Plant Care

Fiddle Leaf Fig - Ficus Lyrata

The way these beautiful plants grow is anything but beautiful. The seeds of the fiddle leaf fig tree land right at the top of another tree that is competing for sunlight in the rainforest. By picking a spot so high up, the fiddle leaf fig tree gains access to high levels of sunlight. After this, as the seed of the plant germinates, the roots of the fiddle leaf fig begin to wrap around the trunk of the other tree. The host tree is then strangled by the roots of the fiddle leaf fig tree.

Nature is crazy, y’all.

01 Plant Facts

Botanical name Ficus Lyrata

Family Moraceae​

Native to Western Africa

02 Plant Care

Light Moderate to bright indirect light is best, but it will manage a little direct light in the morning or afternoon.

Temperature Between 65-85°F (18-24°C) during spring and summer, although it will tolerate slightly cooler or warmer conditions.

Watering Overwatering can cause serious damage. Make sure the top 3cm/1.5 inches of the plant’s compost is allowed to dry out between each watering. You should always try to use room temperature water to hydrate your plants, but especially with the fiddle-leaf fig.

Pets Toxic to dogs and cats.

03 Care Tips

If you’ve noticed your fig has stunted in it’s growth, try these tips:

01 Consistent Watering Schedule

Leaves on a fig can turn brown if they’re not on a consistent watering schedule. Make sure you water consistently.

02 3-1-2 Fertilizer

The best NPK Fertilizer (Nitrogren, Phosphorus, Potassium) ratio for a fiddle leaf fig plant is 3-1-2. 30% Nitrogen, 10% Phosphorus, 20% Potassium, 50% Water.

03 Cut Off Dying Leaves

When a plant is trying to grow, it has limited energy like everything else. If it’s trying to feed a dead leaf, the growth will get stunted, so cut off that dying leaf.

04 Chop It Off

To revive a dying fiddle-leaf fig, chop off the top of the trunk. It may sound counter-intuitive but a fiddle-leaf fig tree will sprout from the trunk if you cut it back.