Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (Standard)
- Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Form – The Fiddle Leaf Fig is the perfect plant for your home or office decor! This fiddle leaf fig is lush, tall, columnar and sculptural and it’s the trendy plant for everyone to own right now. Vogue has stated that this plant is one of the top 5 chicest plants to grow in your home that is very low maintenance this season! This durable plant adapts easily to conditions and once acclimated it can grow to 6 feet or taller. Your Fiddle Leaf Fig will make the the perfect addition to your home or office, so purchase a fiddle leaf fig tree as as an addition to your collection of houseplants today!
Details: Fiddle leaf fig is one of the more forgiving members of the Fig tree family. The standards are grown with a single trunk at the bottom without leaves, and produce foliage near the top of the plant. Fiddle leaf figs prefer moderately bright light, but the leaves will start to burn if the light is too intense. They grow slowly, and can get up to or exceed 20′ tall. They prefer to dry out between watering.
Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 10′ – 20′
Mature Width: 30″ – 48″
Classification: Green Foliage
Sunlight: Bright indirect to Full sun outdoors
Habit: Tree form
Flower Color: Does not flower indoors
Foliage: Green, shiny, smooth
Soil Condition: Likes to dry out between watering
Water Require: If unsure, do not water
Uses: Attractive plant to be featured or in the background of any room in the house
Ficus Lyrata, or Fiddle Leaf Figs perform well indoors with bright direct or indirect light. Structural, dramatic and elegant, Fiddle Leaf Figs are beautiful plants. They can be kept either as a tree with a clear trunk between the foliage and the soil line, or they can be kept shorter as a bush with leaves from the soil line to the top of the plant. The plants available for sale below have been trained into a tree form, with one plant per pot and a clear trunk between the foliage and the soil line. Large, violin shaped leaves are glossy and thick, almost leathery. Relative to other houseplants, Fiddle Leaf Figs grow slowly, producing a few leaves from the center of the plant. In order to encourage branching and lower foliage, the growing tips of the plant can be trimmed. With sharp pruners, snip the branches at a point just above where a leaf meets the stem, removing less than 8 or 10 inches of the stem. Fiddle Leaf Figs can be placed outside during the summer or where hardy for a summer vacation; they need to be transitioned to handle full sun (you cannot move a plant from indoors to full sun; the leaves will burn). Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Form – The Fiddle Leaf Fig is total eye candy! This fiddle leaf fig is lush, tall, columnar and sculptural and it’s the ‘it’ plant right now. This tough plant adapts easily to conditions and once acclimated it can grow to 6 feet or taller. This trend setting plant makes for the perfect addition to your home. Fiddle leaf fig trees or “standards” are grown with one plant per pot and the lower leaves are removed to expose the stem. Occasionaly the homeowner should continue to remove leaves which may form on the stem to expose more of the trunk as the plant continues to grow.
Light Requirement of Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees:
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. We recommend adding a slow release fertilizer to the new potting mix, like Biotone Starter or Osmocote Plus Indoor/Outdoor. 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. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the container. Keep in mind that this new potting mix will retain more moisture than the previous container, so watering in the beginning should be less frequent.
If kept outdoors, 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. 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.
How To Water Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees:
The 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. Sometimes, water pours out of the container without being retained by the soil. Soaking the dry soil in a small dish or saucer can be a useful way to solve this problem. It is important not to water the foliage of these plants, or to over-water them as this will lead to leaf damage or plant death. If you’re unsure, it is always better to let the plant go dry instead of drenching it with water. Moisture meters really come in handy as an easy way to tell if plants need to be watered, and usually come with a guide to indicate what number or level of moisture different plants require. The tips of the leaves of the Fiddle Leaf Fig will start to turn brown if the plant is kept either too wet or too dry.
How to Fertilize Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees:
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. Fiddle Leaf Figs like consistency in watering, light, and fertilizing. They should be kept on a regular schedule to receive food routinely.
Best Growing Soil for Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees:
The best soil for houseplants is a well balanced mix of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite that dries some between watering but takes a long time to compact. Typically, any reputable potting mix will work well and includes those ingredients. Fiddle Leaf Figs can handle a slightly thicker mix; feel free to add in some cactus soil or sand to loosen the soil a bit. Adding a granular, slow release fertilizer while planting is a good way to help the plant thrive in the transplanting transition.
History and Introduction of Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees:
Originally from Africa between Cameroon and Sierra Leone, Fiddle Leaf Figs are used to a warm, slightly humid, shady environment. They typically grow in the understory of the rainforest, and have a very routine environment. Few drastic changes in temperature, humidity, water or light which is an idea that should be transferred when thinking about the best location for the Fiddle Leaf Fig indoors. Reaching huge popularity recently, Fiddle Leaf Figs have been commercially available for some time. The Fiddle Leaf Fig has earned the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
Ficus Lyrata is the Latin name for Fiddle Leaf Fig. Ficus refers to Ficus carica, the name for an edible fig. Lyrata means like a lyre, similar to the fiddle or lyre shaped leaves.