- The Ficus Audrey (Ficus benghalensis) is the national tree of India. In its natural habitat its canopy can cover a lot of ground and provide great shade in its warm climate.
- Similar to most Ficus trees, the Ficus Audrey prefers a spot where it will receive high levels of bright, indirect light or direct sunlight.
- This plant will need to be acclimated to long periods of direct sun and it will not tolerate low light conditions. Ideally, place your Audrey directly in an eastern facing window, or a few feet removed from a southern or western facing window.
- Ficus Audrey prefer soil that is consistently and evenly moist, with small periods of drought between waterings. Allow the top 2”-3” of the soil to dry between waterings. Allowing the soil to dry more than a few inches will lead to leaf loss. In contrast, too much moisture in the soil can lead to root rot and also cause leaves to drop.
- Be sure to check in with the soil regularly until you develop a routine with your plant. These plants do particularly well in the self watering containers.
Although the ficus are popular household plants, they can be toxic to dogs/cats. The leaves of the ficus contain a sap that can be very irritating to dogs/cats, either on the skin or when ingested. The sap contains specific enzymes that can cause irritation to dogs/cats.