Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) -  - Wild Lark - Wild Lark
Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) -  - Wild Lark - Wild Lark
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Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

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Fiddle leaf figs (Ficus lyrata) are popular houseplants with large, violin-shaped leaves that make a striking statement in any space. Known for being somewhat finicky, these plants require consistent care to keep them healthy and thriving. Follow these care instructions for your fiddle leaf fig:

  1. Light: Place your fiddle leaf fig in a location with bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, but prolonged exposure to harsh sunlight can scorch the leaves. Rotate the plant occasionally to ensure even light exposure.

  2. Water: Allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Water your fiddle leaf fig thoroughly until it drains from the bottom of the pot, and then allow the excess water to drain completely. Be cautious not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.

  3. Humidity: Fiddle leaf figs prefer moderate to high humidity levels. To increase humidity, you can place a tray filled with water and pebbles underneath the pot, mist the leaves occasionally, or use a humidifier.

  4. Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 65-75°F (18-24°C) for optimal growth. Fiddle leaf figs can be sensitive to temperature fluctuations and drafts, so avoid placing them near vents, radiators, or drafty windows.

  5. Fertilizer: Feed your fiddle leaf fig with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a half-strength solution to avoid over-fertilizing. Reduce feeding to once every 2-3 months during fall and winter.

  6. Pruning: Prune your fiddle leaf fig as needed to maintain its shape and size. Remove any yellow or brown leaves and trim the tips if they become damaged. You can also pinch back the growing tips to encourage bushier growth.

  7. Repotting: Repot your fiddle leaf fig every 2-3 years or when the roots outgrow the pot. Choose a well-draining potting mix and a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one. Be gentle when handling the roots, and water the plant thoroughly after repotting.

  8. Pest control: Keep an eye out for common pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Treat any infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Pet-friendly or toxic to pets?

According to the ASPCA, fiddle leaf figs (Ficus lyrata) are toxic to cats and dogs. If ingested, they can cause symptoms such as oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing due to the presence of insoluble calcium oxalates. It's best to keep your fiddle leaf fig out of reach of pets to prevent any potential health issues. If you suspect your pet has ingested any part of the plant, contact your veterinarian immediately.