Ficus Lyrata. This native to west Africa is grown indoors for its attractive semi-lobed and oval-shaped leaves, which all seem to grow to different sizes. The name fiddle given to this plant comes from its kind of fiddle (violin) shaped leaves).
This is a slow-growing plant that may take up to 10 -15 years to reach full maturity, but after 3 or 4 years of growth, it starts to become an attractive tree-like ornamental house plant.
Ficus Lyrata seeds will usually germinate in 15-90 days, even under good conditions germination may be erratic. Normally will only germinate with light so surface sow. Sow Ficus Lyrata seeds on the surface of a Peaty seed sowing mix at about 25°C. Sow Ficus Lyrata seeds on the surface of moist compost, use a translucent cover to allow light in and to keep the compost humid and warm (do not place in direct sunlight)
In addition to the aesthetic appeal, the Ficus Lyrata will bring a range of health benefits. For starters, its broad leaves will help with air purification. Through the process of metabolic breakdown, this plant will eliminate various chemical compounds from the air. This means fewer ailments especially those related to the respiratory system. In addition to that, the plant will help with humidity control. This is essential in the elimination of dust from the air and in preventing such problems as coughs, colds, sore throats, and fatigue.
Fiddle Leaf Figs need a lot of natural light and do best when placed directly in front of a window. Water when the top soil becomes slightly dry and reduce watering in the winter. The worst thing to do is to overwater (not underwater) because the lack of water is easily fixed, unlike the damage from over-watering. Its leaves can attract dust, clean your Ficus Lyrata with a soft, dry cloth every once in a while to keep it shiny and healthy. Remember to turn your plant regularly to keep the growth even and prevent tilting.
If you want to plant Ficus Lyrata outdoors, it will be possible if you live in zones 10 - 12. If you want to have it indoors, it can be planted anywhere. Ficus Lyrata likes the warm, humid conditions of the rainforest. To increase humidity in your home or office, you can place a shallow tray of water near or under your plant. If placing the tray under the plant, fill it with pebbles and keep the water level below them, so the roots of the plant are not sitting in standing water.