Fiddle Me This: The Fiddle Leaf Fig

Happy July! It has been so hot and dry in my little part of the world, we have been super busy watering flowers. I have to admit, they don’t have the luster and color that they have had in the past, so my next post will be a “What’s in my garden” post. I am giving them a little more time to “pop”.

I hope everyone (in the USA, that is) had a wonderful July 4th! The weather was hot, and we had a great time!

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I have been working overtime trying to water everything. I really have to concentrate on my containers, which include my window boxes. I have also been tending to my indoor plants as well. They seem to really be getting drier than usual for this summer. When I am not looking for plants to put in my garden, I am looking for plants to put in every window of my little house!

I have been reading all about this hot new, trendy houseplant called the fiddle leaf fig. Of course, it piqued my curiosity, and I had to buy one. Well, I actually bought two.

What is a fiddle leaf fig?

  • It originates from West Africa. It has these beautiful paddle-shaped leaves that really make it a showstopper houseplant.

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  • It is very easy to maintain. It needs bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Water once a week, or when it is dry on the top. Do not over water.
  • You can spritz it with water to get the little dirt marks off. As you can see above, mine needs to be cleaned!
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My small fiddle leaf that is right at home in a  galvanized pail on my enclosed patio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thing about them is that they are very hard to come by, and can be very pricey. Because of their beautiful, dramatic, yet elegant look, the world is in love with fiddle leaf figs.

I have read a lot of stuff about them, but when I went to the nursery to get the scoop on these fantastic plants, they told me they were very easy to care for. There are tons of articles out there that painstakingly tell you how complicated they are to care for, but the truth is, so far so good. I heard they were slow growers, but to my surprise, my big fiddle leaf in the dining room is already growing, just two weeks at my house!

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So, I highly recommend this plant to your houseplant collection if:

  • You have bright, indirect sunlight
  • Keep the temps between 65-75 degrees farenheit (18-23 degrees celsius)
  • You are able to water it once a week, but never soak it

I love the plants that I got, and you can get them at Home Depot if you don’t want to go to a nursery. I am constantly adding plants around my house, and this decision was one I was very happy I made!

 

 

 

 

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