Bonnie and Clyde

Yes, I know, the blogosphere is already completely saturated with talk and pictures of Fiddle Leaf Figs. Today I’m going to add to that saturation.

Recently, I’ve been spotting this beautiful tree, which I later found out to be the Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata), in practically every design magazine that exists.

Apartment Therapy

Of course, I just love it. So, after some research, I figured out it’s name and then did some searching online to see where I could buy one ASAP.

Elle Decor

 I had absolutely zero luck. And, obviously, there was no where around town that sold them. Bummer.

But wait, this story has a happy ending. I love happy endings.

Emily Henderson

On a recent trip to my brother’s house, I spotted one at a local nursery with my Sister-in-law. While I was super excited, the tree didn’t look lush or very healthy. I assume it probably just needed repotted. At $120, I passed.

The Marion House Book

When I returned home, I causally searched ebay, as I had done before, expecting to find nothing. Then, like a beam of light through the clouds, there is was a listing for a Fiddle Leaf Fig! I honestly felt like I won the lottery.

I checked the listing and there were two left. I bought them both.

So, yeah, they are both pretty small around now. They are clippings that were rooted from a ‘mother tree.’ Each plant was $14.

The plants came barefoot, so I bought some clearance ceramic pots and got them planted. According to the care instructions, my new trees (officially named Bonnie and Clyde – hence the title of this post) like to be outside this time of year.

Once things get’s too cold outside they will move into the dining room. This is where I’d like to keep at least one of these. Preferably the taller one, Bonnie.

And for pots I found on clearance at Wal-mart, they fit it kind of perfectly. Don’t you think?

Either way, I’m so exited to have found them. Even in spite of their small size, I love them to pieces. So wish me luck! Here’s hoping Bonnie and Clyde are around for years to come.

What are your thoughts on the ‘Fiddle Leaf Fig Trend’? Love them? Hate them? Couldn’t care less?

  1. I love them. While in collage I was on the janitor crew. While cleaning the president of the collage’s office, I found one with a note attached saying throw away. I thought now who would throw such a beautiful plant away. I took him home and named him Homer after my grandfather. I just loved him. He grew well, we went through a spell with some mold on his soil fixed that and he kept thriving. Upon graduation I told the president that I had chosen to keep this beautiful tree. He said well you see there is a story behind that tree. I was given it when my mother passed away. I kept it close to me in that office and I cherished it, Until one day I didn’t need it anymore to get by. I thought what an amazing story for one amazing little tree.

  2. Michael, Bonnie and Clyde should be very happy at your house since you have a green thumb up to your elbow. They’ll be surrounded by lots of love–I just know it!!
    Harriet in NC

  3. I had one that I received as a housewarming gift 12 years ago. Sadly, I put it to the curb last month after I forgot to water it before a vacation and it wasn’t recovering. I don’t think my house had enough light for it and it was always leggy so for most its life it was staked. The pictures of them are so pretty, but mine was always droopy and dusty. Good luck!

  4. These are amazingly beautiful. I’ve had a houseplant obsession this year so I may need one of these. We’ve added an Improved Meyer Lemon to our dining room since we can’t go citrus in the mountains. This could be a nice “friend” for the lemon tree. ha ha.

  5. I guess I’m outta-da-loop as I haven’t noticed the Fiddle Leaf Fig in recent magazines. But….of course, now you’ve managed to arouse my interest, and I’ll be on the hunt for one this week!

    Bonnie and Clyde look very happy and I’m sure they’ll grow like crazy for you!

    Wish me luck on my hunt…
    Susie

  6. I love figs! I have two fig trees, but they are Celeste figs. Living in Florida, these are perfect for not cracking in the extreme summer heat. BUT… in three weeks, I’m moving to YOUR neck of the woods! I’m going to set up grow lights in my dining room to give them enough light for the winter months, and to keep them rather warm. Figs don’t like too much water, so I let their soil dry out almost completely before watering.

    I love the leaves on yours… I might have to get one!

  7. Very cute! My grandmother used to raise these guys all the time, I guess she was stylin before she even knew it! I had no idea they were such a hit right now. I see them at Loew’s and Home Depot so keep an eye out for them! I wish you years of luck with them!

  8. What luck! These trees look so lush and lovely. I wonder if they’d grow well in South Australia… Might have to look for one for my dining room, too! Thank you for the inspiration, Michael.

  9. My Mom and a friend used to walk the neighborhood every morning. They would detour to inspect the new homes being built and glance at all the interesting items people had put out for the trashmen. One of their favorite finds was a healthy fiddle leaf fig the owner no longer wanted. Mom’s friend happily claimed the plant and has had it for years.

  10. I’d never heard of this kind of fig tree before! When I lived in Brooklyn my parents had a common fig tree (the jam made out of figs is AMAZING! reminds me of a marmalade). A few years ago I tried growing a fig tree here in NH in my garden, but didn’t have much luck getting it to fruit since there wasn’t enough of a warm season for it. I never knew they could be grown in pots, I may have to keep my eye out for one of these now!

    So, for me it’s not so much the “leaf” but the fruit, you’ll get to enjoy both!

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