Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alii’ (or Long Leafed Weeping Fig) Care Guide

Ficus Binnendijkii ‘Alii’ (Long Leafed Weeping Fig) boasts glossy long leaves with a canopy reminiscent of a willow tree. A newer culitvar, the Ficus Alii can be a bit finicky like its cousin Ficus Benjamina, you may need to adjust their care from time to time. *Please note that you should never put your long leafed fig in an area prone to drafts or heavy foot traffic as it may shed leaves. It is also important to know that it is quite normal for your long leafed fig to lose leaves during the colder months.

 

Fuss Factor*: 3

Light: For optimum growth, prefers a bright location with plenty of indirect light. Can acclimate to lower light levels, but this could hinder growth.

Watering Frequency: Prefers moist soil, not wet. Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry before rewatering. Do not be alarmed if you notice hard water marks appearing as white residue on the leaves. This is simply the buildup of chemicals found in tap water. You may opt for filtered or distilled water.

Soil: No special requirements

Humidity: High humidity preferred, and enjoys misting several times or week, or having a humidifier nearby in winter’s drier months.

Pests: Can be affected by mealy bugs, spider mites, thrips and scale.

Cautions:

  • Avoid prolonged direct sunlight as this can burn the leaves
  • May be prone to leaf drop, especially after initial shipment to you. They do not like to be moved.
  • Overwatering causes yellow and browning leaves with leaf drop
  • Sap can cause skin and eye irritation, and is toxic if ingested

Zones: Indoor Use or Outdoors in warmer zones 10-11

*Fuss Factor: We grade our plants on level of care from 1 to 5.

  1. Low Maintenance Marvels – great choice for new plant parents
  2. Easy to Care For, Easy to Love
  3. Relatively low maintenance, but will need some regular attention
  4. Apply TLC, you’ll love the results
  5. Recommended for Helicopter Plant Parents – Labor intensive, but so worth it