Ficus benghalensis ‘Audrey’

Banyan Tree 'Audrey,' Strangler Fig 'Audrey,' Bengal Fig 'Audrey'

The national tree of India, ‘Audrey’ sports large oval shaped, leathery leaves with prominent attractive pale veining. A great choice for adding height and style to any brightly indoor spot.

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Origin: India, Sri Lanka & Pakistan, cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Ficus
Species / Cultivar: benghalensis 'Audrey'
Common Name: Banyan Tree 'Audrey,' Strangler Fig 'Audrey,' Bengal Fig 'Audrey'

Plant Biography

Bengal Figs are the national tree of India, and in their native habitat can grow to over 30m tall and up to 200m wide! Luckily they are easily kept to a manageable size in containers through pruning. For many this tree is sacred, as it is seen as the tree under which Buddha received enlightenment. Other common names include Banyan Tree and Strangler Fig – the latter because of the impressive aerial roots developed as it matures.

Ficus benghalensis 'Audrey'
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 16-25°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Fast
Capable of prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Final Size: Tall
Final size will work as a large stand-alone specimen plant.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
Eventual Height: 3m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.

Expert Tip

The more well known cousin of the Bengal Fig is the fashionable Fiddle Leaf Fig. This plant is a little easier to care for and can make a more unusual statement in and indoor scheme.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Position in a bright spot but avoid harsh direct sunlight. This species does not require additional humidity but keep out of the way of heat sources or draughts.

Ficus ‘Audrey’ can get big eventually, but is easily maintained by annual pruning once it reaches your desired height. Like most indoor plants it would benefit from application of indoor fertiliser during the brighter months.


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