Schefflera, more commonly called umbrella plant Is a perennial scrub with origins in Taiwan and parts of China. Schefflera can grow up to 12 feet tall, howver in indoor conditions of homes and offices they are rarely seen growing beyond 3-4 feet. Depensing on the species Schefflera can have leaves that are fully green,with yellow or cream veriagation. Managed well, umbrella plants can be trained to grow as table top specimens or grown tall to create a mini indoor forest.
Adopting and caring for Schefflera Arboricola
Adopting:As with every plant look for healthy plants with well-formed leaves. An uncared for Schefflera will be leggy, with long naked stems that make them ugly. Look for bushy, well-grown plants with out any sign of stem damage. Look under its leaves for visible pest infestation
Locating:Strong, direct sunlight can bleach, even burn the leaves of a Schefflera, so it is better to have them in shaded, lower light areas. If you are growing them indoors, or a well shaded balcony we recommend that you move the plant around to an spot that has better light once every few weeks
Potting: Schefflera like porus, well-drained soils that do not retain too much water. They do well in a 30:30:30:10 mix of cocopeat, compost, corse sand and Perlite
Watering:Schefflera need less water than most indoor plants. It’s a good idea to hold off watering them until the top layer of soil dry to touch. Drooping or yellowing leaves could indicate over-watering or poor drainage.
Fertilising: If your potting mix is right, these plants will not require too much fertiliser. However nourising them with an organic liquid fertiliser two or three times a year will help them do well. If you are using a chemical mix, ensure that they don’t touch the stalk or its leaves. This could damage the plant.
Schefflera are not difficult plants to grow if they receive plenty of indirect light, warmth, and humidity. These plants may need to be pruned occasionally, especially if it is not getting quite enough light. It’s best to prune them once the heavy monsoons are over and your plants are beginning to revive and put out new growth.
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