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Care of the plant Ficus lyrata or Fiddle-leaf fig.

Care of the indoor plant Ficus lyrata or Fiddle-leaf fig

The genus Ficus, family Moraceae, includes 900 species of trees, shrubs, and climbing plants. Some species are: Ficus lyrata, Ficus ingens, Ficus deltoidea, Ficus carica, Ficus binnendijkii, Ficus elastica, Ficus salicaria, Ficus benjamina, Ficus radicans, Ficus pumila, Ficus retusa, Ficus cyathistipula, Ficus rubiginosa.

Common names: Fiddle-leaf fig, Banjo fig. This species is native to western Africa.

They are tropical trees with a robust central stem that reach 15 meters (49.2 feet) in height. The pretty, ornamental leaves are 40 cm (15.74") long; They are green in color with yellowish veins and are shaped like a violin case.

Fiddle-leaf fig is used as a houseplant, on terraces and patios or in greenhouses for their elegant and beautiful appearance.

Ficus lyrata needs a diffuse light exposure because if it receives light from the side it will grow towards it and lose its elegant appearance. The average annual temperature should be 15-25 ºC (59-77 ºF).

The soil can be a mixture of leafy substrate, coarse sand, and compost or manure.

Water moderately throughout the year waiting for the substrate to dry. In winter, water occasionally. Spray the leaves with lime-free water in summer from time to time.

Fertilize with mineral fertilizer every 15 days from spring to mid-summer.

The leaves can be attacked by fungi (produce brown spots) if the leaves are sprayed too many times.

Banjo fig is a difficult plant to propagate; It's advisable to buy new specimens in plant stores, garden centers and nurseries.

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Ficus lyrata
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Ficus lyrata