Fiddle leaf (or commonly, ‘Fiddleleaf’) figs (Ficus lyrata) have been riding a wave of popularity that shows no sign of slowing down. Why? They’re reasonably easy to care for (see our specific tips below), sport large, showy leaves (shaped like a fiddle, get it?) and have a bold, architectural growth habit. The best part? They’re among the very best houseplants for purifying indoor air–and the larger they grow, the better they are at it.
With everyone from apartmenttherapy.com and the online design hub houzz.com talking about these houseplants, we thought we’d help clarify proper care for Dallasites looking to enhance their indoor space with one of their own.
#1. Water correctly:
FLFs like to dry between waterings. Not bone-dry, dried out rootball dry, but definitely where the top of the soil is dry to the touch.
When you do water, distilled water (or harvested rain water) are ideal. Tap water is okay, but you might let it sit out for a day so that some of the chlorine can evaporate.
Water thoroughly, covering the top of the roots/soil, until water drains freely from the bottom of the pot.
Make sure the pot isn’t sitting in water. Siphon drained water from dishes or better yet, use a pot stand to keep the actual root ball above the dish, enhancing air circulation.
#2. Provide ample light:
FLFs like to be in a sunny spot. Bright, diffuse light from a large window is good. Protect them from harsh direct sunlight.
#3. Feed ’em:
‘Hasta-Gro’ is an ideal water-soluble organic fertilizer that is virtually odor-free (it’s seaweed-based). Add it to the watering regimen 1 x per month, and they’ll appreciate it.
#4. Offer support:
As they grow, FLFs will appreciate a sturdy stake for support, especially if they’re ‘standardized’, or tree-shaped with a bare trunk.
Experiencing any problems? Refer back to step #1–the vast majority of trouble folks have with FLFs relate directly back to watering practices, and the symptoms are often similar (including brown patches, leaf browning that begins on the edges and spreads, leaf drop, etc). Stumped? You can always bring in photos or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’re happy to help.
NHG is excited to carry a variety of sizes of fiddle leaf figs year-round in our tropical greenhouse. Stop in to find the perfect one for your home decor, and start enjoying fresher air in your home!