Outdoor Plants are my jam.
Gardening is my jam. However, when it comes to indoor plants, I don’t have the same level of confidence. This spring, we decided to add a bit of greenery to the inside of our home. Adam and Dylan gifted me my first Fiddle Leaf Fig tree for Stepmother’s Day and it’s been a joy watching it grow.
After I spotted a tiny hole on one of the leaves, I became weary and insecure with what I’d been doing so far, thus I reached out to a few insta plant moms that are rocking this Fiddle game. Now that Im a bit more comfortable with the process, I’m happy to share what I’ve learned in hopes that it’ll be less intimidating.
- Purchase a healthy tree. Some have the ability to take plants in delicate states and revive them fully. I’m not there yet and don’t feel comfortable buying a sick plant. If you’re not a botanical conosieur, I would advise against buying any plant that isn’t in a very healthy state. In the case of the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, look for vibrant, thick green leaves!
- Place your tree in a well lit spot. They are indoor plants, after all, therefore they don’t necessarily have to have the sun beaming down on them at all times. However, they do require (at least) a few hours of direct sunlight. For our Fiddle, Ernie, those hours are between 7-1030 am. Ultimately, if your tree is in a light and airy room that gets enough indirect lighting, you should be just fine!
- Don’t over water. From what I read, these babies can be finicky with their water consumption. Too much is a really bad thing with them. My friend Michelle suggested I stick my finger deeply into the soil, if it is completely dry, then it’s time to water! Otherwise, your fiddle will continue to benefit from what it already has. For Ernie, that time span is about every 7 days, but I always check to make sure.
- Limit the movement of your tree. (Read: ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it) Plants and trees don’t react well to constant movement. Find a good location and let it flourish right there.
- Wipe your leaves off regularly. I complete this task on watering day, and I’m always shocked at how dirty the damp paper towel looks! From a bit of research, even a layer or two of dust is enough to prevent your fiddle from absorbing the sunlight properly.
Lastly, I encourage you to try and follow the routine the nursery’s routine to the best of your ability. Whatever is working for them, will probably work for you. We’ve had a lot of fun watching Ernie grow a bit. He’s already got 2 new leaves. I got so excited over the outcome, that I may or may not have purchased another one this past week.
His name is Newton, can you even?