The fiddle leaf fig tree has had its 15 minutes of fame, and Ficus benghalensis—a.k.a. Ficus Audrey—is ready to steal the spotlight.

By Lauren Phillips
October 12, 2018

If you’ve been looking around for the perfect fiddle leaf fig tree to bring into your home, you’re not alone—though you may want to rethink your decision.

“On our online store, I’d say the fiddle leaf ficus probably is the most popular plant that we sell, but it’s actually a really challenging plant to take care of,” says Rebecca Bullene, owner and founder of Greenery NYC, a botanic design company based in New York City. “It’s really sensitive to hot and cold air drafts, and when it gets cold, it loses its leaves.”

In other words, the fiddle leaf fig tree may not be the best option for new plant parents. (Even some semi-accomplished home gardeners may struggle to keep one healthy.)

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Instead of this Instagram-famous ficus, consider Ficus benghalensis, a relative of the fiddle leaf fig tree.

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