Keep this sculptural houseplant looking its best.
These days, the Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) is the 'it' houseplant with its large and waxy-green, violin-shaped leaves. This trendsetting houseplant is tall and sculptural... making it the perfect indoor plant for any home décor from traditional to contemporary. This diva is very pretty and a bit picky, so give her what she needs to stay beautiful.
What location is best for this tree/shrub?
The best location is one with bright, filtered light. Place the 'fig' near a large window with east or north exposure, but no direct sunlight. A small amount of daily sun is fine, if it isn't direct, mid-afternoon sun. Afternoon sun from a south- or west-facing window will usually be too strong.
Why are the leaves dropping?
When too many leaves drop, this is usually caused by too little or too much water. However, sometimes leaf drop can also be caused by exposure to temperatures extremes, either hot or cold. What should you do?
Temperature extremes: Since this tree is a native of warm, tropical jungle regions, it thrives in consistent moisture and warm temperatures (between 60-75 degrees in day and avoid temps lower than 55 degrees at night). Keep away from heating or cooling vents.
Watering: It is far worse to overwater than to underwater your Fig. The soil should be moist but not soggy. Water only when the top 3-4 inches of soil is dry. If the leaves are turning brown, test the soil with your finger. If it is soggy, let the soil dry out completely before watering again. During the winter months when your home is heated, it helps to mist the foliage for a boost of humidity.
Or, a Fiddle-leaf fig might also drop its bottom leaves if it was recently moved to a new location. Allow some time for adjustment.
How much should I fertilize?
This Ficus doesn't have a strong need for fertilizer. During spring and summer, you can give the plant a diluted, houseplant fertilizer once a month.
When do I repot it?
When the plant is young and growing quickly, repot it every spring. Once it is mature, you only need to replace the top few inches of the soil each year. Use a potting soil mix which contains composted bark and perlite, such as the BlackGold brand.
Is the Fiddle-leaf Fig toxic to pets?
The foliage and sap isn't healthy for cats and dogs. They might experience mouth irritation or a temporary discomfort such as indigestion, depending on how much your pet has nibbled or swallowed. It's a good idea to play it safe and live with plants that won't cause any problems for your furry friends.
Here's a list of pet-safe indoor plants at https://www.pasquesi.com/indoor-plants/safe-plant-list-for-cats-dogs
Or, if you have any plant questions, please ask our Indoor Plant experts at Pasquesi, they will gladly offer some guidance.