If you’re looking for an interesting, drought-tolerant indoor tree choice, consider growing a Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus microcarpa). This easy-to-care-for tree can typically grow to 20 feet tall and wide, making it a great choice for a small space. You can learn more about palm trees at the Plant Vine. Here are four tips on how to grow a fiddle leaf fig tree indoors:
1. Start with a healthy root system. Make sure to transplant your fiddle leaf fig tree into a pot that is at least 2 inches larger than the root ball. Once you have planted the tree in its new home, add plenty of organic matter and water until the soil is moist but not soggy.
2. Dress the tree for winter. Give it a good watering right before Christmas and then again in early January. During the rest of winter, give it only enough water to keep the soil moist, not wet. Consider wrapping the tree in a plastic wrap or burlap bag to help keep it warm.
3. Harden off the tree before winter arrives. If temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for two weeks straight, your fiddle leaf fig will go into dormancy and won’t need as much water.
4. Continue to give your fiddle leaf fig plenty of water. Keep it well watered during the summer months, too. It will probably need more water than it did at Christmas; this is normal.
After you buy a fiddle leaf fig, you will have to look after it for years to come. If you’re planting one in an area where annual freezing temperatures are expected, be sure to protect the roots with a layer of mulch so they can’t freeze in winter.