Do fiddle leaf figs like full sun?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

Fiddle leaf figs, scientifically known as Ficus lyrata, are popular houseplants known for their large, glossy leaves and striking appearance. When it comes to sunlight, fiddle leaf figs have specific preferences that need to be met in order for them to thrive.

Contrary to what some may think, fiddle leaf figs do enjoy sunlight, but they do not tolerate intense or direct sun exposure for long periods. These plants are native to the tropical rainforests of West Africa, where they grow under the shade of taller trees. As a result, they have adapted to thrive in bright, indirect light.

To provide the ideal lighting conditions for your fiddle leaf fig, it is important to find a balance between indirect light and some direct sun. Placing your plant in a room with plenty of bright, indirect light is crucial for its growth. A north or east-facing window is generally a good choice, as it will provide the plant with the right amount of sunlight without the risk of scorching its leaves.

While fiddle leaf figs appreciate sunlight, it’s important to note that afternoon sun from a south or west-facing window can be too intense for them. The strong rays of the sun during the hottest part of the day can lead to sunburn or leaf damage. Therefore, it’s best to avoid placing your fiddle leaf fig in direct afternoon sun.

If you have limited access to natural light or your home doesn’t have windows that provide adequate indirect light, you can supplement with artificial light sources. Grow lights specifically designed for indoor plants can be a great alternative and can help provide the necessary light for your fiddle leaf fig to thrive.

In my personal experience, I have found that placing my fiddle leaf fig near a north-facing window has worked well. This location provides bright, indirect light throughout the day without exposing the plant to intense sunlight. I have also used a grow light during the winter months when natural light is limited, and it has helped maintain the health and growth of my fiddle leaf fig.

Fiddle leaf figs do enjoy sunlight but need to be protected from intense or direct sun exposure. Providing bright, indirect light from a north or east-facing window is ideal for these plants. If natural light is limited, supplementing with artificial grow lights can help ensure their growth and well-being.