Ficus ‘Alii’

(20 customer reviews)

Scientific Name: Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alii’, Ficus maclellandii ‘Alii’

Common Names: Longleaf fig, Banana leaf fig, Amstel king fig

Overview: With slender leaves, the Ficus alii, sometimes known as the Banana leaf fig, and the natural shape of the plant looks like a willow. It is a very interesting choice for people who want to keep it in their homes or other places. This species of Ficus plant is poisonous, so you should keep it away from the reach of children and pets. Despite its toxicity, the plant is not a bad option for a house plant. The glossy finish of the leaves gives your home the aesthetic value you need. 

These plants are not found in nature and are cultivators. You can get these plants during summer as they are very commonly found then. They are typically easy to grow, you do not need to do a lot, and with a little care, you will be able to grow multiple plants around you.  Choose it as your house plant and improve the look of your home. 

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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

Repotting:
6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Description

The Long Leaf Fig is the New King of the Indoor Trees

The Ficus ‘Alii’ does not actually exist in the wild. It is a relatively new man-made hybrid that has become extremely popular as it makes for a rather handsome indoor tree. It has long, tapered leaves that have a wonderful natural gloss, and as the tree grows the lower trunk may shed its leaves to give a palm tree-like appearance. Experienced growers may want to experiment with braiding the trunks to give the Ficus ‘Alii’ an even bigger visual impact. Their stunning appearance more than makes up for the fact that they do not bloom indoors – their preferred environment – instead forming small yellow globular inflorescence’s, which have a similar appearance to berries.

History of the Ficus ‘Alii’

More commonly known as the banana-leaf fig, is a hybrid of the ficus species that is native to Southeast Asia, India, and China. It is one of the more popular houseplants in temperate climates. The ‘Alii’ cultivar  first emerged in Hawaii. The Ficus plant is a relative of the Ficus benjamina, and this variant of the plant is the perfect houseplant as it is very manageable and does not demand a lot of attention. 

Ficus ‘Alii’ Care

The ficus is a very environmentally tolerant plant, and you can easily grow it without any hassles. It does not shed a lot of leaves and can flourish even if there is not a lot of light. Moreover, if you want to move it around, you do not have to worry about the plant going into shock, as the Ficus maclellandii is good at adapting to its environments. 

Light

Typically, the Ficus maclellandii needs bright and indirect light to give the best output. But that does not mean that this plant will die if the light is not bright enough. The only thing light will affect this plant’s growth is if the light is too low. It is important for you to rotate it regularly so that you can easily maintain its shape. 

Soil

To grow the plant, there are no specific requirements for the soil. You can use an all-purpose soil that is well aerated so that the soil gives your plant all the nutrients it needs. 

Water

You shouldn’t water the plant regularly. Only water the plant if the first inch of the soil is completely dry. If you have kept the plant in a bigger pot, then you need to check at least the first two inches to make sure that it is dry before you water it. When watering your plant, be sure to let the water run deep so that the excess water drains out. Your soil should not be too wet. Do not let your plant sit in water, as that can ruin it. 

Fertilizer

Liquid fertilizer is the best option, but it should be well balanced so that your plant grows actively. You do not need to add fertilizers in the colder months of the year. Moreover, it is best to avoid using any fertilizers that have the chemical boron in the composition as that can affect the growth of the plant. 

Common Issues of the Ficus ‘Alii’

It is very common for the Ficus Alii to go into shock during a transplant or because of sudden changes in the environment. Going into shock can make the plant drop its leaves. Other than that, leaves dropping is also a sign that your plant has a lot of water. Other common issues include root rotting and the yellowing of leaves. 

Pests

Spider Mites and Mealybugs are very commonly found in the Ficus Alii. They usually roam around the leaves and look for chlorophyll to hide their eggs. It is very important for you to clean the plant and take care of it as these pests can cause severe damage to your plant. Whiteflies are also very common. They spread quickly but are not as dangerous as other pests. 

Disease

Loss of lower leaves is a very common disease, and there can be many different reasons why that happens. If you overwater the plant or keep it in the dark, then the plant may get the disease. 

Other than that, root rot is also common in the Ficus Alii. This happens when the plant stays in the water for longer than necessary. Make sure that the water drains so that your roots remain strong. 

Pruning

If you want to prune the plant, then the best time to do it is during the winter. This way, you will be able to maintain its shape and get a bushier plant that looks even prettier. 

Propagation

To propagate the plant, you can use the concept of branch cuttings and make sure that you cut the right branches so that the plant does not go into shock. It is best to cut the long and strong branches for the best outcomes. 

