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Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree Ficus lyrata

Growing Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees: Tips at a Glance

A fiddle-leaf fig tree is a dramatic statement indoors but needs care to thrive as a houseplant. Give it filtered sun and a snug pot—and water sparingly.

  • Type Tropical tree
  • Lifespan 25-50 years
  • USDA Zones 9-11
  • Light Filtered sun
  • Water Moist soil
  • Crown Round canopy
  • Design Tip Statement houseplant
  • Other Uses Espalier
  • Peak Season Evergreen

Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees: A Field Guide

Nature has wired us to feel protective of babies, with their oversize, floppy heads. The big, round leaves of a fiddle-leaf fig tree make it the houseplant equivalent of a newborn—and the “it” accessory for a generation of interior designers.

On its home turf—which happens to be West African lowland rain forests—it enjoys indirect sunlight, moist soil, and a high level of humidity. For Ficus lyrata to thrive indoors, it will need similar conditions. If you have humid summers, bring a fiddle leaf fig outdoors in warm weather to remind it of home.

Planting, Care & Design of Fiddle-Leaf Fig Trees

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