Learn about the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. A low maintenance beauty that makes a statement in the home reaching a height of up to 10 feet.
Have you noticed this beautiful tropical houseplant that is tall and skinny with really large leaves? The fiddle leaf fig tree or Ficus Lyrata is becoming very popular in home decorating, and as I continue to set up my home office, I felt it really needed such dramatic beauty.
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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
I’ve been keeping an eye out for one at Home Depot and my local nurseries, but after a while, I decided to just order a Fiddleleaf Fig Tree from Amazon. I was so surprised, and excited, to find it with my mail, just 3 days later.
Packed well with peanuts and masking tape over the dirt, it looked un-phased from the trip.
The first thing I did after removing the masking tape, was to set it in the bathtub and give it a good drink of water. This plant, like so many others, likes to be watered thoroughly until you see water draining out the bottom. Never let it sit in water.
So while it was draining I took a damp cloth and wiped down the leaves. The newer ones on top really didn’t need much, but some of the older leaves were pretty dusty.
For now, I have it on a side table next to a bright window in my office which faces southwest.
During the winter all the leaves from the maple tree outside the window are gone, allowing even more light to shine in the room. It is a South-East facing window so there should be plenty of bright light for this plant. However, the sun doesn’t actually come through and shine on the plant.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care Facts
Height: This tree can reach over 10 feet indoors. Don’t worry they are pretty slow growing but it’s something to think about.
Sun: Bright Indirect Sun. That means a bright window or room that doesn’t actually have rays of sun coming through it and shining on the leaves. If it does you will need a sheer curtain to help filter the rays. Some say a west-facing exposure is best. Like any houseplant watch out for drafty areas or extra cold windows.
Water: Let it dry out. You can even wait until it wilts a bit. Then water well, until it comes out the bottom. Do not let it sit in water. I like to take mine to the bathroom, run lukewarm to cool water through it and then let it sit and drain a bit before moving it back. Sometimes I’ll hit the leaves with the showerhead too. I typically water once a week during the spring through early fall then switch to every other week in late fall and during the winter.
Fertilize: I use a higher nitrogen fertilizer like Miracid about every other month except during winter.
Re-Potting: You can re-pot in the spring with a soil that drains well. I would only do this if the roots are going out of the drainage holes in the bottom. Like many houseplants, Fiddle Leaf Fig trees like to be a little pot bound so choose a pot that is only 1-2 inches wider than the root ball.
I placed the fiddle leaf fig in a decorative rope basket I made with a place saucer in the bottom to protect the basket and catch any extra water.
This way I won’t have to disturb the plant until it’s time to re-pot.
Here’s a pic of the same tree a few years later. It now measures a little over 4 feet tall.
Take a look at this fiddle leaf fig growing in our vacation home rental last year in California. It was amazing and there was another one in the next room. I guess they love California sunshine.
Additional Fiddle Leaf Resources:
If you keep an eye out you will find these in the local big box stores. They are usually pretty small but it’s a start. And if you can’t wait you can always buy them online.
I love the way this Fiddle Leaf Fig looks in our home. It’s a keeper.