I remember the day so well when Hayden and i went to the garden centre and out of chance, discovered that the Fiddle Fig tree i ordered 2 months prior, had finally arrived. I was so ecstatic. I have longed to have this tree for a while that i couldn't believe it's finally standing right in front of me. I mean... why on earth these trees are so hard to come by? I then spent an entire hour in the shop looking and deciding which planter to get. Hayden at this point, started to become impatient and unimpressed with all the fuss about the tree that i had to bribe him with cakes afterwards.
We were in the middle of redecorating our new home and it was the first item we brought in before we moved in and it looked like this. Two weeks later, i trimmed the bottom leaves to look like this. Within a month in our home, the tree grew lovely and strong with it's new shoots amidst all my worries. I am known to forget to water my plants. The new shoots was the only sign i could be totally sure of that it was happy.
A week after the new shoots arrived, i got a little worried again. The new leaves were so much bigger than the rest and so out of place and proportion and didn't resemble the tree that i have seen elsewhere which i wanted. The perfect tree that had lush leaves with branches on either sides. This tree was just growing straight with bigger leaves on top and if i had let it, perhaps it will just continue it's course and reach for the ceiling. I spent an evening looking for google's help but no joy. These trees should come with a manual! The next evening, i took the plunge. Armed with my flower scissors, i cut the oversized new shoots. Afterwards, i felt this tightening feeling in my stomach wondering what on earth have i just done. I was sure the tree was so unhappy with me and i honestly thought that i have killed it.
Everyday for a week, i checked for any signs of distress. I continued to water weekly and said my sorry. I read somewhere that you should talk to your plants... and i was desperate! Ha ha! Two weeks later, i noticed 3 new shoots appearing. It was yet another confirmation that all was forgiven. I came home one evening and whilst watering, i noticed that the new shoots were in fact, branches. I couldn't be happier.
Now, almost four months on from the day we first met, as you can see, it has grown so beautifully. Standing tall with three extra branches, it is as healthy as it can be.
We are making room for the Christmas tree next to the fireplace so, today, we had no choice but to move it to this location. Back to where it was originally when it first arrived in our home.
So... how do you care for your Fiddle Fig tree? Here's my experience.
1. Place where there's enough sunlight but not directly.
2. Don't re-pot it straightaway. Wait until the roots starts to come out and only then you should re-pot.
3. Let it have a little drink of room temperature water once a week. I have the original pot inside a planter, on top of 2 bricks. That way, when i water it, the water drains and the roots doesn't get water logged.
4. To keep the branch straight, try to rotate the planter once a week, or once you see the branch bending. As with most plants, they tend to lean towards the sun. You just need to turn it the other way.
5. Once a month or depending how dusty they get, wipe the leaves gently with damp soft cloth.
I have 2 baby ones i recently found in another garden centre. I am hoping they will grow as tall one day. They are doing really well so far.