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HOW TO: Ficus Lyrata, Fiddle Leaf Fig Care Instructions

Ever wonder how to care for the Fiddle leaf Ficus plant? You may have heard that this is a tricky plant to care for, but it's a common misconception! Read on to find out all you need to know about this unique plant. 

Basic Knowledge:
  • Native to West Africa 
  • Reach heights of 40ft or more in native habitat!

Crucial Care Tips:

  • Light: Needs Bright, Filtered Light. Will rapidly deteriorate in dim lighting.  
  • Watering: Keep soil evenly moist at all times. (about 2-3x per week) 
  • Do not overwater or leave plant sitting in water.
  • Fertilizer: Feed bi-weekly with a weak green plant liquid solution during the growing season
  • Repotting: Change dirt and transplant to a a larger pot annually. This plant naturally wants to become large, and therefore needs both spacial height and room for roots to extend.

Other: 
Many people notice that their Ficus Lyrata plant may show brown spots on the foliage or drop it's leaves. Both of these characteristics are natural and are apart of a normal maturing plant as long its as not happening in abundance. The plant has a sap which when exposed to air (and on top of leaves) causes browning. Excessive browning and dropping leaves may also occur due to improper air flow and lack of humidity in the home; so be aware of this. Adding a humidifier close by the plant or misting around it (NOT directly on the leaves) will help with humidity. Once a month, be sure to thoroughly water the plant to flush out any salts, toxins, or impurities that build up in the soil. Ficus are notorious for being sensitive to chemicals. In chance of pests, use the least chemically potent pesticide.