With this plant room or office get a nice striking decorative addition. This type of ficus grows in different patterns, which makes each of them unique! The plant is native to Africa, South America and the southern US. Unfortunately, the plant has poisonous properties. The white sap of the plant can cause skin irritation. If the leaves are eaten by pets or children, it can cause bumps on the skin, so this is an important factor to consider when placing them in a safe place.
The Ficus Lyrata is super fun to combine with other green plants.
Due to its origins in a warmer climate, it is also very fond of light and it is recommended to place the plant in a room where there is sufficient sunlight. When placing the plant near a south-facing window, it is advisable to keep it at least a meter or two away from the window to avoid direct sunlight on the plant. However, a dark room will not be beneficial to the plant as it can cause the leaves to drop and also make it more difficult for the plant to recover. He is already satisfied with about 4 to 5 hours of sunlight a day.
Caring for Ficus
The nice thing about this beautiful plant is that it does not require too much care. He does not need a lot of water and plant food. The most important aspect is that it is placed in a room with sufficient sunlight and where a minimum temperature of 18 °C can be guaranteed during the day and 15 °C at night.
Water is not too essential to keep this plant beautiful; every now and then a little is more than enough. It is also no problem if the potting soil starts to dry out a bit before water is added. However, it is important to ensure that the roots do not end up in too much water, as this can cause the roots to rot.
It is best to repot this plant in the spring or immediately after purchase. It is also useful to put it in a somewhat larger pot, this gives more space and stimulates growth. The extra soil also ensures that the water spreads better, so that the roots do not become too moist and rot. After the first repotting, this can be done about once every 2 years. The perfect pots for this plant are of course available at Florastore.
Unlike other Ficus plants, the Lyrata is best pruned in late spring. The nice thing about pruning this plant is that it will branch where it was pruned, making this beautiful houseplant even fuller!
Even a few months after purchase, this plant can still do without additional plant food. He doesn't need a lot of extra food at all. Usually it is only needed in the spring and summer because it uses more energy during this period. Avoid adding too much plant food, as this can burn the roots. More useful tips on growing this plant can be found on Ficus plant guide.