Introduction to Ficus Lyrata
The fiddle leaf fig, scientifically named Ficus lyrata, is a popular, attractive houseplant with violin-shaped leaves known for their air-purifying qualities.
Optimal Lighting Conditions
Fiddle leaf figs require bright, filtered light. Direct sunlight can scorch leaves, while too little light stunts growth. East-facing windows are ideal for the perfect balance.
Watering Your Fig Wisely
Water only when the top inch of soil is dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, a common issue. Less water is required in winter months.
Ideal Humidity & Temperature
Fiddle leaf figs thrive in humidity levels of 60-75% and temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Avoid drafts and sudden temperature changes to prevent leaf drop.
Nutrition and Soil Mixture
Use a well-draining soil mix and fertilize during growing months. Slow-release pellets are ideal. Refrain from feeding in winter when the plant is dormant.
Pruning for Growth
Pruning encourages a bushier growth and maintains a desirable shape. Always prune just above a leaf node. Spring is the best time for this task.
Pest Prevention Tips
Inspect regularly for pests like spider mites and mealybugs. Wipe leaves with a neem oil solution to prevent infestations. Quarantine new plants to protect your fig.