This past summer I jumped aboard the fiddle leaf fig tree bandwagon and purchased two very small ones. You can read about that here. Since no stores near me were selling these bad boys, and because I didn’t want to spend $100+ on an indoor tree that I would most likely kill, I found a retailer on eBay who was selling very small trees that were propagated from a larger one. While I realized this was a little chancy, I figured the small investment was worth the risk. Thus, Bonnie and Clyde were graciously welcomed into my home. Surprisingly, seven months later they are still alive and thriving.
Let’s take a look at where they started…
and where they are now.
Looking pretty good, right? I kept both trees outside on my porch most of the summer. In the beginning, I did lose two big leaves off Bonnie and thought she was a goner! Luckily, I was able to provide the care she needed, and she started producing new leaves in no time.
After the summer, at the first sign of frost, I moved them into my dining room. My goal is to have both of them be taller trees. Therefore, once new leaves form, I have been removing leaves toward the bottom. I have no idea if this is the proper way to do these things, but so far it’s worked pretty well for me. From what I can tell, both trees are growing fairly quickly. I seem to get a new sprout of leaves every month or two.
Bonnie is clearly kicking Clyde’s butt in the growing department, but he isn’t too far behind. I’m just still surprised that I’ve managed to keep them alive this long. (Yes, that is my new bar cart. We will talk about that another time. You can read about my dining room chairs here.)
The retailer I purchased mine from doesn’t have any fiddle leaf figs on eBay at the moment. If you are interested, I recommend doing a search every once in a while. Something is bound to pop up sooner or later.
So that’s a little update on my two trees. Do you have or want a fiddle leaf fig in your space?
This post first appeared on Inspired by Charm on 1/23/2013.