Having plants in your home can add a beautiful touch and brighten up your living space. One of the most beautiful plants you can add to your house is the Ficus lyrata, commonly known as Fiddle Leaf Fig plant. You may wonder, what is the proper Ficus lyrata care for indoors?
With the proper care, a Fiddle Leaf Fig plant can thrive indoors. Thanks to its stunning green leaves, this beautiful plant has become a popular choice for many house plant enthusiasts. Though it may not be the easiest house plant to take care of, once you know what to do you can successfully maintain it.
Indoor Ficus Lyrata Care
The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a species of the fig tree that is native to rainforests in central and western Africa. It does best in a warm, humid environment where it can receive lots of light. It should be watered on a regular basis in order to keep it healthy.
Over the last few years, it has gained popularity as a house plant, with many people choosing to grow them in their homes. This stunning statement piece can grow to be at six feet tall or taller. Though you don’t have to be an expert to grow one, it is important to understand the proper care they need to be healthy.
Find The Perfect Spot in Your Home
Location is key to a happy Ficus lyrata in your home. Since they do not like drafts, choose an area that is not near a doorway, vent, or drafty window. It is also important to make sure to have your Fiddle Leaf Fig in an area with lots of bright, indirect sunlight.
You do not want to place your plant where the sun will touch it directly. Rather, you should have it just out of the light, in a bright area. Once you find the perfect spot for it, don’t move it, as keeping in one spot will allow it to flourish.
Take Care of the Ficus lyrata Leaves
The Fiddle Leaf Fig is famous for its large, beautiful green leaves. These special leaves need to be cleaned on a regular basis in order to keep them healthy. In order for the tree to grow, the leaves must be maintained.
Gently wipe the leaves down with a damp washcloth at least once a month. Contrary to popular belief, using coconut oil isn’t the best option, as it is too heavy for the leaves. Wiping the leaves off on a regular basis will get rid of dust and get rid of mites, as well as other pests.
Manage the Humidity
Fiddle Leaf Figs need to have high humidity in order to thrive. A dry house can be really damaging to your plant. The ideal humidity for a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is between 30-65% in order to keep it flourishing.
Most houses have humidity around 40%, which is fitting for the plant. However, if your house is on the dry side, you can use a humidifier to keep the moisture up. You can mist your plant or use a humidifier once a week if needed.
Don’t Re-pot Right Away
Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant will do just fine in the pot you bought it in when you first get it. If you want, you may put the potted tree inside in a decorative pot while still keeping it in its original pot.
Water Your Plant
One of the most damaging things you can do for your tree is to overwater it or not provide a proper draining layer. A Ficus lyrata plant only needs to be watered every seven to ten days. When watering, the soil should be soaked until dripping.
You can either set up a drip tray underneath your plant to catch the excess water or water it outside and let it sit for 1-2 hours before bringing it back in. You should allow the soil to completely dry before watering it again.
Fertilize Your Plant
Your Fiddle Leaf Fig should be fertilized in the spring or summertime, once a month. The fertilizer you use should have a ratio of 3:1:2 of nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium. You can mix the fertilizer into a watering can based on the fertilizer instructions.
Trim Leaves as Needed
To keep your plant healthy, you should trim the leaves if they start to brown. You should use sharp shears to trim rotting or dead leaves half an inch at the stem at an angle. Be sure not to trim more than 5-10 leaves at a time.
You can style your tree as you like, with either full leaves or a more sparse look. Trimming of rotting leaves is important, as it encourages healthy new growth.
Repot When Needed
When to re-pot fiddle leaf fig? When your plant starts to grow too large for its pot, for example when the roots begin to grow out the drainage layer, it is time to re-pot. You should choose a pot with drainage holes that is about two inches larger than the pot it is currently in.
Before transferring, add a layer of rocks to the bottom of your new pot that is about 2-3 inches deep. Carefully remove the root ball from the old pot and remove any rotten roots. Add it into the pot with the new soil then add more soil, leaving at least an inch at the top.
Fiddle Leaf Fig plants typically need to be repotted every 18-24 months. At some point, your plant may outgrow your house. Just remember before you buy one that they need lots of care and can grow tall.
A Wonderful Addition to Your House
As long as you know how to care for your Ficus lyrata tree, they can be a wonderful addition to your home. They have a stunning, unique look that can make any home feel more welcoming. Their beautiful large green leaves stand out and with the proper care, they can strive indoors.