As birthday presents go, this was a parcel that was hard to beat – a huge box, with a few tantalising leaves poking out of the box – inside was the most gorgeous fiddle leaf fig tree (ficus lystrata). It was a gift from my lovely mother-in-law (she sourced this beauty from The Palm Centre), and I was over the moon because I have wanted to add a fiddle leaf fig tree to my plant family for absolutely ages.
Having got my green-fingered confidence up over the last couple of years tending lots of succulents and other low-maintenance houseplants such as spider plants and tradescantia, I’ve been keen to take on some larger plants. I bought my monstera at the end of last year and it’s really thriving, and now I have the fiddle leaf fig tree to care for, too.
I love the patterns on the fiddle leaf fig’s huge oversized and glossy leaves, and it gives the living room a lush, tropical feel – it’s also great to have something that’s a different height to add interest to the space. I’ve popped it in a belly basket from Ikea (at £9 each, I can’t resist picking up at least one of these every time I go as they’re useful for all sorts of things around the house).
I’m still trying to find the perfect spot for ‘Figgy’ (the twins have given it a nickname) to live, but I couldn’t wait to introduce him here.
Now what do you reckon should be the next houseplant on my wishlist?