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Audrey Hepburn was a highly acclaimed and talented actress during Hollywood’s Golden Era.  While she won our hearts on the big screen, she’s not adequately credited for her horticultural work – scouring the globe for new and interesting plant species for which a few popular plants are named.  Gotcha – just kidding, although she probably would have loved this one!  It’s a Ficus benghalensis, better known to us as ‘Audrey’, and it’s racing to beat the Fiddle Leaf as the most popular fig.  And there’s good reason plant lovers are adoring it – Audrey is much more forgiving with a better tolerance for soil moisture and even has a lower light requirement, although a good dose of filtered light is what’ll keep it growing.  While we don’t really know where it got its name, it’s the same species of Ficus that form huge Banyan Tree canopies in its native India – yours can be pruned to fit right where you place it.  Audrey Hepburn would be proud.

The Ficus Audrey is available in the standard (single-trunk) tree form in both 10 and 14″ growpots.

 

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Read below for more information on caring for your new plant.

Description

The Ficus Audrey is another great indoor performer from the Ficus family – Moraceae.   And it’s less finicky than its Ficus cousins making it it a good choice for plant lovers with less than a green thumb.  Here’s what you need to know about the Ficus benghalensis:

Watering

This plant is a bit more forgiving for over- and under-zealous plant parents and able to handle longer periods of moist or dry soil than its Ficus relatives.  It’s considered a moderate drinker, and can go for 2+ weeks without watering with the proper sub-irrigation system, but we suggest you probe the soil weekly for the first month and during hot summer months.  It will perform best if you’re able to thoroughly wet the soil and then let it dry (and we mean really dry) before watering it again.  See our watering-for-success guide for more information.

Light

With a little more leeway on the watering, let’s get the light right. While it can be maintained beautifully indoors in artificial light, it’s best to have it close to a window for some filtered sunlight –  east-, south-, and west-facing windows are best, so we’re classifying the Audrey as a “medium” light plant.  And, if you get it situated near a window, give your Ficus a quarter turn (aka “twist”) once a week – this will help let light penetrate from different angles and minimize the inevitable leaf drop from inside the plant’s canopy.

Nutrition

This Ficus likely will not need to be fed during the first 6 months after it has shipped.  During this time, it will use the residual nutrients from nursery production.  After 12 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants – check out our nutrition products from Dyna-Gro.  If your Ficus is positioned on a porch in the south, it may need supplemental nutrition sooner than 12 months.  Keep an eye on the newer leaves – not the emerging ones; if the new leaves are yellow and the veins prevalent, it is possible it needs some nutrients.  Please refer to our nutrient guide for details.

Cleaning

The Audrey leaf size is smaller than a Fiddle Leaf and bigger than an Alii and it usually has a more open canopy meaning you’ll have fewer leaves to clean than the ones on its cousins.  It does, however, have an interesting leaf texture and vein pattern so you might need to be a little more gentle with its leaves but simply wiping the leaves with a wet cloth usually does the trick for removing dust.  For spots where something else (besides dust) has landed on your plant, use a mild soapy solution to wet the cloth – then wipe, stroking the leaf away from the stem (and pulling on it lightly).

Pruning

The canopy of the Audrey is typically more open and we’ve witnessed its attempts to throw down some aerial roots and grow in some funky directions – we’re pretty sure that’s baked in to its DNA since it is, after all, a Banyan tree.  Regardless, you can tame yours with some infrequent, light pruning or you can let it do its thing and go “jungle” on you.  For the tame side, make pruning cuts to stems/branches that may be heading in the wrong direction and force new growth from the nodes.  Although this demonstration is with an (old) Fiddle Leaf Fig, it does get to the point on how best to prune any of the Ficus species from PLANTZ – Ficus pruning.

Bugs

Nary a worry here – Audrey’s not a big target for pests.  Scale, mealy bugs, and mites sometimes jump on, but they’re easily controlled by wiping the infested area with a soapy solution.  It can take several intermittent cleanings to rid the plant of the pests.  As always though, a regular cleaning/wiping regimen is best to keep any pests from taking up residence on your plant in the first place.

Trouble

Here are a few warning signs that your Ficus is getting ‘the funk’:

  • Leaf drop – If the lower leaves start to droop and then drop, it’s either :
    1. not getting enough light
    2. it’s getting too much water or
    3. (you guessed it), it’s not getting enough water

    Or…if you moved it from one light extreme to another, it could shed leaves.  The most likely issues (#’s 1, 2, and 3) are easily correctable.

