Care Of A Fiddle Leaf Fig

Sunday, July 15, 2018

I recently posed a question and answer segment on my Instagram stories and was overwhelmingly surprised by how many questions I received about the care of a fiddle leaf fig!

First, in case you're not sure what a fiddle leaf fig is. Let me give you a brief run down. Ficus lyrata, commonly known as the fiddle leaf fig is a species of flowering plant in the mulberry and fig family. It is native to western Africa, where it grows in the tropical rainforest.

This fiddle welcomes everyone from my front porch.

Now, to those who relish its architectural charm, and have interior designers swooning over its shapely, dark green leaves, it's the bread to your butter! 

The addition of a fig to your space will add a fresh modern vibe to your home. Which is why it has become the "It" plant of the design world!

Trendy? Maybe. But for now, who cares! They're beautiful, although tempermental little turds (which is what I've called them from time to time) when I was killing them at least once a month!

That is until I discovered the secret to keeping these little blankety blank blanks ALIVE!!

Once you discover the secret to their survival, they're actually a pretty easy, low maintenance houseplant!

Here's what I've learned so far!

1. Place in a sunny spot with indirect light, you don't want them to burn. 

2. Keep them away from drafts.

3. Water them once a week ONLY and for a small plant like mine (see photo above) I only give him 2     
     cups of water ONCE A WEEK!

4. If you find that he looks root bound and you need to repot him, just go to the next size pot. Do not
    go too large! They won't like this! I've done this and they will die!

5. Make sure that your pot has good drainage, they don't like wet feet!

6. Wipe their leaves with milk (that's right, milk) to keep their leaves clean and dust free.

That's it! I've never even fertilized mine! I've just followed these simple steps and for right now they seem happy and healthy!

Or you could play it safe and go the faux route, like this beautiful one from World Market ;)

Good luck!

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