CNI Houseplant Guide Part One: Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

I add plants in nearly every room that I design.  Plants are a very important element of design that add the final and most organic touches to a home.  Plants beautify rooms, bring a bit of nature inside and they also filter toxic elements from the air.  Below is the first installment to a guide to some of my favorite houseplants and ones that I use the most on projects.  There are dozens of houseplants to choose from on your projects and I will be writing about those in the coming weeks so stay tuned.  Please keep in mind that if you are local to the Pasadena area CNI can source plants and pots for you.  Call 626-441-4288 if you want pricing and information on custom potted plants from Charmean Neithart Interiors.

Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)

This is perhaps one of the most popular house plants and a darling of interior designers.  Its beautiful large leaves provide a beautiful splash of green and they can grow to be very tall especially if the plant has more than one stock or stem.  This is not the easiest plant to take care of but well worth it for its beauty.  This plant needs bright indirect light.  Fiddle leaf figs are great next to a window with a sheer window treatment.  My best suggestion is to water each time the top soil seems dry to the touch.  The leaves are large and tend to collect dust which can hinder growth.  I suggest that clients gently clean the leaves with a damp cloth monthly to keep them healthy and beautiful as well as trim dry yellow leaves at the bottom off of the plant.

Photo by Erika Bierman