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Types of Fiddle Leaf Fig Plants
Fiddle Leaf Fig Standard: Standard is just a plant term for the single trunk. Standards are typically grown with an exposed trunk much like the trees we see outdoors. The foliage of a "standard" tree is at the top and the tree has a trunk that is pruned to be kept free of leaves. Some of our smaller Fiddle Leaved fig plants such as our 6" pots, for example, have not been "trunked". That is to say that most will have leaves from the soil level to the top.
We do this for two reasons First the leaves are the engines that drive growth. Think of leaves as nature's solar panels. They collect the sunlight and create energy for the plants to grow. we do not remove the lower leaves in an effort to give you the fastest growing plant possible. As the tree grows simply snap the leaves off of the trunk. You can continue to do this until your tree has an exposed trunk that is tall as you require.
Our large fiddle leaf fig trees will have the leaves removed by our growers to begin to expose the trunk.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Bushes: Bushes are typically grown with multiple plants in each pot. The foliage is also kept from the soil line to the top of the plant. Some people leave the plant this way but others prefer to expose some of the trunks. Bushes that are grown to have an exposed trunk take on the look of a tree form with multiple trunks and tend to have a denser canopy. The procedure for exposing the trunk is the same as growing a standard. Simply snap off the large leaves at the base or if you are not comfortable with this method they can be cut off with sharp scissors or pruners.
Little Leaved Fiddle Leaf Fig: The Little Fiddle (Ficus Lyrata Compacta) is similar to the fiddle leaf fig tree. The Little Fiddle plant has smaller, more tightly bunched leaves and is much harder to find at most nurseries. We have found this variety to be better suited for smaller spaces or apartments due to its compact habit.
Growing Fiddle Leaf Fig indoors:
Light: Fiddle Leaf Fig plants will grow best with consistent, bright, filtered light such as an east-facing window. Turn the plant every few months to keep the growth even. Fiddle leaf figs prefer an east-facing, sunny window. Bright afternoon sun from the south or west-facing windows will be too strong and tend to burn the leaves.
Water: Water the fiddle leaf fig when the top inch or so of the soil becomes dry. Pushing your finger into the soil is a great way to get a sense of the water in the soil. If it feels wet it is. we recommend placing a dish or saucer with gravel under the plant to collect the excess water. When needed thoroughly drench until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the plant is sitting in water so as not to drown the roots. a sign of a fiddle leaf fig not getting enough water is the leaves will become floppy and eventually turn brown and fall off. If this happens, alter your water schedule to raise the moisture level in the soil.
Humidity: Ficus lyrata prefer higher humidity levels and the easiest way to accomplish this is to mist the leaves with a spray bottle occasionally. Misting should be done more often in the winter when humidity levels are lower due to household heating systems.
Temperature: The Fiddle Leaf Fig prefers warmer temperatures, but will adapt easily to your home or office climate. They do not like cold drafts, so make sure you seal up drafty areas before situating your fig near windows or doorways. The easiest gauge of temperature is that if you are comfortable in your living room or office so is your fiddle leaf fig.
Potting Soil: Any quality well-drained potting soil will do. When choosing a potting mix select a high-quality soil with larger particle sizes. Peat based soils are best to maintain a healthy plant. Espoma Organic potting mix is great but we have seen phenomenal results with Ocean Forest Potting Mix.
Cleaning the Leaves: The Large leaves of fiddle leaf figs tend to collect dust. If you notice the leaves are dusty, wipe them with a damp cloth using clean water and gently dry to keep them clean and healthy. Bonide Leaf Shine is a good product that will add extra shine and reduce the ability of dust to stick to the leaves. It also helps to reduce the plant's ability to lose moisture through the leaves. This will help with keeping the moisture level higher within the plant
Fertilizer: Feed your Fiddle Fig once during the spring and monthly throughout the summer. For beginners, it's very easy to use Osmocote Plus as this product will slowly release nutrients into the soil as you water. Be careful not to over-fertilize the tree as this can cause the plant to grow leggy and in some cases even result in the death of the tree. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.
Fiddle Leaf Figs do not like to be moved—if necessary to move your plant, be prepared for some leaf drop until it is acclimated again in approximately 2-3 weeks. This also happens after the shipping process but it is completely normal and once acclimated to its new home the leaves will stop falling and new leaves will appear.
Fiddle leaf figs bought in smaller pots will eventually reach tree size but they are slow-growing. For an instant impact, it is recommended to go with a bigger plant. If you're concerned with your ability to grow a fiddle Leaf Tree start with a smaller plant and get a feel for it. You can always purchase a larger specimen once you hone your skills. Smaller plants also make great desk plants and you'll be the envy of the office.
Originally from the area in Africa between Cameroon and Sierra Leone, Fiddle Leaf Figs are native to a warm, slightly humid, shady environment. They typically grow in the understory of the rainforest. They grow where few drastic changes in temperature, humidity, water or light are common. This condition should be kept in mind when thinking about the best location for your Fiddle Leaf Fig indoors. Reaching immense popularity recently, Fiddle Leaf Figs have been commercially available for many years. The Fiddle Leaf Fig has earned the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
Fiddle Leaf Figs are mildly toxic to pets and humans if the leaves are ingested.
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