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Ficus Alii - HydroCare

SIZE: Hydro Pot Size x Total Height
Hydro Pot Size
15 diam/19 tall
Hydro Pot Size
18 diam/19 tall
Hydro Pot Size
22 diam/19 tall
Hydro Pot Size
25 diam/19 tall
Hydro Pot Size
28 diam/19 tall
Size Tip: Fits in a pot with a 27-36cm external diameter
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HydroCare Plant: Requires a hydro kit
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HydroCare plants are planted in hydrogranules instead of using soil.

Hydrogranules are manufactured from clay pellets that are baked at high temperatures to make them expand, a process a bit like making popcorn.

The open structure of the hydrogranules allows water and nutrients to be stored and released, creating the optimum conditions for indoor plants to thrive as well as simplifying maintenance requirements.

HydroCare plants have a lot of benefits over soil plants:

Moisture Levels: The open structure of the hydrogranules creates optimum moisture levels around the roots of the plant. Water stored in hydrogranules below the roots will be gently drawn up through capillary action for the roots to absorb. No more dried out roots or root rot.

Watering: A water meter on the side of the grow pot indicates the amount of water left in the hydrogranule reservoir below the roots. When it reaches the minimum level wait for 1-2 weeks then simply top it back up to the optimum level. The plant will pull water from the hydrogranules according to its needs so there is no risk of over or under watering and watering is less frequent.

Root Health: The open structure of our pH neutral hydrogranules allows air to circulate around the roots keeping them healthy and because they do not compact over time there is no need to top up.

HydroCare plants are adapted to these conditions and develop a smaller more fleshy root system making the plant more hardy and in a smaller grow pot meaning you have a wider choice of decorative planter styles. The requirement to repot as the plant grows is also significantly reduced.

Pest Control: Hydrogranules are an inert medium that is less susceptible to pests, fungi and bacteria which means healthier plants with less risk of disease.

When you buy a HydroCare plant, you need a few other bits and pieces to assemble the plant in your chosen planter or plant pot. Think of getting a HydroCare plant as a solution that needs to be assembled rather than just a plant.

We have a simple step by step video guide to assembling the HydroCare plant in a plant pot but essentially you need 5 things for hydro heaven:

1. The HydroCare plant in its hydroculture grow pot.

2. A water meter to slot into the side of the hydroculture grow pot.

3. A waterproof plastic liner for your decorative pot. Each HydroCare plant has an associated hydro kit that includes a waterproof liner to fit the hydroculture grow pot of the plant and a size tip to help you choose a decorative pot that will accommodate the specified waterproof pot liner for the plant.

4. Extra hydrogranules to fill around the grow pot and make a nice finish on top.

5. Hydroculture plant food, specifically formulated for use with hydrogranules.

The HydroCare version of Ficus maclellandii Alii is a relatively new cultivar that makes a wonderful low-maintenance house plant. Alii has long, slender leaves that taper to a point (their other common name is Narrow Leafed Fig). With attractive, glossy leaves and graceful, arching stems that are almost palm-like in appearance, it is a versatile and attractive indoor green foliage option.

HydroCare - Ficus Alii - Long Leafed Fig Care & Info Guide


Horty Hints

The brighter the better! Ficus Alii is more robust than its cousins, but will drop some leaves if it doesn’t get enough bright light.

Leaf drop may also occur due to a poor watering schedule. Adjust as necessary and your plant should quickly recover.

Trim to maintain the desired shape for your Ficus, but be aware that sticky latex will ooze from the ends of the cut stems! This can be an irritant so make sure to wash your hands afterwards.

Please note: images show how this plant may look at various stages of maturity. The size you choose may look different.