THE FIDDLE LEAF TREE...AND HOW I TURNED MY BLACK THUMB GREEN

Let's be honest, being/having a green thumb is hard work!  Not that I'm averse to hard work mind you, but man keeping plants alive takes some skill, lots of patience and making sure you schedule those recurring maintenance/watering reminders.  My journey as a green thumb has been a long fought battle....I have spent many years planting, replanting, watering, talking to and spending money on plants - all the while managing to pretty much kill every single one.  It's not until recently that our house has exploded with greenery, and shockingly plants that have been alive for months and are actually thriving.  How did I do this you ask?? Well I will tell you - It all started with with a Fiddle Leaf Tree....My brand new shiny (very pricey & trendy plant) was dying a slow death shortly after I re-potted into an equally pricey but spacious pot.   I was beside myself and then of course the google curse took over....I obsessively typed and typed into that little search bar until I came across a random thread very deep in the interwebs that had one clear tip - DO NOT RE-POT YOUR PLANTS!  Yes, that's right!! Keeping them in their yucky plastic containers is actually what keeps them alive and helps them grow!  I paid our local nursery a visit the very next day and spoke to the lady in the tropical section - and she confirmed this!  I mean, I wanted to cry!  There was hope for my fiddle leaf. I promptly bought a small pot (the same size it originally came in) went home and replanted it.  It was touch and go for a while - but I'm happy to report that it's it's making a nice recovery!  

Below is my Fiddle loving life!

Now that's a happy plant!  Planter from West Elm...

Now that's a happy plant!  Planter from West Elm...