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Lady in a blue shirt walking out of the store carrying a fiddle leaf fig tree.

Finicky Fiddle Leaf Fig

Kristy Dodson
Kristy Dodson


It has been a craze for so long. In my typical fashion, I come in a little later than most. The fiddle leaf fig tree is now part of my rising obsession with house plants. According to the masses, the finicky fiddle leaf fig tree will keep me challenged.

I Joined The Hype

The plunge has been taken. I am now a proud owner of the Instagram-famous fiddle leaf fig tree. Let’s just go ahead and thank my daughter-in-law for the joy or the heartbreak…whichever comes first.

A fiddle leaf fig tree in a sunny kitchen window with a small dog resting in front.

It's On Sale

On a recent visit to their home, my daughter-in-law was excited to show off the gorgeous snake plants she had just purchased. They were some of the tallest I have seen; she has a natural green thumb. The best part, she shared that Home Depot had them twenty-five percent off and fiddle leaf figs were part of the sale. Guess where I headed the very next morning!

I Got This

She was right. There were snake plants and fiddle leaf figs pushed into a corner with a big orange 25% off sign on a metal pole. As I gazed at them, my mind said “just get another snake plant. You already know how to grow them….it will be the safe choice.” The indecisive side of me picked up every plant on the shelf, sized it up, and looked for perfection. I’m certain I provided the cashier with a few minutes of entertainment! At last, I stuck with my plan and chose the best fiddle leaf on the shelf. I coached myself into the purchase with the reminder that many influencers have grown them without having any plant “ed” so, I got this.

A Fiddle Leaf Cram Course

I quickly took a cram course on finicky fiddle leaf fig trees. Google was my school of choice so, there is a fifty-fifty shot at getting this right. My main takeaways were:

Find The Perfect Spot

Stay tuned…I just may be one of those online finicky fiddle leaf fig pruners. Building a tense moment for us all to cringe, admire, and even question. Either way, she has already brought me happiness and I’ll do what I can to carry on her beautiful, unique, tropical lifestyle even if the ceilings are only eight feet high in our home.

Just Needs A Little Love...and a name

On the day of purchase, she was repotted and placed in the sunniest spot on the porch. She might be finicky, but so am I. We should get along just fine.  

A finicky fiddle leaf fig tree on a screened porch in the sunshine.

And by the way, I feel she is finicky enough to need a name. I’d love to read your creative ideas in the comments. I’d never turn down a little advice and encouragement either.

Stay Curious,

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Kristy Dodson

Kristy Dodson

I’m Kristy, the Daybook curiosity guide. Daybook is my archive of daily goings-on and journal for recording thoughts. Visit often, comment and let’s stay curious.


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