This new compact variety is perfect for smaller spaces.

Over the past few years, big and bold fiddle-leaf fig trees have been absolutely everywhere, appearing in magazines, on television, and all over social media (especially Instagram) as a must-have houseplant. You know them, you love them, and now there's a miniature version for your indoor garden! Meet Little Fiddle, a new dwarf variety from Costa Farms that tops out at about three feet tall and wide, less than half the size of a regular fiddle-leaf fig. Its more compact proportions enable Little Fiddle to add eye-catching lushness to your home without taking up a lot of precious space.

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Credit: Courtesy of Costa Farms

As popular as the regular fiddle-leaf fig trees have been, "not everyone has space for a big hulking tree in their home," says Justin Hancock of Costa Farms. He notes that while it's young, "Little Fiddle is perfect for desks and tabletops." The plant will grow slowly, but when it does reach its mature size, you may want to use it as a floor plant at that point.

Wherever you place it, Little Fiddle will complement most home decor styles. Hancock says that these plants work especially well with modern and contemporary designs. They'll also easily fit into clean-looking Scandinavian-inspired layouts.

How to Care for a Little Fiddle

Similar to larger fiddle-leaf figs, Little Fiddle is relatively easy to take care of. Just make sure your plant gets plenty of bright, indirect light. If you have good lighting in a bathroom, try setting it near the window—it will love the extra humidity. Otherwise, your plant will appreciate having a humidifier nearby. Keep the plant out of cold drafts from doors and windows.

Try to water on a regular schedule, letting the top few inches of the soil dry out before watering again. Once in a while, dust off your Little Fiddle's broad leaves with a soft cloth. This helps the plant collect as much light as possible, and also keeps it looking clean and fresh. Hancock recommends carefully repotting your Little Fiddle every two years or so into a slightly larger container with a drainage hole. Fill in the additional space in the new pot with fresh potting mix that includes a slow release fertilizer.


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