You’ll see the healthiest growth if you give his leaves a regular mist. He absorbs a lot of moisture through his leaves.
Those big leaves like a lot of indirect rays, so put him somewhere bright, e.g. away from the window in a sunny room.
He’s much thirstier in summer than winter. Check him once a week and water if the top two inches of his soil are dry.
Don’t worry if he drops a leaf or two after delivery while adjusting to his new home. It’s totally normal. He may also drop a couple in winter.
Fiddle-leaf fig; Banjo fig
Evergreen tree, indoor
Plant height (including pot)
Toxic if ingested
Nursery pot size
About fiddle leaf figs
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.