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Fiddle Leaf Fig

SCENTIFIC NAME: Ficus lyrata

KNOWN AS: Fiddle, Fiddle Leaf, FLF, Fiddly Fig

CLIMATE (LOCATION): West Africa | Lowland Tropics

DESCRIPTION: The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a popular houseplant. People love them because they look like trees and their leaves are green and pretty.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Care

Water your plants thoroughly, but allow the top inch or two to dry out before watering again. Reduce watering in winter, letting the soil get up to 50% dry.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig prefers bright indirect light and a lot of it, but it can tolerate brief exposure to direct light. If you can't give it the light it needs, adjust your watering so that it grows slower.
Your FLF can adapt to average room humidity, but will thrive in higher humidity, especially if it is summer or hot and dry. To help keep your FLF healthy, mist it occasionally with water to remove dust from its leaves.
This plant can adapt to average indoor temperatures, but it prefers warmer temperatures. If it is exposed to cold drafts or dry heat from vents, it might complain by losing its leaves.
FLF leaves are mildly poisonous to both pets and humans. If ingested, the leaves will cause irritation in the mouth and stomach, as well as vomiting in some cases. Some people may also experience skin irritation when handling the sap.
If you have trimmed your Fiddle Leaf Fig to encourage branching, you can also propagate it with a stem cutting. This will be a cutting from the top of the stem, where there is new growth. Trim the stem back a bit, if needed, leaving a decent section with 3-4 leaves. Make the cut just below the lowest leaf. Remove the lower leaves to ensure a clear stem before rooting in water or another medium. Fiddle Leaf Figs can be stubborn to root, so it can be helpful to dip the cut stem in rooting hormone first. Once the roots are a few inches long you can pot up your new Fiddle Leaf!

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Lighting Requirements: Full Sun (Bright Direct Light) & High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

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