Fiddle-leaf Fig Care | Ficus Lyrata

Dec 14, 2022

Fiddle-leaf figs, also known as Ficus lyrata, are a popular type of indoor plant known for their large, glossy leaves. These plants are native to the tropical rainforests of Western Africa, where they thrive in warm, humid conditions. And while we can't recreate their native habitats in our homes, with these tips your fiddle-leaf fig will still be happy and healthy.

Light

Fiddle-leaf figs need plenty of bright, indirect light. A south- or east-facing window is a good choice. If you don't have a spot with enough natural light, you can use grow lights to provide the light your plant needs.

Watering

Fiddle-leaf figs need to be watered regularly, but it's important not to overwater them. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings, and then water the plant thoroughly until water begins to drain from the bottom of the pot. Be sure to use a well-draining potting mix, and avoid letting the plant sit in water. Overwatering can lead to root rot, which can be deadly to your plant.

Fertilizer

These plants will benefit from regular fertilization during the growing season. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer every few weeks during the growing season, and stop during the winter.

Temperature and Humidity

These plants prefer warm, humid conditions, so be sure to keep your plant away from drafts and heaters. You can increase the humidity around your fiddle leaf fig by misting the leaves regularly, using a pebble tray, or using a humidifier.