September 27, 2019 3 min read

Ficus Lyrata, otherwise known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, is one of the most popular indoor plants. Its broad, glossy leaves are attention-grabbing and because of its unique look and texture, it has become a fixature in many American homes.

In its naturally occurring state, the Ficus Lyrata is an epiphyte tree, starting life high on another tree’s crown, then gradually sending its roots down below the earth. It originates from tropical West/Central Africa, and consequently prefers humid, warm climates, growing up to 40 ft in the wild and up to 6-7 ft indoors. When displaced from its natural tropical habitat and grown indoors, the ficus requires moderate amounts of sunlight for growth. Interestingly enough, the ficus can also be kept shaded areas, although its growth will be significantly slower and stunted. As a result, exposure to sunlight can be a useful tool in controlling the height and growth of fiddle leaf fig trees.

There are two polarizing opinions on this plant. One argues that the Ficus Lyrata is a delicate, sensitive plant that demands a lot of attention and care, while the other argues for the opposite. From our experience, both these opinions are valid- it just depends on how you want the tree to grow.

If you are an ambitious gardener with a desire to grow a phenomenal fiddle leaf fig tree, you will need to enlist dozens of items and methods on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. A few examples from the process include provision of good nutritional potting compost with additions for drainage (some commercial potting composts become hardened and compacted within only a few months), periodic application of 3-2-1 NPK-ratio fertilizer (except in Winter, due to the deciduous nature of the tree), repotting as the tree grows larger, meticulous monitoring of soil conditions, watering when about 2 inches of the soil surface area is dry, and careful and periodic pruning of old, crossing, damaged leaves to encourage noticeable growth.

However, if you are more easygoing about your plant, with limited growing experience the fiddle leaf fig tree is also the right plant for you. Bi-weekly watering in the shade, or alternatively, 1-1.5 week watering intervals in the sunlight with an application of slow or smart release granular fertilizer every 4-6 months (excluding winter), are also viable care plans of a Ficus Lyrata. The ficus in the photo below is an example of this simple maintenance regimen, which has not yet received an additional application of fertilizer since having been repotted from Home Depot’s 2 months ago:

 

However, if you are looking for more robust growth with no additional effort, mixing Mikrobs into your regular watering routine can be the easiest and most effective way in achieving this goal. The humic acid in Mikrobs significantly improves the porosity of potting soil, allowing it to retain organic matter for longer periods of time, while the high portion of kelp extract in Mikrobs provides plants with abundant minerals. Then we come to the three microbial musketeers of Mikrobs- Rhizobacteria (Bacillus spp.) and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal fungi reduce abiotic stresses, encouraging plant growth, while Trichoderma fungi enhance root health. Together, Mikrobs provides a well-rounded, effortless, yet effective tool in encouraging healthy, sturdy growth in ficus trees.

Applying soil microbes is being increasingly studied as a sustainable alternative to conventional crop, plant growing practices due to its regenerative way of restoring Earth while simultaneously producing better plant growth and crop yield. It is easy, effective, sustainable, and regenerative. Try Mikrobs in growing your ficus with maximal results and no additional efforts!


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