Potting/Repotting

Suppose you want to repot the plant. You need to make sure that it has drainage holes at the bottom. This will help ensure that the roots of the plant do not get soggy and rot. These plants do not grow too quickly, and it is best for you to wait for the plant to get bigger before you plot it anywhere else. 

Additional information

Zone

10a, 10b, 11a, 11b

Sun Exposure

Partial Shade

Mature Height

6 ft – 100 ft

20 reviews for Ficus ‘Alii’

  1. Kimberly N. (verified owner)

    I’m thrilled. I love my plant. My plant actually looks exactly as the picture they showed. It is healthy and beautiful.

  2. Taryl B. (verified owner)

  3. Cathy Lance (verified owner)

    Well, it’s lost some leaves. But I’ve started misting it. We have humidifiers in our home so it should benefit from that. I’ll feel more confident once I see new growth. Otherwise, it arrived splendidly.

  4. Douglas W. (verified owner)

    My plant looks full and healthy and larger than I thought.

  5. Dawn (verified owner)

    Extremely healthy and beautiful !!
    Looks just as pictured!!!

  6. john Masterson (verified owner)

    My Ficus arrived healthy and happy. It is currently getting accumulated to its new location.

  7. James (verified owner)

    Arrived in great condition! Beautiful plant!

  8. Michelle S. (verified owner)

  9. Tony (verified owner)

  10. Marcia Norman (verified owner)

    I was a little fearful as I’ve never purchased a plant thru the mail. Shipping was exactly as promised, Plant arrived in great condition and I would purchase another large plant

  11. C

    What size is the extra large plant (average) and pot?

  12. Anonymous (verified owner)

    My plant arrived in gorgeous condition! I followed the instructions for watering and light upon arrival, and it looks great! No leaf drop or discoloration, and the plant is tall, full, and lush!

  13. Graham (verified owner)

    Tree and plant arrived safe and sound. Very pleased, thank you!

  14. Lauren (verified owner)

    Arrived bigger than expected and full of new growth. Very happy planter!

  15. Sharon McCants (verified owner)

    I just repotted it today, due to its snug fit and at your suggestion to wait a week. I made sure the 7 gallon plastic pot has pebbles at the bottom for proper drainage and miracle grow potting soil. At the moment it is being rained on until tomorrow. Then I will bring it inside to a west facing window where it will remain. If I have any questions or concerns about either plant, I will let you know. Thank you!

  16. Carol

    Hi, if i purchase the 4ft tree will it grow taller And larger indoors With proper care or will it stay the same height? Also will you be having the extra large in stock anytime soon? Thanks

  17. Erin Moseley (verified owner)

    The tree is very big and beautiful. Got a little cramped in the box but after a few days is looking full again

  18. Nikki

    Does the braided Alii have denser/thicker foliage than the single stem?

  19. Emily

    I want a ficus for the living room. But I’m concerned about temperature; in the winter we let the room drop to 50 degrees when we aren’t home (and it’s presumably colder right by the window). When we are home, the room can occasionally be 75+ for short periods. We don’t use a/c in the summer, so the room is often 90+.
    Would a ficus of any variety tolerate that? Should we look at something else? We do have a nice South facing window spot.

  20. Gretchen

    Hi, what is the height of the large tree? Thank you!

  21. Talaat Aggour (verified owner)

  22. Erin (verified owner)

    Tree was packaged well came in very good condition. So far it is doing nicely! Beautiful tree

  23. Danny Young (verified owner)

    Plant was packed for shipping very good. It looks healthy. The proof will be, “how does it live/grow?

  24. ROBIN RINES (verified owner)

    what size pot does it come in?

  25. Sonia R. (verified owner)

    I love my ficus Alii! I was concerned about the delivery process but it was so well packaged that there was no need for concern.

  26. madeline delguidice (verified owner)

    Very nice plant..it was delivered in perfect condition..would definitely order from plant one again

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Why others chose the Ficus ‘Alii’

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I have a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree and I ordered the Ficus Alii because it is unsual and a friend has one and I fell in love with it.

Focus Benjamin was on my list until I found out about this one. Braided and on sale. Also, this one, leaves does not drop like the Benjamin. So I read. Got a large one, and looking forward for it to grow in Bohemian style decor.

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My second time ordering this tree. The first one was beautiful and is doing great. Nice addition to our loving room

I have one and wanted a second. This is the only houseplant I have been able to keep alive more than 5 years.

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