If the soft velvety leaves don’t get you then the fact that Ficus Audrey is the fiddle leaf fig’s easy-going cousin surely will! She has gorgeous big leaves just like all her ficus cousins, but Audrey is way more chilled and easy to care for and is fast taking the top spot as the interior design world’s most used plant.
Scientific name: Ficus benghalensis
Difficulty level – medium
Bright indirect light. Never put the Ficus Audrey in direct sun as her leaves will burn and if left in too low light for too long, she will start to drop leaves.
Like a fiddle leaf fig, she doesn’t like to be moved once she’s found her happy place and can start to drop leaves if you move her around too much.
Always check the soil of your Ficus Audrey with a moisture metre before watering. Allow the topsoil to dry out 3 inches between waters. She likes one big drenching in the shower every couple of weeks rather than small cups of water more often. In the cooler months, you will find Audrey needs less water as the soil takes longer to dry out and don’t worry about showers. Whatever you do, don’t leave water sitting in the drip tray for more than a day.
Feed Audrey with a slow-release fertiliser once every four months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first 4 months).
During the warmer months, Audrey likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch her sprout fresh new leaves.
If your Ficus Audrey begins to drop leaves, it’s a sign she is not happy Jan, so try moving her to a spot that has more light. If that doesn’t help after a couple of weeks, you could be over or under watering so try and change up your watering routine.
Our Audrey is also a little sensitive to draughts and doesn’t love the cold weather, so try to keep her in a warm spot in the cooler months.
Use a moisture metre stick to check the soil every few days rather than having to dig in the soil with your finger.