Fiddle leaf figs are everywhere and I’m sure you’ve seen them a million places by now. It is the coveted, of-the-moment (A very long moment, I grant you) tree that interior designers are putting in all types of splendid spaces. I, myself was lured by their ginormous glossy leaves and fun shape and purchased one last year and I love him. Yes, him. I named him Cam. I feel like I try much harder to keep my plants alive when I humanize them. He looks perfect in my living room in a blue and white Chinoiserie pot. Cam is definitely a lot more high maintenance than I thought he was going to be. He sits in a corner between two windows that face north. It is recommended that fiddle leaf figs receive bright, indirect light. A perfect spot! He did great for the first 9 months or so. I watered him once a week and he seemed happy… or so I thought. Over the last 5 months, he’s been dropping his bottom leaves. I thought perhaps his soil needed to be freshened so I added some compost and new potting soil. And the leaves still dropped. I thought perhaps I was over-watering him, so I reduced his waterings. No change. I thought then maybe I was under watering and adjusted accordingly. No difference. I’ve even worked in misting him on a semi daily basis (since these trees like humidity) and playing him classical music during the days. He is still dropping his leaves and I am still wondering why and hoping and praying that he stops it and pulls through.
My point is this: these trees are shown everywhere in well designed rooms that are modern to traditional and every style in between. And they are GORGEOUS. But just know that they may not be right for your space or your level of green thumb. There are so many options out there that will look just as beautiful and suit your living room, dining room, bedroom, or wherever. Like the common ficus, the fiddle leaf fig will eventually lose out its popularity to some new, cool house plant. So here’s a look at some really great alternative options for indoor plants to “spruce” up your interiors. Haha! Spruce, get it?
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