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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PLANT BEBES // FIDDLE LEAF FIG SPOTLIGHT

Today is the final PLANT BEBES post for this season. I'll restart the series sometime in the Spring to catch y'all up on any new growth or if they survived the winter. Today's focus is on my Ficus lyrata, or Fiddle leaf fig plant. These plants are super trendy in the blogging world and in interior design communities right now. And they are super expensive if you purchase a 3 - 5 foot tall plant for your home. So I decided to start with a little 4" plant and try to grow it to that size within a few years. I'll feel more accomplished that way (if I succeed)! I received this little gal as a Christmas present in 2013. She's already grown over twice the size she was when I got her. Here are her portraits:



Fiddle leaf figs are fairly easy to take care of. They only need watered when the first inch of top soil is dry, which isn't that often. Probably once every week or two weeks during growing season. They prefer bright, filtered sunlight. They should be fertilized once a month during growing season and not at all in the winter (obviously). Like the Sansevieria, you should keep their leaves dust-free by wiping every now and then with a soft cloth to allow better light absorption. Keep in mind that they don't like to be moved around a lot of subjected to drafts.

And that's all, folks - the final post of my PLANT BEBES series for 2014. I hope you enjoyed following along and meeting my beautiful plant family. Check back in the Spring for new updates and obituaries for those who don't make it :(

MONTHLY MOODZ // OCTOBER 2014

Hello, October! It's one of my favorite months of the year - the leaves are beginning to turn, the temperatures are dropping and Halloween is just around the corner. This October, I hope to host a pumpkin carving on my front porch, make some yummy pumpkin treats and walk in the annual Halloween parade. Here is my monthly mood board...


1. The entire series of Gilmore Girls is NOW streaming on Netflix! I plan on spending some serious cozy time on the couch this month, marathoning ALL OF IT.

2. I LOVE this Chevron Ski Sweater from Madewell. The whole outfit is perfection for October!

3. I'm hoping to find time to make some yummy popcorn balls like THESE from The Pioneer Woman.

4. This gold skull from Z Gallerie is a chic way to display some Halloween spirit (although I would totally leave it up all year).

5. Jennifer's Spooky, Kooky Halloween Ready Home tour on Apartment Therapy is EVERYTHING. She has great ideas of ways to add seasonal touches to every part of your home, inside and out, like this jack-o-lantern bucket tree.

What are YOUR monthly moodz for October?