Schefflera Arboricola, Umbrella Plant
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 lend a pleasing look to a room. Caring for a Schefflera is quite simple, and the plant will grow for many years.
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||Bright, indirect light. In the summer, move it outside if possible under a shady overhang.|
|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 ºF. 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|