Wearing: Madewell button fly jeans, DailyLook cropped black top, Cape Robbin mules, Beehive tassel earrings, Vintage bag
I’ve killed a plant or two in my time. Quite frankly, there have been times where my house looks like a plant graveyard. They can be so tricky! But that doesn’t stop me from plant shopping like every other weekend. Our house feels so much more homey with our green friends around. And honestly, I have gotten better at caring for them. Spoiler alert: reading HOW to care for each plant increases the likely hood that they’ll live. Surprising, I know.
I’ve also learned that I am better at caring for some plants than others. For example, I suck at succulents. “Easiest plant” my ass. Mine are always growing roots where they’re not supposed to root or getting bleached from too much sun. Or I overwater them and underwater them. Simultaneously (idk okay?) OR they start legging like crazy. For the life of me, I just can’t figure it out!
Howeverrrrrr, I have been killing the damn game when it comes to non-succulent houseplants. My monstera and rubber tree plants both have consistent new growth and my schefflera is living, despite my best efforts (no seriously). Since we haven’t killed anything in a hot minute, we finally took the plunge and bought a fiddle leaf fig. A FIDDLE LEAF FIG GUYS. I’ve finally made it. Sidenote: When we stayed in a yurt in a Hawaiian rainforest last Feb, there was a fiddle leaf fig that was, kid you not, THREE stories tall. For anyone else obsessed with this plant, it would have brought a tear to your eye. Like it did mine.
Since I struggle to keep ANYTHING alive, I wanted to share some helpful care guides for my favorite plants, ie: the ones that have thrived even in my household. Enjoy!
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Photos by Robert Paine