Fiddle Leaf Fig: How to Care for a Diva

The Fiddle Leaf Fig's popularity in interior decorating has yet to abate.  It's easy to see why it is in virtually every single decor photo spread (!!!!!).  It is a gorgeous, dramatic, glossy-green-big-leafed tree.  

After a couple years of playing "find the fiddle leaf in the photo spread", I decided I needed one.  But not one that cost upwards of $100.  Luckily, I found a baby Fiddleleaf (we're talking 12 inches high) on a trip to Ikea.  And it was something like $5.  So I got three.  And then got home and decided three wasn't enough.  They had a couple stalks in each pot, so I took one pot and separated the stalks into separate planters.  And thus began my adventures in annoying Ms. Fiddleleaf the Diva.  

Fiddle Leaf Fig Front Hall

There are a lot of very popular houseplants that are hardy.  The Fiddleleaf is not one.  It knows what it wants and will not accept anything else.  And don't put it somewhere it doesn't like.  Diva Attitude.

My Fiddleleaf let me know in no uncertain terms it did not want to be divided.  It lost its leaves and didn't grow for over a year.  The only reason I kept it was because I read about "replanting shock" and felt guilty.  The other two plants were doing OK, not great.  Then I put one in the dining room.  Which was just the gorgeousness the corner of the dining room needed.  Until my Fiddleleaf drooped and shed leaves within HOURS.  

Moral of the story- the Diva always runs the show.  And no one is happy until she is happy.  All five Fiddleleafs now live in my family room area which is south facing with 14+ hours of bright sunlight a day.  It's a little much.  It's the plant equivalent of a cat lady.

But there's nothing I can do.  They are bossy and prima donnas and fabulous.

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up"  {photo via DesignLoveFest}

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up"  {photo via DesignLoveFest}