Ficus alii care and propagation: An air purifying plant

Ficus Alii care

Introduction

Ficus Alii belongs to the family Moeaceae (fig). The botanical name of this plant is Ficus macleilandii “Alii” which originated in the tropical parts of southeast Asia Thailand. This plant is an air-purifying plant and is appealing both to the interior plant scale industries and to the home markets. Following is the article about Ficus Alii care and its air purifying capacity and how to propagate.

This plant is having strappy cylinder dark green leaves and is not easily droop. It is insect resistant and helps in removing many harmful chemical vapors. Unlike other ficus plants, this plant is relatively easy to grow and maintain. This plant can reach up to 10 feet or more.

How to take care of Ficus Alii

Following are the points for Ficus Alii care and propagation which we should keep in mind before getting this beautiful plant

Light preference

Ficus Alii needs medium to bright light for their proper growth and development. Bright or full sunlight is good for its leaves to maintain the green vibrant color.

Temperature

Day temperature requirement is 60-75 °F (16-24 °C) and during the night this plant requires 55-68 °F (13-20 °C).

Watering

Avoid overwatering but yes keep this plant evenly moist. As dry soils result in leaf drop. therefore, water thoroughly and allow to dry between watering. Overwatering also results in yellow leaf and under-watering results in leaf drop, therefore, water properly and avoid both.

Soil type

Needs good and proper aerated soil which do not hold the water for a very long time.

Propagation

Ficus Alii plant is propagated through stem-cutting roots as quickly as the traditional technique of air layering (1).

 

Ficus Alii as an air purifying plant

The plant is well known for its beautiful braided trunk and attractive green leaves. Not only for its aesthetic value but also this plant is famous for its air purifying capacity. Ficus Alii plants help in removing the formaldehyde pollutant (2)This plant is also insect-resistant thus helping in controlling insect infestation (3).