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Schefflera Umbrella Plant Care

Posted by Alexander Holdinghausen on

The Schefflera is an incredibly easy-going houseplant. The clusters of broad leaves cascade from its branches, filling any space with gorgeous green.

 

Light

Your Schefflera prefers bright indirect light, but can tolerate lower light conditions as well. Rotate your plant around once a month–as it grows it leans towards the light. This will keep it looking full and even.

Water

Water your Schefflera when the top 75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

Humidity

Your Schefflera prefers a humid environment. Boost humidity by misting often, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray.

Temperature

Your Schefflera Amate prefers temperatures between 15-26 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 10 degrees, as this could shock the plant and lead to leaf damage.

 

Food

Feed once every month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

Toxicity

This plant is toxic to humans and pets. If the leaves are cut open, the sap inside can cause minor skin irritation. Wear gloves when pruning or repotting your plant to be safe. If ingested, it can cause mouth and digestive irritation.

Additional Care

If you want to keep your Schefflera small in size or a specific shape, feel free to prune it at any time with sharp, clean shears. Be sure not to trim more than 30% of the plant, as any more may shock your Schefflera. Wipe the foliage down with a damp cloth every so often to remove dust accumulation on the leaves.

 

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