The Search is Over: How I Found the Elusive Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

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.

Touche. 

 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. 

Probably.

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.

6 comments:

  1. Where did you get that pretty straw pot?

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    1. It was actually a Home Goods find! Sorry I can't give you more!

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  2. thanks for your post, I thought it was a banana leaf plant I was looking for, but now I know the name of what I want AND where to find it, thanks! Also, in case you didn't know, Home Depot usually guarantees their nursery stock for one year, so hopefully you saved your receipt, meaning that, even at 'ikea' pricing, it wasn't a gamble. also I love your curtains :)

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  3. Thank you so much. I googled my brains out and found your post lol. I am so excited to have placed my order with Home Depot for a couple of these beauties.

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    1. Hi Sarah! I'm pleased to report it's doing amazing! I wrote an update on it here: http://www.oakland-avenue.blogspot.com/2013/09/its-fiddle-leaf-fig-tree-miracle.html Thanks for asking!

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