If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my recent obsession with plants. I have bought about 6 in the last two weeks, but hey, at least it's an environmentally friendly addiction!

So, I guess it's time for you guys to meet my newest plant. Donkey, the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. 
Note: Donkey because my other plants names have a theme of Shrek, so we're going to roll with it. 

Today I am sharing some information and tips for how to care for your tree, since it can be a stressful job (think of me setting my alarm early just to water and care for Donkey). 

For starters, here's some information:
Fiddle Leaf Figs are evergreen trees from Africa growing around 30m tall in their natural environment, in a home, they can grow up to 3m. They have big leathery leaves which tend to maintain a dark green colour. 

Fiddle Leaf Figs are supposedly easy plants to maintain, although I was a bit apprehensive. 
However after keeping mine alive for a month (BIG achievement for me!) I can say that I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeves. 

Water
These trees do not need a lot of water, I find if I give them 1/4 of a cup 2 times a week they are fine. 
Or, as a general rule, I read somewhere that when the first half-inch of soil is dry that's a sign it needs some water. If brown spots start appearing on the leaves, it is a sign of either to much, or too little watering. Also, I like to give the leaves a quick spray with water every 2-3 days to keep them moist. 



Sunlight
Fiddle Leaf Figs do not need direct sunlight! Their leaves are quite sensitive, and require indirect sunlight, hence why they enjoy the indoors. Also, every week rotate your tree over a little if you want your fig to remain upright and straight as they grow towards sunlight. 

Soil
Any good potting soil will do, I've potted mine in a pot from Kmart with some normal potting soil. 

Also
Since their leaves are big, give them a wipe down every now and again with a damp clothe to clean away any dust. This will help the plant absorb more light. 

So there you go! These plants are seriously so beautiful, and they aren't even that hard to maintain. 
Do you own any plants?

- Britt

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  1. I've wanted to add a fiddle leaf fig to my indoor plant baby collection for a while now, but I am slightly apprehensive, I tend to kill things... this has made me feel a little more comfortable with the idea though, thank you!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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    1. hahah! don't worry I don't have the best history on looking after plants. But this guy is going strong!! I'd definitely recommend Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees, make sure you get it from a good plant company though, as a lot of the ones I saw were already half dead

      Brittany x

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