Remodeling and Home Design

Trend + How To: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Flip through any designer magazine or blog and you'll see completed room photos staged beautifully with a fiddle leaf fig perched regally in the corner of your dream house.

It happens all the time.  It seems that this trend has held its title for a good while now and I wish I could speak personally on the merits of owning one.  But I don't because I kill green things.  With the exception of a few immortal pothos plants and succulents, my larger house plants are fake...  Faux.  It sounds better.  Faux Fauna.  Faux sho'.

Part of the reasoning behind me not buying one is that they're pricey house trees.  If you buy a grown fig they can be upwards of several hundred dollars.  I can't murder that much money.  You can grab smaller, table plant sized baby figgies for around $20, but then you have to wait for it to grow to have that staged designer home style punch.  And you're not supposed to kill it.  Thus my problem.

Feast your eyes.  You can put one in any room.  From an all white spa bathroom, to a bohemian styled living room, even in a rustic glam dining room, interior design begs that you bring green into the decor.  If you do fall in love with one after taking a peak at the slider below and decide to adopt one, here is a brief how-to on Fiddle Leaf Fig parenting from Apartment Therapy.  

Water your fig tree when only the top inch of soil is dry. Test this by sticking your finger in the soil. Pretty soon you'll figure out about how often you need to water. Keep in mind that this may fluctuate based on seasonal humidity, etc.

Keep your fiddle leaf fig in bright, indirect light. In other words, you want it to have a lot of light, but not sunbeams falling directly on it.

Fertilize once a month during growing seasons, but not in winter.

Repotting or Trimming the Root Ball
When roots begin to grow out of the bottom of the pot, either re-pot into a container that's a couple inches bigger or trim the rootball, being sure not to reduce the roots by more than 20 percent. (This latter option also keeps the plant from getting too big, if that's a concern).

Cleaning the Leaves
Because of their large surface, fiddle leaf fig leaves tend to collect a lot of dust. To keep the plant healthy (dust can block light absorption), wipe dust off with a soft cloth.