I'd always heard Fiddle Leaf Figs are notoriously difficult to take care of—but it was years before I actually believed it. The trees in my house and our then-downtown office were both happily thriving. And then, we made the mistake of redecorating the office. About a week after we moved our Fiddle Leaf into a sad-looking corner that needed a touch of greenery, its own greenery started dropping. Each morning, we were greeted by a new pile of dead, brown leaves. We diligently followed tips for bringing it back to life—but nothing worked. Within a month, the tree was a glorified stick, despite a few hopeful leaves.
A few weeks before hosting our first in-office event this past December, I finally accepted it was beyond hope of resurrecting, and that it was time to replace it. I never thought I would buy a plastic plant—they felt old-fashioned, and even a bit tacky—so I was surprised to hear so many people in our office and several friends of mine swear by them. We ended up purchasing a large version of the trees both Anne and Leslie have in their apartments, inspired by the tree my friend Naomi (of Love Taza) has in her home. I had to admit: I was immediately surprised by how much it warmed up the office, and how realistic it looked.
I'm not about to replace every plant in my home with plastic (and fortunately, the real tree in my dining room is still thriving)—but it's been such a relief to have an ever-green tree in the office that we'll never have to replace or water. While we purchased the large option from Pottery Barn, I also love this $60 version for a smaller space.
Here are some other "plants" I would consider adding, albeit sparingly: