Happy Saturday friends!
Today I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite houseplants with you! These are plants that have taken the interior design world by storm! You have definitely seen these trees on HGTV and have probably seen them all over Pinterest as well.
The plant that I’m talking about, is the Fiddle Leaf Fig.
Photo By Hilton Carter
I think these plants have made such a splash because they have a perfect balance of masculine and feminine energy, and make such a great architectural piece in any space. They also add that warmth that any houseplant brings to a room!
I have been on a Fiddle Leaf Fig journey since August of last year, and it has not been easy learning what these figs enjoy!
In August, Zach purchased two Fiddle Leaf Figs, one from Etsy and one from Lowe’s. By December, both of these little trees had lost all of their leaves! We ended up throwing those two bare stems away, and decided that we would try again with these plants closer to springtime!
After doing a TON of research, I think I’ve figured out what these plants need in order to thrive indoors!
We currently have three Fiddle Leaf Figs, Humphrey was the first and arrived with some cold damage, so he is still be nursed back to health.
One of the major issues with Fiddle Leaf Figs is that they do not like cold temperatures at all. Humphrey arrived in the mail on a 35 degree day here in Kentucky. This caused his leaves to turn brown as you can see above. Most of those leaves fell off, or if the entire leaf wasn’t brown, I cut off the part with cold damage.
The bottom pictures of Humphrey show the new growth since spring has come around. Bright light, consistent watering, and a special fiddle leaf fig food is what has brought him back to life!!
The next fiddle we purchased was Kevin. This was the story that I shared in Fiddle Leaf Fig Madness a couple of months ago! He resides right in front of our living room window!
Most recently I purchased Fiona the Mini Fiddle at Lowe’s here in Lexington.
The main things that I have learned with fiddles are:
Water: Consistent watering. I water all of my fiddles the exact same amount of water, on the same day of the week. For me, this is on Friday mornings.
Light: Bright, indirect light is what these plants are looking for. I think finding a spot in front of a north, or east facing window would be best for these guys!
Fertilizer: Helps the plants to grow during the spring and summer months. Don’t be scared if your fiddle produces lots of new leaves and then seems to stop for a couple of weeks. They usually produce new growth in spurts, and by the end of the growing season you should have around 2 feet of new height on your tree.
Repotting: This is where I think I went wrong with the first two fiddles. These plants like to feel snug in their pots. If you repot them too soon, they can easily get freaked out, and could start to drop their leaves.
These plants are fantastic once you know exactly what they need in order to thrive. If you want to try your hand at being a plant parent to a fiddle I would check out your local Lowe’s, Home Depot, or any of your local greenhouses! These places can give you some additional advice on how to care for these guys.
Let me know if you have a Fiddle Leaf Fig, or if you’re interested in getting one in the comments below!