Fiddle Leaf Fig Care

Ficus lyrata has been a must-have plant for a few years now, and with its impressively sculptural foliage, it’s not hard to see why. But these popular plants also have a reputation — and it’s true, the Fiddle Leaf Fig can be a bit of a diva.

The most important thing to understand about Ficus lyrata is their natural habitat — very warm, very humid, and not very drafty at all, with bright filtered light. Mimic these conditions to the best of your ability and you’re likely to end up with a reasonably happy FLF.

Light

These plants appreciate bright indirect light. They may even be able to stand some direct sun, in an eastern exposure window, but don’t place them in direct sun in south or western-exposure windows. If you need to, add a sheer curtain to your window.

Temperature

It will tolerate normal household temperatures but as with most of our favorite indoor plants, don’t let it get too cold in your home or place your FLF in the path of any drafts. You don’t want an open window or an air vent blowing on it because they dislike extreme temperate variations and will drop leaves.

Potting Mix

A chunky, well-draining soil mix is ideal for the FLF. It should retain some moisture, but you don’t want to let these sit in a lot of water or stay too soggy. You can let it dry out a little between watering, but if you notice your plant dropping leaves it may be a sign that it needs more moisture or humidity.

Humidity

It may seem like we’ve said “humidity” about fifty times already, but make sure you keep the humidity level high. In fact, you may just want to invest in a humidifier for the FLF if your home tends to be very dry. (Don’t mist it, though, or you may find the foliage developing brown spots!)

Fertilizer

You can give your FLF a well-balanced fertilizer suited to indoor plants during the growing season.

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