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Australia (Zone 10a)
Icicles
Mar 3, 2017 4:59 PM CST
Hey guys,
This week I went to my local fruit/veg market and stumbled upon a plant that looks like a fiddle leaf fig tucked away behind all the other plants that were for sale. The staff at the market had no idea what sort of plant it was and it was going really cheap as I think it's been there for a while. So I took a punt.

I LOVE fiddle leaf figs, they are such a beautiful plant and have always wanted one but have had a hard time finding one.

I'm fairly certain it's a fiddle leaf fig. What do you guys think?

And is there any way to tell if it's a dwarf variety or a normal FLF? Really interested to know if there is a way to tell without waiting a few years.

Thank you so much for your help :)
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 3, 2017 7:09 PM CST
Yes it is.
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plantladylin
Mar 3, 2017 7:23 PM CST
Hi Icicles, Welcome!

Yes, your lovely plant is a Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) I've never heard of a dwarf variety, the ones I've seen get quite large but can be pruned to desired size.
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Australia (Zone 10a)
Icicles
Mar 4, 2017 5:18 AM CST
Thank you so much everyone!
Australia (Zone 10a)
Icicles
Mar 4, 2017 5:21 AM CST
plantladylin said:Hi Icicles, Welcome!

Yes, your lovely plant is a Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) I've never heard of a dwarf variety, the ones I've seen get quite large but can be pruned to desired size.


Thank you!

Not sure if it is worlwide but in Australia I have heard of the dwarf variety sold. They grow up to 2 metres which is still amazing height. Just not sure how to tell when the plant is still so small. Shrug!
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 4, 2017 10:55 AM CST
I think you'll be able to tell pretty soon, just by the growth rate. The normal variety will grow much faster than the dwarf. It's a bit hard to tell how big that plant is from your pictures - what size pot is that?

Dwarf varieties of some trees have smaller leaves, too. So if your baby tree keeps on putting up leaves about the same size as those it already has, it may well be the dwarf.
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