Every time I go into a Home Depot or Lowe’s, I can’t help but keep my eye out for a fiddle leaf fig tree in the plant section. I’ve heard of people finding them for a steal at IKEA, but the nearest one is two hours away. Indiana definitely isn’t the ideal climate for a fiddle leaf fig tree, which thrives in 70-90 degree temps. So, I had never stumbled on one, and wasn’t sure I ever would. Then last week during a trip to check out a washer + dryer for our new house, lo and behold there were three fiddle leaf figs in the corner of Home Depot, on sale for $8.88!
If you haven’t followed home design trends, these plants often cost $100 if you buy a full-grown plant at a nursery. Not only do they add an organic, artful look to a room, but they also clean toxins out of the air. That’s a huge plus since we are pretty much hibernating in our house all winter. Here are a few inspiration photos:
Camille Styles Studio / photo by Jessica Pages
Emily Henderson / photo by Zeke Reulas
House Tweaking / photo by Dana Miller
The plant I bought wasn’t in great condition. It had a few brown edges on the leaves and was on the smaller side. But for less than $10, I was willing to take a risk and see if I could coax it to thrive in our house. As soon as I got the sweet little thing home, I started googling how to care for the little guy, and here’s a summary of what I learned to do:
LIGHT: Keep in bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid sun rays hitting the plant.
CLEAN: Wipe off the leaves when dusty to allow maximum photosynthesis. The dust blocks the carbon dioxide from entering the pores in the leaves.
WATER: When the top inch of soil is dry (best determined by sticking your finger in the soil, watching the leaves for drooping, and feeling the pot getting lighter as the water is used up), place the plant in your sink/shower and flood the pot with lukewarm water. Then allow it to drain completely before returning to pot. It’s better to underwater than overwater.
POTTING: Don’t repot into a big pot. The roots can “freak out” if they have too much space. Better to keep it in the original plastic pot and trim the roots when they start to grow out or move to a pot that is just 2 inches larger if you want the plant to get bigger.
SEASONS: The plant is dormant in the winter and won’t grow much. During the summer it can sit outside in a shady spot with plenty of indirect light, and it will grow 2-3 feet. Only fertilize in the summer.
TRIMMING: Don’t trim the brown spots or remove leaves, sometimes these can recover or it is a way the plant it protecting itself from over/under-watering.
One week down and so far, so good!