Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Fiddle leaf fig tree club

I'm always late to join the club...fortunately this is a club which is worth waiting for: the fiddle leaf fig tree owner's society.

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Actually there is no such club. I just made that up... but I did receive a fiddle leaf fig tree as a birthday gift from family on the weekend. How very lucky am I?!

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Fiddle leaf fig trees (Ficus Lyrata) are the 'it' plant to have among design and decor circles right now. The plants have been gracing the pages of interiors magazines for many years and in recent times the plants have become more readily available in Australia.

A fellow blogger told me that Big W stocks them in Western Australia. And a few hardware nurseries have been known to stock them too. My plant is from the Cottage Garden Nursery in East Brisbane.

The fiddle leaf fig tree is an evergreen tree which hails from tropical West Africa - its common name is due to its large violin shaped leaves. It is an impressive plant and its glossy leaves are just lovely.

Fiddle leaf fig tree in the front entry verandah

My healthy new plant is a beauty and will reside in the front entry verandah as the room gets a nice amount of sun in the morning. It seems to be doing okay, so far...

Fiddle leaf fig tree in a March√© Moderne  fair trade jute storage basket. (My online shop!)
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13 comments:

  1. What a lovely specimen! Lucky you! Nice use of the basket too. Wishing you success with Marche Moderne.

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    1. Yes, it's just gorgeous! And thanks re shop. Fingers crossed, eh? Xx

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  2. I love fiddle leaf figs, and yours is a beauty! It looks great in the basket.

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    1. Isn't it a beauty! Let's hope I can keep it that way...!! And that basket is so nice. Xx

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  3. Oh, I'd love one of those! I've been told they are a bit precious though, and am scared I would kill it! Love yours. Let us know how easy it is to care for :) x

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    1. Yes, I'm afraid for its life...but I'm committed to keep it healthy! xx

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    1. I know! Who knew? They're $15 and small but if you have a green thumb it's fab!! Hope they still have them...xx

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  5. I love the look of these gorgeous plants but have always hoped to find something equally striking which is a native. I might have more luck keeping it alive then too! Good luck with yours xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

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  6. They are definitely the IT plant aren't they? I almost bought one from The Cottage Garden just before Christmas, but decided to wait until THE move. I haven't entertained the idea of indoor plants for years - the kids used to strip the leaves and I eventually got sick of cleaning up the potting mix which ended up all over the floor. But I just might be ready to try indoor plants again one day soon. xx

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  7. Very glossy. I don't think you'd ever want to plant it in the ground though. It would grow like billy-oh!

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  8. Oh, what a lovely specimen of that fashionable plant you've got! I must see if I can find them over here, they're lovely!!

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  9. I'd like to have one just so I could say the words "fiddle leafed fig" more frequently.
    As in, "Child, go and water the fiddle leafed fig, fank you."

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