As the name suggests, the uber cool Bambino has smaller leaves than the larger Fiddle leaf fig and is extremely compact and upright. Fabulous tropical house plants, adding rich, green foliage and filtering the air of unwanted pollutants at the same time. Great for tight spaces that need a lift too.
Native to West Africa.
Positioning + Light Needs
A brightly lit spot is needed though try to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight; can take a little shade too as long as the room is bright enough.
Water when the top soil becomes slightly dry and reduce watering in the Winter. The worst thing you can do is over water your Fiddle leaf, so be conservative.
Every fortnight misting will be appreciated. A little more often during the Winter months when the central heating comes on.
Feed me once a month every Spring and Summer with diluted liquid fertiliser.
When the plant is young and growing, re-pot it every Spring. Once it matures you'll only need to replace the top soil each year.
Child / Pet Friendly
No sorry, I'm a little toxic.
That's me! I'm very effective at removing airborne toxins.
Look out for
Brown edges on leaves: could be lack of humidity, exposure to a cold draught or under-watering. Brown soft leaves suggest too cold a room or too much watering.
N.B. Leaf drop: very usual when arriving in a new home. Some of the lower leaves will naturally drop also when the plant is seeing new growth.