Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Our New not the Typical Houseplant

If your like me then you've been seeing Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees pop up all over blog land. I loved that this pretty tree wasn't the typical palm houseplant, in the pictures it looked leafy and sculptural and freaking cool. There I said it the Ficus Lyrta aka Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, is freaking cool! Several months ago (Feb 2013)  I was looking though Sunset magazine and came across this article  about chic houseplants (I know so fitting, lol) I was really intrigued about adding three houseplants to our home, one being the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree. In addition to the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, I love the Black Aralia, and the Vriesia hieroglyphica hybrid 


(image via Sunset Magazine)


Over the past few months, I've spotted a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree at Ikea, but it looked dead. In my opinion Ikea has a great selection of plants, but its it or miss in terms it actually being alive and kicking. I wasn't actively hunting for a fiddle leaf tree, but had it in my mind one would be perfect in our house. On Sunday morning, I stop in our local Home Depot  looking for a new paint stripper for our Campaign Dresser, yup I just started working on refinishing it (it will be done this week and I'll share after pictures next week) Anyways, Hasani and I stopped in the house plant section when I spotted a forest of Fiddle Leaf fig trees!! 

I was ecstatic  because they had several to choose from and at good prices (check out my Instagram picture here) From what I've seen around the Internet they can range from affordable to crazy expensive in upwards of hundreds of dollars. Our Home Depot, had two large size ones, smaller than the one in magazines for $99 bucks. Lucky for me that had medium sizes for only $15.99, during checkout I asked if these plants had a one year warranty (they do)  because everything I've read they are hard to keep alive. 

Here are two of the tree medium size Fiddle Leaf Fig trees, I spotted while at Home Depot. All three looked pretty healthy with only a few spots on the lower leafs. 



Here's our new not the typical house plant in our home. For the time being I'm using this simple white planter, I picked up on clearance at Lowes. I love the idea of using a large woven basket instead of a basic planter, adds another later of warmth and texture. We have a large woven basket we use for Avery's toys that we picked up from Target months ago, I'm considering buying another one. But my plan is to pop into Marshall's and Home Goods this weekend because they have an amazing selection of baskets (for cheap). 




Right now, I'm in the process of finding out what area of my home our new plant will thrive & we're also dealing with a curious two year old who loves to touch. I'm trying to teach Avery to 'look with his eyes and not with his hands' parenthood, we are deep in the trenches of toddler-dom. Here's our tree in our mudroom / laundry room, I place it in here for morning filtered light.  



I found this post from the Gardenista very helpful for learning to care of our new houseplant. I'm so looking forward to getting our living room & dining room areas more filled out in terms of style and decor and can't wait to see pretty images of our Fiddle Leaf Fig tree (like the one below) when I walk though our front door.


(via Pinterest)

I'm hoping to add one more Fiddle Leaf Fig tree to our home, in our master bedroom, but only a small table top one. 

What do you think of the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree? Have you been on the hunt for a affordable one? What's your favorite houseplant? 

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20 comments:

  1. Lucky!! I would love one, but I happen to kill everything and our house doesn't get great sunlight. Sigh.

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    1. For $15 bucks you might have to give it a try! :)

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  2. I love the plants, very green and a nice big statement.

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    1. Yes the green is everything! I love how fun and pretty they are :)

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  3. Love them! It's always hard to find something that doesnt look like the ho-hum tree your grandmother had stuck behind a couch for years. I may have to go check these out!

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    1. Agreed! lol :) They are super pretty & freaking cool in person :)

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  4. oh that's not a bad price at all! I am not good with plants usually but am open for giving this a try. We need some green in our house, and I do have a perfect spot for one!
    also, i like your idea of the woven basket, but are you worried about water seeping out when you water it?

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    1. If I go the route of using a basket for the pant, I was thinknig of replanting it in a lager cheapie pot that has built in water plant tray to catch all the water - I would hate to have water stains on our hardwood floors (picture me in tears!) & then the basket would be only for looks :) lol

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  5. I would love one of these but my house doesn't get a lot of sunlight and I would probably kill it. I am pretty good at keeping plants alive but all of them are shade lovin plants. It looks good in your house!

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    1. Thanks Darnetha! I'm crossing my fingers I'll keep her alive - I usually just buy succulents (cheap and easy)

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  6. I am wishing you a lot of luck with yours. Mine did not last and I was so bummed. The leaves starting turning brown and falling off. One by one I watched that baby die. It was so heartbreaking! LOL!!

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    1. Oh No Brandi! I'm sorry, I've killed my fair share of plants in the past too, the Home Depot warranty has given me confidence, lol :) I'll keep you posted on its progress :)

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    2. I have two Fiddle Figs purchased for $25 on the streets of New York. So far they are holding their own. I have them placed very close to windows with west sun. I have new growth but not large [hmm?] I will try and send you pic. Please let me know plant progress and yourmaintenance plan.

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    3. Awesome deals & so cool you found yours from a street vendor, gotta love NYC huh :) I'd love to see a pic! Everything I've read so far is saying just water once a week - I also like the idea of giving it rain baths in the tub once a month.

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  7. Get the heck out! You don't even know how many times I stopped into Home Depot to find a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree. No luck yet! Congratulations LOL!

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    1. Ahh, I'm crossing my fingers that your local Home Depot will start selling them ~ also try Ikea...I'm hoping to snag a small one from there soon.

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  8. Great find! Your tree is a lot bigger than ones I've seen - and a great price. Looks awesome!

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  9. I love the fiddle leaf tree. You have me considering making the purchase, although every plant that I have owned has died. Including my flowers outside, lol. Good luck with yours!

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  10. I am running the home depot now! Your is a good size... and love the one year warranty! I have killed 2 from ikea already!

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    1. Tiffany, for sure give it one more try!! So far ours is doing good even with curious strong toddler hands, lol.

      I'm hoping to find one of the small ones this weekend at Ikea for my bedroom....

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