The Ficus Lyrata, commonly known as Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, are gorgeous plants with huge green leaves shaped like a fiddle, hence the name. They prefer to be placed in an area with bright indirect light, and would benefit from a humid environment. Thus, this plant is ideal to be placed near windows to thrive. They serve as floor plants because of its height.
- Plant height:
- Small – 1 to 2 ft
- Medium – 3 to 4 ft
- Large – 5 ft
- Pot diameter: 8-13 inches
Native to the tropical rainforests of Africa where they flourish in warm and wet environment. They are epiphytes which means they embed their seeds on top of another tress and grow downwards. Nevertheless, they are gentle in domesticated environments. In it natural habitat, it is able to grow from 40 to 50 feet high. When grown indoors, edible fruits are not able to grow, however, they grow common fig fruits in its native habitat.
This Fiddle Fig in Manila thrives best in bright indirect sunlight. Do not place them in harsh direct sunlight as this might damage its leaves. Suggested watering schedule for them is once a week. Its soil likes to dry out in between waterings and make sure that it’s well-draining. Fiddles are susceptible to overwatering so make sure that excess water drains out at the bottom of the pot to prevent root rot.
Propagating this indoor plant in Manila can be done through leaf and stem cuttings. With leaf cuttings, make sure to cut in between nodes to include them. Nodes are crucial as this is where rooting will take place. Although optional, you can dip your cuttings in rooting hormone. Choose your medium of propagation between water and soil. If you chose soil, make sure to keep the plant moist and humid. You can put them inside a resealable plastic bag to maintain humidity. But take it out every now and then as well. With a more matured plant, you can use at least 6 inches of stem cuttings with the same procedure. Just cut right below the node and remove the leaves at the bottom.