Care Basics:This is one of the most requested care guides you guys have asked for, so here it is! I didn't include any pruning tips in this because I don't have great images for it yet, so that will be its own post.
If you're a new plant parent, I recommend starting with a 6"-2 gallon pot size plant (the image above is a 2 gallon pot). They'll usually be between 1.5'-3' tall. It's still going to be a statement, will have a well developed root system, and should be old enough and healthy that it won't need any pampering, but you can usually also get those sizes cheap enough ($20-$50 in SoCal) that it's not a huge financial investment like a really large one would be (a 5'+ healthy FLF should run at least $100, up to $500 or more if we're talking really big). It gives you a chance to get comfortable with their care before you spend a mint.
🪴 Common Name: Fiddle Leaf Fig
🔬Scientific Name: Ficus lyrata
💚 Why we love it: I mean, it's gorgeous. Its big leaves are such a statement and once you get the hang of the light and water it needs, it's not a demanding plant at all.
☀️Light: Does best with lots of bright, indirect light, but the leaves will burn with much direct light. The leaves collect a lot of dust so make sure you're wiping them off with a damp cloth regularly or spraying them down when you water them. The dust layer can easily get thick enough that they're getting significantly less light.
💧Watering: One of the biggest issues our customers have with FLFs is overwatering them. Fiddles should dry out at least the top few inches for larger plants (2 Gallon size pots+). In the winter time, that may mean you're only watering once a month or so. Because these plants are fairly large, I recommend bottom watering them in the tub overnight, and giving their leaves a good cleaning with the shower while they're there. In order to keep them light enough to move easily, I never repot an indoor FLF into anything but a plastic grow pot—large ceramic pots are just really tough to move easily.
☁️ Humidity: Prefers higher levels of humidity but can handle medium humidity. The biggest issue with humidity is that because they're bigger plants, they're often a lot closer to vents which can damage them a lot if you have the heat going, so keep them away from vents!
🌡 Temperature: They'll do best in a temperature range of about 60-90.
🐶: Sadly the FLF is not pet friendly, but it's usually large enough that its leaves are not easily reached by most pets.
🌱 What Goes Wrong: Overwatering!! Be very careful to not water it if the top few inches are wet. It also needs a lot of light so putting it in a corner without much light may look beautiful but won't be the best spot for keeping it alive.
What questions do you have about fiddles?
system, and should be old enough and healthy that it won't need any pampering, but you can usually also get those sizes cheap enough that it's not a huge financial investment like a really large one would be. It gives you a chance to get comfortable with their care before you spend a mint.