Bringing the outside in

One of the things on our list (which, by the way is getting very long) for the new apartment/office is an indoor tree. We love the idea of bringing a little nature into our space and a great pop of green. Plus, we have the perfect corner to put it in! This is an image from Lonny magazine of Anna Burke’s apartment and her fiddle-leaf fig tree. The fiddle-leaf fig tree seems to be a popular choice for many people’s homes. We’re wondering if it is its constitution of just the way it looks? tree1In the most recent issue of Lonny, we loved the basket this tree was put into and how it really pops off of all the white in this house. tree3
greendayWe wonder if lemon trees are more difficult to take care of indoors? Any arborists among us?tree2A beautifully serene image from designer Grant K Gibson’s portfolio.collage Here are a few of the containers we’re thinking to use as planters for our future tree.
plantersFrom left to right: Ethan Allen, EPlanters, Ballard Designs, Serena & Lily, Restoration Hardware, West Elm. Have you found any interesting planters for these types of trees? And which trees have you found thrived best? We’re still debating between a ficus and a fiddle-leaf fig tree.  Also, for those of you who travel a lot of just aren’t the most green-thumbed, there’s this website that sells some pretty believable looking faux trees here.

  • Bethany – Powell Brower Home

    ladies – i love a good FLF but I’ve managed to kill three now. i admittedly dont have a green thumb but i didnt think they would be THAT hard to take care of. we dubbed them the finicky leaf figs. they dont like drafts or to be too cold or they will get brown and molt their leaves. and not too much direct sun (although in every pic I ever saw them in, it looked like they thrived in the direct sunlight!). I wish you good luck with your pic. I know Ikea has them now for $12.99 and sometimes Home Depot has a good one for $24.99. I managed to get a huge one at HD a while back but it set me back about $100 smackers. And that hurt when I killed it :/ I too wonder about a lemon tree. Boy wouldnt that be fun!

  • Mimi

    No tips to give you regarding the fiddle-leaf fig except that I too am contemplating adding one to my collection of indoor (and outdoor) plants. Ficus trees are quite easy to grow indoors; the only downside is they do tend to drop leaves and you will most likely be picking up after them. I would not recommend a citrus tree indoors unless you have some sort of adjacent greenhouse or conservatory-type room. They are (in my experience) quite difficult to grow indoors and need a very specific type of environment to thrive. If conditions are not correct, they can host insects which cause all sorts of problems if you try to remedy the situation indoors. They can also lose all of their leaves. I gave my husband a very large variegated lemon tree about 10 years ago which was miserable in my house. It is alive and thriving now because it winters in a small lean-to greenhouse and spends the rest of the year outside on the terrace. My daughter and I love your blog!

  • domonique matthews

    fiddle leaf figs make such a fantastic statement. have been wanting one for my living room, but i’m not sure it gets enough light. I would recommend citrus trees indoors in colder climates only if you have a nicely lit room. It will stay warm and cozy through the winter. try meyer lemon or lime!

  • eurydice

    Lemon trees are great indoors. I’ve had my Meyer lemon for about 4 years now. Summer, let it soak up the sun outdoors. Fall, bring it in and let it sit in front of the window. Come a blustery January, the smell of orange blossoms will simply melt you. Google the care requirements, fertilizer, etc. Not every plant has the same needs. Buy through a reputable mail-order nursery, and you should spend $25-$35 dollars for a baby tree. Don’t buy an over-priced one from a posh Williams-Sonoma type place just because it comes in a cute pot. A plant is a plant is a plant.

  • eurydice

    Also great indoors are fig tree (the fruiting kind). They have the best foliage anywhere. They need strong sunlight – I’d bring outdoors in summer. They don’t need a pollinator – meaning they fruit without help from other flowers or bees. Look for dwarf varieties. Once every several months while small, they may drop all their leaves and be completely skeletal. Don’t freak out – just keep treating it the same and soon new spring-green leaves will unfold themselves along the lengths of the branches. They are amazing and a lot of fun. If you don’t eat fresh figs, put them in a bowl as decoration. Better yet – slice one and spread goat cheese on top.
    (Keep in mind that plants indoors may not be on a typical seasonal schedule. Their internal clocks may be confused as to what season they’re in).

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