Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)
The plant's violin shaped leaves give it the name "Fiddle leaf" fig. Scientifically it is known as Ficus Lyrata. It has thick leathery leaves which are much bigger in size than many other ficus species. Lets take a look at some care tips and other useful information about this plant.
They prefer moderate to bright light levels. Direct sunlight is not a problem but low light levels are.
Water sparingly and carefully. Allow the soil to dry slightly before watering it again. Over-watering can cause root or stem rot. But you should not allow the soil to get too dry.
Prune your fiddle leaf figs during spring. Do wear gloves while pruning because the plant will ooze out sap, which can cause allergies.
Although they will tolerate almost any kind of soil but the fiddle leaf figs prefer well drained, rich soil.
Protect the plant from freezing cold.
Fertilize during the growing season i.e. spring and summer with mild fertilizers.
Propagation (growing new plants)
Propagating Ficus Lyrata is not that tough. You can do that by planting six to eight inch long cuttings of this plant. You will need pots filled with a mixture of loam and compost. Get the cuttings and plant them into the pots you prepared. Two third of these cuttings should be exposed above the soil. The pots must have a drainage hole. The soil then must be kept moist(not wet). Place the pots at a location which gets filtered light e.g. under a tree.
Parts of fiddle-leaf fig are toxic to cats and dogs. So avoid this plant if you have pets around. Also, they can harm humans if ingested; so keep them away if you have little children around. The sap that the plant's stems and leaves release upon getting a cut can cause skin allergies.
The Fiddle leaf fig produces round, fleshy fruit which is less than half inch in length. The fruit is green colored. The fruit doesn't seem to attract much wildlife.
Fiddle-leaf fig's violin shaped leaves give it its name.