The fiddle leaf fig (ficus lyrata) was the sexiest plant of 2017 and is still trending like crazy. Her lush green leaves are as iconic as Kim K’s butt and just as big and round. We promise she isn’t as notoriously bitchin’ as most people make out. Just treat her right and she will reward you with abundant bushy growth.
Difficulty level – medium
The ficus lyrata prefers bright indirect light, but she can tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight each day, but only in the morning. She can be a bit temperamental, so once you have found a nice bright spot she likes, try not to move her elsewhere. You can, however, rotate her so that all sides get enough light and she doesn’t start to lean.
Allow the top of the soil to dry out a few inches between waters. She likes one big drenching in the shower every couple of weeks rather than smaller cups of water more often. This will clear dust from the leaves and ensure she has plenty of water to draw on without being overwatered.
In the cooler months, you will find you don’t need to give your ficus lyrata as much water as the top few inches of soil take a lot longer to dry out, you can even skip the showers in winter and just add a glass or 2 when needed. Whatever you do, don’t leave water sitting in the drip tray for more than a day.
Feed your ficus lyrata a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first six months). During the warmer months, she likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch her sprout fresh new leaves.
If you are noticing brown leaves, dropping leaves or anything else that just doesn’t look right, check out Your Ultimate Guide To Growing A Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata) for a comprehensive guide to growing a happy and healthy fiddle leaf fig (ficus lyrata)