We don’t believe in plants being fashionable - they’re all classics - but the fiddle-leaf fig is definitely having ‘a moment’. Its huge, fiddle-shaped leaves (hence the name) and the fact it can grow over six-feet tall means it has maximum impact in any room.
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that it's originally from the rainforests of West Africa. You might be surprised to know that it frequently grows as an epiphyte, meaning it starts life in the branches of another tree. As it grows, it sends roots down to the ground, which wrap around the host and eventually strangle it. Quite fittingly dramatic for such a star plant.
As a houseplant, it likes a spot with a nice medium level of light, so not shady but not harsh direct sun. Those big leaves like humidity, so give it a good squirt with a mister every few days. It will also appreciate a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.
Our large fiddle-leaf fig has three tall, mature stems in the same pot, as pictured. We also have a tree version, the ultimate fiddle-leaf fig.
Did you know?
In the wild, fiddle-leaf figs could grow as tall as 15 metres.