Houseplants are the ultimate home accessory, adding color + gentle energy + fresh air to any space. And they’re easy to take care of – IF you know what you’re doing.
Michelle Slatalla, editor in chief of Gardenista, is bringing us houseplant care guides all season long, so you can greenify your home this season and keep your new friends alive!
FIDDLE LEAF FIG TREE
Light Requirements: Indirect sunlight
Water Requirements: Let the surface of the soil dry out before watering.
Nature has wired us to feel protective of babies, with their oversized, floppy heads… The big, round leaves of a fiddle leaf fig tree make it the houseplant equivalent. Like a newborn, it likes to be swaddled.
Keep your fiddle leaf fig tree in a pot barely bigger than its root ball and give it indirect light. A transplant from West African lowland rainforests, it likes humidity but not to be drenched.
Water once a week.
Michelle Slatalla is the editor in chief of Gardenista, a sourcebook for practical, design-focused gardening. You can follow all of their tips + news + inspiration on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.