Ficus Lyrata is more commonly known as fiddle leaf fig because of its leaf shape. It is a flowering plant from the mulberry and fig family, Moraceae. It is native to the tropical rainforests of western Africa. It is one of the most popular houseplants grown mostly for its exciting foliage.
Fiddle leaf fig is quite easy to care for. With proper watering and lighting, it'll sport beautiful foliage for quite a few years.
Like most houseplants, Fiddle leaf fig should be placed in an area where it'll receive lots of bright, filtered light. It should be sheltered from harsh afternoon rays. Place it in a window or the patio.
The plant has leather-textured, glossy fiddle-shaped green leaves with wavy margins and hairy undersides. The plant produces flowers in their natural habitat but rarely as a houseplant. The growing season begins in spring.
Water the plant deeply once or twice in a week depending on the climate. Don't ever let it sit in watery, boggy conditions for long periods of time because that could lead to root-rot. Check the topsoil for dryness before watering again. You can cut back on watering in the winter months.
Use a rich, well-drained soil. Make sure the soil has some humus content.
As the houseplant, the normally grows up to 1m to 3m however in natural conditions it can grow up to 15m. Pruning the top of the tree will help control the size and also promote branching.
Fertilize the plant once a month during the growing season i.e. from spring to summer with a balanced organic fertilizer. No need for fertilizing during the winter months.
The plant is susceptible to common bugs like mealy bugs, spider mites and scale. Since it has big leaves, it's a good habit to clean them with a soft wet cloth every once in a while to get rid of the dust. It'll contribute to the general health of the plant.
It is a perfect specimen plant with its unique foliage. You can use it as a centrepiece or hide any ugly corners around the house.