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By Bill47

Lancashire, United Kingdom Gb

Can anyone identify this plant for me please? It's a rescue plant from an office a few years ago but it's growing like mad now. I would like to know if I can prune it.
It's 10 feet tall and the leaves are huge, 12 inches long by 6 inches wide, very leathery and veiny.




Ficus lyrata or lyre leaved fig You should be able to prune it back by half if you want.

1 Feb, 2012


Dear Andy,

Thanks for identifying the plant for me.
I've got some spare Passionflower seeds, (P Morifolia).
Would you like some?
Thanks again,

2 Feb, 2012


Ive really got nowhere to grow them Bill but thanks a million for the offer. Is Morifolia hardy ?

Ficus lyrata are lovely but just treat them like a rubber plant. They're pretty robust and as yours seems to be growing well, just leave it where it is and cut it back.

Good luck

2 Feb, 2012


Hi Andy,

No, not very hardy, although if I get my hands on some I'll keep you in mind.

Thanks again,


3 Feb, 2012


Watch out for the latex sap when you cut the plant. Put newspaper underneath for a while afterwards in case it drips. also, wash the secateurs/scissors afterwards too. You could try the pieces as cuttings as well, nothing to lose!

7 Feb, 2012

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