The violet leaf fig, or ficus lyrate, is sought after for its large, glossy green leaves with contrasting pale green veins throughout. This hearty, disease-resistant houseplant can grow as high as! If you have recently purchased a fig leaf figure and want to make sure it not only survives, but thrives, there are several things you can do to keep your plant healthy.
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[ Edit ] Provide heat and light indoors
- Place the plant in a location that can be at least 4 hours with strong, direct sunlight. Placing the plant in a west or south facing window helps to ensure that your fig leaf fig gets plenty of sunlight. For the rest of the day, place the plant in an area that is well lit, either by natural sunlight or artificial light. This is important so that the plant receives plenty of indirect light. 
- If the plant's leaves look pale, mottled or dull after 2-3 weeks at their current location, move it to a lighter spot. This means that the plant does not get enough sunlight.
- Keep the temperature of your home in between. Check your thermostat daily to make sure the temperature stays in this range. Adjust the temperature if necessary to keep it within this range, for example by turning up the heat in cold weather or using fans or air conditioning in hot weather. 
- Rotate pot 180 degrees once every two weeks. Grab the pot and turn it as if you are turning on a wheel. Turn the pot until the opposite side of the plant faces the window. This will help ensure that all sides of the plant receive sufficient light. 
- Seal off all features of your home to protect the plant from cold air. Caulk around the edges of the windows or cover slotted windows with thick plastic sheets designed to weather your home and secure the sheets with a hammer and nails or a staple gun. Place rolled-up towels in front of the hatches in the bottom of sluggish doors. Violet leaf figs are used to a warm, humid environment, so cold air draft can damage them. 
- Be sure to do this before placing a violin leaf fig in front of a window in your home whether you get it in winter or fall.
[ Edit ] Watering, fertilizing and pruning
- Water your violin leaf fig generously 1-2 times a week. Place the plant on your patio or shower once or twice a week and soak it with water. Then allow the plant to drain for about 1-2 hours before returning to its usual place. Allow the soil to dry out for a week before the water of the violin leaf rains again. 
- Avoid giving the plant small doses of water as it is used to abundant rain in its natural habitat.
- Your violin leaf figure will require more water in spring and summer and less in the fall and winter. For example, if you water the plant once a week in the summer, then drop it down to once every two weeks in the fall.
- Lose the leaves daily unless the weather is humid. Fill a spray bottle with plain tap water and use it to spray the plant's leaves once a day when the weather is hot, dry or cold. This helps prevent the leaves from drying out. If the weather is humid, do not drop the leaves. 
- Cut leaves that look brown or discolored. Use a pair of garden cutters to cut the leaves at the foot of their stems. Dip the scissors in rubbing alcohol or boiling hot water to disinfect them first. Then cut straight over the stems to remove the dead leaves. 
- Disinfecting the garden shears is important for keeping your plant healthy. Dirty scissors can contaminate the plant with harmful bacteria or fungi.
- Yellow and brown leaves are dead and they will not recover. Turning them off helps ensure that they do not take energy from the rest of the facility.
- Dust the leaves with a damp cloth once every two weeks. Moisten a clean cloth or paper towel with lukewarm water. Then, cup one of the leaves under the palm and wipe the cord from stem to tip with the damp cloth. Repeat this for each of the leaves on the plant that look dusty. 
- This will help promote air flow and improve the appearance of your violin leaf fig.
- Check pests and stems for pests once a week. The violet leaves are prone to rubbing (aka thunder flies), flour bugs, red spider mites and plant protection.  To control pests on your violin leaf fig, use an organic or synthetic pesticide spray once a month or as needed. 
- Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to use the pesticide product you buy.
- The first sign of pests may be wild or discolored leaves, so check your pest plant if you notice a change in the foliage.
- You can also place sticky traps near your violin leaf figure to help control pests.
- Fertilizes the plant once in the spring and once a month in the summer. Choose a liquid fertilizer intended for indoor plants and dilute it to 1/4 strength with a 3: 1 mixture of water and fertilizer. You will find a suitable fertilizer in a nursery or in the garden department of a hardware store. Apply it to the roots of the plants once in the spring, then once a month in the summer. This will help promote new growth in the violin leaf figure. 
