All About Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig Care

Ficus Lyrata

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The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a Ficus Tree native to Western and Central Africa. Its proper name is Ficus Lyrata and it is an extremely popular indoor tree due to its height and attractive foliage. These trees have large, lush green leaves with heavy veining. Their nickname came from the clear leaf shape that resembles a violin (or fiddle).

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How To Care For Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is native to Western Africa, from Cameroon West to Sierra Leone, where it grows in lowland tropical rain forests. It grows naturally in USDA Zones 10 – 12.

Water when the top inch of soil is dry.

The Fiddle Leaf Fig grows best in bright, indirect light. If inside make sure they are near a South or East facing window.

If outside and unacclimated, they need filtered sun or morning sun. High noon – afternoon direct sun could burn their leaves.

If well acclimated they can grow in full sun, and will love it. If it is not getting enough light the leaves will grow smaller and it will become leggy.

Use a regular potting mix that drains well.

This plant tolerates humidity levels between 30 – 65%.

Fertilize every three months during the growing season with Green Grub Insect Frass. You can either make a compost tea to water with or sprinkle a layer of fertilizer on top of the soil.

fiddle leaf fig care

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How to Propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig

There are several ways to propagate from a Fiddle Leaf Fig. You can take a single cutting and water root or take a big cutting and root in a well-draining soil mix. Here is our preferred method for propagating:

1. Take a cutting from a young stem that is at least three nodes long.

You want to have several leaves included in your cutting.

2. Plant your cutting about 1/3 deep into a well-draining soilless mix. You can mix Perlite and Pete Moss, Perlite and Vermiculite, or Sharp Sand and Vermiculite in equal parts for a good rooting mix. Remove any leaves that interfere with getting the nodes 1/3 into the soil.

3. Cover the cutting with a clear plastic bag or a dome to keep them moist. Keeping leaves moist while you’re rooting is vital to having a healthy plant. Keep it in bright, indirect light (preferably outdoors) and you should have roots within 4 – 6 weeks.

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