It's funny how trends* can burrow into our thoughts and over time alter what we like. For years I've spied big and beautiful fiddle leaf fig plants [or are they trees?! #Clueless] in some of my favourite roomscapes. In the beginning I didn't think much of them. But then they started to grow on me. Like a little bit something tropical in your living room. I hesitated for so long to buy one because I've heard they're tricky. And actually, because I don't think I've ever even seen a fiddle leaf fig in real life. I may not have been looking particularly hard because this week I spied loads of them in our local hardware store.
I've heard fiddle leaf figs can be a bit high maintenance. Therefore, it was only natural that someone with such a fantastic record for murdering plants would buy one! In all seriousness, I'm determined to keep this guy alive. So far I've read that one cup of water per week is a good starting point and polishing the leaves with coconut oil is a must (?). Do they like direct sunlight? Do they hate hot / cold rooms? Should I prune it? Re-pot it? Rotate the pot? Can they thrive in dark corners? [ie - our entire apartment]. If you have any fig tips at all that you wouldn't mind sharing, I would be hugely appreciative. At the very least I think I'll need to set an alarm on my phone for when to water it ...
Standing at just 1ft tall and take pride of place on our dining room table already, he's just a widdle fiddle.
*Can plants be trendy? That doesn't sound right. I don't see them as something that should be treated as a trend, but you know what I mean.