The Banyan tree is considered one of the world’s largest trees in terms of spread. In their natural environments, they can reach up to 30 metres tall and 200 meters wide! But don’t worry, their size is easily managed and they make wonderful container-grown houseplants!
With thick, oval-shaped leathery leaves (similar to the Rubber plant) and pale pink veins that contrast with the glossy greens of its foliage, this superstar will add texture and glamour to your home!
Growing pot size: 21 cm
Overall plant height including growing pot: 80 - 90cm
Toxicity: Considered poisonous due to the latex in the sap. So, keep it away from nibbly pets and curious children. Be cautious if you are prone to skin or respiratory allergies.
Key Benefits of Banyan Tree
Breathe better, feel better!
Tropical plants like the Banyan tree are wonderful to help to improve the quality of the air you breathe!
As part of photosynthesis, they take in carbon dioxide and with the help of light and water, they release oxygen back into the atmosphere. Through transpiration, they can also release up to 95% of the water they consume into the air acting like a natural humidifier in your indoors!
Not only that, their large leaves are great dust trappers, keeping nastiness away from your surfaces and lungs!
Banyan tree Plant Care Tips
The Banyan Tree is easier to care for than other ficus varieties but it still needs appropriate amounts of light, water and fertiliser to grow.
- Ficus Audrey loves light and will thrive in an area with bright indirect sunlight or direct sunlight for 6 or more hours per day. Be careful with low light conditions, this will make the plant grow small leaves and leggy stems.
- Make sure it has enough space to grow, avoiding enclosed spaces or an area too close to walls. The ideal spot will be near a sunny window.
- Moderate regular watering will be appreciated. Keep the soil constantly moist, giving it a drink once the top layer gets dry. Be careful to not overwater the plant, this can cause sudden leaf drops, brown patches and fungal infections.
- This tree is native to really hot tropical environments so, it will struggle in temperatures under 12º. So, keep the room warm!
- High humidity is also preferred, mist the foliage often or place the plant on a tray with pebbles and water. A plant humidifier can also help.
- Once the plant has been growing for a year, during the growing season, feed it monthly with a balanced diluted fertiliser after a watering session.
- Remove any dying or dry leaves and aerial shoots during the growing season. When pruning it, be careful to not touch the sap as this can be irritating to the skin.
- As a houseplant, the Banyan Tree will thrive potbound but it is still recommended to repot it every two to three years. Clay pots are preferred and adequate drainage is crucial.
The Banyan tree Story
Also known as Bengal Fig, Banyan Fig, Indian Banyan Ficus Audreyand Strangler Fig.
Where is it from?
Native to Southeast Asian countries, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
Who is the Banyan tree?
- The Ficus Audrey can grow so tall and wide thanks to its unique growing habit with roots that dominate other roots forming a forest’s worth of canopy in one single tree.
It is considered sacred in India, and it's not uncommon to find temples perched underneath its expansive shade.
Good For You!
Calm: Evolutionary psychologists have deduced that top-heavy plants can trigger an evolutionary response that induces feelings of calm and safety.
Connection: As you look after your Banyan tree, watch it grow and benefit from its purifying and claiming proprieties, you start building a mutually nurturing relationship with nature
Is The Banyan tree The Right Plant For Me?
Considerably easy to grow, the Banyan Tree is one of the best species to grow as a houseplant.
Other than following the correct care instructions, you need to make sure you have enough space as it will grow impressively and touch the ceiling pretty soon!
How tall does it grow? In its native habitat, the Ficus Audrey can reach up to 30 metres tall and 180 metres wide. As a houseplant, it will grow up to 2 to 3 metres tall.
If you love big ornamental plants as much as we do, the Banyan tree is the one for you! Don’t miss out and get yours now!