Plant Care Ficus Alii

Ficus Alii

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Ficus Alii has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Ficus Alii has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Ficus Alii

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!

Taxonomy

Ficus maclellandii
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

Also known as

King Ficus

How to care for Ficus Alii

💦 Water

How often to water your Ficus Alii

Water needs for Ficus Alii
0.5 cups
every 9

Ficus Alii 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 Ficus Alii

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Ficus Alii in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ficus Alii: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Ficus Alii love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Ficus Alii does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Ficus Alii

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ficus Alii: 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 Ficus Alii after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Ficus Alii 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.

Ficus Alii Water Frequency →

Ficus Alii Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Ficus Alii 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 🏡.

Ficus Alii Light Requirements →

Ficus Alii Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Ficus Alii 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.

Ficus Alii Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Ficus Alii 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Ficus Alii →


💩 Fertilizer

Ficus Alii 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!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Ficus Alii 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

Ficus Alii is native to worldwide Tropics.


🌱 Propagation

Ficus Alii 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 Ficus Alii →


🧐 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 Ficus Alii

Ficus Alii

Ficus Alii


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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

Ficus Alii has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Ficus Alii has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Ficus Alii has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Ficus Alii has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Kelly avatar
@Kelly
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 461 XP
globe Redditch, England
08/24/2021

I water this when I can feel the soil is dry but nevertheless it always browns and drops it’s leaves in the winter months. Not sure if I’m doing something wrong. 🤔

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@Neddyb83 avatar
@@Neddyb83
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 102 XP
06/29/2021

Stands tall

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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