Native to Asia, the Ficus Audrey is a beautiful tropical plant, characterized by glossy, vibrant green leaves and light pink-green veins.
Growing Pot Size: 15cm
Other Common Names: Banyan, Banyan fig, Indian banyan
Binomial Name: Ficus Benghalensis
Care Level: Moderate
Light: Bright indirect light
Water: Water when soil is almost dry
Pet Friendly: No. Toxic to both people and animals when ingested
The Ficus Audrey is the national tree of India. It boasts velvety soft leaves and a rich, vibrant green color that is sure to bring any room to life. This plant is considered sacred in India and is said to be the tree under which Buddha received enlightenment.
This plant is a natural air purifier known to filter airborne toxins from the air, promoting a clean, healthy environment in your home. Although it is known to grow up to 20m in its natural habitat, this indoor variety only grows between 1.5m and 3m tall.
PlantX Top Tip: Notice your Ficus Audrey’s roots peeking out? That means it’s time to repot your plant!
Ficus Audrey - Care Practices
Light: Enjoys bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight.
Water: Water when soil is almost dry.
Humidity: Prefers a humid environment. Try misting regularly.
Temperature: Thrives at temperatures of 16°C - 24°C. Avoid drafts and low temperatures.
Fertilizer: Fertilize once or twice a month using a weak fertilizer. Only fertilize during the growing season (usually in spring and summer).
Soil: Enjoys moist, fertile soil.
Propagation: Can be propagated in a rooting mixture using tip cuttings and seeds.
Repotting: Repot larger plants every 18-24 months.
Cleaning Tip: Gently wipe leaves with a damp cloth and then mist.
Toxicity: Very toxic. Keep out of reach of pets and children.
Ficus Audrey - Common Problems
My Ficus Audrey’s leaves are falling off, what do I do?
Your Ficus Audrey will sometimes drop leaves as it grows. This is completely normal and is nothing to worry about. However, if you find that your Ficus Audrey is losing multiple leaves at once, this can be a sign of over or underwatering. Be sure to water your plant when the top 5cm of soil are completely dry, and ensure that your Ficus Audrey is planted in a well-draining pot.
Help! I think my Ficus Audrey has root rot!
Root rot is actually quite uncommon in Ficus Audrey plants. If you find unusual leaf spots on your Ficus Audrey, this is more likely a sign of a bacterial or fungal problem. You can treat this by removing any infected leaves with a pair of shears and using a bactericide or fungicide on the rest of the plant to treat the disease. Pests can carry diseases too, so be sure to keep an eye out and remove any that you do find.
Signs of Overwatering
Brown, yellowing edging, and leaf tips.
Check for thrips, root-knot nematodes, spider mites (especially in winter), and Ficus mealybugs.
Can my Ficus Audrey take full sun?
You should avoid placing your Ficus Audrey in direct sunlight, as this can cause its leaves to burn. We recommend positioning your Ficus Audrey near an east-facing window so that it can receive indirect sunlight.