Ficus Audrey

Ficus Audrey

    Commonly Known As:
  • Ficus benghalensis,
  • Banyan Tree,
  • Strangler Fig

With its broad, veiny green leaves and a sculptural tree shape, the Ficus Audrey, or Ficus benghalensis, is the less finicky cousin of the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

The national tree of India, the Ficus Audrey which is native to India and Pakistan is used to a warm, humid climate. In the wild, the Ficus Audrey, or Banyan Tree, can sometimes grow as tall as 100 feet, with their leaves and branches growing horizontally so that the canopy of some stretch for acres when fully mature. While your Ficus Audrey won’t grow this large, indoor plants can reach anywhere from 5-10 feet if cared for properly.

  • light

    Like other Ficus varieties, Ficus Audrey prefers bright indirect or direct light. While it can handle direct sun in the morning and early evening, you should limit how much direct afternoon sun your Ficus Audrey receives; too much direct sunlight can burn your plant’s leaves. It will not tolerate low light conditions. The best spot for your Ficus Audrey is near an eastern-facing window or a few feet back from a southern-facing window. You’ll also want to rotate your Ficus Audrey periodically to prevent leggy or uneven growth.

  • water

    Water once weekly and allow the top 2-3 inches of your plant’s soil to dry between waterings so you don’t oversaturate your plant’s soil. Ficus Audrey prefers soil that is consistently and evenly moist with small drought periods between waterings. Overwatering can result in root rot or cause leaves to drop, whereas underwatering can cause yellowing, crispy leaves. The Ficus Audrey is not drought-tolerant, so don’t let your plant’s soil completely dry out between waterings.

  • temperature

    Temperatures of 65⁰F -80⁰F are ideal for the humidity-loving Ficus Audrey. Your plant can adapt to standard household humidity levels, but you should still be mindful of keeping it away from areas that experience sudden temperature changes; place it away from drafty windows or AC/heat vents. If you notice your Ficus Audrey’s leaves showing signs of drying out, such as browning leaf edges, place a humidifier nearby or move your plant into a bathroom or laundry room where your plant can get higher levels of moisture.

  • fertilizer

    Fertilize once a month during the spring and summer months with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Your Ficus Audrey could also benefit from you adding natural fertilizers such as compost, worm castings, or bone/blood meal to its soil during the growing months. This will help your plant grow lush foliage and a stronger trunk. As your Ficus Audrey matures it could begin to sprout aerial roots that will eventually wrap around the trunk or main stem of your plant.

    Plant Facts
  • While the Ficus Audrey isn’t as particular as a Fiddle Leaf or other types of Ficus, it does still require attention and more care than a beginning plant parent might be ready for.

  • Normally Ficus Audrey begins as a small plant with just a few leaves; as it grows you can choose to keep the plant busy or prune some of its lower leaves to encourage it to grow more tree-like.

  • Ficus Audrey does have a thin, latex-like sap that will drain from the plant when you prune it, so it’s a good idea to lay out a towel under your plant if you prune it; if the sap continues to drain, placing small pieces of paper towel over the freshly pruned stems (like when you cut yourself shaving) can help those areas dry up.

  • Difficulty level: Moderate

  • Origin: India

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