Ficus bengalensis, the National tree of India, also commonly known as the banyan tree, banyan fig, or Ficus Audrey is a fairly fast-growing plant. In its natural habitat, the canopies of this tree can spread to endless grounds (Kabirvad: 2000 feet) with a maximum height reaching up to 30 meters.
The banyan tree is an evergreen tree with beautiful dense foliage. As the plant matures, it produces long aerial prop roots which grow downwards and over time eventually become part of the trunk. this gives the tree a Characteristic Appearance and structural advantage to support its heavy branches.
Growing Guide for banyan tree:
Soil type: Well-drained sandy loam soils, add vermicompost for healthy growth
Sunlight: Bright indirect to direct sunlight, Not suitable for dark places. Extreme heat during summers might scorch its leaf.
Watering: While in a smaller size, watering twice a week is favorable. And as the plant grows over 10 meters it balances its water requirement from the ground.
Growing Banyan Tree Indoors:
Growing Ficus Audrey Indoors is in trend nowadays, because of its air purifying nature, thick leaves, and majestic foliage many modern plant enthusiasts love to grow this tree indoors.
similar to Ficus Lyrata, this tree also doesn’t require much care and attention. Place the plant in a location while making sure it receives long periods of indirect to direct sunlight. Water your plant twice a week assuring the soil is evenly moist throughout, A drought period between watering sessions is always preferred.
The Banyan tree got its name as the bodhi tree because it is believed that Gautam Buddha reached enlightenment (bodhi) after meditating beneath one such tree for 49 days.
This tree is believed to be a symbol of stability, permanence, and security. Some women worship the Banayan tree urging the tree to grant long and healthy life to their husbands.