OK, I know this one is controversial because many beginner plant parents find fiddle-leaf figs, or Ficus lyrata, to be quite temperamental. However, they’re still a popular and trendy houseplant that’s worth a shot.
Honestly, I think most people who have trouble with these are paying too much attention to them when they’re actually fairly self-sufficient. They need some bright indirect sunlight and a bit of water when the top few inches of soil dry out, which should only be about once a week if not less. I got one last fall, and while the growth has been slow, I’ve managed to keep it alive without much thought, which really means that anyone can do it.
Promising review: “These are not easy to find everywhere. I wanted a fig because they are fairly hearty, grow quickly and are attractive. This plant was very well packaged and in great shape when it arrived.” —Donna
You can buy a fiddle-leaf fig from Amazon for around $36.