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Schefflera, Schefflera arboricola

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Description

Also called the umbrella plant, the Schefflera is a popular houseplant because of the beauty of its dark green plus golden leaves, which form “fingers” in a circle.

Schefflera species are wonderfully tropical plants. The larger Schefflera features long, shiny, oval green leaves that droop gracefully from a central stalk. A mature Schefflera might have 12 or 16 leaflets from a single stalk, while an immature Schefflera is more likely to have 4 or 6.

Also called the umbrella plant, the Schefflera is a popular houseplant because of the beauty of its dark green leaves, which form “fingers” in a circle. The designs formed on floors and walls in the sunlight lends a pleasing look to a room. Caring for a Schefflera is quite simple, and the plant will grow for many years.

Description

Common Name Green gold, Umbrella plant
Maximum Reachable Height 12 to 15 feet
Flower Colour Red
Bloom Time January, February, March, April, May
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting And Care

An underwatered, cold Schefflera will begin to drop leaves quickly, so take leaf-drop seriously and move to correct the problem. If you lose all the leaves, but you want to save the plant, move it outside in the spring, give it lots of water, and it should leaf back out.

Schefflera Variegated Care

In the right conditions, Schefflera can be propagated with leaf cuttings. Use a rooting hormone and provide lots of humidity and warmth. Expect a high failure rate, however, as these are tropical plants. They can also be propagated by air-layering.

Sunlight Sun growing, Semi shade, Shade growing.
Watering Water weekly during the growing season and spray frequently. Cut back water during winter.
Soil Rich, loose potting media.
Temperature They suffer below about 60 degrees F. Do not expose to drafts or dry heating vents.
Fertilizer Feed twice weekly during the growing season with liquid fertilizer or use two applications of slow-release pellets. They are heavy feeders.

Schefflera Variegated Special Feature

Recommended for creating shade, Quick growing trees, Evergreen trees.

Schefflera Variegated Uses

  • Schefflera is commonly grown in mild to warm climates as a decorative tree in larger gardens.

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