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Lately, my love for big leafy green live houseplants has been growing tremendously. I now currently have 35...yes, I said THIRTY-FIVE houseplants in my home including, several cacti & succulents, lucky bamboo, a Split Leaf Philodendron, Yucca, etc etc etc. I am constantly on the hunt for the lovely, yet elusive Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree aka Ficus Lyrata. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is probably thee sexiest houseplant EVER! Their big hearty green leaves exude sophistication to me...especially when the tree is super tall and potted in a gorgeous planter. This is a great houseplant to decorate with. Yes, you can accessorize with houseplants!
The problem with this common houseplant is that it really ain't so COMMON at all! This sucka is super hard to find. Actually, I have ran across a few sites online that sell the plants, but the average cost for a 5ft - 7ft potted tree is between $200 - $400. Ummmmm...there's no freaking way that I am paying that. I was thinking maybe like 30 bucks max. LBVVS. I think what I am going to do is purchase a baby tree and try to grow it myself. Ok, sure, its going to take a super duper long time to get to my ideal size, but I guess it'll be fun to watch it grow right? Amazon.com has a baby tree in a 4" pot for $7.99. So, that's the plan. The order has been placed. I will document the growth as it happens. Hopefully I don't kill the poor plant before it even hits 2 feet tall. :)
Homedepot.com also carries the plant. It comes in an 8" pot for $16.99. (UPDATE 3/7/16: HomeDepot.com has increased the price on the 8" pot. It is now $29.97. I guess they got hip and realized how popular this plant is. BUT, in my local Home Depot store, the same size plant usually runs around $12.) You may also be able to find the plants at some IKEAs or your local nursery.
Below are a few pics that I found around online of my new found fiddle leaf love.
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Ok, since I originally wrote this post in June 2014, I have purchased and KILLED 10 fiddle leaf fig plants. These little buggers are totally super hard to care for. None of those plants lasted longer than a month or so. They started dropping leaves as soon as I got them home.
This 1st one was originally pretty big and had a bunch of leaves. I purchased it in October 2014. As you can see...it only has about 4 leaves left. They are brown BUT they are holding strong. So far! Now, through a lot of trial and error, I have gotten my watering schedule under control.
UPDATE: as of April 2015...This fig is no more. It finally kicked the bucket! R.I.P. Figgy-Poo :(
From what I have learned so far, there are 4 things that play a major role in caring for these plants: 1. Make sure to have bright, filtered SUNLIGHT 2. Most importantly do NOT OVER-WATER 3. Keep away from drafty windows & away from heating vents / AC vents 4. Keep the leaves clean. (I clean the leaves with a cloth and a dab of coconut oil. It makes the leaves look shiny and lush). 5. Pruning the plant can force new leaves to bud. (It's probably best to prune from the top).
Over-watering the plants will turn the leaves dark brown and the leaves will start to drop fast. Also do not let the plant sit in water either. To solve my over-watering issues, I purchased a Soil Moisture Meter. I got mine on Amazon for about 7 bucks. It is a life-saver for sure! It will let you know if the soil is dry or if it is still wet. If the meter says the soil is wet... DO NOT water. Let the soil dry out completely before watering again.
Here are some pics of my newest plant. I got this one from my local Home Depot Store in January 2015. I am so proud of myself because it's still alive!!! :)(UPDATE 3/6/16: It's one year later and this plant is still alive and kickin'. It did loose some leaves and it went dormant for a while. But now im starting to see some new buds peeking out.) LATEST UPDATE: On 3/5/16, I brought home my DREAM TREE. Meet "Lola"...she's my new 7ft tall fiddle leaf fig tree. Isn't she beautiful? :) This baby did set me back a few bucks BUT it was still cheaper than some others out there. I found this one at a local nursery / greenhouse for $105. It was sooooo worth it! Oh, btw a new tip I've learned is to keep the leaves clean so that they can absorb the sun better. So when I got her in the house, the 1st thing I did was wipe all of the dirt and other grimmy stuff off of the leaves. AND I used a soft towel and rubbed coconut oil on all of the leaves. It makes the plant shiny and happy.