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Know more about Ficus Lyrata

Ficus Lyrata commonly known as Fiddle Leaf Fig is a ficus that has become very popular in recent years thanks to how elegant and beautiful it is, the large size of its leaves, and how easy it is to take care of it.

The ficus Lyrata is a tree native to West Africa that grows in the rain forest and, like all plants, will increase in size as we give it more room to grow, reaching up to 10 meters. Its leaves are a uniform green color, soft and can measure up to 8 inches.

Fiddle Leaf Fig is a little more delicate than Ficus Elastica because it needs more light, is more sensitive to water, and is used to losing leaves.

If you have pets or small children be careful because it is toxic when ingested. That does not mean that you cannot have it, but it does mean that you must exercise extreme caution or attention.

Key tips for successful care

  • You must rotate periodically your Ficus Lyrata if placed indoors.
  • You should water your Fiddle Leaf Fig If the leaves are crispy.
  • You are overwatering it if new growth turns black or green leaves fall off.
  • Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth and gently dry to keep them clean and healthy.
  • You can trim some leaves of your ficus to make it look a rounded small tree.
  • Pay attention to your pets, because Fiddle Leaf Fig is toxic if ingested.

Ficus Lyrata care guide

Ficus Lyrata grows in a range of light conditions, from full sun to partial shade, but will not do well in deep shade, so avoid low-light conditions.

Think that in the wild it receives plenty of direct sunlight, so as far as it has enough soil and space to grow, it will en enough. If you have your Fiddle Leaf Fig indoors, it's recommended to filter the light because the space to grow is limited, so it's easy that the leaves get burned out.

Rotation is also key! You will quickly notice your Lyrata will tend to bend and reach towards the light. Rotate the plant so it needs to bend the opposite way. This will ensure it grows tall and straight.

Video tutorials of Fiddle Leaf Fig care and tips

The video tutorials might not be about the same exact plant, but a plant of the same family, which have the same requirements.

Video created by Summer Rayne Oakes about how to take care of a ficus
Video created by Betsy Begonia about how to take care of a ficus
Video created by PLANTERINA about how to take care of a ficus
Video created by Garden Answer about how to take care of a ficus