Help with inside watering for ficus Alii tree
I received a large alii ficus as a gift for mothers day this year. I potted the tree and placed it outdoors in a very good location until colder night temperatures forced me to bring it inside. Outside I established a watering pattern that worked great.
I have viewed and read this forum for several years and have tried to follow Al's advice for containerized trees. I potted this tree in the same size container with roots checked and 50% of existing soil removed to inspect roots. No root pruning was needed. I also used Al's advice (I hope I am correct) and purchased Farfard's professional mix #3B since I did not have the time to gather the contents to make his custom soil.
I am concerned about the amount of water I should use inside. I watered this tree after it was moved inside and I have been observing the soil for the last 13 days. I wanted to follow Al's instructions that allowed you to water in 2 increments allowing the water to come through the soil and into the drip tray. I did water this tree yesterday with approximately 3 qts of tepid water to achieve this goal. I had about 10% water flush into the drip tray. My ceramic pot is 14" h. x 16" w. and my tree is approximately 7 ft tall at the highest point.
Should I be concerned that I watered the tree too soon? Any advice on this type of watering would be helpful. The benj. ficus trees that I have grown for the last 5 years are not watered in this fashion. I have never watered to allow the water to flow outside the pot. With the smaller benj. ficus I have provided new soil each year and salt build up has not been an issue. With this much larger tree should I follow this flushing technique or just plan to repot each year to eliminate buildup in the soil.