20 best house plants - fiddle leaf fig

Ficus lyrata

Fiddle-leaf fig

  • Botanical name: Ficus lyrata
  • Common name: Fiddle-leaf fig
  • Plant Type: Conservatory, House plant, Evergreen
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Fiddle-leaf, Ficus lyrata, is a sought-after houseplant with large, glossy, deep green fiddle-shaped leaves. It’s ideal for growing in a warm, bright room, out of the glare of direct sun.


For best results, water Ficus lyrata only when the top inch of compost is dry, and let any excess water drain away. From spring to summer, feed every two weeks with a balanced liquid fertiliser and then sparingly in winter. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth from time to time to remove dust.

Fiddle-leaf figs have a tendency to drop their leaves if they’re not happy with their environment. This could be due to the stress of being moved (bringing it home from the shop, for example). Once you’ve found the right spot for your plant, try not to move it again. Sudden changes in temperature, draughts and over- or under-watering can also cause the leaves to drop.


The sap of fig plants can be irritating to the skin and cause a severe reaction in hypersensitive people and pets.

How to grow Ficus lyrata

  • Plant size

    2m height

    50cm spread

  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

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Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Ficus lyrata and wildlife

Ficus lyrata has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Ficus lyrata poisonous?

Ficus lyrata irritates eyes and irritates skin. Its sap is toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

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