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All About Ficus lyrata ‘Compacta’

Posted on December 11 2022

Do you dream of a giant Fiddle Leaf but lack the space? Look no further! The Ficus lyrata ‘Compacta’ (aka Little Fiddle) is for you! These adorable “fun sized” ficus have a more compact size and smaller leaves, compared to their larger Fiddle Leaf counterparts, making them perfect for tabletops or living room decor. 

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Little Fiddle Leaf Fig
    • About the Family: The Ficus lyrata ‘Compacta’ is a relative of other Ficus varieties, such as the Fiddle Leaf Fig and Rubber Tree.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Moraceae (Family), Ficus (Genus), Ficus lyrata (Species), Ficus lyrata ‘Compacta’ (Cultivar).
    • Hometown: Africa.

    How to Care for Your Ficus Lyrata Dwarf:

    • Watering: Water when the first 1-2 inches is dry.
    • Humidity: Average-High.
    • Soil: Well-draining soil. 
    • Fertilizer: A diluted 3-2-1 fertilizer once a month.
    • Environment: Keep your Ficus in bright indirect light and temperatures above 65 degrees.
    • Propagation: Stem cuttings
    • Toxicity: Toxic to pets and people.

    The Best Unboxing Practices:

      Properly caring for your newly unboxed Ficus Lyrata Dwarf for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
        • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Ficus until it exhibits the proper signs.
        • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
        • Lighting: Place your Ficus in filtered, low light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Ficus Lyrata Dwarf to your desired location for its care needs afterward. Do not ever place a freshly un-boxed plant in direct sun.

        What You’re Getting:

        • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated Ficus lyrata 'Compacta'. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

        What Makes Us Special:

        • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
        • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
        • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
        • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
        • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Ficus lyrata ‘Compacta’, reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
        • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Ficus lyrata ‘Compacta’ and possible resolutions.
        • Your Personal Plant-Care Resource: Do you love your new addition? We couldn’t be happier! Join our mailing list to receive exclusive offers, updates, and care tips.

          FAQ about Caring for Ficus Lyrata Dwarfs:

            • Why does my Ficus Lyrata have brown spots? Brown spots are one of the most common Fiddle issues, and sadly, they can have many causes. Most can be treated by adjusting your Ficus’ lighting, soil, or moisture. Some of the causes include (1) Root rot. (2) Bacterial infection. (3) Sunburn. (4) Underwatering. 
            • Is my Ficus Lyrata cat safe? No, Ficus Lyrata is not safe for cats, dogs, or people to ingest. The sap is poisonous and skin irritating.

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