My fiddle leaf fig tree


In early 2014, I fell in love with a tree that I randomly came across on an interior blog . It had beautiful shades of greens on it’s luscious, sculptural large leaves. I knew I had to have one. It looked like the one in the picture below.

 

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photo credit: studio mcgee
Photo credit: The Marion House Book

 

At the time, I struggled to find Fiddle leaf tree (also called ficus lyrata) in Adelaide. After calling multiple places I found out that The Conservatory Garden and Home had couple of them left in stock. I had to put my name down and went there the very next morning.

To my disappointment, there was no tall fiddle leaf fig trees available in Adelaide back then. The tallest one I could found was the one that was only about 40-50cm tall, with a hefty price tag of  $80. I guess even if they had a massive one that I wanted, it would have cost me more than $200.

I came home with this healthy looking (but small) tree.

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Although it didn’t look like the ones that I’ve seen in the pictures because it was so much smaller, I still fell in love with it.

After few weeks, I’ve made a ballsy decision to separate the two trunks apart to achieve the look that I had in mind. Having researched about caring for them and how finicky these trees can be, I waited few more months until I wanted to re-pot in the spring season.

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All it took was gently separating tangled roots. I was little bit nervous that I was going to kill both trees, but at the same time had a good feeling about it. Now not only I had a beautiful fiddle leaf tree, it became two trees!! They both settled very well in their new larger pots.

 

 

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Over time, one of them branched at the top end which achieved more fuller look.

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These are few places in Adelaide that sells beautiful fiddle leaf fig trees – Fortunately, they are not too hard to find anymore these days! I have seen bigger trees around $150 dollars in addition to smaller ones ($40-60).

 

In past two years, slowly but surely the trees have grown and it almost doubled its height. It would take many more years for them to become the tall trees that I initially had in mind but now I don’t mind growing old with them. I’m really looking forward to them making more dramatic impact in our space.

 

Caring tips:

  • During summer, I often place handful of ice cubes every 7-10 days.. or just water them generously! During Winter I’ve learned to only water when I know that the soil is really dry or if I can see the leaves become little more droopy than usual.
  • Place them by the windows. They love the sun (but they will burn under direct strong sun!)
  • I rotate them every couple of weeks so that the leaves even out in all directions.
  • The large leaves tends to collect lots of dusts. You need to clean them either with wet clothes or coconut oil.
  • fertilize regularly during spring/summer.

 

And in the meantime, I’m going to continue trying to propagating the tree as I don’t think you can have too many FLF trees!

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