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.
What is the Best Kind of Light for 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.
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What is the 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.