Plant Profile / Fiddle Leaf Fig
Name / Ficus Lyrata or Fiddle Leaf Fig.
Light / Bright, filtered, can handle some direct morning sun.
Water / Sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
Known for their large, fiddle-shaped leaves and impressive form, this popular plant has been the focus of many a plant-lover across the globe for some time now.
The biggest mistake people usually make with their Fiddle Leaf is over-watering or under-watering. Fiddles prefer to dry out between waterings, so ensure your soil isn't kept wet constantly. If the leaves start to go brown and fall off, and the soil is wet; this may be the issue! If you're not giving it enough water, the edge of the leaves start to brown and curl in.
Light / Fiddles prefer a spot with bright filtered light, and can handle limited direct sun which isn't too harsh; but they can't handle extended periods of direct sun. For instance, afternoon summer sun can be too intense and can actually burn their leaves. A sheer curtain over the window can protect this from happening, whilst still allowing light to reach your plant.
Fertilising / Use an organic houseplant fertiliser through the growing season only.
Note: It is completely normal for some of the lower leaves on the trunk to brown, shrivel and fall off, helping to create a striking visual form which flows upwards.