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Ficus benghalensis 'Audrey' 130cm

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  • Description
  • Care
  • Specifications
  • For those who loved and lost the finicky fiddle leaf fig, we introduce the ficus Audrey (Ficus benghalensis). A close relative of the fiddle leaf fig, the Audrey ficus is easier to grow and care for indoors, and has a similar growth habit and appearance. However, it can be distinguished from the fiddle leaf by its smaller, slightly fuzzy elongated leaves and smooth, light-colored trunk. Like fiddle leaf figs and other relatives in the Ficus genus, ficus Audrey is considered toxic to pets1 so be sure to keep her out of the reach of curious fur babies.

    Fun Fact
    Recognized as the national tree of India, the ficus Audrey is also commonly known as the banyan tree. In the wild, the banyan tree grows long aerial roots that can reach from the canopy all the way to the ground and become supporting trunks. This means that over time the tree can actually grow wider than it is tall, which is no small feat when you consider that it can grow up to 100 feet in height. Some mature banyan trees stretch for acres!

  • Ficus Audrey Care
    Although easier to grow than the Fiddle Leaf Fig, the Ficus Audrey is not usually considered a beginner plant as it still needs some specific attention and care. Proper light and watering are the key elements to get right when it comes to keeping this tree happy indoors. Plus, it benefits from regular pruning to help keep its size and shape in check.

    Dust and dirt can quickly build up on the leaves of this ficus tree. Be sure to wipe the leaves of your ficus Audrey regularly to ensure that the leaves can photosynthesize properly. Avoid using commercially available leaf shine, as that can damage the fuzzy leaves. Instead, use a damp washcloth to gently clean the leaves.

    Choose a location for your ficus Audrey that receives several hours of bright, indirect light, such as a window on the south or west. This indoor tree tolerates some direct morning and evening sun, but avoid extended periods of direct sunlight in the afternoon as this can burn the leaves.

    Plant your ficus Audrey in a moist but well-draining soil mixture. A combination of indoor potting soil, perlite and sand is a good option for this tree.

    Allow the top 2 to 3 inches of soil to dry between waterings, then water thoroughly . Ficus Audrey does best in consistently moist soil and should never be allowed to dry out completely.

    Temperature and Humidity
    Native to India, the ficus Audrey is used to hot, humid conditions. It does well in typical domestic temperatures, just be careful not to expose it to temperatures below 15 degrees. Standard home humidity levels are usually fine, although you should keep this tropical plant away from drafty windows or AC/heating vents that can dry out the air around the plant. If your ficus shows signs of drying out (such as browning edges on the leaves), it helps to have a humidifier nearby or move the plant to a humid area such as a bathroom or laundry room.

    Ficus Audrey appreciates being fertilized regularly during its active growing period. Fertilize once a month from early spring to early fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer. You can also add natural fertilizers such as compost, worm castings, or bone/blood meal to the soil.

    Because ficus Audrey can grow up to 2 meters indoors, pruning is a necessary part of caring for this indoor tree. Pruning not only helps to control the size of your plant but it also encourages the tree to branch more vigorously, making it more aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound.

    It is best to prune in the spring or summer months, when the ficus Audrey is in its active growth period. Before you start, make sure you put a protective sheet under the plant. Similar to its cousin the rubber tree, pruning causes this ficus to secrete a thin latex-like sap that is extremely sticky. Save any stem cuttings you remove when pruning and reuse them for propagation!

    These indoor trees don't require vigorous pruning every year, but pruning a few branches will help control the shape and promote a fuller appearance. Target any branches that are leggy or give your plant a crooked appearance. If your tree has no branches yet and is just a single tall stem, you can cut the top of the stem where you want branching to begin.

  • Botanical name Ficus benghalensis
    Altitude 130cm
    Pot size 27cm
    Place Partial shade
    Water requirement Keep moist
    Toxic Toxic
    Repot Every 2 years
    Packaging Special plants mail box
    Maintenance Normal