Save The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
I know it's become somewhat of a controversial plant given that it's used pretty much everywhere, but my love for a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree runs deep and I'm one of those people who will continue to use this green leafed beauty in projects until the day I die. I mention death because that's the one thing that is commonly associated with these trees; you get one, and then they die. Listen, I have killed more than a few of these myself and I know how hard it is when you have to take one to the curb, especially because they don't come cheap (although I have seen some amazing ones at Ikea!) I'm here to tell you that there is one reason these plants don't live and I'm going to give it to you straight... it's not them, it's you.
How do I know this? Because my girlfriend bought a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree years ago when it was a wee baby and it now looks like this. (Excuse the iPhone photo, this room I recently designed is one I have yet to shoot).
And you guys, this is after she trimmed it and she said it's not even it's best angle. Yes, even plants have good angles! I've decided that if you have grown a plant in your home that looks like this than you are automatically an expert. In that vein, I've asked our expert Maria how she got her tree to grow like this and in doing so I learned all the ways that I have been killing mine. I've recently installed two of these in my #WabanProject (for those of you who follow along on Insta stories) and by using Maria's recommendations they are still thriving and growing. Like with a newborn, you really can't ask for more than that.
Here are the 5 things Maria did to turn a small potted plant into the marvel that you see above.
- Light. fiddle leaf figs like light and direct natural light. I had mine in the corner of a bright room which I thought would be enough, but it wasn't. I've since moved it to the windowsill to take advantage of the morning sun and it is so much happier.
- Do not overwater. This is a BIG one. Set a timer in your phone if you have to. Only water your fiddle leaf every two weeks. No more, no less. Two weeks. That's important.
- Bring the water to your plant. Maria advises moving the plant as little as possible. Rather than bringing your plant to the sink, bring the water to your plant. I love this watering can because it looks like a piece of art and you can leave it on display after you are done!
- Rotate the plant after you water it. Other than not overwatering, this seems to be the most important rule and since I've adopted this move, my fiddle leaf is exploding. Basically, Maria says to rotate the entire plant a quarter to a half turn each time you water it. This allows all the leaves to get their moment in the sun and really helps to encourage a full plant.
- Don't be afraid to trim it. I feel like almost every time I see Maria's tree it has taken on a different shape and that because she is not afraid to cut off dead leaves or ones that are making the plant lean. No only does this allow you to really shape your tree, but it also helps to put the plant's energy into the new growth versus holding on to leaves that are dying.
That's it. Five easy steps that can allow you to have tree like this in your home which is clearly such an amazing statement. I would love nothing more than to grow a tree this big in our living room, but sadly the corner that would house it doesn't get enough light. For those of you who have been afraid to give this picky tree a chance, I really think you would be crazy not to give this one another go. A tree like this could absolutely make any space better which is why I'm on team Fiddle Leaf Fig... for life! Xx
Edited: From Maria, One last piece of advice when watering it I use a 2 gallon watering can and fill it to the top! Don't forget to talk to it let it know it's loved! At night time it droops and looks like it's failing but in fact it's sleeping so only water in the morning.
Top photo via The Sill, a company that I have been obsessed with since its inception!