In this guide, we will take you through everything you need to know about Ficus Audrey light requirements when growing these plants indoors. Also known as Ficus benghalensis or Banyan trees, these beauties are native to the Indian Continent and Pakistan where they grow up to 65 to 100 feet tall in the wild. Indoors, yours is likely to top out at around 6 to 8 feet under the proper light conditions.
- How Much Light Do Ficus Audrey Plants Need? – The Essentials
- A Brief Overview of the Role Light Plays in Plant Health, Growth, Why It’s Important
- Typical Light Conditions Ficus Audrey Plants Receive in Their Native Habitats
- Signs Your Ficus Audrey Plant Is Receiving Too Much Light
- Signs Your Ficus Audrey Plant Isn’t Receiving Enough Light
- The Best Light Exposure for Ficus Audrey Plants Grown Indoors
- Ficus Audrey Light Requirements FAQs:
- Wrapping Up
How Much Light Do Ficus Audrey Plants Need? – The Essentials
If grown indoors, Ficus Audrey requires bright, indirect sunlight throughout the day. They do not tolerate prolonged periods of direct sun or low lights. Placing them a few feet away from the south or west-facing window, protected by sheer blinds or lace curtains, will provide the ideal growing conditions.
A Brief Overview of the Role Light Plays in Plant Health, Growth, Why It’s Important
Light has a direct influence on plant flowering and growth. It induces photosynthesis, which is when plants absorb water, light, and CO2, converting it into oxygen and energy (a sugar called glucose). Plants are light-dependent and need to produce their food source, glucose, and this, in turn, induces the plant’s growing cycle and allows it to develop healthily.
Plants can utilize both artificial and natural light to photosynthesize. Artificial light, in the form of high-intensity discharge lamps, incandescent, LED, or fluorescent lights, will work almost as well as natural light. However, natural light is optimal for the initial stages of plants’ life.
Common Light Terminology
How much light a plant requires for photosynthesis will depend on its species. There are several different kinds of light requirements we will discuss some of them below:
- Direct sunlight: direct sunlight is when a plant is situated directly in the sunlight; the light would equal more than 20 watts; place your plant in the south or southwest-facing window to get optimal direct sunlight
- Partial light: partial sunlight is when you place a plant in direct sunlight for only parts of the day, for example, only in the evening or the morning; the best place to get this form of light is in the west or east-facing window
- Bright indirect sunlight: this is when your plant receives good sunlight that doesn’t touch any of its leaves; the best place to receive this kind of light is a few feet away from a south-facing window
- Filtered light: filtered light is when a plant receives sunlight through a filter such as a sheer or lace curtain or shade-cloth
- Low-light: low-light is when plants require no to little direct sunlight; the light would equal 10 – 15 watts; the best place to achieve this would be in a dark corner or near a north-facing window
Typical Light Conditions Ficus Audrey Plants Receive in Their Native Habitats
Ficus Audrey plants grow in full direct sunlight in their native habitats in warm and humid growing zones. They grow very tall outdoors, providing canopy coverage in their native forests. As they are positioned right at the top of the canopy, they receive excellent direct sunlight throughout the day.
Signs Your Ficus Audrey Plant Is Receiving Too Much Light
Your Ficus Audrey plant will let you know that it is getting too much sunlight by its leaves drying up and dropping off. This plant can handle direct sunlight for a few hours a day as its natural habitat provides it with full direct sunlight throughout the day.
If your Ficus Audrey is in an area that receives lots of direct sunlight, keep an eye on its leaves. If they show scorch marks or are starting to dry out, moving your plant to an area that receives good indirect sunlight would be good.
Signs Your Ficus Audrey Plant Isn’t Receiving Enough Light
Ficus Audrey plants do not handle low lighting well as they come from a natural habitat that receives good direct sunlight all day. A common side effect of not receiving enough light is when your Ficus Audreys leaves start to turn yellow and drop off. Another sign that your Ficus Audrey is not getting enough light is if it continuously produces small new leaves.
The Best Light Exposure for Ficus Audrey Plants Grown Indoors
Ficus Audrey plants thrive in bright indirect sunlight or areas where they get up to 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. They do not grow well in areas that receive low light or too much shade.
For best results, you should place your Ficus Audrey plant in rich, moisture-retentive soil mix a few feet away from a south-facing window or in a west-facing window. To allow your plant to grow evenly, you should turn it slightly once a week, letting different parts of your plant face the window. You’ll also need to consider repotting your Ficus Audrey plant every 18 months or so once it’s outgrown the current potting vessel.
Prolonged periods of direct sunlight or low light conditions will adversely affect your Ficus Audrey. These effects might be leaf loss, stunted growth, and scorching or yellowing leaves.
Suppose you find that your house does not receive the right amount of light for your Ficus Audreys’ optimal health and growth, especially in the winter months. In that case, you can always install artificial lighting, such as fluorescent or incandescent lights. Remember to turn your artificial light off at night to provide the correct nighttime simulation for your Ficus Audrey.
Ficus Audrey Light Requirements FAQs:
Can Ficus Audrey Plants Live in Low Light?
Ficus Audrey plants cannot live in low-light conditions. These lighting conditions will stunt your plants’ growth and adversely affect them, causing ill health, and opening your plant up to pest infestations.
Can Ficus Audrey Plants Take Full Sun?
Ficus Audrey plants can handle full sun for a few hours a day, preferably during the morning or evening, as at this time of day, the sun’s rays are not at their full strength. Too much direct sunlight can have adverse side effects on your plant, such as scorched leave or leaves dropping off of the plant. If any of these signs start to present themselves, you should move the plant to an area that does not get as much direct sunlight or gets bright indirect sunlight.
What Kind of Light Do Ficus Audrey Plants Need?
Ficus Audrey plants do best in bright indirect sunlight, found a few feet away from a south-facing or west-facing window.
Will Ficus Audrey Plants Live Happily Indoors?
Ficus Audrey plants are excellent choices for indoor growth. They will happily live indoors as long as they are getting enough sunlight and water, ensuring they are not in a drafty area, whether it be a cold or hot draft.
How Do You Know if Your Ficus Audrey Is Getting Enough Light?
You will know that your Ficus Audrey is getting enough sunlight if it appears happy and healthy. If it is free of pests, this is also an indication of a happy plant.
Ficus Audrey plants require bright indirect sunlight. The best position in your house to give your plant these lighting requirements is to place it a few feet away from the south or west-facing windows. Try to keep your plant away from low-lighting areas as they do not survive well in these conditions. You can expect your Ficus Audrey to grow around 5 – 10 feet tall in optimal conditions.
For more, see our in-depth guide on where to position Ficus Audrey plants in the home for optimal care and Feng Shui benefits.
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