Whenever people tell me that fiddle leaf fig trees are hard to grow, I remind them that ficus lyrata trees often grow over 40 feet tall in the wild. Of course, in the wild they have the perfect environment: plenty of sunshine, constant access to nutrients, and perfect drainage. If we replicate these conditions in our homes, our fiddle leaf figs will take off towards the sky.

I recently visited the San Diego Zoo to see one of the tallest fiddle leaf fig trees on Earth. People from all over the world come to the San Diego Zoo to see the rare wildlife and giant panda, but the collection of plants at the zoo is actually worth more than all of the animals combined. Their fiddle leaf fig tree is estimated to be over 70 years old.

The zoo’s fiddle leaf fig is impressive, soaring almost 60 feet tall! It enjoys plenty of San Diego sunshine (though not too much since it’s packed in tightly among other trees), a soft sea breeze, and coastal humidity. Because the zoo is so close to the ocean, the plants are protected from freezing in the winter.

Here I am in front of possibly the tallest fiddle leaf fig tree in the world! If you’re even in San Diego, take a trip to the zoo and enjoy this beauty for yourself.

Whenever people tell me that fiddle leaf fig trees are hard to grow, I remind them that ficus lyrata trees often grow over 40 feet tall in the wild. This tree at the San Diego Zoo is 60 feet tall! Claire Akin

How to Replicate These Growing Conditions

To replicate these growing conditions at home, give your fiddle leaf fig as much sunlight as you can without sitting it in direct sun. Make sure it drains perfectly and that you only water when the top inch of soil is dry. Finally, fertilize with Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food every time you water in the spring, summer, and fall.

Whenever people tell me that fiddle leaf fig trees are hard to grow, I remind them that ficus lyrata trees often grow over 40 feet tall in the wild. This tree at the San Diego Zoo is 60 feet tall! Claire Akin

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By |2020-02-15T12:15:57-08:00February 21st, 2018|Fertilizer, History|1 Comment

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  1. […] grow a fiddle leaf fig plant outside in full sun in temperate areas like San Diego. Check out this 60-foot tall fiddle leaf fig at the San Diego Zoo. In general, the more sunlight you can give your plant, the better. However, fiddle leaf fig plants […]

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