Our Fiddle leaf fig has taken on a special status in our new home.

I’ve affectionately named her Frida (after Frida Kahlo of course) and took great pleasure in lugging her outside today so she could enjoy the Melbourne winter sun.

Houseplants are a feature at our place and in my  experience they can be calming and seem to cleanse the air.

The University of Technology in Sydney has research confirming my suspicions (kinda good because we rely on research around here).

Given most Australians live in urban areas and spend a lot of our time indoors, being conscious of air quality seems smart.


Indoor air pollution is almost always more polluted than outdoor air, two – ten times higher.

Volatile organics are emitted through everything we do: computers, plastics, carpets, chairs, and of course carbon dioxide.


Buy yourself a houseplant.

Professor Margaret Burchitt and Dr Fraser Torpy has pointed E women to University of Technology Sydney research which proves indoor plants can remove pollutants, raise spirits and improve work productivity.

Professor Burchitt is a plant environmental toxicologist, over the past 15 years she has led research focusing on the uses of potted-plants to reduce urban indoor air pollution and promote health and wellbeing for building occupants.

She looked at 15 indoor plant species but says all plants work.

They also claim plants reduce sickness and lift our wellbeing.

Pointing out that before urbanisation and big cities we had cultures who relied on cloistered gardens.

If we can’t get outdoors, why not bring the outdoors into our home via some plants?


“The real estate motto continues to be, location, location, location, doesn’t it? Where is that location? I bet it’s got plants in it and a bit of water. Probably for the highest prices, right? .. The top three family sites on the web are gardening, ideas for week-end getaways and fishing. All back to nature escapes, right, okay, but we spend 90 per cent of our time indoors…” Excerpt from a UTS lecture series.



Green thumb I am not, so  I asked the experts at my local nursery for their best advice.

Fiddle leafs aren’t cheap (especially due to their current on-trend status) so ask questions, record their answers as you don’t want to stuff it up,

Remember not to over water. The soil should be dry on top and moist one inch down, which you can monitor by sticking your finger into the soil.


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