I have received many, many comments and links to this post in the past year (thanks, Pinterest!). Just and FYI, the technique shared below is my own experience with my FLF. I am in NO WAY an expert on FLF's or any plants in general as I mention below. There are many other recommended ways to pot indoor plants. So...on that note, plant at your own risk and make sure to do thorough research depending on your climate and plant's needs. Good luck and thanks for visiting! :)
I am one of those people who can't keep any plants alive (unless it's a cactus and requires basically no watering). BUT- I have been eyeing the Fiddle Leaf figs since I spotted the 5-footers for only $35 at Home Depot a couple months ago. Despite my terrible watering tendencies, I decided to give it a try and see if I can keep this one alive. Here is a quick summary of what I did:
I already had a glazed turquoise planter that my Mom didn't want anymore and it was just begging to finally be used! I started by adding some felt sticky pads to the bottom of the planter to prevent scratching the hardwood floor. There was a small hole in the bottom, so I cut down a wine cork to plug the hole and added a line of gorilla glue to the perimeter of the cork to seal.
Next, I added a plastic liner cut down to fit the bottom of the planter (just in case to prevent any leaks!). After the liner, I put in a layer of pea gravel (about 1") to ensure the plant will have good drainage and won't ever be sitting in over-watered soil.
After the pea gravel I popped the plant back in the pot with some potting soil and covered the dirt with (dollar tree) floral moss.
My fingers are crossed that it will live! The room is pretty bright so hopefully it should do well here. I am loving how it brightens up the little corner in our dining room.
PS- Anyone notice the toy car? I can't seem to snap a photo in our house without one hiding somewhere.
Disclosure- My FLF has been in the pot for 2 weeks now and is still alive...hooray! BUT that obviously makes me no kind of expert in caring for plants- so please use your green thumb at your own risk :)