February 17, 2019

For the past couple of years, the Fiddle Leaf Fig has been considered the “it” houseplant that has completely captivated indoor designers. As opposed to the smaller air-purifying plants that typically fill up most indoor spaces, this indoor tree can grow as high as 10 feet, and it blends beautifully into practically any room while giving it a whole new feel.

Fun Fact: The Fiddle Leaf Fig is named after the musical instrument, the fiddle. Its wide leaves resemble the small violin.

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is native to Western Africa. It grows in dense tropical rainforests, where it thrives in the warm and humid environment. However, don’t let this discourage you; this gorgeous air-purifying plant can successfully grow indoors if given the proper care.

In some cultures, the Fiddle Leaf Fig has been known to have social significance, and some use it in rituals. Gums and resins can be extracted from its bark, which can be used for therapeutic purposes, food and incense. It is also grown in tropical regions for both shade and decorative purposes. In Hawaii, for example, the Fiddle Leaf Fig has been carefully cultivated to use in shady landscapes and indoor conditions.

Despite its reputation for being a little difficult to maintain, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is definitely worth the extra effort for anyone wanting to liven up their indoor space. Here are some tips to help you keep your Fiddle Leaf Fig in top shape!

 

 CARE TIPS
  • Keep in bright, consistent lighting, but not direct sunlight!
  • Maintain temperature between 60-75°F/15-24°C.
  • Don’t overwater! Water only after letting the top soil dry slightly. Reduce watering in the winter.
  • Use a good draining potting soil to provide proper drainage; should include part bark and perlite.
  • Feed with diluted liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season (Spring-Summer).
  • Mist lightly to maintain humidity if environment is cold/dry.

 

Author: Angela Morilla


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