Ficus Lyrata 6”
Ficus Lyrata 6”
Care instructions for Ficus Lyrata, commonly known as the Fiddle-leaf Fig.
1. Lighting: Ficus Lyrata thrives in bright, indirect light. Place it near a window with filtered sunlight, preferably facing east or west. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight as it can lead to leaf burn.
2. Temperature and Humidity: This plant prefers average to warm temperatures, ranging between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Keep it away from drafts or cold air. Maintain a moderate to high humidity level by occasionally misting the leaves or placing a humidifier nearby.
3. Watering: Water your Ficus Lyrata when the top inch of soil feels dry. It's important not to overwater, as this plant is prone to root rot. Allow the soil to partially dry between waterings, and ensure proper drainage by using a pot with drainage holes.
4. Soil and Fertilizer: Use a well-draining potting mix with a combination of peat moss, perlite, and compost. Ficus Lyrata benefits from a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilizing during winter.
5. Pruning: Prune your Fiddle-leaf Fig to maintain its desired shape and size. Remove any dead, damaged, or yellowing leaves regularly. You can also trim back leggy branches to encourage bushier growth.
6. Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like spider mites and mealybugs. If you notice any infestation, gently wipe the affected areas with a mixture of water and mild soap. Ensure good airflow around the plant to prevent fungal diseases.
7. Propagation: Ficus Lyrata can be propagated through stem cuttings. Take a 6-inch (15 cm) cutting just below a leaf node, remove the lower leaves, and place it in a jar of water. Once roots form, transfer the cutting to a pot with well-draining soil.
Remember, each plant is unique, so always observe your Ficus Lyrata closely and adjust the care accordingly.