Pot width 34cm
The common name for the Ficus Lyrata is Fiddle Fig because of its gorgeous large leaves that resemble a Fiddle. This is the large sized bush form of the Fiddle Fig which can be trained with time to grow into the tree form of the Fiddle Fig. The more patient you can be the better the final form will be - you simply need to wait until the trunk is large enough to support a crown of large leaves. If you remove leaves too soon and only have a thin trunk your fiddle fig will lean over and snap.
We also sell the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree for those who want its charm right away!
Why we love it:
The Fiddle Fig is the superstar of houseplants knocking the Cheeseplant off of its lofty 70s perch as the most sought after houseplant. We take great care to choose only the most impressive specimens at Happy Houseplants.
This plant is native to West Africa where it grows in tropical rainforests. In the wild it usually starts life in the crown of a tree before sending roots down to the ground which suffocate the host tree. It can grow in the wild up to 20m tall but will usually be much smaller at home (unless you live in the tropics!).
The Fiddle Fig is not hard to keep but we think the best advice we can give is to be a little bit neglectful. Most of these guys die from too much love. Go light on the watering and keep to a routine if you can. It's tropical so avoid those drafts. It loves light but remember it grows in a jungle, so a bit of shade as well.
Happy Plant Guide:
- Pot in a rich fast draining soil with drainage holes at the bottom.
- Water when the top 1" of soil has dried out, drench until water comes out of the bottom then leave to dry again.
- Regularly dust with a damp cloth.
- Mist the foliage occasionaly using rainwater in a spray bottle to mimick the plants humid natural environment.
- Standard liquid fertilizer can be applied once a month during spring and summer.
- Check foliage for common pests such as aphids and spider mites. Many pests can be removed simply by spraying the plant with strong stream of water. You can also wash the leaves with insecticidal soap.
- Repot every year during Spring. Check the bottom of the pot to see if the roots are growing out of the drainage holes or growing in a dense circle.