More than two months ago I shared my love (and want) of the oh so popular right now, fiddle leaf fig tree and since then I’ve been semi keeping my eyes peeled for one. Two weekends ago while heading to a friend’s bridal shower I stopped at a local garden nursery and, just when I was about to leave without having seen any, decided to look near the tropical indoor plants and found one hiding behind a palm plant. It was in a bit of rough shape so I asked for a discount. They don’t give discounts but offered to order me one in and so I left happy to have one on its way. The next day my sister* mentioned that she found one at her local Home Depot so, since it was my day off, I decided I’d give my local Home Depot a try too (something I did early in my search with no success). Nothing. Then on my way to bring my brother to his dentist appointment there was a Home Depot right across the street…so I thought, why not – let me just try.
And I found one. Just one. Sitting amongst the palms and other tropical plants. I recognized it right away (despite the handwritten tag on it that said “bushy fig(?) tree” but it didn’t have a barcode for scanning or a price so I asked the cashier. She didn’t know. She called someone over. He didn’t know. They called another person. That person didn’t know. Finally they said they’d call over the garden manager and he said it was the same price as the other tropical plants… $29.99. Just under 30 bucks for an over 5 foot tall fiddle leaf fig tree. I’m no fiddle leaf expert but my google research and a few phone calls to a few nurseries indicates that this price is a steal. But still, I had to ask…
“Bob,” (let’s call the garden manager Bob) “Do you think I can have a discount…there’s a bit of sun damage/sun burn holes…”
“Sure. I’ll take off 10….dollars.” (I was almost certain he was gonna say 10 percent)
“Thank you!” I might have also told him he was my new best friend since I was certain he was going to say 10 percent which would have been a whopping $2.99 (but yes, still better than nothing. I know.)
The cashier rung it up. I spent 5 minutes manoeuvring it into the back seat of the car and drove that sucker, and my brother, home where I proceeded to wipe it down, take photos of it, and marvel in it’s beauty. What a good looking plant.
And that, my friends, is how I got a 5+ foot tall fiddle leaf fig tree in almost perfect condition for $20.
Readers and friends, if there’s one thing I learned in India it’s that it never hurts to ask for a discount!
Do any of you have a fiddle leaf fig tree? Any tips to ensure it thrives?
*I put a star beside sister to share this story. A few months ago when I sent my sister pics of the flf and told her how nice looking they were and that I wanted one she replied, in response to their looks, “they’re OKAY.” In that, I don’t see why you’re making a big deal kinda way. Gotta laugh about it.