Ficus Lyrata Plant care & instruction
Many people notice that their Ficus Lyrata plant may show brown spots on the foliage or drop its leaves. Both of these characteristics are natural and are a part of a normal maturing plant as long as it is not happening in abundance. The plant has sap which when exposed to air (and on top of leaves) causes browning. Excessive browning and dropping leaves may also occur due to improper airflow and lack of humidity in the home; so be aware of this. Adding a humidifier close by the plant or misting around it (NOT directly on the leaves) will help with humidity. Once a month, be sure to thoroughly water the plant to flush out any salts, toxins, or impurities that build up in the soil. Ficus are notorious for being sensitive to chemicals. In the chance of pests, use the least chemically potent pesticide.
Light – Bright and filtered light. it will rapidly deteriorate in dim lighting.
Place – Indirect sunlight, near the window. Avoid any direct sunlight.
Water – Keep soil evenly moist at all times. (about 2-3x per week) Do not overwater or leave plants sitting in water.
Fertilizer – Feed bi-weekly with a weak green plant liquid solution during the growing season.
Repotting – Change the dirt and transplant it into a larger pot annually.
Temperature – 55º-85ºF.
Air purifying (preventing such problems as coughs, colds, sore throats, and fatigue). The plant will also help with humidity control. Improves productivity and lifts your spirit.