Me and my Little Fig
Posted on Tuesday, December 16 2014 09:00:00 AM in Featured by Little Fig Co
My journey with my Fiddle Leaf Fig tree.
Fiddle leaf fig trees (Ficus Lyrata) are the 'it' plant to have. If you are on this website then you have heard of the fiddle leaf fig tree and you are trying to get your hands on one of these gems. The Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees are all over the pages of interior magazines, instragram and more recently The Block.
I had seen these plants all over my instragram, home design blogs and in design magazines, it was love at first sight. It seemed to be in every instagram post I came across. I wanted a Fiddle Leaf Fig of my own. But getting my hands on one was proving difficult. I would hear rumours that certain nursery’s or homeware’s stores had them for sale. And when I contacted them, the Fiddle Leaf Figs were long gone, snapped up by fellow Fiddle Leaf Fig lovers.
My partner was very apprehensive of me buying a plant because for one, the price tag, it is a plant after all and what if I kill it and two, would I really have enough time to look after my Fiddle Leaf Fig. We already have two kids and a high maintenance Blue Staffy who take up a lot of our time! But then I started reading and researching and they are the easiest plant to look after!. They live inside, under filtered light, need to be dusted every now and then and only need a quarter of a cup of water each week to make them as happy as larry! Perfect for our little house and family. All I needed to do it get my hands on one, and find the perfect pot. More about that later.
What I spoke to my friends about my obsession with the Fiddle Leaf Fig, I had them hooked to. All of a sudden they all wanted one too… And so came about the Little Fig Co.
So what is the Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ficus lyrata, commonly known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig, is a species of fig tree. The Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is an evergreen tree which is originally from the tropical Western Africa, from Cameroon west to Sierra Leone. The Fiddle Leaf Fig tree grows in lowland tropical rainforest. The Fiddle Leaf Fig tree gets its name from its large violin shaped leaves.
How to look after your fiddle leaf fig
Your Fiddle leaf fig or Ficus lyrata is a evergreen tree from tropical Africa growing to around 30m (100’) tall. It has leathery, big and glossy fiddle-shaped leaves with wavy margins and hairy undersides. It is a low maintenance plant, needing around ¼ of a cup of water each week and doesn’t have any pests to mention.
The fiddle leaf fig grows best in a well lit position, water sparingly. The fiddle leaf figs are slow growing but some do reach ceiling height in optimum conditions. As they grow the trunk becomes progressively thinner. Fiddle leaf figs can be propagated from stem-tip cuttings
Top tips for your fiddle leaf fig
Watering - ¼ cup of water each week! Don’t overwater your fig, it does well with short dry periods between watering
Soil - any good, fast draining potting soil will do
Fertilizer- feed with a weak liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season.
Sun light - make sure your fig has the right amount of light. Bright, but indirect light, Abundant but not direct light is recommended. If your fig doesn’t have enough light it could cause the fig to loose it’s leaves and thin out! Your fiddle leave fig will also grow towards the light, so make sure you rotate your fig every so often to keep your fig growing straight. Give your fiddle leaf fig a little dust every now and then to help with it to absorb light. Your fig will will drop its leaves when it’s exposed to too much dry heat or drafts and go into a dormant recovery mode.
Pruning - Prune to encourage branching and bushiness. And make sure you stake or wire your fig stem to support it to stay upright. If you want your fig to look more like a tree than prune your fig from the top. Best time to prune your fig is in the spring time. Make sure you give your fiddle leaf fig every year or two.
When things go wrong
If you over water your fiddle leaf fig and there is excess water in the soil, the lower leaves will fall off.