So I bought this beautiful Ficus Alii about 2 months ago that’s about 5 feet tall. I went ahead and repotted it in a tall 3 foot high narrow clay pot. I haven’t watered but when I feel the soil is dry – about every 2 weeks. The top of he tree gets pretty good indirect light but overall the room isn’t really bright even though there are windows. I think it’s just based on the direction of the room. So my problem is that it’s been losing leaves pretty consistently since I repotted it. The leaves that fall are both green and dried/brown. I’m getting pretty concerned. The pot is so heavy I can easily move it to another window. Should I get a grow light? I feel like its a lack of light issue. Or is this normal after repotting? Thank you for any help!
First, there are complete care instructions for a Ficus Alii Tree in the Popular HousePlant section of the website. I think your main problem is your Ficus Tree needs more light. All parts of the Ficus Alii Tree need bright to medium indirect light. Next is a watering problem with your Ficus tree. Does your tall narrow pot have drip holes in the bottom? The top 50% of the soil of a Ficus Alii needs to dry out before you water. Can you check the soil of your Ficus Tree that far down? My guess is no and you are probably over- watering your Ficus. There’s a product called superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry. that I talk about in the Glossary. It does wonders for Ficus Trees under stress.