About a month ago, Paul brought home this gem.
I've been dreaming of a fiddle leaf fig tree for a while. One Sunday afternoon, I casually asked Paul to see if they had some at Home Depot. Surprisingly, they had a bunch of mature ones like this for about $40. Since I'm quite the plant killer, I did my research on how to take care of a fiddle leaf fig tree. According to several sources (here is a good one), some key things to remember are:
1) They need abundant but not direct sunlight. They also tend to lean or grow towards the light so rotating the tree once in a while helps the tree grow upwards.
2) Do not over water!
3) Keep away from dry heat and drafts.
Unfortunately, we went on vacation for a week and when we got back, the tree looked like this.
It has lost about 2-3 leaves since then. Hopefully it's not dying a very slow and painful death. I think not getting enough sunlight and/or the draft from our ceiling fan (which is constantly on) are the main issues, and we're working on this. I sure hope I can keep this beaut alive for a year, or at least until they're back in stock again and I can get a replacement! For now, we'll enjoy the time we have together, however long that may be.
Coincidentally, I was watching Giuliana & Bill yesterday, and what do you know. They have one too!
I leave you with some pictures of homes which feature these lovelies.
Let's let that marinade a little. Here's to wishing for a living room that could be...(sigh).