How to Propagate a Ficus Lyrata-Fiddle Leaf Fig
I have had this houseplant over 10 years now & have forgotten its name and how to propagate?
Your plant is called a Ficus Lyrata, its nickname is Fiddle Leaf Fig because of the shape of the leaves. The plant can be propagated by air layering and stem cuttings. The stems on your plant look a little too thin for air layering so I’d recommend stem cuttings.
Stem Cuttings: Use a sharp, clean scissors or razor blade to cut a 3 inch to five inch piece from the end of a healthy stem just below a leaf node. A node is where a leaf joins the stem. Remove leaves from the bottom 1/3 of the stem. Dip the cut end of the stem into a small amount of Rooting Hormone that contains a Fungicide. Plant the stem in moist potting soil. Cover the pot with clear plastic to increase the humidity and prevent the soil from drying out. Check the plant every few days to be sure the soil stays moist. Tug on the stem cuttings after a few weeks, if there is resistance, roots have developed, the plastic can be removed, and the propagation was successful.
You can read all my grow care tips and maintenance advice for a ficus lyrata in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.
These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. The sap of a Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant is very irritating so use gloves when working with this plant. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in my book Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.