How to care for a ficus alii plant

Updated February 21, 2017

Ficus is a handsome indoor plant with thick, glossy leaves and an attractive, treelike shape. Ficus includes several varieties with similar growing requirements. Ficus varieties include Ficus benjamina, also known as weeping fig, and Ficus elastica, also known as rubber tree. Ficus maclellandi is a new variety of ficus, commonly known as Ficus "Alii." Ficus Alii is similar to other ficus varieties, but the olive-coloured leaves of Alii are longer, narrow and pointed.

Place your Alii in moderate to bright light. Avoid direct sunlight from hot windows, which may scorch the plant.

Water the Alii when the top of the soil feels slightly dry. Water the plant, using warm water, until the water runs through the drainage hole. Pour out any water remaining in the drainage saucer after five to 10 minutes. Never allow the soil to become soggy and never let it become bone dry.

Fertilise your Alii every three to four weeks during spring and summer, as long as the plant is growing and producing new leaves. Use a liquid fertiliser for indoor plants that has been diluted to half strength. Decrease fertiliser gradually in autumn and withhold fertiliser completely during the winter.

Trim the ficus with pruning shears any time if you need to control the size of the plant. Cut the stems just above a leaf or stem. Remove any dead branches or weak growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid fertiliser for indoor plants
  • Pruners
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M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.