The fiddle leaf fig, or Ficus Lyrata, is this year’s “it” plant. Maybe last year’s, too. They’re lush and sculptural and make for excellent eye candy in photographs of some of the most beautiful apartments.
But, how hard is it to keep one alive? Gardenista contributor Erin set about on a little fact-finding mission to learn more about these beautiful trees. Here’s what she learned:
Above: Photo courtesy of Daniel Kanter via Manhattan Nest.
Plenty of light is the key to success for blogger Daniel Kanter’s fiddle leaf. His fifth-floor apartment in Brooklyn is high enough to be filled with sunlight throughout the day. Daniel cautions against overwatering. Daniel also gives his leaves a good rubdown to make sure they’re not stifled by dust.
Photo courtesy of Anna Dorfman via Door Sixteen.
Above: Blogger Anna Dorfman’s fiddle leaf lives in her home in the Hudson River Valley. Anna’s tree enjoys filtered light from a south-facing window all day long. And even though she’s a self-described plant killer, her fiddle leaf is still alive and well. Anna’s advice? Don’t over-water. She lets the soil in her pot dry completely before giving her fiddle leaf a good shower. She also suggested that it’s important that the pot that you choose not be too big.
Above: Houseplant expert Eliza Blank of The Sill for her take on the Fiddle Leaf. While The Sill, a house plant delivery service in New York, typically trades in slightly smaller houseplants, Eliza will fill special orders for larger trees like the fiddle leaf. She confirms that fiddle leaf figs are better suited to a light-filled Soho loft than a dim apartment. Beyond good light, Eliza says the most important thing is a consistent environment. Airy offices with bright, consistent light are ideal spaces.
Do you have a fiddle leaf fig? If so, please tell us your tips for keeping it alive and healthy.
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