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Fiddle Leaf Fig

Ficus lyrata

("FY-kus ly-RAH-tah")

Floor Standing

Fiddle Leaf Fig, or Ficus lyrata, is a large-leaved member of the fig family and a popular floor-standing houseplant. This species originates in the tropics of West Africa, where in the wild it climbs up the trunks of larger trees before getting large enough to form its own trunk. They are excellent small specimen houseplants, although they are also often used as large trees inside buildings. The leaves are shaped like a lyre (an ancient guitar-like instrument), or fiddle (hence both its scientific and common names) and they can grow up to 40cm long.  One of their most attractive features are the prominent pale veins that contrast nicely against the dark green leaves.

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Like all Ficus, the sap can be irritating if you get it on the skin.  It can also stain your clothes 


90-100cm. Houseplants are typically approx. 1m tall, although given time, they will get much taller

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Country of Origin

Tropical West Africa, from Cameroon to Sierra Leone 

Habitat Conditions

Ficus lyrata prefers stable, fairly bright conditions (although not direct sunlight), so when you have found a spot it likes, leave it there.  Like most house plants, you should rotate it a quarter turn every time you water it to maintain even growth and a nice full head.  It makes an ideal conservatory plant as long as you can keep it above 15C 

Plant Care


Medium - high 


Can tolerate quite dry conditions, so allow the soil to dry a little between watering


Prune when it gets straggly, but most plants have a compact head and rarely need pruning 


Either use a controlled release fertilizer in the spring, or add some dilute fertilizer to the water every time you water the plant 

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs and scale insects can be troublesome - if you see them, wipe them off with a clean cloth.  Two-spotted spider mites are also an occasional problem, especially in dry areas (mites hate humidity), but once established can be quite damaging.  As soon as you see the characteristic webbing, spray with tepid water and wipe off all the webbing - you may need to repeat several times. 

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