How to care for Ficus lyrata - Fiddle Leaf Fig

    How to care for Ficus lyrata - Fiddle Leaf Fig

    The leaves look a little like a violin, however it is the hardy nature and grows well both indoors and outdoors. These are an easy care plant that is is used as foliage plant.

    The large wavy edged waxy leaves reach nearly 1/2 m in length and provide a strong architectural element to this plant from West Africa. Whilst similar to care for, the bambino variety has smaller sized leaves that are more densely located up the stem of the plant. It is a species that is used to a warm climate, so although outdoors is recommended, this is for warmer climates, and certainly frosts.

    The Fiddle leaf fig is mainly grown as an indoor plant in Australia, and although the foliage is large plants can be pruned to size. In commercial indoor planting pot size is restricted to help control height.

    As with all indoor plants the foliage does get a little dusty over time, and this causes a few problems. Dust will make it difficult for plants to transpire and can also lead to fungal diseases. So the remedy is wash the dust off. You can do this by placing the plants outside on a warm rainy day and let mother nature to the work for you. Or you can use a soft cloth and water to give the plants a gentle wash down.

    Problems can include Leaf Drop, usually a symptom of  under watering or over watering. However also caused by cold drafts and being to warm.

    Watering Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

    Watering regime should include a period between watering where the soil is allowed to almost dry out, these are not a plant that like to be water logged.

    How do I know if my Fiddle leaf fig Needs Watering.?

    • Use a moisture metre
    • Push you finger deep into the soil, if it feels on the dry side, it probably needs water
    • Lift the pot after watering, and feel the weight. when it feels about half this weight it needs watering again.

    How to Water your Fiddle Leaf Fig

    It is better to give the plant one deep watering than lots of little waterings, many growers use these methods

    • You can water outside with a hose which washes the leaves as well. Water for 2 – 3 minutes and then let it drain thoroughly.
    • You can also do this in the shower
    • Never let the pot sit in a saucer that has water in it.

    You can also mist spray every day or two in very hot dry climates.


    Brown spots are usually caused by under or or over watering

    • Under watering – Usually brown leaf margins, around the edges.
    • Overwatering – Usually brown spots occur in the centenaries of the leaves this can cause anthracnose which is a fungal disease and it may need two be treated for this. You should also remove leaves affected by anthracnose.

    Dropping Leaves.

    If new leaves are dropping, it can be caused by under watering, or watering changing from to much to to little

    Red Spots on Foliage

    • Red spots on the the leaves are usually caused by insect pests such as, spider mites.


    • Warm position indoors or outdoor
    • Keep away from cold drafts
    • Choose a large space to show off the plant
    • Over time the root system will fill the pot and begin to creep out the drainage holes – Time to repot into a larger container.
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