No houseplant is trendier now than the fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata). Called for its big, leathery, glossy eco-friendly leaves formed like violins, it loads the specific niche of “big-ole indoor plant” like no other. Oh sure, you can grow a tiny one on a tabletop for a while, yet that prevents its true worth. It’s meant to be an evergreen tree 6 to 8 feet high (or more) that you embed the corner of a large room alongside a home window when anything else would certainly look weak and also absurd.
It makes an effect.
Fiddle leaf figs are slow farmers inside, which is why possible buyers typically stroke out when they glance at the price at the yard center. “A hundred and also forty bucks?” they howl. “That’s virtually a quarter of what I spent for my last purse!”
Still, they buy it, place it the suitable edge of an area, as well as really feel met. For a while, anyway.
Quickly, the thing starts dropping fallen leaves. “Fine,” the owners state, “all figs do that when you move them from a greenhouse to a regular house. We’ll be patient as it changes.” The following change attempts their persistence. Ugly, brown or black spots start on the margins of the fallen leaves and also grow bigger and bigger. The tree resembles it was established it atop a campfire. “Glorioski!” they shout. “What is wrong with our one-quarter-of-a-handbag fig?”
The solution is actually extremely straightforward. Fiddle leaf fig is native to the jungles of west Africa. It rains a lot in rainforests. When it’s not raining, it’s still very humid. Days usually fume, but never ever cold.
Does this seem like the inside of your residence?
Modern folks who keep in mind staying with their bedsheets in the evening when they were children dislike damp air, as do ladies that favor their hair not remind others of a loofa sponge. Therefore, we crank up the Air Conditioning in summertime to cool down and also dry out the air. In wintertime, we light up the furnace, which warms up as well as dries out the air. In both instances, we reduced the moisture to a degree that we such as, yet fiddle leaf fig does not. That’s where the black spots originate from.
Now, unless you live in some area like Secret West (or my favored island, Isla Nublar, off the coastline of Costa Rica), you need to grow fiddle leaf fig inside your home throughout the wintertime. It’s tropical and won’t take frost. Throughout this time, you can haze the foliage a number of times a day to elevate the humidity around it. Nonetheless, this is simply a substitute procedure.
To truly bring back a fiddle leaf fig’s joie de vivre, you need to take it outside for the summertime where it can indulge in heat as well as oppressive moisture. You won’t think how quickly your plant will boost its look. I simply did this with mine and also noticed the distinction in two days. Rather than its fallen leaves scrunching with each other defending light like travelers piling right into a train cars and truck, they spread out normally. They look healthy, plump, and very happy. Give your fiddle leaf fig parole for the cozy months, too.
Put it in the color, as warm sunlight will certainly burn the fallen leaves. (Mine remains on an evaluated patio.) See just how it responds when it gets the very first drink of rainwater that it’s had in years– or maybe ever. I accumulate rainwater in pails and also water a couple of times a week. Water till the excess runs from the pot’s drainage opening, then empty the saucer beneath. Feed a couple of times in summer with a slow-release, natural product, such as Espoma Plant-tone or Happy Frog All-Purpose Fertilizer, according to label instructions. Do not go nuts with quick-release fertilizer! Excessive will certainly shed the fallen leaves.