Water often, but sparingly. To avoid dropping leaves, the soil should be moist but not overwatered. Feed monthly through spring and summer.
Pet / Child
The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a relative of the Rubber Plant. Cut, snapped or pruned leaves will ooze a white latex sap which is considered toxic and may cause a skin rash. Gloves are recommended for pruning and handling cuttings.
Temperature / Humidity
The perfect temperature range for Ficus Lyrata is between 16°C and 24°C (61°F and 75°F). Occasional misting will recreate the humid conditions that this fig tree loves.
Use top quality potting compost for topping up or repotting this large fig tree. Ensure that the pot, planter or container has holes in the base for drainage. Added grit or similar drainage material will be beneficial.
Light / Position
Grow in a bright, well-lit position. Avoid periods of direct summer sunlight which may cause leaf damage. Avoid positioning in drafts or close to radiator panels.
The large ornamental leaves of this fig tree convert household Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into pure Oxygen. US academic studies suggest that houseplants like Ficus Lyrata can also help to remove harmful pollutants from the air in your home.
Growth / Spread
Can slowly grow to 3m (10ft) tall in optimum conditions. Adjust the height and spread with selective pruning.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig can be found growing wild in West Africa.