Ficus Benghalensis "Audrey" - BUSH FORM (10" pot)
+ Comes in a 10" Pot.
Native to Southeastern Asia. It is also considered a strangler fig, where it starts life as an epiphyte on other trees, eventually strangling its host tree. Interesting fact or rumor: Ficuses have been shown to effectively remove gaseous formaldehyde from indoor air.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Ficus / Moraceae
Ficus Audrey / Council Tree / Ficus Altissima Variegata / Ficus Benghalensis
Outdoors: Mature height 98 feet / Mature Width 30 feet. Grown Indoors. Indoors: Approximately 6 feet / 3 feet wide.
Optimal indoor temperature is above 60 degrees F. Outdoors it can grow in zones 10a-11. Something to also consider, these trees do NOT like drafts or low temperatures.
All Ficuses have a degree of Queen to them, but fear not, this is not like its cousin the Fiddle Leaf, which will drop a leaf just by looking at it incorrectly. These are relatively easy and friendly ficuses to own, just make sure you keep it away from drafts and you don’t overwater.
Like with most Ficuses, the Altissima prefers a spot where it will receive plenty of bright, indirect light. It does not like bright direct sun Ideally it should be near an eastern facing window.
The Altissima prefers the soil to be consistently and evenly moist. With small periods of drought. DO NOT overwater the Altissima, leaf drop is often a common symptom of too much water. If you see dark spots on the leaves, you are over-watering it. If you see yellow leaves, with crispy spots, you are under-watering it. It also likes to be misted every now and then, as it is use to a humid environment.
Grown best in fertile soil. Fertilize once a month, to maximize growth.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes, but they are insignificant flowers.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
You can propagate the Altissima be using tip cuttings and seeds You can cut tips off the branches and place in rooting powder and then in the soil, roots will start to develop after a few weeks.
Ficuses respond to stress by losing their leaves. If you noticed a significant leaf drop, look for possible problems. Like with most Ficuses, there are a lot of pests that love this plant. It can face issues with thrips, root-knot nematodes, spider mites, scale, and mealy. Moreover, it may experience Southern blight, twig dieback, crown gall, and leaf spots due to bacterial and fungal problems. Treat all problems immediately.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.