Houseplants forum: Ficus Alli Dying

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Cste95
Nov 1, 2017 11:26 PM CST
I have two Ficus Alli that have started dying. Prior to last week they were doing well but now they both are losing leaves, center branches have turned to twigs and they are covered with white spots. See attached pictures. I checked them both with a flashlight but did not see any spider mites or scales.. Can someone help me
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kniphofia
Nov 1, 2017 11:39 PM CST
Have you moved them, repotted them? Are they in a draught?
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Faridat
Nov 2, 2017 12:12 AM CST
Is your plant getting enough water? I used to have an Alli Ficus next to a window and it did not appreciate the heat there. I think you could move it farther from the window. Perhaps the brown edges and the spot on the leave I can see is sunburn, but could you take another shot of the whole of the plant and give more info on its position, conditions of light, watering, etc?
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plantladylin
Nov 2, 2017 9:40 AM CST
Hi Cste95, Welcome!
Those spots on the bark of your Banana-leaf Ficus (Ficus maclellandii 'Alii') look normal. The brown, crispy looking leaf edges may be due to dry air.

If your Ficus is suddenly dropping a lot of leaves, it may be due to location change; have you recently moved the plants from one spot to another in your home or from outdoors to inside for the winter months? Ficus like bright light and should be given as high light conditions as possible when grown indoors but cold drafts or heat from vents will also cause plants to dry out so they should be positioned away from direct contact with cold windows and doors as well as away from any heat vents.

If you slightly bend a twig/branch does it give a little or does it break off? If it's brittle and breaks, then yes the branches are dead but if it bends without snapping then there is still life in the tree and it may just be suffering from change of it's normal location and conditions.

Ficus love high humidity; you can raise the humidity levels around your plants by placing them on trays of moist pebbles, replacing the water in the tray as it evaporates.
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WillC
Nov 3, 2017 12:36 PM CST
We cannot really provide a definitive answer without seeing a photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot. A better photo that shows the white spots would also be helpful.
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plantladylin
Nov 3, 2017 1:35 PM CST
For comparison, here are two of my database photos showing close ups of the bark and the normal white spots/markings:
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