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March 15, 2019

Fiddle Leaf Fig Planted

 I have long admired the fiddle leaf fig and there has been a renewed interest in the plant for home decorating.  Having owned a real one many years ago I know they are fickle and I decided I'd go with a faux version of one.  They always make these with super small pots that they are planted in that is somewhat weighted.  Obviously this is not attractive by itself and I had already planned for it to be set in a basket.

I did a lot of hunting and I selected this one from Crate and Barrel.  It's actually an oval shape but not narrow in size.  It's well built and in part I chose this because of the warm stain color figuring it would coordinate nicely with the new living room furnishings.

 When my new lamps came in there were some big styrofoam pieces that protected them.  I cut one to fit the width of the basket and used it for a base to raise the height of the plant.  I wanted it to appear even taller than it is.  I used this craft paper which came with the fiddle leaf fig's packaging to help hide the white styrofoam and to add more stability.

 The realism of the trunk of this fig was a big reason I chose this one (mine came from Terrain).  I zoomed in so you could see the foam.  I forgot to take images prior to my stuffing the craft paper around it.

  I had Dan cut a 12" round disc of cardboard (also another remnant of the new furniture packing) and we cut an opening to go around the trunk and made little pie shaped cuts so it could be snugged up to the trunk.  

 I wanted the 12" disc so I could add some moss to it so it would appear like it's in a much larger pot.  I glued sheet moss to it.

I chose Spanish moss to stuff all around the edges to cover up the rest of the mechanics of my planting.  Through my research I saw fiddle leaf figs in the price range of $1200+ planted in planters or baskets and noticed they used moss to cover the tops of their plants.  That aided in my decision to use moss.

I'm real pleased with how it looks and I love what adding a green plant does for a room.

So that's how I planted my Fiddle Leaf Fig!

 I'll show you the living room with my new furnishings in my next post!


  1. Very handsome fiddle leaf fig plant! I love how you placed it in the pretty basket and finished it off with the moss. Looks great. Larger indoor live plants can be a lot of trouble. Looking forward to seeing your new furnishings.

  2. Liz,
    I love how you enlarged the base by using recyclables!
    Your faux fig looks amazing and really brings a subtle PoP of color to the corner!
    I remember having one back in the day. . .think I paid $5.
    New furnishings and lamps? I'll be back, soon!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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