Originally from western Africa, the Fiddle Leaf Fig will help your space achieve a tropical look with its lyre-shaped leaves. Besides the aesthetic appeal of the glossy dark green leaves, FLF makes for the perfect house plant as it is tough and can cope with less-than-perfect conditions.
DETAILS: Plant height: 8"-12"; Nursery pot width: 5"
LIKES: The Fiddle Leaf Fig thrives in tropical conditions: you can recreate these by placing him in bright, filtered light and misting him regularly to increase the ambient humidity. This makes is a great bathroom plant, as it enjoys the humidity from your shower.
DISLIKES: Although the FLF is coming from tropical rainforests, he does not enjoy sitting in water as this could cause root rot. Also, lack of humidity can cause browning on its lush foliage.
WATERING AND FEEDING: The worst thing to do is over-water so wait until the top 2 inches of soil is dry before further watering. It does not have a strong need for fertilizer, but feeding it with a diluted liquid fertiliser every month during growing season (Spring to Autumn) is preferred. Apply the fertilizer at half the rate recommended on the label.
HEALTH BENEFITS: The broad leaves of the FLF will help with air purification, elimination of dust and humidity control, thus helping you prevent health problems such as colds, sore throats and coughs.