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Fiddle-Leaf Fig

The Ficus lyrata, Fiddle-leaf fig, is a wonderful, showy houseplant for very bright light.  It performs best with direct sun in the morning or in the late afternoon.  The common name refers to the large, violin-shaped glossy leathery leaves that can be as long as 18” and as wide as 12”.  These trees can get big, but you can prune both for shape and size.  Allow the soil to dry slightly between thorough waterings, and provide good drainage.  Apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer four or five times a year for this slower-growing plant.  Unlike the Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), the Fiddle-leaf does not go through a rapid heavy leaf drop when relocated.  However, if you get off on your watering, the smaller number of big dramatic leaves causes any damage to stand out like a sore thumb.  Browning lower leaves indicates that the soil is getting too dry, while over-watering damages the newer growth first.