FICUS LYRATA PROFILE
AKA Banjo fig, Fiddle Leaf Fig, this West African native has gone from the rare and unusual category to classic houseplant in a such short space of time, and no wonder. Its a stunner in whichever form it comes, giving real presence to your space with its attractive semi-lobed and oval shaped leaves. In tree form, you're getting an eye-catching ornamental work of natural art. If you've got the space, we can't recommend highly enough.
Native to West Africa.
Positioning + Light Needs
A brightly lit spot in an airy room 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 overall.
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.