The common name for the Ficus Lyrata is Fiddle Fig because of its gorgeous large leaves that resemble a fiddle. The Fiddle Fig is the most sought after Ficus and usually the most expensive variety you can buy. For those on a budget you would do better to buy the bush form and with a bit of patience grow your own tree over time. If you want instant impact or just can’t wait to grow your own tree, this is the one for you. They frequently feature in style magazines as they are large and impressive and are always in high demand. We take great care to choose only the most impressive specimens at Happy Houseplants - when we have them in stock, they always sell out fast!
140cm tall, pot width 30cm
160cm tall, pot width 34cm
Why we love it:
The tree form is the current superstar of houseplants knocking the Cheeseplant of its lofty 70s perch as the most sought-after houseplant. Native to West Africa, 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. Go light on the watering and keep to a routine if you can. It loves light but remember it grows in a jungle so find a bit of shade and avoid those drafts!
All our trees are handpicked and while we are always sad to see them go, we're happy to send them off to a loving new home.
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 occasionally using rainwater in a spray bottle to mimic 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.