Ficus lyrata is part of the Moraceae family and its native range is W. & W. Central Tropical Africa. Leaves are large, coriaceous (leathery) and pandurate (fiddle-shaped), often with wavy margins. Potted young trees usually take a monopodial form, with a single non-branching stem; prune the growing tip or top the plant from an early age to encourage branching. In their native environment they can reach up to 30m, in the home they usually reach 3m.
Genus name is from the Latin meaning ‘fig’, specific epithet is Latin, meaning lyre, this refers to the shape of the leaves.
Height: Approximately 110cm from base of pot.
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Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. 3-4 hours of direct sun is tolerable for Ficus.
Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
Humidity: Ficus would prefer higher humidity (over 60%) but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Ficus lyrata is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
How much light does a Ficus lyrata need?
A Ficus lyrata needs bright, filtered light to thrive. Ideal spots would be near windows that receive plenty of sun throughout the day. This plant will not tolerate being kept in low light conditions, even if its other needs are being met.
Is Ficus lyrata an indoor plant?
Ficus lyrata is an indoor plant as it is best suited to temperatures between 15-24°C. You should ensure when choosing a place for your plant, that it will not be exposed to draughts or sudden temperature drops. Avoid placing it near an open window, or exterior door.
Is Ficus lyrata poisonous?
Ficus lyrata is toxic, rather than poisonous. This means that you should certainly keep it out of reach of pets and children.
When should I water my Ficus lyrata?
How often you should water your Ficus lyrata will depend on the conditions that you are keeping it.
Should you mist a Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Misting has minimal impact on increasing the humidity. Average humidity is fine but grouping plants together, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles can increase humidity.