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How to Grow Schefflera Arboricola: Umbrella Plant

Updated on January 6, 2012

Schefflera Care

One very common plant used in indoor decoration is Schefflera arboricola, also called the umbrella plant. It can add the feel of tropical warmth to any room. While there are many kinds of schefflera available, arboricola seems to be the most commonly used. The leaves are mottled green and cream colored with 7-9 leaflets per leaf ( in a leaf pattern called palmately compound). The growth habit is upright and bushy. Schefflera is toxic if eaten to watch children and pets.

Schefflera thrives under most home conditions. Use a basic potting mix, and water when soil is dry to a depth of 2 inches for large pots and 1 inch for small pots. Do not over water! Find a sunny spot in your home. Schefflera like high light. If given too little light the palnt can stretch out and get leggy. Don't be afraid to prune your schefflera back if it starts to get out of shape. The pieces from pruning can be used to start new plants also. Schefflera can be fertilized once every 2 weeks during the growing season (warmer months), or once a month all year.

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