Additional Plant Care
Ficus Audrey plants can be propagated through stem cuttings. To propagate, take a stem cutting from a healthy plant, making sure it has a few leaves and nodes. Remove any leaves from the bottom of the stem cutting and dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Place the stem cutting in a pot with well-draining soil and water it thoroughly. Cover the pot with a plastic bag or dome to create a humid environment and place it in a bright, but indirect, light. Keep the soil moist and mist the plant occasionally. After a few weeks, the cutting should start to develop roots, and you can remove the plastic bag or dome. Once the cutting has rooted and started to grow, you can transplant it to a larger pot or into your garden.
The ficus Audrey is considered to be mildly toxic to humans and pets if ingested. The plant's sap contains a milky substance that can cause mild irritation and discomfort if ingested. If a person or pet ingests any part of the ficus audrey, they may experience symptoms such as mouth and throat irritation, burning sensation, drooling, and potentially vomiting. If you have concerns about the ficus Audrey's toxicity or if you suspect ingestion or exposure, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional, veterinarian, or a poison control center for personalized advice based on your specific circumstances. It's recommended to keep the plant out of reach of young children and pets to prevent accidental ingestion.
It's not too hard to repot Ficus Audrey plants. First, choose a pot that is one size bigger than the one you are using now and make sure it has holes in the bottom for drainage. Put fresh potting soil in the bottom of the new pot. Carefully take the ficus Audrey out of the pot it is in, being careful not to hurt the roots. Loosen the soil around the roots and pull out any roots that are dead or broken. Put the plant in the new pot and fill it with new potting soil. Lightly press the soil down. Give the plant a lot of water and put it somewhere with bright, indirect light.
You can prune ficus Audrey plants to keep their shape and size or to get them to grow new leaves. Before new growth starts in the spring is the best time to prune. You can make your cuts with sharp, clean shears or a pruning saw. Find the stems you want to get rid of and cut them at a 45-degree angle just above a leaf or node. If you want the plant to grow bigger and fuller, cut back the branch tips. You can also get rid of any leaves or branches that are dead, sick, or broken. After you prune your plant, make sure to water it and give it the care it needs to recover and grow.
The ficus Audrey plant is easy to take care of and doesn't need a lot of fertilizer. During the growing season (spring and summer), you can feed your Ficus audrey every two to four weeks with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 20-20-20. Dilute the fertilizer to half of what the directions say, and spread it around the plant's base. Be careful not to fertilize too much, because that can cause fertilizer burn, which hurts the roots and leaves of the plant. When the plant goes dormant in the fall and winter, you can cut back on, or stop, fertilizing altogether.
Ficus Audrey plants like soil that drains well and has a pH level between slightly acidic and neutral. Two parts potting soil, one part perlite, and one part peat moss can make a good soil mix for ficus Audrey. The perlite helps the soil drain, and the peat moss helps the soil keep water. Adding sand or vermiculite can also help the soil drain. Root rot can happen if you overwater ficus Audrey plants, so don't do that. A soil mix that drains well can help keep water from building up in the soil and possibly hurting the plant.