Fiddle Leaf Fig Plants for Sale Online
Arguably one of the most popular house plants available, Fiddle Leaf Figs are loved by gardeners of all experience levels. Known for their large, distinct, violin-shaped leaves, this plant comes in both a tall tree and a bush. While it’s technically not a true fig plant in that it will not produce fruit, it is still a member of the fig or ficus family. It’s a long standing favorite among interior designers for its versatility and ability to complement any decor.
This tough plant adapts easily to conditions and once acclimated it can grow to 6 feet tall or taller. Whether you live in a spacious home or cozy apartment, a live Fiddle Leaf Fig plant is the perfect addition and will escalate the charm to a whole new level. Shop our selection of Fiddle Leaf Figs for sale below!
Benefits of Buying Live Fiddle Leaf Fig Plants
Out of all of the house plants that are available out there, why should you buy a Fiddle Leaf Fig? They have rapidly grown in popularity and recognition for several reasons:
1. It’s Highly Versatile
Trends come and go, but the Fiddle Leaf Fig is here to stay. A major reason as to why it’s such a popular houseplant is because it matches any style - modern, contemporary, coastal, country-chic, and more! It’s a surefire way to update a room and add style without the hassle and resources required with renovating.
2. It Cleans the Air
Not only is this plant aesthetically appealing, but it’s functional. The broad, violin-shaped leaves make it a highly efficient air purifying plant. So you can breathe easier in your home or office knowing that your live Fiddle Leaf Fig plant will remove common toxins from the air, such as formaldehyde, dioxins, and more.
3. Minimal Care
Fiddle Leaf Fig plants can be intimidating since they do require certain conditions to grow, but they are not too difficult to care for. Once they have had a chance to settle and adjust to a new environment, they grow well with minimal maintenance. Just make sure to watch the leaves for any warning signs, such as underwatering (continue reading for the care instructions).
Is Buying a Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Right for You?
While Fiddle Leaf Figs are immensely popular and many people love the idea of having one, it’s important to know if buying one is the right fit for your home. Once it has established itself in its new home, these plants are not as intimidating as you may have been told. However, there are some things to consider before ordering one:
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 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. These plants do not do well in dry climates and will require more sunlight, but make sure to read the Care Instructions below for the recommended lighting guidelines.
While these plants may be beautiful, Fiddle Leaf Figs are mildly toxic to pets and humans if the leaves are ingested. Depending on the behavior of your pet and if they are known for interacting with plants, a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree may not be the best choice for your home. However, smaller variations of this plant can be placed on elevated shelves or furniture where it would be out of reach and harms way from your pet.
Avoid fussing or moving your Ficus lyrata too often; 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. The reason we bring this up here is that you may want to hold off from buying a fiddle leaf fig until you find a more long-term home.
If you buy this plant in a smaller pot, keep in mind that it will eventually reach tree size. If this intimidates you, rest assured that they are slow-growing. Nonetheless, it’s important to map out the space in your home for where you want it to fit. If you opt for a tree, it is a substantial specimen that will take up space. Tree variations add instant impact achieving a more eye-catching look. If you're concerned with your ability to grow this plant, 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.
How to Care for Live Fiddle Leaf Fig Plants
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 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. 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 major sign that your plant may not be getting enough water is if the leaves become floppy, and eventually turn brown and fall off. If this happens, alter your water schedule to raise the moisture level in the soil.
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.
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 plant.
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 a great option, but we have also seen phenomenal results with Ocean Forest Potting Mix.
Cleaning the Leaves
The large leaves tend to collect dust. If you notice the leaves are dusty, wipe them with a damp cloth using clean water and gently dry them 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.
Feed your plant 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.
Types of Live Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig
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. An exposed trunk draws attention to the leaves where they create a canopy of a vibrant, youthful green that will add a pop of color to any space it is placed in. We choose to expose the trunk 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.
- Second, 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
Believe it or not, Fiddle Leaf Figs also come as bushes. These variations 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. One of the best things about this plant is that you have the flexibility to create the look you want!
Little Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Little Fiddle (Ficus Lyrata Compacta) is similar to the standard tree. The Little Fiddle plant has smaller, more tightly bunched leaves, but features an exposed trunk. We have found this variety to be better suited for smaller spaces, such as offices, apartments, or as an accent plant on a shelf due to its compact habit. Use it as an accent piece in the corner of the room or on a desk or elevated shelf to draw the color upward!