The fiddle leaf fig tree, also known as the Ficus Lyrata is a plant perfect for the indoors. It has large, violin-shaped and heavily veined leaves that tend to have upright growth. The fiddle leaf fig tree is a species that is native to the tropics as they require conditions to be wet and warm. This then tends to make it difficult for the average home grower to plant as they require conditions which are difficult to emulate. The fiddle leaf fig tree however, are plants that are adaptable and tough and can thrive in conditions that are less than perfect for them.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Basics
The fiddle leaf tree originates from western Africa and grows to a height of 3-9 feet indoors. These plants are available at your local nurseries and even small independent dealers will tend to have them. You can also have them ordered with little or no fuss. It can grow to around 6 feet indoors and in its natural habitat is known to grow to almost 40 feet. They are sometimes difficult to manage due to their very large leaves. Large retail giants like Ikea also sell them.
There has been a lot of work done to produce a superior Fiddle leaf fig tree. The bulk of the research has been on trying to reduce the plant size with ever increasing leaf size. The Compacta are a variety that are more compact in size and have a much more bushy appearance. The most common fiddle leaf fig tree in trade is the F. lyrata.
They require a lot of filtered bright light. They can tolerate direct sun as well for a limited time. These plants overall require ample light and the specimen that is placed in the dark will fade away quickly.
These plants are tropical by nature. So these plants require plenty of moisture. They should not be left to stand for too long in water or their leaves will fall off, but they should be given plenty of water.
They are not choosy in terms of soil. Preferably a nitrogen rich soil, else any soil will do them well as long as it is drained well enough.
The Fiddle leaf fig tree does not require any sort of excessive fertilizer use. They only should be fed with a weak dosage of liquid fertilizer during their growing season and that is about all they need.