Tropicals forum: Fiddle leaf fig F. lyrata - topped?

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Salvanas
Jan 28, 2017 12:33 AM CST
Hi guys, brand new here.
I recently rescued a fiddle leaf from a garage sale, its about 60cm tall, and looks pretty nifty in front of my lounge room window!
I've never had one of these before though, always wanted one but this is the first I've managed to get my hands on.

My question, unfortunately it looks like its been topped (!) somewhere along the way. I've attached a photo of the plant and the top of the stem where you can see a clear break. What do you guys think? Will this stop it continuing to grow taller? I really hope not...

Thanks in advance!
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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Jan 28, 2017 4:46 AM CST
Welcome! No harm is done topping this plant. Topping will encourage the plant to branch, giving you a bushier tree as it continues to grow taller from the new branches it will put out.
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ardesia
Jan 28, 2017 4:52 AM CST
I agree and it looks like you have a very healthy plant there. Good find Thumbs up .
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2017 4:42 PM CST
Hi Salvanas, Welcome! from me too!

I agree, your Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) looks very happy and healthy and the lopping off of the top will cause no harm whatsoever. My sister and her husband used to have a beautiful Fiddle Leaf Ficus in their backyard that they always pruned to keep at about 5 feet tall; it branched out to about 4 feet or more in width. One year they decided they didn't want it any more so they had it chopped down and the stump ground. Sad In some areas Fiddle Leaf Ficus are left to grow to tree form; they are popular landscape plants in south Florida.
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Salvanas
Jan 29, 2017 5:06 AM CST
Thanks heaps guys! Much relieved to hear!
Still fairly new to indoor plants, and to gardening in general. Looking forward to learning though!
Crossing Fingers!

Salvanas
Feb 19, 2017 4:16 AM CST
You guys were so helpful, I figure you deserved an update!

Two weeks later:-

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Tada! Two new leaves (so far) off a brand new shoot. The old main stem where it was cut looks like it's done for though, will wait and see how this one grows.

Yay! Thanks again guys!

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