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Finally Got My Fiddle Leaf Figs!

Southern Living called them the "plant of the year." Ever since, it's been almost impossible to find a fiddle leaf fig tree. I browsed Home Depot every time we've gone (which is a lot. Eddie K. Duh. Man likes his tools...) Anyway, I found nothing. After calling around to a few places, I was informed about a local garden center not too far from our house. I called and to my surprise, they had some. 

A few hours later and I made my way to It's About Thyme in Austin, Texas and set out on a mission to scoop up some little guys to bring home with me. There were three plants around 18 inches or so. That was it. All the rest had already been sold. I purchased two for myself and one for a friend. While checking out, someone called and asked if they had any. (I'm telling y'all, the craze is REAL.) 

So, without further ado, everyone meet Notorious F.I.G. and Figgie Smalls, my very perfect new plant children. 

They truly are everything I had hoped for,. Yes, they are a bit on the small side but fingers crossed they blossom into manageable little trees that I can use round the house. For now, these two little gems are taking the place of a flocked Christmas tree in one corner and some dead eucalyptus from Trader Joes that was finally at the end of it's life and falling apart all over the coffee table. 

I hate when a space looks empty and truthfully, that's why I love plants so much. They add a pop of color, provide texture for any space, and just give an overall cozy and fun environment. 

By placing the plants in little wicker baskets, they are given a bit more height and texture. This only ADDS to their gorgeous shade of green. They aren't flowery or over the top, just a simple touch of greenery which happens to be right up my alley!

I'm not the most popular among plants in our home...aka I've killed my fair share. Lucky for me, taking care of a fiddle leaf fig isn't all that difficult. Here's some tips I'll be following:

Water your fig tree when only the top inch of soil is dry. Test this by sticking your finger in the soil. Pretty soon you'll figure out about how often you need to water. Keep in mind that this may fluctuate based on seasonal humidity, location, etc. 
Tip: I like to take them out of their baskets and water them in the bathtub. After they've had a chance to soak the water in, I remove and put back in their separate baskets. 
Keep your fiddle leaf fig in bright, indirect light. In other words, you want it to have a lot of light, but not sunbeams falling directly on it. For me, this is our living room. Most days, all the windows are open and it's bright and sunny without blazing directly on the plants. 
Fertilize once a month during growing seasons, but not in winter.
Cleaning The Leaves
Because of their large surface, fiddle leaf fig leaves tend to collect a lot of dust. To keep the plant healthy (dust can block light absorption), wipe dust off with a soft cloth.