Ficus Benghalensis a.k.a Ficus Audrey
Ficus Audrey Quick Overview
|Full Size||5-10 foot|
|Light||Bright indirect light|
|Temperature||Above 60˚F (15˚C)|
Ficus Audrey Size
The typical size of this ficus when kept indoors with the correct care is 5-10 feet high. In the wild, these plants are known to reach heights of 65-98 foot.
Your Ficus will perform best when positioned in bright indirect light. Signs that your plant is not getting enough light is the leaves starting to drop. This can be resolved by changing the position of your plant to somewhere that better suits its light requirements.
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This house plant prefers warmer temperature conditions and will grow best when kept in an area which maintains a temperature above 60˚F (15˚C). When keeping your plant outside of this temperate bracket for prolonged periods of time you can expect it to develop health issues or seize growing.
Maintaining a medium to high humidity will assist in keeping your Ficus Audrey happy and healthy. If your plant is housed in a spot with a humidity level consistently outside of this range click here for tips on how to increase or decrease humidity levels.
You should water your Ficus Audrey once the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry. When watering your Ficus Audrey be sure to water thoroughly, allowing the water to drain completely. During the cooler months, water less frequently. If you notice dark spots on the leaves, this is a sign of overwatering while yellowing leaves with crispy spots is a sign of under watering.
In optimal conditions your Ficus should be fertilized monthly during the growth period (Spring and Summer) with a slow release fertilizer. This will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. Fertilizing can be cut down to once every two months once growth has slowed (Fall and winter).
Ficus Audrey requires a fertile soil that is well draining. Premium potting mixes with the addition of additives such as pearlite are a great choice in terms of soil for this ficus.
Diseases & Pests
The most common pests that you can encounter whilst caring for your Ficus are scale, mealybugs, thrips, and spider mites. The common diseases that you may encounter are southern blight, leaf spot, crown gall and twig die back. For a larger range of information on combating a large range of indoor plant diseases and pests click here.
Ficus Audrey are considered to be toxic. If ingested and or symptoms occur be sure to seek the appropriate medical attention.