Ficus 'Audrey'

Ficus 'Audrey'

Plant Care Profile: Ficus 'Audrey' (Ficus benghalensis 'Audrey')

Description: Ficus 'Audrey' (Ficus benghalensis 'Audrey') is a captivating and relatively easy-to-care-for houseplant admired for its large, glossy leaves and striking appearance. Belonging to the Moraceae family, it brings a touch of the tropics to indoor spaces.

Light Requirements: Place your Ficus 'Audrey' in bright, indirect light. It thrives in well-lit environments with filtered sunlight. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves. Rotate the plant periodically to ensure even growth.

Watering: Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering. Water your Ficus 'Audrey' thoroughly, ensuring water reaches the root system. Maintain even soil moisture, but avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.

Soil: Plant your Ficus 'Audrey' in well-draining potting mix. A mix formulated for houseplants or a blend of potting soil, perlite, and peat moss works well. Adequate drainage is crucial to prevent waterlogged roots.

Temperature and Humidity: Maintain room temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C) for your Ficus 'Audrey'. It adapts well to average indoor humidity levels. If your home is very dry, misting the plant or using a humidity tray can be beneficial.

Fertilization: Feed your Ficus 'Audrey' every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer. Reduce or eliminate fertilization during the dormant period (fall and winter).

Pruning and Maintenance: Prune your Ficus 'Audrey' to shape it and remove any leggy growth. Regularly remove dead or yellowing leaves to promote new growth and maintain a healthy appearance.

Propagation: Ficus 'Audrey' can be propagated through stem cuttings. Take a healthy cutting with several nodes, remove lower leaves, and root it in a well-draining mix.

Special Notes:

  • Ficus 'Audrey' is relatively forgiving and adaptable, making it a suitable choice for both beginners and experienced plant enthusiasts.
  • It may shed leaves when acclimating to new environments or due to changes in care.
  • Sap from ficus plants can be irritating to skin, so handle with care and wash your hands after touching.

Caring for your Ficus 'Audrey' offers the opportunity to enjoy its stunning foliage and enhance the ambiance of your home. Regular observation and adjustments to its care routine will contribute to its health and visual appeal.

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