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Say Hello to My Fiddle Friend

July 23, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that Friday was Fiddle Leaf Fig day! I finally got one after lusting after them for over a year!

My boyfriend and I were at Home Depot shopping for project supplies when I spotted three Fiddle Leaf Fig trees in the indoor garden section. I've never seen them at our store before so I was curious to see how much they were: $30! Sold!

I was practically skipping through the aisles but then we got out to my boyfriend's truck and reality hit: I kind of underestimated how big the tree actually was haha





We sat it on the floor of his truck and I wrapped my legs wrapped around it. It was a tight fit and this was my view on the way home but I was so happy I didn't care!



When we got it home, I found the perfect spot for it, gave it a small drink of water, and placed it in an old basket. Even though it's 5' tall, I propped it up on several paint sample containers to make it appear a little taller.



I did a little rearranging on Saturday and swapped out our Target bar cart for a mirror and a monkey:



I don't love the basket I chose but the one I wanted to place it in was too small! I plan on repotting the tree eventually but the Home Depot garden guy told me that if I do it too soon, it'll die of shock so I'll be waiting for a while.



I've read that Fiddle Leaf Figs can be toxic to dogs so we've been watching ours like a hawk. They were interested in it for a little bit after we brought it home but I think (well, I hope) they're over it because they've been ignoring it the past few days.

We're careful not to leave them alone with it when we're home and we have a room divider that we surround the tree with when we leave. So far so good! I'll definitely get rid of the tree if I think it'll harm them though!



I'm really happy with our "new" mirror. I bought it on super clearance shortly after we moved in over two years ago. I had always planned to hang it on this wall but never got around to doing so until now. Better late than never I guess haha



I love the shape of the leaves and I really, really, really hope I can keep the tree alive! It seems to be really healthy but I've been known to kill succulents before so I don't think I stand a chance with this guy haha



Anyone have any tips?

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25 comments :

  1. Oh I want a fiddle leaf fig too! I keep thinking I can't get one because everyone has one - But that is dumb because it's my house. Too funny that you had to ride home with it in your seat!

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    1. Get one! I'm so obsessed with ours haha One little leaf bud packet thing (I clearly know what I'm talking about haha) opened up and I almost threw a party for it! It seems to be happy but I feel like it's going to die any minute haha

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  2. I hadn't researched the dog safety because I have heard they are easy to kill....and that's scary enough for me. :P Hopefully your green thumb will keep things in line because they are super pretty!

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    1. I asked the guy at Home Depot about the dog safety thing and he said "when was the last time you heard of a dog dying from eating a plant?" – I haven't but I don't really go searching for doggie death stories, ya know? He also said that dogs have a sensor in their mouths that tells their brains when something isn't good for them. No idea if that's true but I hope ours will spit out the leaves if they attempt to eat them! Fingers crossed!

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    2. Since I'm a vet, I thought I would weigh in and correct the guy from Home Depot. There are many plants that are toxic to pets, but a lot of them only cause oral irritation, increased salivation, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea. As far as I know, fiddle-leaf figs fit into that category. There are, however, some plants that can cause very serious, life-threatening medical issues. One example of this type of plant is the sago palm. I have absolutely seen dogs die from eating it. Ingesting only 1-2 seeds can cause severe liver failure and death. I have seen them at our home improvement stores many times and it makes me very angry that they do not come with a warning on the label.

      Additionally, dogs do not have a special "sensor" in their mouths that tells them if something isn't good for them. Unfortunately, many pet emergencies involve dogs that have become sick after ingesting things that aren't good for them such as grapes/raisins, chocolate, antifreeze, etc. I hope this helps and if you see the Home Depot guy again, please tell him that he is spreading misinformation. :)

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    3. Thank you SO much for weighing in, Sandra! I really appreciate it! :)

      Our dogs haven't been interested in our fiddle leaf fig since we brought it home but we are still watching them. I know there's a possibility of the leaves dropping and I don't want them to think they're OK to eat! We keep the whole tree blocked with a room divider when we're gone or not able to watch them as closely (when we're making dinner for example).

      I've heard the same thing about sago palms and it worries me too because they're so popular in Arizona! We have to keep our eyes open when we take our dogs on walks too and we avoid all palms just in case they're sago's. I will definitely let the HD guy know if I see him again! Everyone isn't as lucky to have someone educate them like you! I can't thank you enough for your comment :)

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    4. You're very welcome, Caitlin! I didn't want you to be too worried about the fig, but I also wanted to make sure people knew that there are dangerous plants out there. I just wish if the HD guy didn't know the answer he would just say that instead of making things up. :)

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  3. your title is awesome! mine is not doing well..... i have almost killed it.

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    1. I've had that title in my back pocket the entire year I was searching for the tree! So happy I could use it haha Sad to hear your guy is dying! :(

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  4. Haha, I love your title! As I predicted, mine is not super happy (i.e. kind of dying), but then again I also neglect it outrageously. < Good thing we're talking about a plant and not a kid :P

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    1. Thanks Brynne! I put ours in a prominent spot that we walk past on a daily basis so I can sing it songs and be constantly reminded of the fact that I actually need to water it and keep it alive. So it's kind of like having a kid haha

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  5. I love these so much but have an AWFUL track record with plants so haven't taken the plunge yet. They're so pretty though, I'm still tempted to try.

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    1. Try it! Well, actually, let me keep trying it for a while and then I'll report back to you on whether or not you should ;)

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  6. haha I want one so bad and my husband said I have to see if I can keep other plants alive first. le sigh!

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    1. Bummer! I hope you can keep your other plants alive! Why can't they all come with sensors that say when they need water, fertilizer, light, etc.? It'd make our lives so much easier!

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  7. Ok I have to disagree with you a teensy bit because I LOVE that basket! LOL I think it looks great!

    Pretty Jelly of your FLF... I wan't one but I never find them at that good of a price!

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    1. Thanks Jamie! I like the basket too but I'm kicking myself for not buying the black version they had. It's also made of some weird stiff straw like material that cracks every time I move it :( It's probably best for holding blankets or something and not a heavy tree haha

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  8. Love the fiddle...love the basket...love the mirror....love all the things!!

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  9. I LOVE my fiddle leave fig! My tree was/is much shorter than yours, but I love it nonetheless. They are super low maintenance too. I only water mine once every 2 weeks and it likes a lot of filtered light. Also I've read that they prefer smaller pots and you should only re-pot them when the roots wont fit in the container any more. But that's just what I've read, I haven't tried to re-pot mine yet.

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  10. Filtered light plus water every two weeks (if soil is dry to the touch) is the key to fiddle fig success!

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  11. Absolutely GORGEOUS. The color, the leaf shape, just everything. Love your monkey and mirror there too. Looks fabs!

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  12. It's gorgeous! I'm a plant killer, but I've kept two fiddle leaf figs alive for a couple years now. TRUST: if I can do it, you totally can do it.
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

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  13. You had me at fiddle pun! I have no tips, because I'm a serial killer of plants, but.....good luck!

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  14. Ahhh, the most beautiful shade of green. I LOVE it!

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