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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree for Sale Online
The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (Ficus lyrata) is simply eye candy in tree form! The New York Times recently described the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree as having a balance of whimsy, pop, structure, and color. To have a houseplant be so popular it warrants its own New York Times article is proof of how popular the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree has become.
Native to the tropical rainforests of central and western Africa, it is named for its fiddle-shaped leaves, bearing an uncanny resemblance in shape and size to a violin. This adaptable plant is easy to care for (with a little routine) and will make a statement against any interior design style you have at home.
Ficus lyrata will easily add height, color, drama, and texture to a brightly lit corner of your favorite living space. We've even seen these popular trees adorn commercial spaces and chic hotel lobbies; we don't see them becoming any less popular any time soon.
|Mature Height:||6 to 8 feet indoors|
|Mature Width:||3 to 4 feet indoors|
|Sunlight:||Bright indirect light|
|Habit:||Tree form, clear trunk|
|Foliage:||Green, shiny, smooth, violin-shaped|
|Soil Condition:||Balanced potting soil with good drainage, Likes to dry out between watering|
|Water needs||Allow soil to dry between waterings, keep air around leaves humid if possible|
|Uses:||Attractive plant to be featured or in the background of any room in the house|
How to Care for Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
Before you buy a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and flourishing for years to come!
How Much Light Does My Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Require?
Fiddle leaf figs love to bask in the sun while indoors. They thrive when placed next to an east-facing window where they will receive consistent all-day sun without being scorched by the afternoon rays. It is also vital to keep them away from drafty areas. They thrive in warm and humid environments, and a drafty spot in your home could stunt their growth. Since they are sun-lovers, it is typical that your plant will start to favor the side facing the window, causing the plant to lean or even tip. To counter this, rotate your tree every few months, and it will even out on its own. Remember to dust its leaves every week or so, so it absorbs light more efficiently. They will not do well in low light or shade.
What Type of Fertilizer Should I Use for My Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees growing season, spring through fall, is the best time to fertilize them. We recommend fertilizing your Fiddle Leaf Fig tree once a month with high-nitrogen plant food, following label instructions. There are specific fertilizers designed for fiddle-leaf figs available on the market. It is best not to feed your tree in the winter months during their growth dormancy. Doing so could negatively affect their growth season the following year. If you use an organic potting mix with a slow-release fertilizer in the soil, you will not need to fertilize until after six months of potting.
What Type of Soil is Best for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree?
Fiddle Leaf Fig trees thrive best in an organic plant potting mix that is well-draining. With a thicker potting mix, feel free to add some cactus soil or sand to loosen the soil a bit. They prefer a moderate amount of moisture to their soil and can be picky with how moist or dry their potting soil gets. Too much water and your plant could suffer from root rot, or it could drop a significant amount of leaves. If its soil is too dry, it could also drop its leaves from not enough moisture in the potting mix. You can allow for the top inch of the soil to feel dry before watering your plant. Fig Trees are also sensitive to high salt levels in their soil. To prevent salt build-up, flush the soil until water comes out of the bottom of the pot at least once a month.
How Much Water Does a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Require?
Your Fiddle Leaf Fig's watering schedule should be thoroughly but infrequent. It is best to allow the soil to dry out occasionally between watering. Sometimes, water pours out of the container without being retained by the potting soil. Soaking the dry soil in a small dish or saucer can be a way to solve this problem. It is important not to water the tree's foliage and not over-water them. The tips of the foliage of the Fiddle Leaf Fig will start to turn brown if the plant is either too wet or too dry. If you're unsure, it is always better to let the plant go dry instead of drenching it with water. Fiddle leaf figs enjoy humid air, so a humidifier or spritzing the air around the leaves can help reduce how often you need to water slightly.
Many designers have waxed philosophical on why the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree became so popular. Ultimately, we think it has to do with the way it fits in seamlessly with almost every interior design style there is, it grows large and makes a statement, and it can settle into a routine and become very easy to take care of. The feeling you get when you master your Fiddle Leaf Fig's care routine is very gratifying.
Native to the tropical forests of Africa, the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is considered the 'it' plant of our decade, just like the Spider Plant was in the 70s and Braided Ficus was in the 90s. Thankfully, when a plant becomes so popular it becomes the iconic plant of a decade, they tend to become a beloved staple rather than 'outdated.' They can be reinvented with new interior design styles, just like the Spider Plant, Braided Ficus, and the Majesty Palm. So, when you invest in a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, you don't have to worry about it being unpopular later. Its versatility in design is what makes it so great.
The unique violin-shaped leaves make a statement, providing contrast to contemporary modern styles. They add color and impact against the creamy neutrals and minimalism of popular decor. Any well-lit room with enough ceiling clearance for these tall trees will benefit from a real Fiddle Leaf Fig tree - they're like living sculptures that also help to clean the air. You can choose Fiddle variations that are more bush-like in shape or that have smaller leaves too.
It took the indoor plant community some time to hone in on what makes a Fiddle Leaf Fig thrive, and now you can benefit from the trial and error of Fiddle owners before you. Bright, indirect light in a spot away from a vent will make your tree very happy. Misting the underside of the leaves and dusting the tops are great ways to pamper your tree as you pass by. The bright green, glossy leaves will shine with appreciation. Check the soil dampness every few days by pressing your finger into the soil down to your first knuckle; wait to water until most of your finger feels like the soil is dry to the touch. If you're unsure, wait another day. Lastly, avoid fussing or moving your Ficus lyrata too often. If you've found a sweet spot it likes, consider the benefits of moving it later against the cons of a stressed-out tree. If you don't feel like there is enough light in the exact spot where you want an indoor tree, there are many other options that have a similar grandiose quality to a Fiddle Leaf Fig without some of the idiosyncracies.
Any indoor plant social media influencer will tell you how rewarding a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree can be. Or, you can tell us! Tag us in photos on social media using #GGDPlantLove - we love to hear fellow plant parents gush about why they love their live Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees too.