☘ 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 receives several hours of bright indirect sunlight such as a south or west facing window. This indoor tree can tolerate some direct morning and evening sun, just be sure to avoid extended periods of direct sunlight during the afternoon as it may burn the leaves.
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.
⛔ HIGH RISK
● Do Not Overwater! This will cause leaf drop and root rot that eventually could kill the plant. The worst thing you can do regarding watering is "give it too much".
● Make sure your plant is not placed near Heat or AC source. It is best to keep consistent room temperature throughout the seasons and not turn off Heat or AC when away or traveling. The best temperature ratio for almost any plant is (15°C-24°C).
Above all, make sure you’re ready for plant parenthood.
💡 These essential care instructions are just guidelines; watering frequency, care routine will vary depending on location, light, temperature, humidity and air circulation in a space -- and most of all on your care.
💡 Your plant relies on you to give it healthy living conditions and deserves plenty of TLC. In fact, the mere act of paying attention to it on daily basis -- or "listening | talking" to it, if you will -- is one of the most important things you can do as a plant parent.
💡 If you see any signs of distress, you may need to act immediately to save your plant.
💡 On top of useful plant care advice, is expanding your knowledge and self-study in regard to your specific plants types. Further reading is a great resource for learning all about your plants, and the proper care that each of them needs along with any signs of distress or diseases. You can learn which are the best spots for your plants in your home, how to grow different plants, how to water your plants correctly, how to treat immediately and more.
💡 At the end of the day, you’re the plant’s guardian and your plant cannot survive without your love and care.