The Fiddle Leaf fig can become a large and peaceful, living presence in your home or office. It has wonderful large and shiny fiddle-shaped leaves that are quite sturdy and rigid and somehow seem to emanate safety. This is a relative of the old-time favorite, the Rubber Tree and another popular houseplant, the Ficus benjamina. It's a ficus, too, and is named Ficus lyrata or Ficus pandurata.
I saw this on a visit to a beautiful florist and just had to snap a picture of this handsome and robust specimen. They are fairly easy to keep but will take awhile to look great again, if they are neglected. Fortunately, most of them you'll find, are in large pots and so will not require water too often. I've found some of my largest plants only need a monthly watering.
These magnificent trees are natives of the tropics of western Africa and may eventually grow as tall as your ceiling. Fortunately, they grow slowly and can be pruned.
- Prefers some direct sun but tolerates bright indirect light. Full afternoon sun may scorch the leaves.
- Let the top of the soil dry well, then water thoroughly. A plant in a 6" (15cm) diameter pot should use about a pint (almost 1/2 liter) of water.
- A plant in a 10" (25 cm) diameter pot should be watered with about 2 quarts (1-2 liters) of water when the soil surface is dry
- A plant in a 14" (35 cm) diameter pot will use about 1 gal (about4 liters) of water when the soil surface is dry.
- Fertilize regularly for best growth.
- The leaves will need dusting occasionally. A good showering once or twice a year will help keep the leaves shiny and breathing freely. Summertime is great for cleaning up all your houseplants outdoors. Avoid much direct sun outside; they aren't used to it.