Now don’t get me wrong, I still have quite a strong attachment to the design darling of house plants, the fiddle leaf fig. They are so sculptural, maybe even a bit stately and yet so very hip. The fiddle leaf definitely has held her reign as queen of plants for interiors.
This summer, I picked up a new tropical plant to fill a space in the corner of the patio.
I discovered she has some qualities that rival those of the endearing fiddle leaf fig. I’d like you to meet my new love.
Yes, I realize she looks a little unruly here, inside for the winter. She’s definitely less put together than the fig.
But what she lacks in regal style, she gives in spades when you trim a leaf or two.
Remember this post I wrote in September about the desk I up-styled into a marble console table?
Don’t you just love that tropical touch of the split leaf fronds in the vase? So stylish right?
Here’s the thing, when I cut the fronds and put them in the vase I had no idea how long it would last. I honestly thought maybe a few days, maybe a week?
Nope, these striking leaves lasted a full 4 months! Yes, FOUR MONTHS! I could have sworn I was taking photos along the way, as I added seasonal touches next to the vase. I must have only been taking mental photos in my head because I couldn’t find them.
I used to look at styled photos with beautiful fronds and think, “That’s so impractical, who’s got a budget for that?” Boy was I wrong.
Here’s a bit more design eye candy to convince you of the virtues of the Split Leaf Philodendron and her generous cuttings.
Unlike the fiddle leaf fig, a split leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) is known to be very easy to grow. Although in defense of the fiddle leaf, I’ve had no problem with the two I have in my house. I water both of them once a week and keep them next to a window with filtered light.
So what do you think? Willing to give this common tropical plant a chance? I believe she’s a plant with fringe benefits. Dare I say the new queen?
Either way, she’s earned a place in my heart.