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Fiddle Leaf Fig

Updated on January 5, 2011

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.

Care tips


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.


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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      I so love figs. I don't have that common fig variety here and your post makes me want to have a lot of them. Thank you for this mouth watering post.

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      mega1 6 years ago

      I love figs. My old neighbors had a huge fig tree with thousands of figs and I used to go over and get buckets of them to make figgy bread especially, but other things too. I wish I had frozen or dried a bunch. I'm sure the tree is still there but I don't live next door to it anymore. I had no idea they grew so fast!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago


      Qudsia, you know what? I don't have a gardener these days. I had to fire quite a few of those. I wouldn't need one though if I get one of those electric lawn mowers. I can do the rest of the stuff and love doing it. And I can understand the heartbreak very well.

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      QudsiaP1 7 years ago

      You know what?

      Strange as it may sound, when I clicked on this title I assumed it would be a poem.

      As a child once I tried to grow a mango tree. Every one said it would not grow in our environment but it grew about 1 foot long within 2 weeks and I was so proud of it. I awoke the next morning to find it missing from my garden. Upon inquiry I found out that my gardener had assumed it was a wild plant.

      That broke my heart. :/

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago


      First of all I am so glad you shared your thoughts here. Although I still consider myself new in the world of plant enthusiasts, but I can very well understand your husband's association with them. I am already filling my place with plants. Can't stop getting and growing new ones. And the hope I have planned in my thoughts(not sure when I am going to build it), is probably going to have plants everywhere from roof to the basement.

      Thank you so much for the comment!

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      Living-n-Grace 7 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Hi … great article, thanks for the info. My (late) husband was the plant-tender in our family. In our home in CO (that he built) we had a large open space that was south facing and cathedral ceilings. Craig loved plants and the house was filled with them, including a large ficus tree! Reading this brought back many memories of those days. So, thanks …