Ficus Lyrata is a striking West African plant with remarkable, detailed leaves. They go by the name Fiddle-Leaf Fig and Fiddle-Leaf Fig Bambino (Bambinos have slightly smaller and darker leaves).
It’s true, these guys can be fussy. But with a few important routines in place, they can thrive in your home and look absolutely lush.
Light & Location
Fiddle-Leaf Figs love their light. They’re going to grow at their best if placed by a big window or a spot that gets a lot of bright, filtered light.
They don’t like direct sun on their leaves as it can burn them, and you will see spots or some kind of distress on the leaves.
The plant may start to stretch toward the light so try rotating it every week to encourage the leaves grow tall and straight.
Watering Your Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig’s love a good watering, but like most plants, they will not react well to being over-watered.
A good method is to take them outside (or to a sink where they can easily drain out) and water them thoroughly - this allows the roots to be fully soaked. Just remember to let them dry out completely before the next watering.
Once a week is usually a good routine for these guys, but simply check the soil with your finger – if it feels damp at all, let them dry out for a little longer. And make sure that your Fig is never sitting in water as this will lead to root rot.
Leaves and Signs for Help
Most of the signs you need to look out for from your Fig will be through it’s leaves. A super healthy plant will have flawless leaves with a glossy bright green colour. When you start to notice brown spots, yellow leaves or drooping, it’s calling out for some help.
Generally the signs of an under-watered plant will be brown spots around the edges of the leaves. If you see brown spots starting in the center of the leaves spreading out toward the edges however, this is usually a sign of over-watering and root rot.
To keep your Fig’s leaves looking glossy, gently wipe them down with a clean, damp cloth from time to time. When the leaves grow big they can gather dust, which will interfere with them absorbing their much needed light.
Happily Ever After
Don’t be afraid of your Fiddle-Leaf Fig - just be aware of it's needs and how it’s looking, and you can have a happy life together! It's also good to know that these plants are toxic to cats and dogs, so make sure you keep it out of reach from your furry friends.