The legendary Fiddle-Leaf Fig
Most commonly known as Fiddle-Leaf Fig, Ficus Lyrata or Banjo Fig 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. Also known as Ficus Lyrata bambino, this plant is one of our absolute favourites. That is why we’re so excited about that it features in our new large house plants range!
The plant looks better than ever in our gorgeous belly baskets. Check out our Large Fiddle-Leaf Fig in Belly Baskets, which bring an extra touch of style to this green beauty. We’re going to take a detailed look at this fabulous large house plant in all of its hard-earned 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 is an indoor plant that doesn’t need 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 cms 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 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.
Is the Fiddle Leaf Fig pet safe?
Unfortunately, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is not the best friend of cats and dogs. Its sap and foliage can be upsetting for pets. As huge animal lovers ourselves, we know how important it is to ensure the welfare of our furry companions. This is why we have compiled a list of pet-friendly indoor plants, so you can be sure that your plant and your pet will get along. So, sadly, if you have a cat or dog at home then it is best to avoid the ficus lyrata.
A space-saving ficus
Fans of the Fiddle Leaf Fig will be delighted to hear that this must-have plant is also available in other sizes. It comes in medium, perfect to fill a decent space but without taking up too much room or even in a smaller size, which we think is adorable. Whatever size you get your Fiddle Leaf Fig in, its gorgeous paddle-shaped leaves will still be just as eye-catching as those on the larger plants. If you’ve got a little bit less space but want to make a huge impact, then one of these stunning smaller versions of the Fiddle Leaf Fig could be the perfect plant for you.
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 you provide the Fiddle Leaf-Fig with the right care, it can grow 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 Large 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!
Frequently asked questions
Why are the leaves dropping off my Ficus Lyrata?
When you notice leaves dropping, it’s normally caused by over or under watering, or exposure to high or cold temperature. Overwatering is worse than underwatering, so above all, make sure the soil isn’t too soggy and that the plant isn’t sitting in water. The Ficus Lyrata is native to warmer, tropical regions so make sure it’s kept away from cooling vents or draughts. If you’re relocating the plant regularly, then this might also be causing its lower leaves to drop.
Will my cats and dogs be safe around the Fiddle Leaf Fig?
Unfortunately, the foliage and sap of the Fiddle Leaf Fig doesn’t agree with cats and dogs. It can cause your pets to suffer from irritation in the mouth or indisgestion if too much sap or leaf has been nibbled at. Take a look at our guide to pet-friendly plants to see our plants which will make a better companion for your furry friends!