  • Brown leaf margins – This is most likely from not enough light and under-watering.
  • Brown spots and mushy leaf spots – This might be from too much water or exposure to cold temperatures.

The best part about any of the above is that they’re easily corrected.  The key, however, is recognizing the signs early and making the adjustment before too much damage occurs.

And…

Don’t forget the weekly twist to keep your Ficus evenly bathed in sunlight.

Warning

It has been reported that the sap from a Ficus plant is poisonous to dogs, cats, and horses.  So, if you have a dog, cat, or horse, don’t let them ingest the sap.  It’s also been reported that the sap can cause allergic reactions for people too.  If you get sap on your skin, wash it off and wipe the area with rubbing alcohol; if it gets in your eyes, flush your eyes with clean water for 15 minutes.  If none of this helps, call a doctor.

Fun Fact

As mentioned, the Audrey can develop aerial roots.  They can be tamed, but in its native habitat that’s how it forms ginormous canopies.  It can start out as an epiphyte, germinating from seed on the bark or branch crotch of another tree.  And that’s where it gets is most unusual name – the Strangler Fig.  After germinating, its roots attach to the host and then it puts out aerial roots eventually reach soil below.  Once it taps the soil, it can envelop and “strangle” the host plant out of existence using it for support while it develops even more roots.  Sometimes we have to ship the Audrey with a stake for support artificially simulating a “host”.

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  1. Robin (verified owner)

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    Spectacular tree! Arrived lush and bursting with new growth, despite “regular” shipping. Also, Plantz offers outstanding communication/customer service—

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      They are so beautiful right now! So glad it made it there safely and that you’re happy with it!
      Sue

  2. alexlgr8 (verified owner)

    I ordered the 14” pot Ficus Audrey and when it arrived I was very pleased! It is wonderful, very tall , full and appears healthy. It is still acclimating and has lost a few leaves but appears healthy so , no big deal. If you are looking for a Ficus Audrey , this is a good one !

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Fantastic news. Glad you are happy with it!
      Thanks – Sue

  3. Amber Mikolaycik (verified owner)

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    We love this tree. It was so healthy and lush when it arrived.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you for letting us know!
      Sue

  4. Maria G. (verified owner)

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    I received the most beautiful healthy Ficus Audrey trees. Three of them. They are everything I hoped for and more. Plantz customer service is top notch and they truly have mastered the job of shipping large trees across the states. They arrived beautifully packaged with no damage. Don’t hesitate to purchase anything from Plantz. You will not be disappointed.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you for letting us know! We’re happy to help going forward if you need us.
      Sue

  5. Karen H. (verified owner)

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    I was looking for this tree for a long time, as a gift for my sister. Was not able to find anything nearby, and the only tree available was on Plantz. After The purchase, I had few questions regarding the shipping, as the tree should have been shipped from Florida to Ohio in April, and it was still snowing up here. Sue, the customer service representative, was very professional and helpful. She was replying to my email within an hour. Tree was shipped via FedEx and we have received on day 3. The tree was packaged like if someone swaddle a newborn. It was in such a good shape,that no even a leaf was wrinkled or damaged. Tree height and look was almost identical I saw on site. It was approx 5ft tall and healthy. A day prior to the delivery, we have received a detailed instruction from Sue on how to unpackage and to take care of the tree. Very useful.
    I am very happy with my purchase, had a great experience and for sure will order more plants in the future.
    Strongly recommend!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks Karen! We are happy to help if you have questions going forward!
      Sue

  6. Arel D. (verified owner)

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    She is SUCH A BEAUTY! they did amazing on carefully packaging her, not a single leaf lost. Thank you so much!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know!
      Sue

  7. Victoria C. (verified owner)

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    Love my new beautiful Ficus audrey tree! I had actually ordered a 3′-4′ tree, but when I had unpacked it I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually much taller than me (somewhere between the 5′-6′ range)!! Some of the leaves have been falling off every now and then since arriving, but that’s pretty expected of a Ficus and it’s otherwise adjusting well. One of the sides is much more lush than the other, but I can hardly complain when the tree overall is just so beautiful!!!!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know! Once it is done shedding, you might be able to prune it a bit to give it some shape. Glad to hear that you are happy with it!
      Sue

  8. Misty S. (verified owner)

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    Good price, arrived quickly and in great shape!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know! Glad to hear that you are happy with it!
      Sue

  9. Kristen (verified owner)

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    Such great customer experience! And amazing tree!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks so much! So glad you’re happy with your new plant!
      Sue

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