Temperature: Can tolerate standard indoor temperatures, but avoid extreme variations as FLFs are not fans of change!

 

Potting/Repotting: FLFs are fast-growing with an intense root system. Repot when root systems begin popping up at the bottom of the pot. If that is not easily seen, you can typically repot once a year. Select a new pot that is a few inches wider than the root ball. If your FLF gets too big to repot, scrape old potting mix off the top and replenish with fresh mix. 

 

Fertilizer: Feed with an indoor plant fertilizer in the spring and summer months about once a month. 

 

Propagation: Take a stem or leaf cutting and propagate in water for 1-2 months, then pot when root systems are substantial. 

 

Toxicity: Highly toxic- Keep away!

 

Fact: Considered an “it” plant for bloggers and designers, the fiddle leaf fig actually got its name from the fiddle shape of its leaves.