These fiddle-leaf fig trees are mature versions of our Fidel.
You may not be surprised to hear this plant is from the rainforests of West Africa. You might be surprised to know that it frequently grows as an epiphyte. That means it starts its life not on the ground, but high up in the crevices of larger trees. As it grows, it sends roots down to the ground, which wrap around its host and eventually strangle it. Quite fittingly dramatic for such a star plant.
Like the smaller fiddle-leaf figs, it likes moist air and quite bright light. However, because this is such a mature plant, it can deal with less than perfect conditions. It’s a bit tougher than its younger siblings. It will appreciate a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer, to help it grow big and strong.
Please be aware that every tree is unique, so yours may look different from the one in the pictures. That’s the joy of this tree, each has had time to acquire its own special character.
Did you know?
In the wild, fiddle-leaf figs can grow as tall as 15 metres.