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This is a highly desired indoor plant that is sweeping the world – one the most sought after additions to every indoor plant fanatic. Lovely large dark green leaves are the main appeal plus the fact that this plant naturally adapts well to indoor situations. Hindu mythology describes this plant as the ‘wish-fulfilling tree’, Audrey (also known as Banyan) reprsesents eternal life. It is sacred and spiritual tree that is prized in public parks in the tropics and popular as an indoor plant. Do not plant in the garden as it can become a monster!
To many plant collectors, Audrey is easier to look after than the fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) Rotate the plant to encourage even leaf development. Leaf drop can occur if too wet or too dry so it is important to maintain a regular watering regime. To clean the leaves of this plant, use a damp cloth with a drop of dish washing liquid – avoid oil-based shine products. Audrey may occassionaly produce aerial roots which you choose to cut off or leave them for extra curiosity.
Feeding your indoor plants
Don’t let your plants get hangry! To get the best out of your plants, you will need to feed them some food. A good balanced fertiliser (plant food) will provide plants with all the nutrients they need to grow more leaves and help them stay strong. When the plant is actively growing during the warmer months, it needs a bit more food and water. During the slow growing season (cooler winter months) your plant doesn’t eat or drink as much (no extra winter layer of fat for these babies). Fertiliser (plant food) can be applied as granular slow release pellets or as a liquid. A bit more chilled out about your plants? Some granular products last 3-6 months which make them ideal for indoor plants and busy people. Hard-core plant-mum? Liquid fertiliser maybe be best as it gives you better control over the amount fed and when. Obviously, follow the label on your preferred fertiliser (plant food) for your baby. Sometimes it’s ok to be a helicopter parent – respond to your plant’s needs. Moral of the story, if it is growing new leaves then it will need more water and food!