More commonly known as Fiddle-Leaf Fig, Ficus Lyrata is without a doubt one of the most popular houseplants in the world. The hashtag #fiddleleaffig boasts just under 200,000 posts on Instagram. Similar and fun-filled alternatives such as #fiddleleaffriday and #fiddleleaflove are also highly popular. Here at TLB, it’s one of our absolute favourites. That is why we’re so excited about that it features in our new large house plants range! We’re going to take a detailed look at this fabulous large house plant in all of its green glory. We’ll also give some guidance on how to get the most out of your Fiddle-Leaf Fig.
One important point to note before reading any further is that if you have a latex allergy, then this is not a plant for you!
The Ficus family
The Ficus Lyrata is one of eight to nine hundred species belonging to the Mulberry and Fig family. This easily makes it the largest genus in the Moraceae, which is a large family of flowering plants. There are many other types of Ficus plants, from great fruit-bearing fig trees to plants such as the Rubber Fig and Weeping Fig. These also happen to feature in our big house plant range. While Fig trees are mostly native to tropical areas, there are some members of the Mulberry Family that are found in cooler temperatures.
Looking after your Fiddle-Leaf Fig
The Fiddle-Leaf Fig, like most other large house plants, doesn’t need too much taking care of. You’ll be thankful to hear that just a few simple steps need to be taken to keep your Ficus Lyrata flourishing. They require light watering once a week and should only be watered when the uppermost layer of soil is visibly dry and cracked. A good method for watering large house plants that we recommend is to place them in the sink. Add a low level of water, perhaps around a couple of cm deep. Then allow them to absorb as much as they need for about ten minutes or so. This way you remove the risk of overwatering your plant. You desperately want to avoid overwatering as it could lead to root rot and brown spots on leaves.
The Perfect Look
The reason the Fiddle-Leaf Fig is so popular among plant lovers is because of its large vibrantly coloured paddle-shaped leaves. Even after your purchase they will continue growing and will expand wonderfully into a space. That will give your home that sought-after tropical feel. Like many other large house plants, they require a lot of sunlight. This is to not only help them to grow but also so they appear as shiny and attractive as possible. This plant will more than match your desire for a bit of green in your home. It is capable of entirely transforming a bland living space or kitchen into a fresh and stylish area.
Despite the rumours, you cannot grow a new Fiddle-leaf Fig tree from just a leaf alone. It takes a 6-inch stem attached to a leaf to achieve the feat of cultivating your own home-grown Fiddle Leaf-Fig. It also has pretty poor results so you may be disappointed or waiting a long long time!
When cared for properly and in optimal conditions, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig has been known to grow by as much as two feet in a single year! Luckily, potted Fiddle-Leaf Fig plants will never reach the astounding heights of their fully-fledged outdoor family members. Some of these have been known to stand as high as fifty feet tall. If you haven’t got as much space as you’d like, then perhaps a slightly smaller Fiddle-Leaf Fig would be a better option. Our Fiddle-Leaf Fig is around 80cm-1m tall, perfect for making a statement but it won’t grow you out of your home!
The Fiddle-Leaf Fig has been showered in praise by all kinds of celebrities and famous design experts. It was interestingly named ‘the houseplant equivalent of a newborn’ by Michael Slatalla, editor in chief of Gardenista, a popular style blog. While we can’t guarantee a Fiddle-Leaf Fig will bring as much joy as a newborn baby, we can promise that it won’t disappoint. Just look at those beautiful green leaves!