- Do not use the fertilizer on the leaves or stems of plants. Just apply it to the soil at the bottom of the plant so that it sinks down to the roots.
- Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for mixing and applying fertilizers.
[ Edit ] Repotting a Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant
- Repot the plant when you see roots coming out from the bottom. Look at the bottom of the pot to check if spindly white fibers grow through the holes in the pot. If you discover something, this means that the violet leaf fig has grown its pot and needs a bigger one. 
- Choose a pot larger in diameter than the old pot. Do not get a pot that is much larger than the old pot. Just go up to the next pot size every time you put back your violin leaf figs. This allows you to add new soil to all sides of the plant, which is ideal. 
- You can use any type of pot, e.g. clay or plastic, as long as it has drainage holes in the bottom.
- Fill the pot about 1/3 of the way full of pot plant mixture. Choose a potted plant mix for indoor plants. Use your hands or a small garden shovel to put dirt in the pot. Move the dirt around to form a deep well in the center where you can place the roots of the plants. 
- Do not pack down the dirt. Let it dissolve in the pot to allow for air flow and drainage.
- Remove fig leaf figs from their old pot and transfer it to the new one. Use one hand to hold the pot and grasp the stems of the violin leaf figure with the other hand. Wrap the plant from side to side to release it from the old pot. Once you've got the violet leaf fig out of the old pot, place the violet leaf fig in the earth's well in the new pot. 
 Add more soil to completely cover the roots of the plants. Put extra soil on top of and around the fig roots of figs with your hands or a garden putty. Gently press the soil with your hands or the back of the milk. 
- Do not pack the soil. Keep it slightly loose so that the roots of the plants can breathe.
- Water your violin leaf figure immediately after repotting it and then let the soil run for 1-2 hours outdoors or in a bath or sink. Place the violet leaf fig back in its usual place after it has been emptied. Place a plate under the pot to catch any excess.
[ Edit ] Warnings
- Violin leaf fig leaves are toxic to dogs and cats. If you have pets, keep your facility somewhere so your pets cannot access it. 
[ Edit ] Things You Need
[ Edit ] Give the plant heat and light
- Plastic for covering windows
- Hammers and nails or staples
- Towels to prevent draft
[ Edit ] Watering, fertilizing, and cropping
- Liquid fertilizer
- Fabric or paper towel
- Cropping 19659021] Potting soil
- Garden gloves
- Garden plaster (optional)
[ Edit ] References
- ↑ https: //www.rhs. org.uk/Plants/7207/i-Ficus-lyrata-i/Detailsebrit19659082vard↑ https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1318&title=Growing%20Indoor%20Plants% 20with% 20Success # table3
- ↑ https://www.bhg.com.au/how-to-care-for-fiddle-leaf-fig
- ↑ https://www.rhs.org .uk / Plants / 7207 / i-Ficus-lyrata-i / Details
- ↑ https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/home-landscape/docs/Light%20and%20Moisture%20Requirements .pdf
- ↑ https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/home-landscape/docs/Light%20and%20Moisture%20Requirements.pdf
- [1945 https: // www .rhs.org.uk / advice / profile? pid = 549
- ↑ http://chemung.cce.cornell.edu/resources/ficus
- ↑ https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/ 7207/i- Ficus-lyrata-i / Details
- ↑ https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=876??19659091??↑ https: // extension. uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1318&title=Growing%20Indoor%20Plants%20with%20Success#nutrition Chapter19659092vard ↑ https://www.bhg.com.au/how-to-care- for- fiddle-leaf-fig
- ↑ https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1318&title=Growing%20Indo or% 20Plants% 20with% 20Success # Pruning
- ↑ https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1318&title=Growing%20Indoor%20Plants%20with%20Success#Pruning
- ↑ https://www.bhg.com.au / how-to-care-for-fiddle-leaf-fig
- ↑ https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail. HTML? number = B1318 & title = Growing% 20Indoor% 20Plants% 20with% 20Success # Pruning
- ↑ https://www.bhg.com.au/how-to-care-for-fiddle-leaf-fig