As you probably have seen, the fiddle leaf is making quite the appearance in every design mag, retail store, restaurant and blog (I am sure you even have one in your home). But just like trends roll through fashion and homewares, they also influence our greenery.
About two years ago I found myself researching for fiddle leaf breeders - laugh if you will, but they were extremely hard to come by. After searching for months, I finally ended up paying about $100 for a medium sized plant.
These days though, things are a little different with the fiddle being very accessible. You can pick yourself up one from Bunnings for around $20.
The fiddle-leaf fig, formally known as ficus lyrata, is a species of fig tree, native to western Africa. They are suited for growing indoors because it does not become excessively large. The fiddle leaf fig’s leaves are large and dark in colour– glossy and leathery, with yellow veins.
As the fiddle fad begins to become saturated, the next plant starting to turn up in our pots is the rubber tree plant. Also part of the ficus family, the rubber tree is a species of plant in the fig genus, native to northeast India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
The common name comes from the "rubber" sap that oozes out of the leaves and woody stems if they are scratched or cut. This plant is perfect for those who are looking for some hardy indoor greenery, which requires little love and attention.
We found our rubber at Garden Life, Sydney.
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The two plants are both perfect for indoors and are both aesthetically pleasing. It all comes down to preference, so which one are you branching out (pun intended) to?
We are reaching for the rubber.