How to care for a Ficus Lyrata, (Fiddle Leaf Fig plant)
Wednesday Feb 26, 2020 By: Jen
Wondering what those gorgeous large leaf plants are that you have been seeing in every design magazine and all over Instagram? They are fiddle leaf fig plants, also known as Ficus Lyrata! Their given name comes from their violin (fiddle) shaped leaves.
If you want to be on trend and have one of these in your home, you’ll need to know how to properly care for it! Soon your friends will be swooning with envy over your leafy green plant!
Ficus Lyrata are sought after for their lush foliage, they are aesthetically pleasing, and even purify your air!
Light: Fiddle leaf fig plants are native to the tropics and can feel a little out of place in Montreal. They thrive in very warm, wet conditions. They love bright, filtered light. Rotating your plant every few months will ensure it is receiving optimal light conditions.
Watering: Although gorgeous, they be quite finicky and need to be kept away from drafty areas of the house, especially during a Montreal winter! They love humidity, so be sure to water the base of the plant when the top of the soil is dry. We suggest even purchasing a small mister for your house plants, it is well worth the small investment, and will make your plant happier.
An under watered ficus lyrata’s leaves will turn brown along the edges, and the leaves will drop. An overwatered ficus lyrata will have dark brown spots on the leaves. Be sure your pot has adequate drainage; they should not be collecting water at the base.
When to prune: if your leaves are dead or significantly spotted. Prune with sharp shears at the base of the leaf, cutting at an angle, about a half inch from the trunk. Do not remove too many leaves at a time as this could cause your plant to go into shock.
Re-poting: If your plant is growing quickly that means it is thriving! You can repot your plant into a larger container, allowing its roots to extend. A young, healthy ficus lyrata should need repotting annually for the first few years.
Cleaning: If your leaves are collecting dust, gently wipe with a soft, damp cloth. Only use water, or leaf shine as other products can cause the leaves to discolor and bruise.
These plants are needier than others, but are well worth the extra effort as they grow and mature with age. Once your plant is acclimated, it can grow over six feet tall! If you maintain great care of a fiddle leaf fig, it will leave you feeling accomplished and make a statement in your home!
Looking for one of these stylish plants for your home? Give our Westmount or Pointe Claire location a call. We offer flower delivery and plant delivery on the island of Montreal and its surrounding suburbs and would be happy to deliver one of these beauties right to your door!