Ficus lyrata

Tobacco Plant

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Make sure that the potting soil stays slightly damp
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Prefers light, but not direct, bright sunlight
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Repot once every two years
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The Ficus Lyrata is a feast for the eyes. This houseplant that originally comes from African rain forests, is also known as the Tobacco Plant. In warm countries, the plant's large leaves are dried and used as cigar envelopes. Because of its impressive leaves which are shaped like a violin, the Tobacco Plant is a houseplant with character and unmistakable looks. This explains its other name: Fiddle Leaf Fig.


Care of the Tobacco Plant is simple. All that the plant requires is enough light and lots of water, especially in the summer. Make sure that the soil is always damp. Clean the large leaves with a damp cloth to prevent them becoming dull. If the leaves start to hang down, then the conditions are not optimal. Check if the plant is  too close to a radiator, is in a draft, or is in too dark a location.


The Fycus Lyrata prefers a sunny spot without excessive, bright sunlight. It is especially important that the crown of the plant receives sufficient light. The Tobacco Plant does not like being in a draft.


Repot the Tobacco Plant once every two years, so that the plant can continue to grow well. Choose a medium-sized pot. If you are satisfied with the size of the plant, then repotting once every five years will be sufficient.