FIDDLE LEAF FIG, FICUS LYRATA
Our retail prices:
4” - $8
6” - $18
10” - $60
12” - $90
14” - $160
17” and larger - Market price
Stock levels: typically all three shops have 6”, 10” and 14”.
Other sizes vary weekly depending on availability.
Care: The fiddle leaf fig is best located indoors in a location that receives some full sun to bright indirect. Click here to better understand lighting.
Toxicity: medium, though not deadly, not suggested for pets that like to nibble.
You own one.
Perhaps you've thought about purchasing one.
Or maybe you had one.
Based on our experience and those of customer's this is our complete guide to selecting, owning and caring for fiddle leaf figs (FLFs).
Light is the most important factor for keeping a fiddle leaf fig happy. They require very bright indirect light at the least yet they also do well with some direct sun or when acclimated properly they are happy in full sun - as on a patio.
How does this affect placement?
In order for a fiddle leaf fig to maintain all the leaves that it has when you first purchase it (assuming that it is healthy and spent most of it’s upbringing in a greenhouse) you will need to put it directly in front of a window. FLF’s do best in a corner window where they are receiving lots of light from two directions.
What we’ve often seen is that customers who have issues with their plant often prioritize the placement of their FLFs where they look best… as in a corner that does not have a window. So the sunlight does come through a nearby window but doesn’t directly influence the growth of the plant and it’s ability to maintain it’s leaves.
Watering is also a critical factor keeping your FLF thriving.
We recommend keeping to a strict watering schedule of every 7-10 days. The best way to get to know how long it takes between waterings is to check the soil by placing your finger into the soil roughly 2-3 inches down. The soil should be dry until your finger tip, where it should be slightly moist.
Upon watering do not just water at the base of the trunk but water the entire top of the soil.
If you notice that water is pouring out of the bottom of the planter you may need to break up the soil with your fingers so that there isn’t a gap between the soil and the planter interior edges. Water is useless if it drains through the edges between the soil and the planter walls.
Planter selection is key to the giving the fiddle leaf fig right soil environment to grow.
When potting a FLF into a larger planter you want to avoid a planter that is much larger than 2” in diameter from the one it is coming from. For example one that is in a 10” plastic planter should be transplanted into a 10” to 12” planter.
Plastic vs. Ceramic planters
Ceramic planters are more costly but allow the plants root structure to breathe unlike a plastic, concrete or metal planter. Which is important for the long term health of the plant.
Note that some ceramic planters are glazed both on the inside & outside. We recommend that planters are unglazed in the inside - again to allow the plant’s roots to breathe and for the planter to slowly absorb some of the moisture from the soil.
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