October 3, 2018

Caring for Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

Repotting chores continue at my Bedford, New York farm with three of my giant fiddle leaf fig trees - not to be confused with the fiddlehead ferns, those furled fronds of young ferns that pop up in spring and are often harvested for use as vegetables.

The fiddle leaf fig, Ficus lyrata, is a species of flowering plant in the mulberry and fig family Moraceae. It is native to western Africa, from Cameroon west to Sierra Leone, where it grows in lowland tropical rainforests. Named for its large, leathery, glossy green leaves, the fiddle leaf fig is a very popular indoor houseplant, and when given plenty of light, and enough soil and room in its planter, it can grow quickly and beautifully for years.

Enjoy these photos.