I love these fig trees, and was in the market for one last summer. I really wanted one for the dining room in our (then) townhome. I even went to a fancy nursery near Philadelphia and couldn't spot one. But, lo and behold, last night at Home Depot (while pricing out riding lawn mowers), I saw them!
Labeled "Tropical Foliage" and only $37.96 each!
I didn't buy one... not last night at least. But, someday I plan on having one in my dining room. In a large white ceramic pot.
How do you take care of Fiddle Leaf Figs as an indoor plant? Well, I'm glad you asked. I went over to a very helpful tree blog, Exporing The World Of Trees and learned something...
- LIGHT -- Fiddle Leaf Figs need abundant light, but not direct light. If there isn't enough light, they will loose their leaves and thin out. Also, you should know that they "lean" into the light. If you wnat a more even tree, rotate regularly.
- WATERING -- This depends on how much light your tree will get, but as a general rule of thumb, never over water! They like short dry periods between waterings (according to The World Of Trees). One way to determine a good watering cycle is to let the pot dry out until the top growth starts to slightly wilt. However much time that took, subtract one to two days, and you have an appropriate watering cycle for your tree.
- PRUNING -- Prune your tree to create a desired shape, and a more tree-like appearance. Start early, before it is too tall, etc.
- TEMPERATURE CONTROL-- Keep away from vents, or other sources of dry heat or drafts.
- DUSTING -- Since these plants are kept indoors, the accumulation of dust can prevent them from absorbing enough sunlight.
- ROOT CONTROL -- Every couple of years, you should trim back the roots. These trees are capable of growing 40-50 feet tall (yowza!) on their own... so, an indoor pot will quickly become too small. Read about root trimming HERE.