19 Jul Ficus Lyrata – Plant Care Tips
STOP what you’re doing, it’s the perfect time to Fiddle! The legendary Ficus Lyrata is a staple in any self respecting Jungalow!💃
Ficus Lyrata Lighting & Position
Fiddle leaf figs will do best in a well lit position with LOTS of bright light. Be sure to keep your fiddle away from drafts and heating/cooling units as they can be sensitive to cold or hot drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations in the house.
Ficus Lyrata Watering
It’s important to keep up a regular watering routine. In summer you want to keep the soil moist but let it dry out slightly between waterings. To monitor this, you can use your finger to poke into the top 5 cm of potting mix and feel the soil moisture level before watering. If it feels particularly wet, let it dry out for longer. Over watering can lead to fungal issues or root rot. Try watering a once a week, but always testing the soil first to see if watering is necessary. During winter, when the plant isn’t in an active growing phase you should reduce watering frequency and use tepid/room temperature water.
As with all plants, drainage is essential. Ensure that whatever vessel your plant is in, there are sufficient holes in the bottom to allow excess water to freely drain from the pot and away from the plant’s roots.
Ficus Lyrata Humidity
Fiddles will appreciate some humidity to prevent leaves from browning at the edges. Tips for increasing humidity include grouping plants together, placing pots on a pebble tray or if you want to go all out – buy a small humidifier online and place it in amongst your plant friends!
N.b. misting with a spray bottle will only improve humidity temporarily, and if done excessively can lead to fungal issues. Misting should only be done occasionally and is most effective as part of your leaf cleaning routine (mist and then gently wipe leaves with a cloth to clear away dust from the leaf surface)
Ficus Lyrata Fertiliser
Feed with liquid fertiliser fortnightly over the warm, growing period and not at all over the cooler winter months.
Ficus Lyrata Extra Tips
Once a month you can wipe down the plants leaves using a damp cloth to clean away any dust that has collected and may be preventing the leaves from breathing. It’s completely normal for older leaves, typically around the base of the plant, to fade in colour or brown off as they age. Prune off any damaged or dying leaves using a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs so that the plant can put more energy into the newer, healthier growth.