A Lyrata, or Fiddle Leaf Fig, requires less water than other ficus trees. Allow the top 50 of the soil to dry out and the leaves to become soft and flexible before watering a Ficus Lyrata. Keep water off of the large fiddle shaped leaves of this ficus to prevent mold..How to Propagate a Ficus Lyrata-Fiddle Leaf Fig. Your plant ised a Ficus Lyrata, its nickname is Fiddle Leaf Fig because of the shape of the leaves. You can read all my grow care tips and maintenance advice for a ficus lyrata in the Popular Houseplant section of the website..