Array
Gardening

How To Care For A Fiddle-Leaf Fig

This potted beauty will thank you when you keep these tips in mind

Shares
Photography: @botanicalhouse and @dutchlivings on Instagram (Main Photos)

There's no denying that the fiddle-leaf fig has become the "it" plant for quite a few years now. It's practically everywhere—in malls, on magazine covers, even at your friend's place.

 

Fiddle-leaf fig, or Ficus lyrata, has broad leaves that look like a fiddle, hence the name. It commonly grows in western Africa, and is found in low-lying tropical rainforest. Thanks to our tropical climate, this ornamental tree can also be grown indoors. And with its imposing form, the fiddle leaf-fig is an easy way to add drama to any space. Know how to care for this popular plant so it will last you years.

Give it enought sunlight.

Since fiddle-leaf fig thrives in the tropical rainforest, keep yours in an area that best gets enough indirect sunlight, much like how it is in its natural habitat. Place it by the window or balcony door. Every once in a while, bring it outside for a few hours of direct morning sunlight, but avoid direct afternoon sun as it can be too hot for the plant.

 

Observe proper watering.

As with most plants, the fiddle-leaf fig appreciates just enough water. Water thoroughly until water drains from the pot holes, then wait until the top soil is dry enough before giving it another drink. If you water it indoors, be wary of letting the water stand in the pot plate; get rid of the water in the plate as soon as the pot is drained. Letting the soil of your fiddle-leaf soak in standing water will only cause root rot, which will eventually kill your beautiful plant.

Remember that since fiddle-leaf fig is native to rainforests, you need to keep its roots moist but not soaking wet. If the leaves turn yellow and soggy, that means you're overwatering it; if they turn brown and brittle to the touch, your plant needs more water. Adjust your watering frequency depending on the season: if it's summer, water often as needed; if it's rainy season, hold off on that watering can.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

 

Avoid cold drafts.

While it's tempting to keep your air-conditioning unit at 16 degrees when it's really hot, remember that such cold temperatures may be harmful to the fiddle-leaf, as it is used to high humidity in the forest. But that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice comfort for the sake of your potted plant; just make sure it isn't directly exposed to the A/C, and you and your fiddle-leaf will be fine.

Keep pests away.

Common pests that pose a threat to fiddle-leaf are mealybugs, mites, and aphids. Regularly check the leaves for signs of infestation (sick-looking yellow leaves), and immediately get rid of the pests. Gently wipe down the leaves with a solution of a gallon of water mixed with half a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid (avoid the anti-bacterial variant as it may contain strong ingredients that may be harmful to plants). If you must, snip off heavily infested leaves to save the rest of the plant. Keep it away from other plants in the room to avoid spreading the infestation.

 

Feed it.

Water-soluble fertilizers are best for the fiddle-leaf fig. But remember to fertilize the soil sparingly; overdoing it can kill the plant. Feeding it quarterly is a safe bet. If you're not into store-bought fertilizers, try using used coffee grounds: before watering, sprinkle a handful on the top soil.

 

Repot it.

Because this ornamental plant can grow tall, it's best to repot it once a year, especially when you see it outgrowing its current pot. Transfer it to a slightly bigger one to encourage further growth. Otherwise, it will only be stunted. Repotting also ensures the plant gets fresh soil, from which it can get fresh nutrients.

Give it some extra TLC.

The broad leaves of this plant can easily collect dust, hampering photosynthesis and making it appear dull. Gently wipe each leaf with a damp cloth once or twice a month to ensure it stays and looks healthy and happy.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

Future Condo Owners Can Demand Wi-Fi Installation With a QR Code

Ortigas & Co. executive explains how property developers are innovating while remaining cautious

These 7 Things Should Be Taken Out Of Your Bedroom

Get rid of these things and make your bedroom a place where you can unwind from the stress of everyday life

All the Plants We Love in Toni Gonzaga’s Home

She has palms and pots of Philodendron in the different parts of the house

Different Gate and Fence Designs For Modern Minimalist Homes

Because there are different ways to do modern minimalist home exteriors

5 Mistakes You're Making When Storing Food in the Refrigerator

Maximize the space and keep your food fresh by organizing it properly

9 Things To Do In Poblacion, Makati

There's drinking and eating, of course. But there's a lot to experience, arts and culture-wise, in this dynamic Makati hotspot.

These Things Inside Your Home May Be Making You Ill

Without proper and regular cleaning, you could be making your house a breeding ground of bacteria

The Most Common Types Of Mold In The Home

Learn about the kind of mold that can grow inside a house and the health risks these can cause

8 Pantry Organizers You Can Count On

Keep your supplies in place with these trusty essentials

Expect Heavy Traffic as Rockwell Bridge Nears 30-Month Closure

The new bridge to replace it will cost Php1.2B and won't be completed until 2020

A Classic Townhouse In Quezon City With An Elegant, Neutral Palette

An interplay of classic American style and sophisticated design complete this dream home

This Pinay Exhibited Her Up-cycled Furniture At Paris Design Week

Willie Garcia, an interior designer and eco-warrior, showed her up-cycled creations at this international design fair
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!