Looking for a stylish indoor plant. Look no further than the Fiddle Leaf Ficus (Ficus lyrata).

A tall, upright plant featuring very large, heavily veined, and violin-shaped leaves.

Keep in a relatively light and bright spot. They can even tolerate some full sun, although early morning is preferable to late afternoon.

Keep the soil moist but not wet. Lift them out of any drip tray. Too much water will cause rotting of leaves and roots.

Feed with a weak solution of liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season.

Fiddle Leaf Ficus look great as a 2 metre potted specimen. They have a pretty aggressive root system so repotting yearly in spring will keep them on the move. Once your plant goes into its final pot size, taking out the top few centimetres or so of potting mix and replacing with fresh mix annually will help maintain its vigour.

To keep pest such as aphids, mealy bugs, mites, scale, and white fly at bay, push in a Confidor tablet every 6 months to inoculate the plant against attack.

The Fiddle Leaf Ficus is definitely a plant worthy of a place in your home.




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