Today I am bringing you a post that has been super exciting for me to write! As you all know, I am a plant lady. I love anything green and have been obsessing over almost every genus and species since January of this year.
One of my favorite plants is the Ficus lyrata or as it is more commonly known, the Fiddle Leaf Fig.
You’ve probably seen these plants in design magazines, on Pinterest, or on Fixer Upper as this seems to be one of Joanna’s favorite plants!
Even Kourtney Kardashian has jumped on the Fiddle Leaf Fig bandwagon!
While we were in Asheville I dragged Zach to a local Home Depot because I had been looking for another plant, a Calathea orbifolia. However, when I walked into the garden center I nearly screamed as I saw Fiddle Leaf Figs in the back corner.
This is also Zach’s favorite plant so we both ran to see what kind of trees we were dealing with!
Once we got to this section, we couldn’t believe our eyes. These were some of the largest Fiddles that we had seen anywhere, and look at that price! Other trees of this size and health can normally go for $600-$700.
We decided then and there that we had to bring one of these guys home with us. This was on Friday night, and we checked this specific Home Depot Saturday night and Sunday night until we were able to purchase one on Monday morning when we were heading back to Kentucky.
Luckily, when we came back to the store on Monday, there were still two trees left. We grabbed our favorite, paid, and ran back to the car as fast as we could. There was a chance of snow all day on Monday, and we knew that Fiddles don’t like the cold at all!
We had a tentative plan of how to get this thing back to Lexington. After doing some research, we decided that we needed to use some clear plastic wrap to secure the soil and roots throughout the trip. Once the pot was secure, then came the hard part of actually getting a 6 foot tree into a Ford Fusion.
After doing some maneuvering, and having four different people stop and tell us “good luck”, we got our tree into the car! The best way to do this was to put the backseat down, and slide the tree in, pot first, through the backseat and into the trunk.
As you can see from the photos, we used one of Zach’s jackets, and some of our shopping bags to support the trunk.
Step #1 Get the Fiddle into the car without damaging it: Check!
The next step was the easiest, we just had to make the four hour drive home!
Once we got back to Lexington, we pulled Kevin the Fiddle Leaf Fig out of the trunk in the same direction that we put him in. We got lucky at this stage as well because we didn’t lose any leaves during the transporting process!
Once we got inside we proceeded to take some photos with our giant friend.
The next step for us was to clean off the leaves. An important care instruction for Fiddle Leaf Figs is to dust their leaves every month. This not only helps to keep them clean, but dust can hinder their photosynthesizing!
Once his leaves were nice and clean, we went to Home Depot to get a plastic drainage tray, and to Homegoods to find a basket to cover the plastic nursery pot that Kevin was in. Another important care instruction for these plants is to not re-pot them until they are completely root bound. Fiddles get “freaked out” very easily and repotting too soon is one of the easiest ways to do that!
We found this awesome white basket at Homegoods for only $29.99! It fit the pot perfectly and looks pretty great as well!
We hope that Kevin likes his new home, and that you all enjoyed hearing about one of my crazy plant lady moments!
Let me know what you think of Kevin the Fiddle Leaf Fig in the comments below!
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