Plant profile: Fiddle leaf fig plant

Posted by: Author scentandviolet June 12th, 2018

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Fiddle leaf fig plant of fig leaf plant keeps rising in popularity as an ornamental and house plant. We started carrying fiddle-leaf in a Scent & Violet shop some four years ago and, it sells fast. We have seen a rise in popularity of quite a few plants but, fiddle leaf plant is equally popular among both our residential and commercial clientele.


(Photo by Mike Marquez via Unsplash)

Fiddle Leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) is a flowering plant from the Moraceae family (mulberry and figs come from same family). Fiddle-leaf fig is an epiphyte (epiphytes are organisms that begin their life cycle on the surface of other plant. They differ from parasites in a sense that they grow on other plants/trees for physical support rather and, mostly do not negatively affect the host. Orchids are another example of epiphyte.) Fiddle leaf fig plant can grow as a free standing tree, usually not exceeding 50 feet in height.

Fiddle-leaf is native to western Africa and grows in low tropical forests. As an ornamental plant, it is mostly grown indoors although it is hardy down to 50 F.


(Photo by Forest & Kim Starr at Institute for Regional Conservation

How to care for your fiddle leaf plant.

Living environment: Fiddle leaf needs a bright spot with lots of sunlight (preferably morning light). Rotate your plant weekly (one quarter turn each time).

Soil: Peaty soil (In an effort to preserve peatlands, we encourage you to use alternative: combine 2 parts of organic soil, 1 part of Texas cedar mulch, and 1 part of compost). 

Water: Water thoroughly (preferably under the sink), and let it drain. Water again when the top inch (up to 1.5”) of soil is dry.

Leaf care: Wipe leafs on the regular basis (to clean, condition and protect from pests). Mix a solution of 1 part apple vinegar / 10 parts water and add few drops of dish soap. Wipe leafs on both sides with towel dipped in above solution. 

Fertilizing and replanting: fertilize and/or replant once per year. Choose a pot at least 2 inches wider and taller than the year before.


We would like to thank: 

Mike Marquez and Unsplash for the photo of the fiddle-leaf fig plant and, 

Forest & Kim Starr of Starr Environmental for the photo of fiddle-leaf fig tree