Feb 7, 2013

Fiddle-leaf fig tree love

I have been in love with the Fiddle-Leaf Fig tree (aka Ficus Lyrata) since I first laid eyes on it through Pinterest. They are certainly one of the most beautiful and most dramatic plants I’ve ever seen. This tree is an indoor plant that resembles sculptural works of art. They bring life into a room with it’s large and shiny green fig leaves and over-sized structure. With some research I’ve learned that Fiddle-Leaf Figs are easy to care (my kind of plant!), loves the sun (our living room is the perfect spot) and requires minimal watering (good, because I tend to forget). These three aspects made me realize that even with my lack of a green thumb, I couldn’t screw this one up (right?)

Well, considering I don’t have much experience in plants, I didn’t want to take the chance of purchasing a mature Fiddle-Leaf Fig and having it die on me. I would have wasted over $100. So, I purchased a starter tree for a mere $14 ($7 for plant and $7 shipping). Lets take a look at my little starter:


Standing at nearly 10 inches tall, this starter arrived in the mail nicely packed. It was nestled in peanuts and was seating on a disposable warming pad since it was traveling through cold climate. The leaves were bright, everything was intact. Overall, it was definitely shipped with care.


“Can grow 15-30′” WHAT? Seriously? I bought a indoor plant that can potentially grow up to 15 feet?! Oh s***.


Just so you know, this plant is poisonous. Most ficus plants are apparently. I honestly did not realize this before placing my order. So, you probably don’t want it near any dogs that enjoy eating leaves and such, and that’s why I’ve placed my plant on the second shelf in the living room. For now, it’ll just live there until I figure something out. It gets some sun from the nearby window. So far, the tree has been doing quite well.



If I take care of this starter, I hope that after some time this little guy will grow into something like this that I found on Making It Lovely blog:


I just worry about the climate here in Virginia since these plants like their sun. But I’m taking a chance and if my little starter doesn’t do so good, oh well. I’ve only wasted $14. Here are a few more inspiring photos of what I hope my tree will become. Thanks, Pinterest!





I’ll certainly keep you posted on how my fiddle-leaf fig tree is doing! I’ve been advised to leave it alone during these winter months and when it gets warmer, to re-pot. If you have any suggestions/advice on how to take care of these kinds of plants, please leave me some love!

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  • Hey Isabel, I’m a fiddle-leaf fan, too! :) I got a 3-foot tall fig from Ikea for only $13: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30239892/

    They’re not always in stock though — you gotta be there on the right day. And a word of warning, don’t place your fig anywhere it might catch a draft — as I found out, they don’t like that at all! Good luck with your plant!

    P.S. I love your shelving with layered frames! And hey, nice pop-mounts. :)

    • Isabel

      Hi Katie! Yea, I knew about the fiddle tree at Ikea, but they were out of stock in the Woodbridge location. Plus, it’s hard to get up there! I wish there was an Ikea in Richmond AND I wish they hadn’t closed the West Elm shop :(

      Thanks for the fiddle advice about the draft. I placed my fiddle sorta near my chimney so I may need to move it…eek! Hahah, popmounts :)

    • Oh my gosh! Thank you for telling us about Ikea. I’ve been looking for this plant everywhere for a reasonable price. And i just checked ikea online per your suggestion and they have them. Yay!! Now, if only I can somehow get to ikea before they sell out. Thanks :)

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