All about our Ficus Audrey and the steps we follow so that she thrives!
Anytime our Ficus Audrey makes an appearance on Instagram, my inbox fills with: Wait! What is that tree! I’ve been getting this a lot lately, so I wanted to share more about Audrey on the blog, including how we take care of her!
Audrey’s Back Story
We purchased Audrey from a local (Chicago) nursery over the winter. We were told that she loves sunshine and hates drafts. We were warned that she will probably lose a lot of leaves once transported, but don’t freak out, they said! We were promised that she was pretty easy to care for, once we figured out the watering routine – not too much, not too little. I mean, no pressure, right?
But now that it’s been about 9 months and she’s exploding(!) with growth – like, she’s grown 6″ in some areas! – we feel confident enough to share what we’ve been doing to keep her healthy.
How We Have Audrey Potted
Audrey lives in the playroom, near the large window at the front of the house, away from furnace vents. She receives sunlight through the window all day long, and she really seems to love it. There was no trauma during the move from the nursery to our home; she dropped no leaves!
Ficus Audrey trees prefer to be root bound, so for now, we kept her in her plastic pot, and I dropped her in a larger ceramic pot. Some bubble wrap around the sides keeps her in place, and decorative moss on top means that no one is the wiser! The pot-in-a-pot technique also assists in drainage.
Audrey’s Watering Schedule
I water most of the plants in our home once a week, and I’ve learned that Audrey is no exception. After first sticking my finger in the first few inches of soil and confirming she’s bone dry, I give her about 3-4 cups of water along with a few drops of this fertilizer for her current size. I’ll also mist the leaves while I’m at it.
Keeping Audrey’s Leaves Healthy
If I notice yellowed leaves, I’ll scale back on watering for the week and pluck the yellow leaves off. I can tell they’re ready to go because they fall right into my hand! This is rare to see, but it happens from time to time. I haven’t experienced dry, crunchy leaves, but if I did, I’d give her a drink.
Audrey’s Bath Schedule
Every 1-2 months, we give Audrey a bath! I learned this tip from a reader, Kathy, in the comments of this post, and I’ve never looked back. I bring Audrey into the shower and use the hand sprayer to soak the soil and allow her to drain thoroughly. While I’m at it, I’ll rinse her leaves and give them a wipe so they can soak up the sun. Think: Dusty leaves hinder a plant from photosynthesizing!
And… that’s it! Once she’s had a chance to drain, I’ll bring her back to the larger pot, re-stuff the bubble wrap and put the moss back on top.
So, In a Nutshell…
- Place her near a sunny window, away from vents
- Water, fertilize + mist weekly
- Pluck any yellow or dry leaves
- Fully soak her in the tub (with a hand sprayer) every 1-2 months
- Dust + clean the top layer of leaves every 1-2 months
We’ve noticed that some of her roots are starting to creep out of the bottom of the pot, so we’ll repot her this spring! Repotting always makes me nervous, but I’ve already started reading up on tutorials. (Hi, I’m a planner.) I hope this was helpful, and I’m always open to receiving more tips to make sure our girl stays happy!