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I’m pretty sure you’ve seen this adaptable house plant all over the internet. From Pinterest, to Instagram, your local home decor store (faux, of course) and plenty more The Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, also known as Ficus Lyrata, has been breaking the internet recently. This West Africa Native, from Cameroon to Sierra Leone, grows in the lowland tropical rainforests. Prized most for its versatility and large violin shaped leaves (hence the name fiddle leaf fig) Interior Designers around the world can’t seem to keep their hands off of this modest tree! Interior designer Brad Sherman said in the New York Times that, “They have a prehistoric, Dr.Seuss feel.” And with such animated foliage like the Ficus Lyrata, I understand exactly what he’s saying. This tree is hard to not fall in love with. I mean, how could you not? And if you’re one of those people that aren’t sold yet, I get it. (not really, I mean come on have you seen these trees in pictures!?) Here are 5 Reasons the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree is taking over the Interior Design World!

1. Photogenic

Speaking of fiddle leaf figs in pictures, why, or when, did this random houseplant become a must have for home decor all of a sudden? Steven Kurutz of New York Times stated, “these plants were simply made more visible to the mainstream than plants of previous generations, making a digital appearance in almost every major design blog or Instagram account. Simply put, they photograph well.”

2. The Perfect “Something” for Negative Space

We all have had that moment when our home decor is almost complete. The look has become a mood and everything is in it’s place, except for that one bare corner. “There needs to be something there, but what?” We think in frustration. Well, look no further, because the fiddle leaf is that perfect “something” for negative space. This tree is interior design gold due to its sophisticated structure. The thin trunk and big, lush foliage creates an unbelievable balance of negative space and immediately catches the eye.

3. The Fiddle-Leaf Tells You what it Needs

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a magical tree. Why you ask? Because it speaks to you. Okay, maybe not literally, but all you have to do is pay attention to the color of the leaves to know if you’re watering it correctly. Remember, this is a tropical tree that thrives in the rainforest. It’s so important to pay attention to your Fiddle-Leaf’s soil, because in the rainforest the soil was consistently moist but not soaked. It’s also important that you find a medium, because if you don’t water it enough that’s just as bad. When in doubt pay attention to those leaves! If the foliage is limp, then you’re under watering. If your foliage is starting to turn yellowish brown then that means it’s dying of thirst! 

4. Adapts Well to Your Home!

You’ve probably done your research and witnessed plenty of blogs bashing this amazing houseplant because “it’s too hard to maintain” but it’s really not (they just don’t know what they’re doing). Originally grown under the canopy of African rainforests, the Fiddle Leaf fig needs the kind of light that your house or apartment naturally has! “Fiddle leaf figs need lots of indirect light and some direct sun,” says Harnek Singh, gardener at New York City’s

Photo from Elle Decor

Wave Hill Public Garden. “Afternoon sun from a south- or west-facing window will be too strong.” Therefore, all of those bloggers out there giving the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree a bad name, how dare you point the finger! Yes, this is a plant, but all plants do not require the harsh full sun. It’s important to do your research before purchasing a plant people… and leaving reviews. 

5. Simply Put, it’s a Pretty Good Looking Plant

It’s not hard to see. You see it. I see it. The world obviously sees it. The Ficus Lyrata is an attractive plant. That’s why designers across the globe love this tree. The Fiddle Leaf Fig can work with a range of styles from modern to traditional and tend to add a lot of life to a home once it makes itself comfortable.

 

 

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12 years ago I was sitting around, talking with two of my favorite, fellow Plant Geeks. We were trying to figure out why so many, superior plant varieties were not available to the public and were seldom offered in Garden Centers. Instead, the stores sold less attractive, older varieties, proven to be disease and insect prone. They also sold the sprays and chemicals that their customers would eventually need. The Ah Ha moment hit us and a company was formed. We decided that we would only offer the highest quality plants that must be Easy to Grow.