This week I welcomed a new addition to my household – though not actually a person, this new addition IS a living thing. I got a new Ficus Lyrata. Or, as it is commonly referred to, a fiddle-leaf fig.
For quite some time I have wanted to replace a plant that, until recently (RIP), had resided in a corner of my dining room for decades. I used a Christmas gift certificate to my favorite home and garden store to acquire a replacement plant. Because of the popularity of fiddle-leaf figs, particularly with decorators, shipments don’t last long at Terrain. But because I visit the store often, I was able to catch a new shipment arriving.
I spent a bit of time sizing up the contenders at Terrain. After looking through them all, I found one I connected with…does that sound crazy? So, with the help of one of my favorite (as well as lovely, knowledgeable and helpful) Terrain associates, I reviewed the care required for my new household addition. Knowing that too much love (aka over watering) was the number one reason for fatalities in this variety of plant, I took the suggestion to purchase a water meter. It is a handy item to own and I do have the tendency to over love my houseplants!
Getting some help picking out a fiddle-leaf fig from one of my favorite Terrain associates in the Westport, CT store.
So, I brought my new addition home and, with his (I have no idea why I immediately decided its gender) large beautiful leaves, this bold plant is the perfect one for the bright corner in my dining room!
My new fiddle-leaf fig in his new home!
I know many of you own one of these plants or would like to own one, so I am sharing tips for success, courtesy of Terrain, on today’s Friday field trip.
Light: Fiddle-leaf figs prefer abundant, indirect light. Too little light will cause the plant to lose leaves and thin out. They also tend to grow towards the light, which can create a leaning shape. Rotate the plant regularly to keep it growing straight and full.
Temperature: Grow best in humid conditions with temperature consistently above 65 degrees. It is best to place your fig outdoors in summer when the weather is hot and humid. When the plant is indoors, place in an area with a consistent temperature and free from drafts.
Watering: The fiddle-leaf fig thrives with short, dry periods between waterings. Generally, water every 14 days – adjust depending on the amount of light your plant receives. Water thoroughly, but be sure that the soil and pot can drain completely. Do not allow the plant to sit in water, or it may suffer from leaf drop and root rot.
Tips: Dust the leaves periodically to assure that the plant can absorb as much light as possible. Use a soft, dry cloth to gently remove any dust buildup. Do not dust with your hands, as rubbing the leaves can damage them and cause drops of white, milky sap to appear.
Hope this is helpful to fiddle-leaf fig owners or future owners!
The only other houseplant in my dining room – this cute little fern.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend, Jackie