Ficus lyrata ‘Bambino’ (Dwarf Fiddle Leaf Fig)
If you’ve always wanted a fiddle leaf fig, but didn’t have the space to care for a large tree, the dwarf fiddle leaf fig may be your answer! The dwarf variety grows to about 3 feet tall as opposed to 12 feet! In comparison to the standard size fiddle leaf, ‘Bambino’ has smaller, rounder foliage that grows closer together giving it a fuller and more compact appearance. The glossy leaves are also a darker green color. Most growth is vertical and focused on the central stalks. These beauties are native to Central and West Africa.
‘Bambino’ is considered slightly easier to care for of the two varieties. It grows best in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. Exposure to a little early morning or evening sunshine can be tolerated. Too much direct sunlight could cause leaf burn. Plant in light, fast-draining soil. Water when the top 2-3 inches of the soil feel dry (usually once every 7-10 days). As a smaller plant, they have less transpiration happening so be very careful not to overwater. Overwatering can cause yellow and browning leaves with leaf drop. You can fertilize once a month during their growing season in March-April through October. ‘Bambino’ is a tropical plant and therefore loves high humidity so a light misting several times a week is helpful. Clean the leaves of your fiddle leaf fig with a wet microfiber cloth and go through each leaf while gently supporting it. Sap from the tree can cause skin and eye irritation and is toxic if ingested so keep this in mind when handling the plant.
Overall, ‘Bambino’ makes an excellent addition to your houseplant collection and as an added bonus it’s also considered an air purifying plant!
We are currently growing Ficus lyrata ‘Bambino’ in 5.5” rounds. Check out our houseplants section to see what else we’ve been growing!