Ficus Bambino

The Ficus ‘Bambino’ is the dwarf version of the Ficus Fiddle-Leaf Fig, with smaller size leaves and compact stature. While his big cousin is one of the most popular houseplants around, the Bambino is relatively new to the market and a less known variety, but with the potential of becoming as popular, if not more popular than the big Ficus Fiddle Fig.

This variety takes up little space and grows slowly to a maximum height of 1 metre.

Originating in West Africa, the Fiddle Bambino thrives in warmer temperatures and enjoys bright, indirect light and little watering. It is relatively easy to care for, but you might notice spotting on the leaves, which is typically caused by lack of air flow and too much moisture sitting on the leaves. The Ficus varieties have mildly caustic sap that causes brown spots when exposed to air.

Ficus Bambino Plant Care

Temperature

The Ficus Bambino enjoys warm temperatures and wet conditions.

Light

Bright indirect light is best for the Ficus Bambino. They can even tolerate some full sun, especially if placed in an eastern-facing window. Plants that are kept in a dark place will fail to grow rapidly.

Watering

Keep steadily moist, but don’t allow it to sit in water. Water less in the cooler months to avoid stem/root rot.

Maintenance

Easy to look after, they require little maintenance.  A good choice for the houseplant beginner!

Fertilizer

Feed with a weak liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season. This plant doesn’t have remarkable fertiliser requirements.

Toxicity

This plant is toxic and should not be consumed by animals or humans.

Soil

Any well-draining, nutrient rich mix is ideal.

Potential Problems

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Spotted Leaves: One of the most common complaints about these plants is spotting on the leaves, which is especially noticeable in such a large-leaved plant. This spotting is usually caused by injury to the leaf, either mechanical injury or an attack of mites. The Ficus Lyrata varieties have mildly caustic sap that causes these brown spots when exposed to air. The plants are also susceptible to various leaf-spotting and fungal diseases, which are typically caused by the lack of airflow and too much moisture sitting on the leaves.