India and South East Asia
The Ficus alii is most commonly known as the Banana Leaf Fig because of its long, narrow leaves. In case you were wondering, “alli” means King in Hawaiian which is where the plant was initially grown when it arrived in the states. Originally, it hails from Malaysia, India and a few other tropical countries in Asia.
Generally easy to grow and care for but avoid excessive bright light as leaves will bleach. Dry air and draughts will cause leaf tips to brown. During cooler winter months, reduce watering. Prone to spider mites and scale when stressed.
Feeding your indoor plants
Don’t let your plants get hangry! To get the best out of your plants, you will need to feed them some food. A good balanced fertiliser (plant food) will provide plants with all the nutrients they need to grow more leaves and help them stay strong. When the plant is actively growing during the warmer months, it needs a bit more food and water. During the slow growing season (cooler winter months) your plant doesn’t eat or drink as much (no extra winter layer of fat for these babies). Fertiliser (plant food) can be applied as granular slow release pellets or as a liquid. A bit more chilled out about your plants? Some granular products last 3-6 months which make them ideal for indoor plants and busy people. Hard-core plant-mum? Liquid fertiliser maybe be best as it gives you better control over the amount fed and when. Obviously, follow the label on your preferred fertiliser (plant food) for your baby. Sometimes it’s ok to be a helicopter parent – respond to your plant’s needs. Moral of the story, if it is grow