Ficus lyrata are part of the Moraceae family, 'Ficus' being the Latin for 'Fig'.
They are native to west Africa and there they can reach up to 30m and up to 3m in the home. F.lyrata have large and leathery leaves which are pandurate (fiddle-shaped), often with wavy margins. Potted young trees usually take a monopodial form, with a single non-branching stem; prune growing tip or top the plant from an early age to encourage branching.
Height: Approximately 95cm from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Ideally 15-24°C, keep out of draughts and sudden temperature drops.
Light: A bright spot is best.
Watering: Allow soil to dry out slightly between waterings; be mindful of overwatering.
Air Humidity: Average humidity is fine but higher humidity in winter will prevent brown edges on the leaves, this can be achieved by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles.
Fertilising: Ficus lyrata doesn't have a strong need for fertiliser; during sping and summer, feed once per month.
Potting mix: A well draining mix with perlite and bark.
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.