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Grow a stylish fiddle leaf fig in your house! Here is how to care for it:

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

Native to the rainforests of western and central Africa, the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (F​icus lyrata​) is a stunning plant with huge, waxy, dark-green foliage that perfectly contrasts with light, neutral walls and furnishings. And that is the reason this plant, for ​last several years, has been gracing the covers of magazines across the country.

Once you have it home, here is what the plant likes and dislikes:

Light: ​ Bright consistent light, like a place beside a sunny window where it may get around 6 hours of light.

  • In front of a southern or western facing window is ideal; eastern exposure also works well.

  • A few hours of direct sun will help the plant thrive.

Soil: Requires well-drained soil, like cactus/palm potting mix.

  • Add some sand to make the potting mix loose and aide drainage.

Re-potting: ​It easily becomes root-bound, causing air circulation problems and even root rot. So you have to re-pot about once a year.

  • You can either re-pot in a slightly larger pot or trim the root ball, not more than 20 percent.

  • Late Winter is a good time to re-pot your Fiddle Leaf Fig.

Fiddle leaf fig hates water logging, so avoid water-filled saucers.

Water: ​It loves humidity, so water thoroughly. But let the top 1 inch of soil dry completely before you water again.

  • Wipe the leaves once a week with a wet cloth to make them glossy.

  • Investing in a humidifier could be a great idea for Indian weather.

Fertilizer: ​Feed with a water-soluble plant food throughout the growing season (Spring/Summer).

  • Sea weed solution works well.

Pests: ​Figs are prone to mealy bugs, aphids, mites and scales. Inspect the foliage regularly.

  • If signs of infestation occur, wipe them off with a hot-and-soapy cloth or a mild insecticide.

- Team Garden Up

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