If it's possible for a house plant to be trendy, the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is the trendiest of trendy. I started seeing them around a few years ago, but because they're so popular, they're near impossible to find and if you do, one plant is going to run you about 200 bones - and since I've had some not-so-good luck with indoor plants - Mike told me I needed to work on my green thumb for a solid 10 years and have proof of my successes before I'd be allowed to spend that kind of cash on a plant.
Mike's one exception was that if I could find one on the cheap, I'd be allowed to test it out. And I can now die happy. I finally got one!
Sure it's tiny and nothing like the architectural statement pieces a full grown one is, but I am going to nurture and grow this little Fiddley like my own son.
Okay, only a little like my own son. Eli does come first.
Okay fine, always.
How did I find it? Oh I'm so glad you asked.
I had heard rumors of Ikea carrying them for about $20 bucks (similar in size to this one), so I would call ahead and ask if they had them in stock, or when their next shipment would come. I would then drag Mike to Ikea to pick it up and when we arrived, there would be no trace of my beloved Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree.
This happened at least 37 times over the course of the last year and a half.
Suffice it to say, this family hates Ikea's inventory system.
Then one day I found it on Home Depot's website, same price and size as the elusive Ikea one. It was hiding under the name "Ficus Pandurata Bush."
I hit "confirm order" in two seconds flat and three days later it showed up on my doorstep.
Take that Ikea.
I have to admit, I was nervous about ordering online, but I couldn't be happier with it. It's about two feet tall and healthy as can be.
Now I've just got to keep it healthy. I hear they can be a bit finicky, but I'm bound and determined to prove to Mike (and myself) that I can in fact keep an indoor plant alive.
I'll let ya know how it goes.