Spotlight on the Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Fiddle Leaf FIg is having a big moment. You’d be hard pressed not to find them being showcased all over home decor stores, such as, West Elm, Pottery Barn, and interior design magazines like Architectural Digest. Despite their popular demand, FIddle Leaf Figs (FIcus Lyrata) are surprisingly not as pricey as you’d imagine.
At a typical neighborhood greenhouse, expect to pay between $35 for medium sized ones and up to $150 for extra large figs. Even big box stores, such as, Home Depot and Lowe’s carry them at reasonable prices. The trick is keeping them alive!
FIddle Leaf Figs have a reputation for being a challenging plant to care for. We couldn’t disagree more. Fiddle Leaf Figs are responsive and indicate when they need a change in care. Water your Fiddle Leaf Fig once a week and allow the water to drip through the bottom of the container into a saucer. It is easier to keep a plant in their nursery pot with a saucer on the bottom and placed in a cachepot (decorative container) rather than planting directly into the soil of a pot. After you’ve watered your Fiddle Leaf FIg, empty the water from the bottom saucer and watch your plant flourish.
FIddle Leaf FIgs grow best in full indirect sunlight and prefer a south facing window.
If your top leaves appear wrinkled, you should give it more water during your weekly care. If your leaves have brown spots,—too much bright light is causing the leaves to burn. If your leaves start to yellow,—it may be getting too much water and too little sun, allow the soil to dry out completely and place in a brighter spot.
During the Spring and Summer season, fertilize your Fiddle Leaf Fig once a month with a water soluble indoor plant fertilizer and watch it grow rapidly. You see, easy peasy lemon sqeezy!
Mission Plant Co. Bethlehem, PA www.missionplantcompany.com