Have you noticed this beautiful tropical houseplant that is tall and skinny with really large leaves. The fiddle leaf fig tree or Ficus Lyrata is becoming very popular in home decorating, and as I continue to set up my home office, I felt it really needed such a dramatic beauty.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
I’ve been keeping an eye out for one at Home Depot and my local nurseries, but after a while I decided to just order one from Amazon – Fiddleleaf Fig Tree. I was so surprised, and excited, to find it with my mail, just 3 days later. Packed well with peanuts and masking tape over the dirt, it looked un-phased from the trip. The first thing I did after removing the masking tape, was set it in the bathtub, and give it a good drink of water. I had read that this plant, like so many others, likes to be watered thoroughly, until you see water draining out the bottom, and then make sure that it doesn’t sit in the water. So while it was draining I took a damp cloth and wiped down the leaves. The newer ones on top really didn’t need much, but some of the older leaves were pretty dusty. For now I have it on a side table next to a bright window in my office which faces southwest. Soon, all the leaves from the maple tree outside the window will be gone, allowing even more light to shine in the room. I’ll wait until the pot is thoroughly dried out before watering again. I usually can tell if the top looks dry and I stick a finger in up to my second knuckle and it’s dry then it’s time to water. While I can still lift it I will probably take it back to the tub. Once it gets to big to lift I’ll have to be more careful, using a drainage saucer and double checking that no water is left for the pot to sit in.
Just The Facts
Height: This tree can reach up to 10 feet indoors.
Sun: Bright Indirect Sun, some say a west-facing exposure is best.
Water: Let it dry out, then water well, until it comes out the bottom. Do not let it sit in water.
Pot: You should re-pot once a year in the spring while the plant is young using a soil that drains well.
Now I need to find a nice planter to put the fiddle leaf fig tree nursery pot in. I’m thinking of buying a decorative basket and placing the nursery pot and the plastic saucer inside. That way I won’t have to disturb the plant until it’s time to re-pot. Additional resources: Gardenista HGTV House Plants Experts This video was great too.