The Ficus Audrey, also sometimes known as the "Banyan Tree" is recognized as the national tree of India! This Ficus Variety resembles a Fiddle Leaf Fig and is generally easier to care for!
Although it is most commonly a house plant, you can grow them outdoors if your environment stays warm and humid throughout the year. If you do happen to plant outdoors, just be aware that under these conditions, it will grow fast and quickly spread its roots.
In the forests of India these Ficus can grow 100 feet tall and have an "aerial" root base even wider exposed from the soil! Have no fear though, in doors the Ficus Audrey will reach heights of about 5-10 feet maximum.
Ficus Audrey Sun
Ficus Audrey makes a great beginner/low maintenance house plant. Bright, indirect sunlight is important. Too much sunlight indoors is possible and can even scorch the foliage. Too little light however will cause lengthy growth and less foliage. Striking the balance here is not tough, but worth keeping an eye on.
Banyan Tree Soil
Banyan Trees are not too picky about their soil, but a slightly acidic well draining soil is definitely recommended. A good potting soil will do. For the healthiest Ficus though, adding perlite, cactus mix, or orchid bark are all good options.
Watering your Ficus Audrey is low maintenance. Allowing the top few inches to dry out in between watering is ok. Generally watering once a week is sufficient. Over watering does risk root rot though and allowing the soil to become completely dry is not healthy either.
Ficus Audrey Specifications
- Plant Type: Tree
- Mature Size: 5-10 Feet Indoors, up to 100 Feet Outdoors
- Sun: Partial Sun
- Soil Type: Well Draining
- Soil PH: Acidic
- Hardiness Zones: 9-11 US