FICUS lyrata, BETTER KNOWN BY ITS’ COMMON NAME – FIDDLE-LEAF FIG – IS MY HIGHLIGHT PLANT FOR AUGUST
Now is as good a time as any to jump onto the bandwagon and think about adding some houseplants to your home, apartment, or office. More and more people are adding houseplants to their lives.
One of the more popular houseplants is the Fiddle-leaf Fig. It’s a striking tree with large fiddle-shaped waxy leaves that are quilted and wavy. The Fiddle-leaf requires bright indirect light, and soil should dry partially between thorough waterings. The Fiddle-leaf Fig is native to Tropical West Africa.
In talking to Kathy, our houseplant expert, Fiddle-leaf trees will want about 6 hours of bright indirect light. Find a location that you think is bright enough and large enough to accommodate a Fiddle-leaf tree. As Kathy uses this analogy “if you can read a book without artificial lighting in this selected location then this is considered indirect lighting and is enough lighting for a Fiddle-leaf to do well.”
For the past couple of years, the Fiddle-leaf has been one of our bestselling, large growing houseplant. It is hard to open any home and garden magazine and not see a Fiddle-leaf Fig tree being used in the photos.
One good reason for wanting houseplants in your home or office is for your health. All houseplants contribute to some degree to improve air quality in the home or office. Any well cared for houseplants that do well in the home will help clean the air that we breathe. NASA research has shown that foliage plants “scrub” the air, removing toxins commonly found in homes and office buildings.
We do not recommend re-potting these new babies this time of year. All repotting should be done at the beginning of the plant’s growing season (usually late March or early April). This is the time when the plant can use the additional root space.
In lieu of repotting into a pretty container, what we do recommend is to buy one of our beautiful, colorful glazed containers and set the plant down into this pot for the winter or until it needs a bigger container. We have a great selection for you to see in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Then, next spring you can repot the Fiddle-Leaf into this decorative container.