Gardening

Ficus lyrata, the lyre fig tree


Ficus lyrata is a very attractive houseplant, valued for its beautiful, leathery, shiny green foliage.

In summary, what you need to know:

  • Name: ficus lyrata
  • Family: Moraceae
  • Type: Houseplant
  • Height: 3 m indoors
  • Soil: Soil

Exposure: Light without direct sunlight -Foliage: Persistent

The lyre fig is appreciated as a beautiful houseplant for its superb green foliage all year round.

Caring for ficus lyrata

This tropical plant fears the too dry atmosphere will benefit from receiving maximum humidity to compensate for this lack.

  • It should be located in a bright room, but should not be exposed to the sun.
  • He likes temperatures between 15 and 25 °
  • It should be watered when the soil is dry, but not abundantly and always with water at room temperature.

Moisture requirement:

In addition to regular misting of the leaves, you can place the potted Ficus lyrata on a 2-3 cm bed of clay balls that you fill with water so that the evaporation brings moisture to the leaves.

Exposure :

Good light without direct sunlight is appreciated.

Avoid moving the plant too often as it will take time to adapt to its new environment.

Watering the ficus lyrata

Ficus lyrata is a plant of tropical origin that needs water and humidity.

  • Water at least once a week, waiting for the soil to dry out between two waterings.
  • On the contrary, in winter, we can space the watering a little further.
  • Do not hesitate to spray water regularly on the foliage, this will improve the quality of the foliage and prevent the leaves from drying out, especially in winter when the heating is running at full speed

Pruning ficus lyrata

Ficus lyrata supports pruning very well.

  • By regularly pruning the ficus lyrata, you allow it to branch out.
  • You can prune it once or twice a year, rather in late winter and late summer.
  • It is not necessary to cut back the branches severely, a light pruning is sufficient.
  • This allows for beautiful foliage.

Ficus lyrata disease

Well maintained, the ficus lyrata is quite resistant but some cultivation errors can lead to certain diseases and the arrival of parasites.

Falling leaves:

  • It can also be linked to a change of location or pot.
  • It may also lack light, in which case give it more light.
  • The ficus lyrata loses its leaves when its roots bathe in water.
  • He should quickly gain strength.

Leaves that turn yellow:

  • It is often an attack ofred spiders.
  • It is sufficient to treat with a biological acaricide sold in garden centers.
  • Avoid chemicals, especially indoors!

White cluster on the leaves:

  • This is usually the result of mealybugs mealy to which the ficus lyrata is very sensitive.

Smart tip about ficus lyrata

It is a plant that does not like to be moved and that fears drafts


Pictures © Yurii

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