Ficus Audrey or Ficus Benghalensis, a cousin of the popular Fiddle Leaf Fig, is native to India and Pakistan. Like Fiddle Leaf, Ficus Audrey also has heavily veined leaves, but its leaves are smaller and slightly fuzzy, and its trunk is smooth and light-colored. Audrey is not too picky about lighting and watering requirement, so it makes for a perfect beginner plant.
Ficus Audrey is the national tree of India and is also called “banyan tree”. This woody plant has structural tissues on the stems and can grow pretty tall. In its natural habitat, this plant also develops long aerial roots to support the trunks and can spread to over 100 feet in both height and width.
This plant effectively removes common airborne toxins and is among the most popular air-purifying houseplants.
It is very unlikely for Audrey to bloom indoors, but in the wild, this plant grows white flowers in varying sizes that last several weeks and may develop into small figs (berries).
Ficus Audrey needs bright, indirect sunlight. It can tolerate short periods of light shades, but low light conditions can stunt its growth.
This plant prefers small periods of drought between waterings. Water only when the top 2'' of the soil is dry and drain well after each watering to avoid root rot. Start with watering once a week and monitor the soil to decide on your schedule.
This plant prefers slightly acidic, rich soils that can retain moisture but still drain well. You can add peat moss and perlite to regular houseplant soil to increase drainage.
Audrey should be kept in temperatures between 65°F-85°F and a medium humidity level (around 40%-50%). Use a humidifier and mist your plant when the weather is dry, especially during winter.
This plant should be fertilized once per month during the growing season (spring/summer) with diluted houseplant fertilizer.
This plant is mildly toxic to humans and animals so keep it out of reach of curious children and pets.
USDA Zone 9-11
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)