Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Ficus lyrata

Banyan Fig, Banyan Tree, Banjo Fig, Lyrate-Leaf Fig, Lyre-Leaf Figtree

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Ficus lyrata is a large and impressive specimen tree, producing attractive foliage. It naturally grows in the forested regions of Western Africa, so can tolerate partially shaded conditions, making it an ideal choice to grow indoors. It wants to stay evenly moist. The leaves are large, oval to violin-shaped, dark green, (measuring up to 45cm in length and 13cm wide) and prominent, light green veins. In nature, this species will often start as an epiphyte on a branch of a tree, send down roots to settle, and eventually outcompete and strangle its host by growing around the trunk. Flowers are rarely produced on container-grown plants. This species has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. All parts mildly toxic if consumed, the foliage can irritate the skin and the sap is an eye irritant.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Cuttings

Take stem cuttings and root in a moist and humid enviroment for optimal results.

Special features

Hedge plant

Can be used as an effective screen.

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Impressive evergreen leaves makes them a popular choice for plants in the house or office.

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Western and Central Africa

Natural climate

Tropical forests

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Compost, Chalk

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Moraceae

Flower colour

Green, White

Scent

None
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