I fell in love with the idea of a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree like so many Pinterest fans before me. Once I saw it, I was obsessed and had to get my own. I had the perfect place for it in my house. I began to visualize this sexy leafy beast greeting my guests as they entered my home, but first things first. I had to do my research and make sure this was the right plant for me.
I’ve read the Fiddle Fig Leaf Tree is best kept in an area that receives sunlight throughout the day however it must be indirect sun. My local nursery (Green Acres) advised me that as long as the tree is indoors any light shown threw the windows is considered indirect and it would be fine near windows.
I feel as though I have read and heard the warnings signs loud and clear. Do Not and I repeat DO NOT, over water your tree. It likes humidity, and a warm environment but the top 1 inch of soil must dry out between watering. Watering too much or too little may lead to disease.
Fertilize about once a month with a water soluble houseplant fertilizer. Avoid fertilizing when it is not in active growth, usually in winter.
Cleaning the leaves is an important fiddle leaf plant care step. Its large feathery foliage becomes dusty quite often. Old t-shirts or soft rags are recommended.
Once I decided to buy one I found that they were hard to find. Nurseries would tell me they were out of stock or did not carry them and then tell me how popular they are. I would wonder why they were not prepared if it was a hot item but kept that thought to myself.
Ikea has them at a reasonable price but not the size I wanted. I checked with Green Acres and they were very helpful. They had at least four because people called frequently for this tree. Green Acres had various heights, braided and stand alone.
Part of me was like “YES, they were so smart to order extra because it’s in demand, finally someone who gets it”. I was so relived and stopped in the same day to check them out.
I went with the braided 5-6 foot tree. Green acres wrapped up the bottom in a big plastic bag to prevent the dirt from spilling in the back of my car on the way home.
Here she is.
My Sexy Leafy Beast!
One of my favorite Exquisite Things
Exquisite Real Estate, Inc.