Plant Care Indian Banyan

Indian Banyan

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About Indian Banyan

Did you know that all plants in the Ficus genus produce figs? In fact, the word Ficus quite literally means figs! Even cooler, all figs are pollinated by tiny wasps that use the fruits as a safe place to raise their young. 🐝 Ficus plants also contain latex which emerges as a milky sap when twigs are broken. This latex makes them toxic, so be sure to keep a close eye out if you have children or pets!


Ficus benghalensis

Also known as

Audrey Ficus, Audrey Ficus, Ficus Audrey and Banyan Fig

How to care for Indian Banyan

💦 Water

How often to water your Indian Banyan

Water needs for Indian Banyan
0.5 cups
every 9

Indian Banyan needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Indian Banyan

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Audrey Ficus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Indian Banyan: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Indian Banyan love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Indian Banyan does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Indian Banyan in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Indian Banyan

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Indian Banyan: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Indian Banyan after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Indian Banyan is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Audrey Ficus →

Common Audrey Ficus Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Indian Banyan prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Audrey Ficus Water Frequency →

Audrey Ficus Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Indian Banyan requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Audrey Ficus Light Requirements →

Audrey Ficus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Indian Banyan is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

💨 Humidity

Indian Banyan prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Audrey Ficus Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Indian Banyan does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Audrey Ficus →

When and How to Successfully Repot Audrey Ficus →

💩 Fertilizer

Indian Banyan should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Audrey Ficus →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Indian Banyan to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Indian Banyan is native to worldwide Tropics.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Indian Banyan bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Indian Banyan will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Audrey Ficus →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Indian Banyan can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Audrey Ficus Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Indian Banyan can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Audrey Ficus →

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Indian Banyan, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Indian Banyan

Indian Banyan

Indian Banyan

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Indian Banyan has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 18
Indian Banyan has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 12
Indian Banyan has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 11
Indian Banyan has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Indian Banyan has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Indian Banyan has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@RJG avatar
leaf-1 133 Plants
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globe Austin, TX

had to get her as leader of the #FicusGang and she hasn't disappointed. putting out new leaves during winter and everything!!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@BJoyce avatar
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,343 XP
globe Orlando, FL

Fast grower. Super cute. Got it on sale. Loves light. Tolerates lower light - just stunts the growth.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@AnnaLovesVoting avatar
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 4,304 XP
globe Portsmouth, NH

I love Audrey they are tough and such a lovely vibrant green

Survivor Survivor
@Megan avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
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globe Washington, DC

I’ve almost killed this plant so many times (usually by under watering) and it just comes right back! I love my Audrey.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Jody avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 158 XP
globe Windsor, Ontario

Beautiful plant. I think she might be altissima? Trying to find out

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 214 XP
globe Mount Gravatt, Queensland

Such a low maintenance plant, could be because I have a lot of indirect sunlight and my apartment is always bright during the day. But I have had no browning or anything of the sorts and she has been forgotten about a couple of times :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@Kristenmlang5 avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 365 XP
globe Hattiesburg, MS

Another plant my puppy chewed up. It’s growing back kind of lopsided but she made it through.

Survivor Survivor
@mollylphillips avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 149 XP
globe Omaha, NE

very easy, easier then a fiddle leaf

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Brockville, Ontario


Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
@nlischke avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
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globe Washington, DC

So shiny and pretty!!

Fast grower Fast grower
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