Name: Fiddle Leaf Fig
Also Known As: Ficus Lyrata, Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, FLF
Natural Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Fertilizer: During growing season
Bright Indirect light
Water when top 1/3 of soil is dry
Average to High Humidity
50 °F – 95 °F
Foliage is toxic to pets and humans
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tips
- When grown indoors, avoid direct sunlight.
- Rotate your tree every other week to encourage even growth.
- Wipe leaves with water and mild dish soap (optional) to remove dirt and improve photosynthesis.
- Avoid moving your fiddle leaf fig to different areas.
- Attach your fiddle leaf fig tree to a stake if it bends.
- Mist beneath leaves to increase humidity.
- The milky sap that comes from cutting your fiddle leaf fig can irritate skin.
- Fiddle leaf fig trees like to be a little pot bound.
- Notching about 1/8” deep between nodes encourages branching.
- Pinching stops vertical growth and encourages branching.
- Misting new buds will help soften the brown shell and prevent new leaves from tear and damage as it grows.
- Fiddle leaf fig trees thrive in bright indirect light and high humidity.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees are often sold in pairs and can be separated.
- Cold drafts can harm your tree so avoid placing it too close to a window in colder climates and keep it away from air conditioners.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig trees can lean without support. Use a stake or trellis to hold them upright.
- The red spots on fiddle leaf fig leaves is called edema. It’s common with new leaves and will go away as it grows. For larger leaves, it may be a sign of too much moisture.
- Leaves dropping from the bottom are natural.
- Brown stems is a sign of overwatering or root rot.
- Insects and outside factors may cause holes on leaves.
- Spider mites on your fiddle leaf fig can be removed by spraying the tree with water or neem oil.
- Ficus Lyrata are known to be finicky and can be sensitive to environmental changes and temperature changes.
- Fiddle Leaf Figs will grow vertically until it is notched, pinched, or the main stem is cut.
- When grown in the wild, fiddle leaf fig trees can grow over 40 feet tall.
- There is a smaller version of the fiddle leaf fig tree called ficus lyrata bambino.
- Fiddle leaf fig gets its name from the fiddle shape of its leaves.
- Ficus Lyrata in the wild are known to strangle their host plant.