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Schefflera Houseplant Care

Schefflera is a common houseplant and is sometimes referred to as an 'Umbrella Plant'. The Schefflera Arboricola and Amate are the two types most commonly used as interior houseplants. They are most often grown in a bush form but sometimes can be found in a standard or braided trunk form.

Pictured immediately below is the Schefflera Arboricola. Arboricola is also known as Dwarf Umbrella tree or Parasol Plant. In some plant information it is named as Heptapleurum arboricola but it is usually sold as Schefflera arboricola.

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Schefflera Arboricola Plant

Schefflera Amate, or Schefflera Brassaia actinophylla, is sometimes referred to as the Octopus tree because of the flowers that resemble octopus tentacles. I have only seen this flower on plants growing outdoors. This picture of Schefflera Brassaia in flower was taken in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. It will be unlikely to flower indoors. It has larger leaves and is lighter in color than the Arboricola. Schefflera Arboricola, with smaller leaves, is pictures at left.

Schefflera plants grow best under medium to bright, indirect light but can be maintained in higher light situations. If you keep your Schefflera in too low a light condition it will require much reduced watering frequency and may drop many of the lower and inner leaves. Temperatures for Schefflera should be kept above 60°F.

Watering Schefflera - Allow to dry completely in a medium light situation but in high light or a hot, sunny location you will want to keep the soil from drying out completely, watering thoroughly when the soil has dried down about halfway. See section on watering and lighting, these will most affect the health of your plant and are very relative to each other.

Remove lower leaves as they yellow and trim brown tips as needed. It is normal for a new plant to shed its old foliage when it is moved to a new and different environment, so expect new additions to your houseplant collection to lose some leaves as they adjust. Any plant that has moved from a high light greenhouse environment into your home is going to drop some foliage over time. New leaves will grow in smaller but given the proper care, it should acclimate and become a beautiful, trouble free plant.

Keep schefflera foliage clean and initially keep an eye out for insect problems. Purchasing clean, healthy plants will minimize or eliminate this problems, so always buy plants with good roots systems and healthy, spot-free foliage. Mites, mealybug and scale can sometimes be a problem but a good wash down with soapy water should be sufficient to control these pests. Just make sure you treat as soon as you notice a problem as they can and will damage your plants.

Mites can be a problem for Schefflera Amate, more so than Arboricola, especially in hot, sunny locations. Check the undersides of the foliage on a regular basis for signs of insect problems. Mites are hard to see until they have gotten out of control and you may notice the damage they do before you actually see the insect. They remove chlorophyll from the leaf, leaving behind tiny pinprick sized white spots. If you do see them or their damage, a quick wash down of the undersides of the foliage will wash them off. This will need to be repeated for a few weeks.

People will sometimes buy an indoor plant and then plant directly into a container with no drainage. It is always best to leave your plants in a nursery pot with drainage holes at the bottom. You can set that into the pretty container you purchased for your home. Size properly as there should be an inch or two of room between the decorative container and the nursery pot. This will provide adequate air circulation. If you must direct pot, use a clay pot as this is porous and will allow the root system of your plant to breathe.

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