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A plant as decoration: violin fig for a lively interior atmosphere

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The violin fig, ficus lyrata, with its large, dramatic leaves clustered on top of the tree trunk, is perfect for the corner in your living room, providing a welcoming green touch that suits any style. Minimalists could benefit the most. The violin fig looks most fabulous in sparse interiors, where his sculptural violin-shaped leaves look almost comic-like.


Interestingly, despite its tropical origins, the violin fig looks more like a plant from a medieval garden or a great children’s book, not as a beach or room decor.

The violin fig with its large, dramatic leaves is perfect for the corner in your living room

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In addition to these design features, the care of the violin fig is very easy compared to the other fig types, and so far I have hardly read a negative comment in this regard.

Interestingly, despite its tropical origins, the violin fig looks more like a plant from a medieval garden

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Here a violin fig between two armchairs creates a park atmosphere. The generosity and the slightly retro textiles of the pillows complement the big green leaves nicely.

In the home office, this plant creates a park atmosphere

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Rustic furniture and architecture in this Palos Verdes- Californian house! Everything is elegant and sparse – a perfect arrangement for the violin fig.

The plant also goes well with the neutral Midcentury modern style in Manhattan.

Artificially paired with the ultra-white decor in this home office in Portland, Oregon, the violin fig shoots the bird. In this case, at least three-four plants were planted in a container for voluminous action.

The plant brings joy to the room

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A broad-leafed fig in the corner of this Los Angeles house brings joy to a “heavy” looking room.

The violin fig in the open living space in Hawaii makes the vertical space interesting and connects it with the exterior. The thin tree trunk complements the delicate side chair frame.

The gray walls in this Austin, Texas house are a dramatic backdrop to a violin fig. The tall basket balances the heavy-pointed tree and makes it look taller.

If your style needs something less rustic, try an enamelled metal basket or tall ceramic planter.

If you are planning to make violin figs for your house, consider buying two pieces right now. A pair of trees on either side of the chimney look pretty good in this house in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

If you want to integrate green plants into your neutral environment, then you could add another lighter green color

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If you want to integrate green plants into your neutral environment, then you could add another lighter green hue (or yellow-green) that calms the contrast between dark green leaves and bright walls and furniture. In this case, the curtains play this role.

How to care for your violin fig

Light: moderate to light. The tree may need more light when directed towards the light, has falling leaves, and the new growth is smaller than the old one. Too much direct sunlight could cause browning or discoloration.

The tree might need more light when it turns towards the light

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Temperature: Preferred room temperatures between 15 and 29 degrees.

Water: Baste moderately and wait for the soil to dry until next time. Too much moisture can make the roots rot – a likely sign of this are browned leaf margins. Falling or yellow leaves are very likely to be low humidity. Use room temperature water and if you want to be extra cautious, use water that is at least 24 hours old to allow chlorine evaporation.

Soil: All-purpose soil that is rich in organic matter and has good drainage.

Fertilize: fertilize monthly or every two weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer in spring and summer, if desired.

If you want to use them in a large room, then better buy a nearly adult tree

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Additional considerations:

Size: The violin fig tree can grow up to 3.6 meters in height and 1.8 meters in width, so you have to cut them off at some point, but attentive, as the plant does not grow quickly. If you want to use them in a large room, then better buy a nearly adult tree.

Air Purification: The larger the leaves, the more toxins they can remove.

Toxicity: This plant can be poisonous when digested, another reason why you would rather buy a big tree.

Natural habitat: the West African tropical jungle. In its natural habitat, the plant brings edible fruits.

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