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Ficus Lyrata & Indoor Citrus Trees

June 8, 2011

A while ago, I mentioned that I’d like to find out the name of this plant/tree:


{Source: Elle Decor, photography Grey Crawford}

Good news! I came across this image at the Elle Decor website and found out that it’s called a Ficus Lyrata. Apparently, it’s called that because the leaves have a fiddle shape to them. I really love it, it has such presence.

What I also really like right now, is the idea of growing citrus trees indoors. I find citrus fruit beautiful in and of themselves, and it happens that the trees are very pretty too.


{Source: Southern Accents, photography Victoria Pearson}

In the article in Southern Accents, I read that it’s a very old tradition to grow citrus trees indoors. Apparently, King Louis XIV loved the smell of orange blossom and there was a greenhouse built on the grounds of Versailles just for citrus trees. {Just and interesting tid-bit.}

Do you have any small trees/ big plants in your home?

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2011 10:58 pm

    No trees or plants for me. My sister has a lemon tree. It did well for awhile. I think she just forgets about it now. So sad.

  2. Littl' Sis permalink
    June 9, 2011 9:34 pm

    No tree in my house..but I do have a baby in my belly who seems to do tree impressions from time to time… :) love you big sis!!

  3. June 9, 2011 10:30 pm

    i need to move my citrus tree indoors!!! my neighbor found this cool little citrus tree at home depot. i liked it so much i went up and bought one too. well, hers is looking great, but mine has zero leaves on it and one little piece of fruit, where as hers is looking fantastic- full of leaves and fruit. the difference?! the squirrels are not as big in number in her backyard b/c she has a pool, a barking dog, and fewer pecan trees. i’ve caught the squirrels in action, so i know they are to blame for my balding tree. it never occured to me to bring it inside… hope to find a place with enough natural light…which is actually a challenge in my cozy little cave…

  4. June 10, 2011 8:29 pm

    yes! the squirrels are totally destructive- i have to put away my outdoor furniture cushions when not in use b/c they will quickly eat out the stuffing- they did it before when my first cushions were brand new. i was so mad!!!

  5. June 14, 2011 9:26 pm

    Wow, I would of never guessed that was a ficus. It is so beautiful though. Love the idea of bringing a citrus tree inside! Louis had a great idea, it would be wonderful to smell that everyday. I love, love your bulletin board. I can’t believe it has been that long since you painted it! That is one cool looking piece.

  6. Fianou permalink
    April 8, 2012 9:13 am

    I thought it looked like a tropical almond tree…
    http://casamexilio.com/news-events/i-have-always-wanted-a-tropical-almond-tree

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