They weren't in perfect condition (they had some brown spots and bent leaves already) but they still looked good. I bought two white IKEA pots to put them in and was just super excited to get them home. I snapped this picture on our way home from the store:
I've had our trees for five months now and thought I'd share how the whole "keeping them alive" thing is going. As I mentioned before, the trees weren't in perfect shape to begin with. My hope was that as they grew taller, the new leaves would come in big and beautiful and I could just cut off the bad leaves.
So I picked the two sunniest spots in our home to put our two trees, which means that one is living in the living room while the other is in the guest bedroom.
While the guest bedroom tree is doing better than I could have even hoped, my living room fiddle leaf fig tree is struggling. It looks okay in these photos...
The older leaves on this tree seem to be in rougher shape, with additional brown spots and just looking sad overall. This tree gets a lot of more direct light than the other one which I'm thinking is part of the problem.I used to water the trees ever 7-14 days by completely soaking the soil in the sink until I saw water running out the bottom. When the living room tree starting struggling though I realized that since it was getting more light, it probably needed more water. I've been trying to water that tree more now but so far there hasn't been much of an improvement. I'm still trying to figure it out but I have high hopes! I have researched a lot but it seems that everything everyone says is super contradictory.
So all in all, I'm having a 65% success rate in the fiddle leaf fig department.
If anything though, this whole experience has me thinking that I might not completely have a black thumb after all. I used to forget about our plants all together and never water; however, now I am an attentive caregiver. I am constantly looking at how the trees are doing, feeling their leaves, and watering them regularly.
And since becoming more attentive to these two trees, I've become better at caring for our other plants as well, namely our two snake plants. I watered them about once every two weeks and they are doing super well. I haven't killed a plant in five months!
P.S. I recently read this post about pruning to encourage branching. I may have to try it out if I'm brave. Anyone done this? Anyone have any tips for my crippled, red spotty tree?