Indian Banyan Fig
Ficus benghalensis

While her fiddle-leaf cousin might have more followers on Instagram, Audrey's been rising through the ranks because of her laid-back, low maintenance attitude. When grown, her trunk turns a beautiful white, which pairs nicely with her deep green leaves and cream-colored veins.

Sunlight:Bright indirect light. Direct light can burn her leaves.

Water:Once a week, or when the top 2" of soil becomes dry.

Pets:Toxic if ingested. Sorry Goldie.

Grows:Grows into a proper tree if taken care of properly.

Newbies:Great for beginners with good ambient light.

Pro-tip: If you notice its leaves dropping or yellowing, it's most likely a sign of overwatering. Make sure the soil is completely dry 2" down before watering.

Originally from India, the ficus benghalensis is their national tree. Out in its natural habitat, the banyan tree can reach hectares in width, which makes it possible to become one of the largest trees in the world.

Careful with direct light, as that can burn its leaves, and with overwatering. A telltale sign of overwatering is when leaves start dropping repeatedly or turning yellow. Make sure you check that the soil is dry two inches down before watering again.

Around 14 inches tall with a container width of 6 inches.

Size will vary.

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