☘ Origin: Pakistan and India
☘ Family: Moraceae
☘ Botanical Name: Ficus benghalensis
☘ Common Name: Banyan Tree
Symbolism: In Hindu religion, the Banyan tree is considered sacred and is called “Ashwath Vriksha” ➖ “I am Banyan tree among trees”. It represents eternal life because of its seemingly ever-expanding branches
Choose a location that provides direct sunlight such as a south or west facing window, just be sure to avoid extended periods of direct sunlight during the very-high temperature period.
Allow the top few centimeters of soil to dry between waterings, and then water thoroughly. Ficus Audrey does best in consistently moist soil but not soggy, and should never be allowed to dry out completely.
To give your plant the absolute best, room-temperature rainwater and bottled spring water are your best options. Any water containing sugar or salt will hurt your plant!
Average house humidity levels are usually fine, although be sure to keep this tropical plant away from drafty windows or AC/heat vents that may dry out the air around it. If your Ficus Audrey is showing signs of drying out - such as browning edges on the leaves - placing a humidifier nearby, as well as frequent spritzing of the plant with warm filtered water will definitely help.
Being Native to India, Ficus Audrey is accustomed to warm and enjoys warmer temperatures, but adapts easily to your home or office climate. However, it does not like cold drafts, so make sure you seal up drafty areas before situating your plant, and ensure that it is not exposed to temperatures below (18°C).
Appreciates regular fertilizing during its active growing period. Fertilize once a month from the early spring to early fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer.
Leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
➕ Additional Tips
While it is easier to grow than the Fiddle Leaf Fig, Ficus Audrey usually isn't considered a beginner plant as it still requires some specific attention and care. Proper light and watering are the most important 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 debris can build up quickly on the leaves of this Ficus tree. Make sure you dust the leaves of your Ficus Audrey regularly to ensure that the leaves can photosynthesize properly. Avoid using commercially-available leaf shine as this can damage the fuzzy leaves. Instead, use a damp washcloth to gently clean the leaves.