a million 1170 pins on Pinterest, I started to notice my favorite rooms always had the same gorgeous tree tucked away in a corner. The oversized leaves are so cool, and the splash of bright green seems to add the perfect finishing touch. I became obsessed with figuring out what kind of tree it was, and then getting my grubby hands on one! I even created a board dedicated to the little lovely, ‘Gittin Figgy Wit It.’
Turns out it’s a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree….and see for yourself how perfect it is in decor…
Are you convinced you need a Fiddle Leaf Fig in your life yet? I was lucky enough to stumble across one at Home Depot the end of last year, but it died before I got a chance to blog it (leaves fell off one-by-one until it was a stick). To be fair, it wasn’t in great shape to start with, but I was blinded by desire and took it home anyway. Then I found them at a nursery (Calloways), but was too worried I’d kill it within a week to pay the hefty $100 price tag! Christmas came early a few weeks ago in the form of a 30% off coupon….so this baby came home with me!
The basket is a World Market gem, and I’m grateful for the handles since the plant expert instructed me to haul it outside every 10 days for a thorough soaking. She said little doses of water would work for awhile, but eventually the root ball would die without a good soak. TWSS That’s fairly high-maintenance for a houseplant, but I’m committed. And she said we’d be rewarded with a long life of giant gorgeous leaves.
It brings so much life to our Breakfast Room! Fiddle Leaf Figs are slow growers, but ultimately I hope it reaches the ceiling. The trunks are tied with garden string until they grow stronger, and I did prune some of the leaves off the lower portion so it was more tree-like.
I’ve got a few projects planned for this room, like drapes and painting the rest of the chairs, and I may have to try Jenny’s Ombre Paint Treatment on the basket, too.
Wouldn’t that look so cool?
Do you have any high-maintenance houseplants? Are you as infatuated with the Fiddle Leaf Fig as I? If you have any tips on how to not kill it, please share with the class!
Love the look of them! However, I think our Cairn terrier would think it was the perfect place to dig and bury a bone. LOL
What a score! I have been coveting one of these myself. My lack of a green thumb has prevented me from searching high and low, but it sounds easy enough. I will just have to park it close to the door for easy handling. Love yours!
I can't keep anything alive so all I've got are three fake orchids. I just love the look of this tree though!
Love a fig – but wonder how quickly I would kill it!? I can only keep a peace lily alive – it wilts – I water – it lives……
I am now convinced that I too, need a fiddle leaf fig tree. It looks great and + I love saying fiddle leaf fig tree.
I was really hoping you got this off the internet so I could order one! I want a mini one (did I make this up that they make these…) for my living room. They are so GORGEOUS!
I'll take two trees please. And all the decor:)
I purchased one several months ago after stalking them for over a year! I'm noticing brown spots on some of the leaves and I'm freaking out. Please don't die, beloved tree! Thanks for passing on the root ball soaking advice, Cassie.
Gorgeous tree. How much light does it need?
Oh I love, love, love! And I'm so jealous, jealous, jealous 😀 I so badly want one in my living room *whine* I've been hesitant to buy one for fear that I too will kill it (in a previous life I was a serial houseplant killer). But, I just might have to put my past behind me and give it another go. They're just so fabulous!
I love it! I need one but I want to know how you got a 30% off coupon to Calloways? It seems like they used to always have coupons but I haven't been able to find one in the longest time.
It looks so great! I'm such a house plant killer – that poor tree wouldn't stand a chance over here, but I can think of two places in my home where that tree would look so great! Can someone please make a realistic looking fake for me please!
My sister actually got a fiddle leaf fig tree (a little shorty one) when her daughter was born 13 years ago! She isn't a green thumb and passed it on to my grandmother to take care of because she couldn't live with herself if she let it die. 🙂
The tree is to the ceiling now and hearty as ever. I'll ask my grandmother for her Yoda-esque Fiddle Leaf Fig tree wisdom and pass it on.
I had never heard of them but it's gorgeous! I just got my first 'real' orchid. I'm hoping I don't kill it.
Thank you for doing the research! I've been trying to figure out what type of tree this was, and I've seen them on most of my favorite rooms, and the Ikea catalog! As much as I'd want one, I will most likely kill it! We've gone through several orchids and cactii already! But keep us updated so we know how you're doing with your fig tree!
Oh I am so jealous of you right now! I want one of those trees too! :0)
My husband lovingly took care of our ficus tree until it died and hasn't recovered since. Not sure we could keep the fig tree alive but it looks great!
Its beautiful!! I kill every live house plant I own. Love that basket too -its perfect
I saw this plant/tree at Home Depot recently and the leaves were already showing signs of extreme neglect. But I have my eye out for better specimans elsewhere. Perfect for a corner!
cassie, i bought 2 of them from home depot last october. they lasted less than a month. same thing… leaves dropped one by one. sooo sad. hmmm, hadn't heard the tip about soaking it. a local nursery told me they do best when they dry out between waterings. good luck! i think they're gorgeous. pam
Love the plant. And LOVE LOVE that basket! What a great find!!
one of my favorites!
OH I love how leafy it is! It definitely puts my little house plant to shame. I think the maintenance will be well worth the ambiance it brings!
