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Fiddle Leaf Ficus

By drdawg
July 8, 2014

Have you ever wondered why Ficus lyrata, aka Fiddle Leaf Ficus, is so hard to find? Well, here's the scoop.

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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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coconut
Jul 8, 2014 1:57 PM CST
Wow, they grow here on St. Croix, in the US Virgin Islands, Caribbean, quite well! I guess the several we have for sale in the Botanical Gardens nursery are more precious than we know. I believe they were started from cuttings, I'll find out and let you know. I remember a huge one, for a house plant, in a bank someplace. It went to the top of the high ceiling.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jul 8, 2014 3:19 PM CST
They do get huge in sub-tropical and tropical areas, or inside where conditions permit. St. Croix is absolutely beautiful. Lucky you!
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Name: Susan
Lexington, KY (Zone 6b)
Capmansgir
Jul 8, 2014 3:42 PM CST
I had a fiddle leaf once They are beautiful. I don't remember what happened to it tho :-(
I would like to get another one some day.
Name: Sandy
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Zone 9b)
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ilovejesus99
Jul 8, 2014 6:38 PM CST
I bought one last year at a Houston Garden Center for 70% off and paid 7 dollars for it. They had quite a few around 2 ft tall. I will go again in the fall and see if they have any. Not sure where they get them from but till last year I haven't seen them in many many years.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jul 8, 2014 8:09 PM CST
Yep, as amazing as it seems, they seem to always be scarce. You got a great deal for seven bucks. Someone invested two years in growing those fiddle leafs. I know what it costs to purchase the seeds/plugs and then pot them up, not once but probably three times. They basically gave them away.
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Name: Karen
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
typwc
Jul 9, 2014 5:13 AM CST
Your article about Fiddle Leaf Ficus culture was interesting, thanks!

They come up at Ikea sometimes: They had 2 ft tall plants with several branches going for $12.99. 2 years ago I bought a 1 ft tall baby online for $8. I wish I had bought the one from Ikea, it was so much fuller! I have no idea where they came from. Possibly Asian countries are starting to mass produce Fiddle Leaf Figs in the same way that they mass produce orchids for the US market?
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 9, 2014 6:00 AM CST
That is very possible, Karen. One day we may be awash in fiddles, but for now, they still seem elusive for most.
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Name: Sandy
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Zone 9b)
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ilovejesus99
Jul 9, 2014 10:06 AM CST
I agree I got a great price. I had been looking for a very long time as they are so impressive. It hasn't grown much but it will over time. They were 25.00 regular and I am sure they will only go up from there. I am glad you atleast have a 50% success as the world needs these beautiful plants.
I also know the place I got them never had them before and may not have them again this year.

Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 9, 2014 10:12 AM CST
Sandy, tell me again how old your fiddle leaf is and how tall it is. Are the leaves full size, something like 8x10".
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Name: Sandy
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Zone 9b)
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ilovejesus99
Jul 9, 2014 5:02 PM CST
I just got it last year. The leaves look full sized and the plant is about 2 and 1/2 foot tall. It has gotten 2 new leaves this year but hasn't grown much.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 9, 2014 5:42 PM CST
Hum, a fiddle leaf should grow at least a foot a year. Those new leaves will add to its height but only two new leaves in a year is unusual to say the least. My "mother" plant grows two feet a year and has for two decades. Small plants certainly won't grow that fast, particularly those grown from seeds (divisions will grow much faster). What size pot is your plant in and what is your watering/fertilizing like? How about light and humidity?
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Name: Sandy
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Zone 9b)
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ilovejesus99
Jul 10, 2014 10:29 AM CST
I got it in October and it gets about 2 hours of sun in the early morning and it is so humid outside you could cut the air with a knife. I am sure it needs potted up as I haven't done that since I got it. It gets watered almost everyday with every other plant outside and I catch rain water for all my plants that is until we have a very dry season. I am sure it needs fertilized. What do you recommend?

I thought maybe it was dormant over the winter in the garage as it didn't grow at all.
Name: Sandy
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ilovejesus99
Jul 10, 2014 10:45 AM CST
Oh my I just went put and it has grown a foot. We have
had so much rain and then my David was in the hospital that I never noticed. In the second photo you can see a little dead stem and that is how tall the whole plant was when I took it out of the garage this spring.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 10, 2014 11:49 AM CST
That's more like it. Yes, you need to repot it. I don't know what size pot it is in but you want to double the pot. 20-20-20 diluted to half strength will work well and I fertilize my plant every other week. Do you have two fiddles?
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Name: Sandy
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ilovejesus99
Jul 10, 2014 3:23 PM CST
If you mean does it have 2 branches yes. Otherwise no there is just one in the pot. It is in a 3 gallon pot so I need around a 6 gallon pot?
I really love this plant. It is so exotic looking unlike any other plant.

Thanks I will definitely repot it and fertilize it.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 10, 2014 8:17 PM CST
This is a secret, just between you and I. Even though I suggested you repot your fiddle, and it surely will respond positively to larger accommodations, my 25+ year old fiddle leaf has been in the same pot for at least 10 years. I am quite sure she is beyond root-bound, even though the pot is approximately 24" in diameter. I think because she gets watered almost every day, spring through summer and then weekly in the fall/winter, and is trimmed a foot twice a year, she has remained healthy. The worst ills she has ever exhibited has been the occasional sun-burn and frost-burn of her leaves.
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