Little Fiddle Fig (Ficus lyrata 'Bambino')
Little Fiddle Fig Plant FeaturesLittle Fiddle Fig is a dwarf version of popular fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata). Like its big brother, it has bold, textural leaves that make for an eye-catching addition to the decor of any home or office. But unlike fiddle leaf fig, it stays rather small -- only growing about 3 feet tall and wide or so (keeping it at less than half the size of its sibling). This makes Little Fiddle a perfect addition to bright desks, tabletops, and window sills.
As you might expect, with its smaller stature it also has smaller leaves than fiddle leaf fig, so it makes for a great companion. It also pairs well with other figs inside, including variegated Ficus triangularis and creeping fig.
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Little Fiddle Fig Growing InstructionsLight
As a houseplant, Little Fiddle fig enjoys as much light as you can give it. In Northern areas, it may take some hours of direct afternoon sun through a window, but in more Southerly areas, it can suffer sunburn if it's not acclimated to direct light. That means it should cast a good shadow in its room. If it doesn't have much of a shadow, it may not get enough light to succeed. Tip: It doesn't require natural sunlight and also does well under artificial light, such as fluorescent or LED bulbs.
Take care not to overwater this houseplant. If its roots stay too wet for too long, they can start to suffocate, causing brown patches to appear in the leaves. Little Fiddle fig does best when watered once the top several inches of the potting mix start to dry to the touch.
Average- to above-average relative humidity levels are best. It can suffer in particularly dry air, such as arid climates or homes that are heated during the winter. It shows this with brown, crispy leaf edges. If your plant's leaves go dry around the edges, augment humidity around the plant. One way you can do this is placing a small humidifier nearby your plant. Another is to keep it under a cloche or terrarium. You can also grow it over a pebble tray (keeping the bottom of the pot above the water line so the roots don't rot) or put it in a close grouping with other houseplants.
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Pruning is not necessary for this fig, but you can trim or pinch it to give it a particular shape. If it's not in quite enough light and the the branches get long and lanky, you can pinch them back periodically to help it stay more full and bushy.
Feed this fig in spring and summer with any fertilizer formulated for use on houseplants or container plants. Be sure to follow the directions on the product packaging. Never apply more fertilizer than recommended. Doing so can cause damage to the roots which can be fatal.
Note: Little Fiddle fig is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Medium water needs
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Medium light
Purifies the air