For all the indoor gardening novices who need help keeping their leafy friends alive, we asked Carmen Devito of Groundworks Inc. and west elm Market’s Brooklyn Blend Potting Soil to create care sheets for 8 of her favorite houseplants. Use them to greenify your home this spring!

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Name: The Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)
Light: Bright – direct light preferable
Water: Moderate – water 1-2 times per week to keep soil barely moist
Care: Easy

The Ficus or Fig genus is huge, and not many species are suitable for growing indoors. This is one of the beautiful exceptions. The Fiddle Leaf Fig’s big, wavy green leaves are dramatic and can grow to 36′ in its native habitat – the jungles of West Africa. It won’t get that big indoors, but it can be bushy or tree-like depending on the specimen you buy, and how you prune it. Unlike its fussier cousin, Ficus Benjamina, the Fiddle Leaf Fig doesn’t drop its leaves at the slightest provocation. Just keep the watering even, and the light bright and consistent, and you won’t be disappointed!

A Note On Pets: Always check with your vet before bringing a new plant into your home.

Get a new houseplant guide from Carmen every week on the Front&Main blog! See them all here.


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May 1, 2013

I would love to have this printed on an 8 x 10 to “frame” on my clipboard!

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