It's gorgeous. I love those as well. I could never ever keep that puppy alive though. I am super impressed.
I need one but I am SURE I would kill it! Good luck 🙂
Oh, I love those trees! I've always wanted some tall ones in the living room to add height and life and color. But all I have to do is look at a plant and it dies.
We have my husbands Peace Lily in our living room right now, which he has grown to over 5 feet tall! I'm not allowed to touch it. 🙂
I want one SO BAD! If only I could find a way to keep my dog from peeing on it…
Our house may as well be a cave, it gets so little natural light. I have an orchid that gets a couple hours of "play time" outside on the front stoop every day. 🙂
You've convinced me, now I want one!
I love the tree but have been banned by several horticultural organizations about purchasing more plants. I am knowing as the Marque de Sade of Greenery in these parts……every plant dies a cruel slow and painful death in my hands 🙂
How cute is that?!? Love your new addition 🙂
Love the fig tree. I've killed every houseplant I've ever had so I'm not going to attempt any more until the kids are grown andI can devote energy (or even a thought) to them!
I love those plants. I have been considering adding one to my dining room for a while and I wish I hadn't read the part of how high maintenance it is. They are beautiful and definitely worth the extra work.
I like your Fiddle Leaf Fig. I have a tendency to "rescue" clearance plants at Lowes. Ultimately, I extend their life by another 6 months to a year before their impending doom.
Love this tree! It is definitely on my list of wants for the Spring. I love the basket you put yours in as well!
Glad that you did this post! I've been wanting one of these plants but I couldn't remember the name! I wonder if they do well in Florida?
I just bought a fig for my living room too! It's so nice because it doesn't say "tropical" like a palm or "asian" like bamboo. I'm hoping I don't kill mine either, lol. The lady at the nursery said I should give it a quart every week, and periodically stick it in the shower when it got dusty. Good luck with your tree 🙂
P.S. The garden lady also said to give it filtered or distilled water, because something in regular tap water (minerals… salts?) can cause the brown spots in the leaves.
I love them also, I live in Florida and have two on my back porch. Do you remember the one at Chester's Road House? It grew it the middle of the restaurant. I am sure they did not remove it every 10 days.
Love this tree! Wish I had somewhere to put one. I need to figure that out!!! hummm…
Figs are extremely tempermental and difficult to keep alive. I stopped trying many years ago because they kept dying. I do know they don't like being moved around a lot, so if you find a spot it's doing well in, leave it there.
Hi-I'm a lurker, living in central Indiana. I rescued a fiddle leaf fig when I was in college (almost 20 years ago). It had three leaves at the time, only about 2 feet tall. Now, it's about 8 ft. tall and full of leaves. I have never taken it outside or given it filtered water. You don't have to be afraid of it, mine thrives with minimal effort and after 20 years it's pretty much a part of the family. 🙂
Love it!!! I have a plethora of houseplants and have been wanting a fiddle leaf fig for a while, but I haven't found one around here for a price I am willing to pay. To see if James would be accepting of yet ANOTHER house plant, I left a page open in House Beautiful a couple months back that had two in a room, and he totally mentioned them!! Yes… soon they will be mine!! As the comment above mine says, do listen to the advice of the person who sold you the tree, but don't be too scared of it. Plants are quite hardy, espcially if you condition them to be ; )
Thanks for all the comments guys!
Dana — the brown spots may be a sign of too wet roots. The reason for only watering every 10 days or so is because the roots need time to dry out completely between waterings.
Ecochic — I think they need a fair amount of bright light. I've already noticed mine leaning towards the dominate window. I just spin it every few days.
Sara — Sign up for the Calloways e-newsletter and you'll get sales and coupons every now and then. The recent 30% off was for one item and one day only…so I had to act fast! 🙂
Erin — PLEASE share the figgy wisdom!
Christina — a 5 foot peace lily!! You are a serious green thumb, I think you and a fig would get along great!
Anon — thanks for assuring us they can grow large and vibrant…I will not cower to my houseplant! 🙂
My houseplants seem to do better if I place about a dozen large white pebbles in the large saucer directly under the pot so it won't sit in excess water. Your plant is gorgeous and I hope you'll keep us informed on its progress.
I adore, ADORE the Fiddle Leaf Fig! I'm loving the homage to the beautiful tree/plant.
Fiddle leaf figs are so pretty. I'm not sure I'm willing to take one outside to water it every week, though. That's pretty high maintenance, and I'm a bit too lazy for that!
I had honestly never heard of a Fiddle Leaf fig before this post, but the other week we were wandering around the garden centre and saw one. It looked so great in your house that I decided it would look good in mine too! Here's the post if you are interested… http://www.aswellplacetodwell.com/2012/04/meet-fergus.html
Thank you for introducing me to this awesome plant.
I just got one of these and am posting about it later this week. I hope to not kill it! I also got it at Home Depot. Let's hope it makes it. So I read just to water it every 10 days or so when the soil is dry. Do you water it more often? And, then also take it out for a soak every ten days? Any tips?
I found you through another blog, where she had your first picture. I have been searching for a fiddle leaf tree too, and am going to ask my local nursery to get one if they don't have them come Spring. Thanks for the watering advice too. XO, Pinky