How to Take Care of a Dwarf Schefflera Plant


The dwarf Schefflera plant (Schefflera arboricola) is a smaller version of the umbrella tree. The dwarf Schefflera grows to only 4 feet tall and is commonly grown indoors as a houseplant. This tropical plant is prized for its large, umbrella-shaped foliage and grows easily in home environments. The leaves at the ends of erect stems grow in groups of three to seven. Dwarf Schefflera plants are extremely low-maintenance, requiring only infrequent watering and little care.

Step 1

Position your dwarf Schefflera plant in bright, indirect light, such as beside a sunny window with dappled or filtered light. Don't place the plant in direct sun or its leaves will burn.

Step 2

Water your dwarf Schefflera once or twice each week, allowing the potting soil to dry out before watering. Provide water until it begins to drain from the bottom of the pot and discard any excess water from the drainage dish.

Step 3

Prune your dwarf Schefflera's stems back to the main stem when the plant begins to outgrow its bounds. Schefflera plants can withstand heavy pruning.

Step 4

Treat your dwarf Schefflera plant for spider mites by misting the foliage with soapy water once or twice each week. If the spider mite infestation persists or is severe, treat the plant with an appropriate miticide according to the directions on the label.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't allow your dwarf Schefflera plant to sit in waterlogged or soggy soil. Alternatively, don't let the potting soil dry out completely for a long time. Keep your Schefflera plant out of the reach of pets and children, as the plant is poisonous if eaten.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Water spray bottle
  • Miticide (optional)


  • Houseplant Care Tips: Schefflera Plant Care

Who Can Help

  • University of Florida: Schefflera Production Guide
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