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Fiddlin’ Around

By House*Tweaking on May 17, 2012

Ah, the ever popular fiddle leaf fig tree. Can a houseplant be trendy? If so, then this one probably is. I’ve seen fiddle leaf figs sprouting up indoors over the past few years.

I’m not one to jump on the trend bandwagon. I just do, use or buy what I like and many times I walk to the beat of my own drum. But this is one bandwagon I’m willing to join. Which is odd because I’m typically a practical gal and a fig tree would be a perfectly impractical choice for me and my family.

For starters, I don’t have a green thumb – not even a mint pinky. I’ve heard figs need careful attention. Something about trimming their roots?! What the….?! Up until this discovery, I’d only heard of trimming plants’ upper bodies. You know, everything above the dirt line. Then there’s the whole direct vs. indirect lighting thing. Not to mention pruning for a bushier tree that doesn’t topple over from its own weight. Oh, and figs need water. But not too much. Not too little. Just right. Boy, these figs are finicky lil’ things, aren’t they? I can barely keep succulents alive and that’s just what I need right now…something else to nurture. Ha! This doesn’t bode well.

The fact that I have two rowdy boys bouncing around the house at all times isn’t favorable either. I see that fig getting knocked over during a brotherly wrestling match. And when Mabrey becomes mobile {you take your sweet time, baby girl}, I see her pulling up on the planter and digging in the dirt. Possibly even stuffing baby fistfuls of nutrient rich soil into her mouth.

About the only thing I have going for my fig + me romance is no pets to rummage the tree. Although if the male members {yes, I realize that says male members…laugh with me} of our household get their way, that could change.

And yet I still want a fiddle leaf fig tree. Badly. I’ve already thought about how I would decorate it like a Christmas tree for the holidays.

So, here’s my question for you: Have you ever done/chosen something for your home that you knew from the get-go was completely impractical but you were stubborn enough loved it enough to give it try?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

images: 1) source unknown 2) Grant K. Gibson Interior Design 3) Annette Joseph 4&5) Emily Henderson 6) Marion House

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