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Little Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Ficus lyrata compacta

Not everyone has room for a large-leaved fiddle leaf fig. If you are one of those people, then the Little-Leaved Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is for you! Compact growth equals less space. We find these to be easier to grow than its larger leaved cousin.

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Little Leaf Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees for Sale Online

The Little Leaf Fiddle Leaf Fig, also known as Little Fiddle, is a smaller version of its cousin, the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. Its thick, textured leaves are about half the size but are densely clustered and just as beautiful. This popular house plant is hard to find and a must-have for apartment dwellers who want a more compact Fiddle Leaf Fig.

As one of the more forgiving members of the Ficus Tree family, Little Fiddle is a low-maintenance broadleaf tree easily grown in a soil-based potting mix. It prefers bright, indirect light or part shade with protection from the afternoon sun. Water weekly during the growing season and then reduce watering from fall to late winter. Despite its compact size, Little Leaved Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees can grow up to 10 feet tall if given proper care.


Hardiness Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 10 Feet
Mature Width: 3 Feet
Sunlight: Moderately bright
Water Requirements: Create a regular routine, allow soil to dry between waterings
Selling Points: Attractive foliage, clean air, low maintenance
Growzone: 9-11 Little Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Little Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Before you buy a Little Leaf Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, make sure to read about the care instructions that are recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How often do I water a Little Leaf Fiddle Fig?

How often do I water a Little Leaf Fiddle Fig?

The Little Leaf Fiddle Leaf Fig should be watered thoroughly but infrequently, as the plants like to dry out occasionally between watering. The easiest way to tell if a plant needs to be watered is by the weight of the container. If the container is very heavy and the foliage is upright, chances are good the plant doesn't need water, whereas a light container and limp foliage means the plant needs some water. Make sure there is ample drainage so that your Little Leaved Fiddle never sits in a pool of water for too long - that can cause root rot.

How do I plant a Little Fiddle Leaf Tree?

How do I plant a Little Fiddle Leaf Tree?

We suggest planting your newly purchased Fiddle Leaf Fig into a container that is slightly larger (a few inches wider and taller). Use a well draining potting mix, and be sure to disturb the roots when transplanting. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot.

How much light does a Little Leaf Fig Tree require?

How much light does a Little Leaf Fig Tree require?

Fiddle Leaf Figs of all varieties thrive in bright indirect light. If kept outdoors in summer or grow zones 10 or 11, Fiddle Leaf Figs can handle dappled shade to full sun, but will need to be transitioned. Move them outside to give them a summer vacation or because they're hardy. Little Fiddle Leaf Figs should be moved into full shade outdoors initially, then put into a couple hours of morning light with shade the rest of the time for a few days. Gradually increase the amount of sun the plant receives every couple of days until the plant receives the maximum amount of light that it will receive in its new location. This process should take a few weeks, and the leaves will not turn brown or get sunburned if transitioned gradually. Repeat in the other direction to bring them back inside once the summer heat begins to cool off.

What type of fertilizer is best for a Little Fiddle Leaf Fig?

What type of fertilizer is best for a Little Fiddle Leaf Fig?

Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack's Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. Little leaf Fiddle Leaf Figs like consistency in watering, light, and fertilizing. They should be kept on a regular schedule to receive food routinely.


Additional Information

Ficus Little Fiddle is a relatively hardy indoor plant but because it originated in the tropical climate of Western Africa, it loves moisture. This can make it difficult to give Ficus the care it needs, but proper watering and bright indirect light will allow it to thrive. Don't forget to dust your Little Fiddle's foliage, as dirt and pollution can clog its pores.

When you buy your Little Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree online, give it time to acclimate to its new environment. It is very common for them to shed some leaves when they first arrive to their new home but will fill in with beautiful glossy new leaves within a month or two.

The main difference between a Little Leaf Fiddle and a traditional Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree are the size of the leaves and the growth rate. Little Leaf Fig Trees have violin-shaped leaves that are half the size of their original counterparts. Also, they will grow to the same maximum indoor height of 9 to 10 feet but they will take much longer to get there. This means that you can keep them in smaller containers for longer if you prefer to keep your Little Leaf Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree at a more compact size. 


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